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Channels: your quick start guide

In Status Communities, you have access to dedicated spaces called channels. Channels bring the right people and information together for any project or topic. A channel conversation focuses on specific topics, and you can join and leave the conversation anytime.

As a community owner, you can use channels to break down a large community into smaller, more focused sub-groups. With Status, you can configure channel permissions based on token ownership. For example, you can make a public channel private or read-only by only allowing holders of specific tokens to join or post.


To add channels to your community, check out Create a channel.

Information about the community, such as the number of members, active users or the main community topics.

Community owners can group related channels into categories. This is especially useful for communities with a lot of channels.

The list of available channels in a community. Private channels have a lock icon next to the channel name.

Public and private channels

All members in a Status Community can browse and join public channels. For private channels, you must meet the token requirements to join the channel. To maintain access to private channels, hold the required tokens at all times.


Messages in private communities and private channels are always end-to-end encrypted.

All community members can join public channels. When you join a community, you automatically get access to these channels.

Private channels have a lock icon next to the channel name. To access these channels, you need to meet the token requirements. To maintain access, keep holding the required tokens.

Channel information

You can see the channel name and permissions here. Private channels have a lock icon. From this area, you can select More options to view more details about the channel, such as channel members, permissions or notifications.

Channel members can pin messages to this area, such as announcements, FAQ or channel rules.

This area shows the channel activity, including messages, photos, reactions or links.

From here, you can send messages to channel members with text, images or emojis, as well as audio messages.

The #general channel

The #general channel is created by default when you create a community. You can use this channel for various purposes, including sharing news, discussing community policies and events or making announcements.

This channel works like any other channel. As a community administrator, here's how you can make this channel more helpful:

  • Don't rename the channel. The #general channel is widely recognized and understood in communities. Renaming the channel may confuse members.
  • Set up permissions to restrict who can post in #general. This removes noise from the channel and keeps it on topic.
  • Use the #general channel to pin messages describing FAQs, community rules or other information relevant to your community.