About the different types of Status Communities
on May 15, 2024

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In Status, there are different types of communities, and your ability to access them depends on three factors that work independently: token requirements, join requirements and discoverability.

CommunityRequirementAccess managed byNote
Token-gatedToken requirementsCommunity owner and adminsTo join and maintain access, you must hold the required tokens by buying crypto or receiving them from others.
OpenNoneN/AYou are not required to hold any specific tokens to join.
Join approval requiredJoin approvalCommunity owner and adminsYou need to wait for the community owner or admin to approve your join request.
Join approval not requiredNoneN/AYou can join the communities directly if you meet the token requirements or there's no token requirement.
PrivateYou need a community member to invite you to join.SNT token holdersThe community doesn't appear on the Discover page in Communities.
SNT holders can vote to change the community's visibility.
PublicNoneN/AThe community appears on the Discover page in Communities.
SNT holders can vote to change the community's visibility.
When you create a community, it's an open and private community by default.

Imagine you're a fan of a digital artist who manages a Status Community. This community is specifically for those who own the artist's issued collectibles. In this case, the artist's community could be token-gated and public, and it doesn't require approval for join requests. Thus, the artist could build a larger fan base more quickly.

Consider another situation where your organization plans to run a Status Community only for its members. To restrict access to unrelated individuals, your organization could create a token-gated community and require approval for joining. If the organization prefers to stay unnoticed by the public, it could advocate for the community to stay private.