When you open the Status app, theCommunities option in the tab bar brings the list of communities where you participate. You can also discover new communities to join in the community directory.
In Status, community owners have complete control over how users join their communities and can restrict access using tokens.
In token-gated communities, members must own and maintain the required tokens to join and participate in the community. In addition to token requirements, community owners may require manual approval to join their communities.
Token-gated communities require specific tokens and token amounts to join. When you hold the necessary tokens, agreen checkmark appears next to the token. Check out Understand token requirements in communities for more information.
Status Communities contain channels. Think of channels as rooms, each with a unique theme, helping keep discussions focused and organized.
Community owners can also control access to channels using tokens or other permissions. Some channels might be open to all members, while others can be restricted or read-only.
Token-gated channels require specific tokens and token amounts to join and read the channel. When you hold the necessary tokens, agreen checkmark appears next to the token.
In a token-gated community, only those possessing the required tokens can access the community's content. No outside party (not even Status) can gain access to or view the community's exchanges and interactions.
When you participate in a channel, your messages are visible to anyone with access to the same channel. In communities or channels, you don't see the users you have blocked, but a blocked user can still see messages you send in the community.
Status messaging uses decentralized peer-to-peer (P2P) technology and strong end-to-end encryption (E2EE) to ensure the privacy and security of your communication. Your communication in channels is encrypted and available only to the channel members.
Only the community owners regulate access to their communities, not Status. After you join a community, its owner can kick you out or ban you from the community at their discretion.
You can also lose access to token-gated communities or channels when you no longer hold the required tokens.