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How to use Status Communities: your quick start guide
jorge-campo
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on Jul 18, 2024

Status app is currently in beta stage
The Status app is currently in its beta stage. This means the application is still undergoing active development, and certain features described in this document may function differently or be unavailable within the app.

Status is a super app that combines a privacy-first messaging, a non-custodial crypto wallet and a community platform.

With Status Communities, you can create, join and engage in groups centred around shared interests or topics. You can create your community or become part of an existing one.

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Status Communities are decentralized and self-sovereign. This means Owners control their communities, not Status. We've built the platform, but control is in your hands. For more information, check out What is Status.

When you open the Status app, the

Communities 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 the Communities screen, use

Add
to import a community someone shares with you via a link, QR code or the community public key.

You can create your own community using the Status desktop app.

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, a

green checkmark appears next to the token. Check out Understand token requirements in communities for more information.

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When you join a token-gated community, your tokens work as proof of ownership and stay in your Status Wallet. They are not transferred to the community Owner, Status or anyone else.

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, a

green checkmark appears next to the token.

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When you join a token-gated community, your tokens work as proof of ownership and stay in your Status Wallet. They are not transferred to the community Owner, Status or someone else.
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Use your notification settings to customize the community and channel notifications.

In a token-gated community, only those possessing the required tokens can access the community content. No outside party (not even Status) can gain access to or view the community exchanges and interactions.

When you participate in a channel, your messages are visible to anyone accessing 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.

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Your Status profile is visible to anyone in Status, and you can customize what information others can see in your profile.

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.

Updated by
jorge-campo
on Jul 18, 2024
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