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Set up a view-only channel
jorge-campo
on Apr 03, 2024

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You can only set up a view-only channel using Status desktop.

In a view-only channel, everyone with access can view the conversation, but they can't respond or write in the channel. The community owner or admin can designate certain people or groups to write in the view-only channel.

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Members with view-only access to the channel can still react on the channel's messages.

To learn how to use read-only channels in your community, check out About view-only channels.

  • Community owners and admins can always view and write in the community channels, irrespective of the view-only permissions.
  • You can configure view-only channels with or without tokens. Using tokens requires more steps but provides more options. For example, minting and airdropping tokens can incentivize community engagement.
  • When using tokens, mint a community token and share the token with everyone you want to have view-only access.
  • Once you set up the view-only permission, only members who meet its criteria can access the channel. However, their access is limited to read-only.
  • Owners can set up additional post permissions in read-only channels for specific members.

Using channel permissions, you can set up a view-only channel without tokens.

  1. 1
    From the navigation sidebar, click your community.
  2. 2
    On top of the channels sidebar, click your community logo and then click
    Permissions
    .
  3. 3
    Click
    Add permission
    .
  4. 4
    Turn off the
    Who holds
    to disable the token requirement.
  5. 5
    For the
    Is allowed to
    variable, select
    View only
    .
  6. 6
    For the
    In
    variable, select the channel you want to set as read-only.
  7. 7
    Click
    Create permission
    .

Depending on your community's needs, you may want the view-only channel permission linked to a token. You can use an existing token (such as SNT or DAI, for example), or a token you mint for the community.

If you mint a collectible to manage the view-only access, enable the

Non-transferable (Soulbound)
and
Remotely-destruct
options to maintain control of who has view-only access to the channel. For more information, check out the available collectible options.

  1. 1
    From the navigation sidebar, click your community.
  2. 2
    On top of the channel sidebar, click your community logo and then click
    Permissions
    .
  3. 3
    Click
    Add permission
    .
  4. 4
    For the
    Who holds
    ,
    Is allowed to
    and
    In
    variables, click
    Add
    next to the variable and use the table below for reference.
  5. 5
    Click
    Create permission
    .
VariableSteps
Who holds
  1. 1
    Select
    Assets
    or
    Collectibles
    .
  2. 2
    Choose the asset or collectible and the amount you want to use to enable read-only access
  3. 3
    Alternatively,
    Import existing collectible
    .
  4. 4
    Click
    Add
    .
Is allowed to
View only
In

Choose the channel you want to set as read-only.

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Optionally, check
Hide permission
to hide this permission from members who don't meet the requirements.

If you want someone else to post content in a view-only channel, configure this person's

View and post
permission. For information on configuring channel permissions, check out Set up channel permissions.