The company said it is starting this test with 25 volunteer subreddits — the company didn’t share a list of those subreddits. It specified that participating communities have less than 100,000 members.
Reddit said that channels will be persistent on the community navigation bar so members can revisit them frequently.
The company mentioned that it has learned from previous chat products like the community chat rooms feature,. In particular, it plans to give more control to moderators. The new feature will have a dedicated channel for moderators to chat about managing the subreddit. Plus, they will be able to decide if they want to enable this feature for the community in the first place.
Additionally, the platform is giving moderators tools like the ability to choose who can participate in the chat, manage the chat queue, and moderate reported messages in a conversation.
In thesubreddit, the social network announced that it plans to introduce features for channels including threading, pinned messages, user mentions with push notifications, and messaging editing for the sender in the future.
The social network is alsofrom moderators of subreddits that want to try out the chat channels feature for their community.
When users pushed back on the post announcing channels, a moderator said that the company is launching this experiment to provide more ways for community members to converse with each other.
“We love our ‘tree of posts,’ asynchronous text-based communities, and making sure they have what they need to thrive is important to us. At the same time, we want to provide options for communities that like to interact in different ways, or that have sub-groups that like to interact in different ways,” they.
A number of communities onto facilitate conversations between members. The introduction of channels might incentivize communities to stay on the platform more.
The platform has tried out different ways for live interactions like its now-depreciated Clubhouse clone calledand posts within a community.
Reddit is not the only company launching ways for communities to host conversations. Last year, WhatsApp launchedfeature for organizing different groups around a school or a club. Meanwhile, developers of the Telepath social network are trying to make group conversations suck less with a unique thread-based approach — the app works for both small groups of friends and large semi-public chat rooms.