Hi All. I noticed this post earlier and wanted to get some answers from the internal folks for you:
Special events are going to be member-only virtual and in-person events.
Early access to new features is an upcoming update to Replit’s beta testing and feedback program.
Member community is Replit building programs alongside eligible members who would like to participate.
It’s all pretty brand new (like Replit Core) and we’ll probably have more details as it develops, but basically, they are all perks that give more opportunities for our members to be involved with Replit.
For the early access, yes, it is a bit similar to what the “explorers” role is currently, but it will all start to look a bit different in the coming months. I wish I had more details to share, but they are still finalizing.
For the Member Community, we are building a new community focused on memberships and social productivity. Yes, our Ask Forums are a community too (which I love and wouldn’t take away from) but this new member community will have opportunities available only to members.
There’s a lot of room for creativity here on what we achieve within the Member Community and I do think a lot of the programs would start out as pilots to see how well they are working out. For example, we could do a collaborative pilot program to help members deploy their very first projects (where Replit mentors and Core members can work together). Or we could do a pilot program together where we review a member application for suggestions or improvements. Since it’s a community of builders, those are the kind of programs I’d love to see where we collaborate together and help make our projects better.
I’m really just throwing things out there, but you get the idea. It’s up to the discretion of folks who would be facilitating those programs, but definitely room for cool ideas especially as it relates to building in Replit.