When joining The Zebracorns, you should get an email inviting you to join our slack channel that should look a little something like this:
Go ahead and click join, and fill out your Full name, Display name, and Password.
”Read” the full User Terms of Service, and click “I Agree”
Now you have joined Slack!
Slack is divided into two different sections of communication. Channels, and Direct Messages. Let’s start by clicking the “Channels” button, and join some more Channels!
Go ahead and browse all channels, and join the ones that you deem interesting. Here are some recommendations of channels to consider joining if you are unsure: general, ros, & mechanical.
This is a snippet of one of the channels on our Slack- the #humanfactors channel. In here you can notice on the top left, that 25 people have joined this channel, and will be able to easily access all information posted in that channel at any time.
This is what a direct message looks like, it can be either a 1 on 1 conversation, or within groups of 9. When messaging someone in a direct message, it will send them a push notification notifying them of the message.
Another useful feature of Slack, is threads. To start a thread, hover over a message and click the “Start a thread” button.
This will pull up the Thread window. Inside this window, you can reply to messages, and discuss a specific topic. This is mainly useful in Channels as it reduces the need to constantly be sending message notifications to large portions of people.
Reactions, basically emojis and custom GIFs, are used to either demonstrate that you have received the message with a “thumbs up,” or you can use the wide variety of options to display your reaction to the content contained in the message.
When you need to get someone’s attention, Slack gives you the ability to use the @ feature, which will send a push notification to that member, even if they didn’t previously reside in the Channel that the notification was posted. Just typing @ will give you a list of people that you can select from to use this feature.
There are a couple other @ functions you can utilize, these being @channel, and @here. @channel will send a push notification to everyone that resides in that channel, while @here only notifies everyone online at that moment.