Learn Slack Basics

Many people wake up one morning to a message. “Hello! We’ve decided to move [our company of a million employees, our polka-festival steering committee, our snack-and-ride youth soccer coordination messages] to Slack! It’ll be great, and you don’t need to learn a thing!”

Those of us who are older, perhaps a little cynical, and have already mastered 100 to 1,000 applications across our lifetimes will sigh deeply, then dig in. We rarely have a choice to not become part of the new way of things.

Other folks hear about Slack and wonder whether using the service could improve communication in their work group, nonprofit or academic organization, or social club. Slack, in contrast to email, group direct messaging, and mailing lists/discussion ...

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