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Slack: Alchemizing FOMO into neurosis

At my research firm, we’ve finally caught up to c.2013 and adopted Slack for project communications and management. My initial (<2 weeks) impression is that I like it -- the command line, programmable bots, and API parts, in particular, are appealing (and I'm guessing that the utility of those will increase over time.)

There is a lot of conflicting advice out there about how to best use slack, so in this post I add to the noise with some guiding principals we’re following (at least initially).

The tl;dr version of this post is that more channels with fewer conversations > fewer channels with more conversations (noise)mute your notifications! Slack will let you know when you are needed (as long as others follow standard @ mentioning (tagging) conventions)threading = good (but use it deliberately)Reply with purpose, otherwise just Reactdon’t be a luddite-learn & use the Slack /slash commands.
Below are more details/notes/tips on how we are using Slack and some areas where w…