slack

Last Updated 12-Mar-2020

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CRDG Slack Documentation

Slack is a collaboration hub that can replace email to help you and your team work together seamlessly. It’s designed to support the way people naturally work together, so you can collaborate with people online as efficiently as you do face-to-face. Slack is designed to go where you go.

Slack is supported on:

Web-browser

Windows App

Android

Mac OS

iOS

💬 Organized conversations

In Slack, team members send messages and share files in channels. Create channels for teams, projects, office locations, or anything else that’s relevant to your organization. You can make channels private for conversations that shouldn’t be open to all members, or you can use shared channels to collaborate with an organization outside your own.

🔎 Searchable history

When messages and files are shared in public channels, information flows transparently throughout Slack. You can search your team’s conversation history in Slack to find relevant messages, files, channels, and people. With Slack’s searchable history, conversations can become common institutional knowledge. The CRDG Slack is currently using the free version which limits this functionality to 10,000 messages.

📞 Slack Calls

You can start a voice or video call with any other members of your workspace right from Slack. Share your screen to show your teammates exactly what you see on your computer — you can even draw on your screen while you’re screen sharing.

Channels

In Slack, teamwork and communication happen in channels. A channel is a single place for a team to share messages, tools, and files.

Channels have been created in our CRDG Slack by team. All team channels are set to private (as indicated by the lock) and are only accessible by team members within the team; no one else can read messages except for members within the channels. You are also welcome to create your own public/private channels and add members as you see fit. The existing public channels are to be used for sharing information with everyone in our research unit. The #general channel should be information applicable to at least faculty and staff, but also student/graduate assistants, and others that work for our research unit.  The #random channel is for interesting news, articles, or happenings that are also for general consumption. Lastly, #system_status is Really Simple Syndication (RSS) feeds and other notifications related to core services and operations that may affect you. It may be a good idea to check this channel if you think you are having an issue with the network or Google services. Here is a list of the premade channels on our CRDG Slack:

Public ChannelsPrivate Channels
#general
#random
#system_status
#math
#evaluation
#learning_technologies
#fiscal
#maps
#science
#plc
#ua4-2
#haa (Hawai‘i Afterschool Alliance)

Direct Messaging

Direct messages (DMs) are one-to-one conversations between you and another workspace member. Group direct messages (group DMs) are smaller discussions, outside of channels, between you and up to eight other members. DMs work well for one-off conversations that don’t require an entire channel to weigh in. No one else can access your DMs other than you and the intended recipient(s) in the conversation.

To begin a DM, navigate to the Direct Message pane, press the + icon, and enter the name of the recipient you intend to send a message to.

Sharing Files

You can share a file that you’ve already added to Slack to a channel or direct message, or by sharing a link. Any member with access to a file you’ve uploaded to Slack can also share it with others. 

Desktop
If you want to share the original message with the file, hover over the message you’d like to share. If you want to share the stand-alone file, hover over just the file. Click the Share icon. Choose where to share the file and add a message, if you’d like. Click Share.
iOS
If you want to share the original message with the file, press and hold the message you’d like to share. If you want to share the stand-alone file, tap the file. Tap the Share icon. Choose where to share the file and add a message, if you’d like. Tap Send.
Android
If you want to share the original message with the file, press and hold the message you’d like to share. If you want to share the stand-alone file, tap the file. Tap the Share icon. Choose where to share the file and add a message, if you’d like. Tap the paper airplane icon in the top right corner of the screen.

Copy a link to a file

With built-in Google Suite integration, users may copy a link from a Google Doc, Sheet, etc. and share a file with a workplace or through direct message. Keep in mind that when you copy a link to a file and share it, only members of your workspace will be able to open it. Also, note that users must be added and shared on the file prior to access.

Searching in Slack

Accessing the right information in Slack is key to working smarter, faster, and more productively. Search your team’s conversation history in Slack to find the relevant messages, files, channels, and people you need to get work done.

Desktop
Click the magnifying glass (search field) in the top right to open the search window, or use the ⌘ + G (Mac) or Ctrl + G (Windows/Linux) keyboard shortcut. Type what you’re looking for into the search field, and add modifiers if you’d like. Slack will suggest relevant channels, files, and recent searches. Click a suggested option in the list to open it in Slack, or press Enter to view your search results.
iOS
Tap the magnifying glass icon in the top right. Type your search terms. Tap Messages or Files. (You can toggle between these options after you’ve run your search too).You’ll see suggestions on how to format your search terms and narrow your results. Select any recommendations you’d like. Tap Search
Android
Tap the magnifying glass icon in the top right. Type your search terms. Tap Messages or Files. (You can toggle between these options after you’ve run your search too).You’ll see suggestions on how to format your search terms and narrow your results. Select any recommendations you’d like. Tap the magnifying glass icon on your device’s keyboard to run your search.

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