Discussion Groups

The discussion group will likely be on Slack and this page will then be a way to join our slack channel.


What exactly is Slack?

Slack is a free messaging app for teams or groups. All the conversations inside the app are searchable and the app syncs seamlessly from your desktop to your mobile device.

Benefits of Slack
👉 Slack is a distraction-free environment.
👉 Slack is a stand-alone app used only for messaging and communication.  When you’re in Slack, you’re focused on the conversations at hand.
👉 Slack makes sharing files incredibly easy. You can drag and drop files right into Slack. Images, PDFs — whatever you want. You can also comment on files or star them for later.
👉 The entire chat is indexed and searchable.
👉 You can communicate one-on-one via direct message with members.nline

What are the basic features of Slack?
Slack Devices
Direct Messages
Direct messages allow you to have one-on-one conversations just like DM’s on Twitter. The conversations that happen via DM are searchable only to you and the person you’re communicating with.
Private groups can be used to talk about topics that only pertain to (and that should only be visible to) a certain number of members in the community/team.

How do I use Slack?

Slack has a variety of ways that you can use the app, and all of them are intuitive.  On your desktop, you can access Slack via the web (in your browser) or you can download their web app straight to your laptop (for Mac and PC.) On your phone, you can access Slack via their mobile app on iOS and Android.

How To Set Up Your Own Slack Community

Step 1: Visit Slack.com and click “Get Started.”
Step 2: Sign up using your email address.
Step 3: Create a Team Name.
Step 4: Create a custom URL for your team. (This is where you can sign-in to your Slack team when you’re using the web app. For example: writingwithlight.slack.com.)
Step 5: Pick a personal username for yourself and click “Finish.”

Once you’ve created a team invite members to join your team.

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