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How to Utilize Slack

This page covers the most popular slack channels so you can jump into the community
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Tech Fleet Slack

Slack is our online community hub that's currently in use. We might use other tools in the future. Right now all of our communications as a community happen in Slack where people can get news, help, project work, and other support.
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Tips for Slack

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    Slack "channels" are where all the communications happen in and out of Tech Fleet programs. Teams have their own channels and there are general channels to follow as well.
  2. 2.
    Check the "Topic" for descriptions of each channel.
  3. 3.
    Check the "pinned posts" for important messages that previously happened in a channel.
  4. 4.
    Be sure to enable 2 factor authentication in your Slack account for security.
  5. 5.
    Follow the Slack Policies guide, and follow all of the code of conduct in Slack.
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    Remove notifications or mute channels when you don't want to receive notifications for them.
  7. 7.
    To avoid being overwhelmed, you can leave or mute yourself from channels where you don't want to get alerts.
  8. 8.
    Use the search function to find things you might have lost in Slack.
  9. 9.
    Join the channels you want to be alerted to, like the common ones below, to get updates. You can also sign up for the mailing list to receive updates less often, but you might miss updates that happen.

Common Slack Channels

#announcements - get announcements from Tech Fleet
#calling-all-shadowers - Program teams provide daily updates about the meetings happening on their projects so that observers can choose what to attend
#community-feedback-ideas-and-discussion - discuss new changes and ideas in Tech Fleet
#gaming - all things games, video games or otherwise
#guidance-for-hiring-and-recruiting - post your questions and get advice from the community related to career topics
#guidance-for-product-strategy - post your questions and get advice from the community related to Product Strategy topics
#guidance-for-ux-design - post your questions and get advice from the community related to UX Design topics
#guidance-for-ux-research - post your questions and get advice from the community related to UX Research topics
#guidance-for-ux-writing - post your questions and get advice from the community related to UX Writing topics
#general - regular ol' general chatter
#guidance-for-development - post your questions and get advice from the community related to Development topics
#guidance-for-hiring-and-recruiting - post your questions and get advice from the community related to career topics
#guidance-for-product-strategy - post your questions and get advice from the community related to Product Strategy topics
#guidance-for-ux-design - post your questions and get advice from the community related to UX Design topics
#guidance-for-ux-research - post your questions and get advice from the community related to UX Research topics
#guidance-for-ux-writing - post your questions and get advice from the community related to UX Writing topics
#lgbtqia-space - channel dedicated for LGBTQIA+
#personal-project-help - post to get help from others in the community for your personal work
#pets-of-tech-fleet - all the pets, all the time!
#social-chatter - no work talk! Icebreakers, games, trivia, and other general chatter
#tech-fleet-project-postings - we post new program opportunities in here
#welcome-buddy-up - introduce yourself, and request a buddy to meet with you and answer questions