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Take Control of Slack Basics: Chapter 4, Post Basic Messages

This article is a pre-release chapter in the upcoming “Take Control of Slack Basics,” by Glenn Fleishman, scheduled for public release later in 2016. Apart from Chapter 1, Introducing Slack, Chapter 2, Get Started with Slack, and Chapter 12, Start a Slack Team, these chapters are available only to TidBITS members; see “Take Control of Slack Basics” Serialized in TidBITS for details.

Chapter 4: Post Basic Messages

The atomic unit of Slack is the message, a chunk of text with a unique time stamp that appears chronologically in a channel or conversation. In this chapter, I look at the basics of messages, ranging from the etiquette of what you say to the practical issues of composing, editing, deleting, and responding.

Employ Etiquette

Every community, whether online or in “meatspace,” has both implicit and explicit rules of behavior. The explicit ones may be easier to follow, because they’re stated outright; however, they may be observed in the breach, rather than as the rule. The implicit rules may seem tougher, as you have to intuit them over time, yet you may receive more reward for conforming to or at least understanding these subtle cues than for following published rules.

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