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Chapter 6: Work with Channels
Channels fall just below teams in the Slack hierarchy, letting team members communicate in a topic-based structure. I would wager that despite a lot of communication in conversations, the vast majority of interaction in Slack happens in channels.
A channel has either a hash or a lock icon before its name wherever it appears in Slack, which respectively indicate whether a channel is public or private. Private channels appear in your list only if you’re a member; even team admins don’t see private channels unless they’re a member.
Every Slack team starts with two channels populated by the system:
#random. From there, teams chart their own course.
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