Notifications are crucial in any messaging system, especially a collaborative, multi-user system like Slack. Set notifications too liberally, and you might be overwhelmed by trivial chatter. Set them too conservatively, or turn them off entirely, and you may miss important discussions, defeating the entire purpose of Slack!
Slack provides a rich tapestry of notification settings, and Glenn Fleishman covers them all in Chapter 8, “Configure Notifications,” of his serialized “Take Control of Slack Basics” book. He teaches you how to let others know whether you’re available, determine if others are available, and tame your notifications to get just the ones you need.
Everyone can read the first two chapters of “Take Control of Slack Basics” in its current serialized form, but Chapter 3 and the rest are limited to TidBITS members, so if you’re not currently a member, we hope that early access is incentive to join!. TidBITS members receive other benefits too (like a full-text version of our RSS feed), but what’s most important is that TidBITS members provide vital support for getting our work into your inbox every week. If you’re already a TidBITS member, to read these chapters, log in to the TidBITS site using the email address from which you joined.
The full ebook of “Take Control of Slack Basics” will be available for purchase by everyone in PDF, EPUB, and Mobipocket (Kindle) formats once it’s complete, along with the administrator-focused “Take Control of Slack Admin.” We’re also planning to make the final books available as discounted bulk buys for entire Slack teams, so if you’re interested in that, let us know.