Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Slack Best Practices

First, thank you to everyone for adopting Slack so readily and providing feedback for what you do and do not like about the app.  We still have a lot to learn about how to best use it and your feedback is helping tremendously.

The first responses we received was a desire to keep important announcements in one place.  To do this we changed the name of the #general folder to #team-announcements.  The only things posted there should be time sensitive information that the entire team needs.  Please adhere to this, so that everyone keeps their notifications on for this channel.

We have the following additional channels to help communicate with smaller groups of people.
Group Channels
#Scarlet (Scarlet 1, 2, 3 & Gold), #Silver (Silver Comp, Rec and Intro) & #Senior (Senior, Junior & NPG).  These channels will auto pull the practice schedule off our team calendar each week.  It is a long pull, but easy to scroll right on past if you aren't interested in reading it.  These folders will also automatically post as soon as I make a change to a practice on our google calendar.  So if a practice is canceled you'll see a post come up much like this:

Scarlet APP [9:06 AM]
Calendar event was cancelled
Scarlet 1 Bonus Practice
Feb 23 from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM at Columbus North Athletic Club, 888 E Dublin Granville Rd, Columbus, OH 43229, USA

Swim Meets
#swim-meets
In the week leading up to the meet we will post any updates such as psych sheets and warm-up schedules.

Pictures
#pictures
This is a safe place to throw any pictures from team events, practices, etc.

Everything Else
#random
Anything you feel like sharing can go here.  This channel was used to find a team suit this past week-end.  Great use of Slack!

MANAGING NOTIFICATIONS
Not everyone wants Slack pinging every time something is posted.  You can change your notifications based on what is important to you.  We think it is a good idea to keep notifications turned on for #team-announcements.  Your teammates will get better at using it wisely as we learn.

To manage your notifications go into your settings (swipe left on iOS, tap the three dots on Android) tap notifications then choose your preferences.  You can set different notifications for mobile and desktop.  You can also have notifications emailed to you.

DO NOT DISTURB HOURS
Our do not disturb hours are currently set for 9 pm to 8 am.  Notifications do not go out between those hours.

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