As part of our larger response to the COVID-19 pandemic the HCCO Board has decided to provide a new virtual space for our community to connect. For those unfamiliar, Slack is a popular chat-based communication application used by businesses and community groups all over the world.
As physical communities like ours navigate these times, virtual solutions like Slack will be more important than ever. In this post we’ll be showing you how to join the HCCO Slack space and participate.
How to Join the HCCO Slack Space
It’s important to note that our Slack space is for members only. This allows us to keep the focus on community interactions and avoid folks joining just to troll or debate people with a secular worldview.
So how do you get an invite?
We will invite all of our current members via email shortly after this post goes live. If you are reading this, a member, and do not see that email, please be sure to check your spam folder just in case. You can also use our contact form to let us know if you’d like a new invite.
Once you receive that email invite, follow the prompts in it to join the HCCO Slack space.
How to Download the Slack Desktop and Mobile Apps
If you ask anyone who uses Slack on a regular basis, they’ll likely tell you that the desktop and mobile apps are where it’s at. The apps are free to download and available for mac, pc, ios, and android devices. Once you download the appropriate app for your setup all you have to do is follow the setup wizard to get things up and running on your device.
How to Participate in Our Slack Community
Once you’ve joined our Slack space and downloaded the app of your choice, here is a quick overview of how we’ve setup our Slack space and some tips on participating.
1. This is where Slack displays the spaces you have joined. As you can see, you can join more than one and easily jump between them as you need to.
2. This panel is where all of our “Channels” are listed. We have set up separate places to discuss specific topics. This makes it easy to know where the types of conversations you want to have are already taking place or where you can start up a new one.
3. Direct messages are a place for 1-1 conversations to take place. This is where your most recent 1-1 conversations can be referenced and continued. You can also start new 1-1 conversations with any other member by clicking on the plus icon next to “Direct messages.”
Easy as that!
See You on Slack!
We are thrilled to be able to provide a new place for our community to connect with each other and we hope you’ll join us. See you on Slack!