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Slack

Slack is an awesome tool for large group chats (check out their website at https://slack.com). Hack Club's Slack is the home of our community. We use it to ask each other questions, talk about the problems we run into (as members and club leaders), and hang out with each other.

Slack screenshot

If you're not already on Slack, let's get you into the community. Just keep reading for instructions on joining the community. After you've done that, you'll want to check out the Slack Field Guide (click here) for a handy reference on using the Slack.

How To Join

Open up https://slack.hackclub.com in a new tab and enter your email to get an invite from our handy bot.

Get a Slack invite

If you head over to your email inbox, you should see an invite to join the Slack. Go ahead and click the Join Hack Club button in the email to create an account. It'll ask you to provide a username and password. This username is unique to Hack Club, so you can use usernames that are often taken on other sites (like mary). After you create an account, it'll take you to the main Slack interface (you can always get here by going to https://hackclub.slack.com).

Signing up for Slack

If you haven't used Slack before, go ahead and click Explore Slack for a quick one minute tutorial that'll show you around the interface.

Now to fill out our account details so other people in the community can get to know us better. Go ahead and go to Hack Club > View Profile & Account > Edit Account and fill everything out (make sure to set a profile picture!).

Fill out profile

Now for the final setup - introducing yourself! Go to the #introductions channel and introduce yourself with your name, where you're from, and something you're interested in.

Here's an example:

Hey everyone! I'm Mary from San Francisco. I'm a big fan of science fiction books and want to learn to code :-).

Introductions

You'll find that people are generally pretty welcoming and eager to meet you 😃.

Introduction responses

Congratulations! You're now all set up on the Slack. In addition to always being accessible at https://hackclub.slack.com, Slack has great desktop and mobile apps available at https://slack.com/downloads. The most active members have the mobile app installed and we recommend new members install it.

In the next section we'll go over a quick handy reference for using the Slack.

Field Guide

This field guide is intended as a quick channel reference for new and old members alike.

Below is a list of the channels that all members are in by default.

Channel Purpose
#announcements The primary place for announcements to the community
#introductions Where new members introduce themselves and are welcomed
#meta Discussion about building Hack Club itself
#random Anything and everything! General spot for hanging out
#shipit Space to share your projects with the rest of Hack Club
#studycorner Do schoolwork together and help those in need of help

Here are some examples of messages sent to the different default channels:

#announcements:

`#announcements` example

#introductions:

`#introductions` example

#meta:

`#meta` example

#random:

`#random` example

#shipit:

`#shipit` example

#studycorner:

`#studycorner` example