Slack is a community chat with rooms for different topics.
Step 1: Get an instant invite.
Fill out this form, and an invite will be sent immediately. You’re not signing up for any emails – it’s only used to invite you to Slack, and that’s it. Your email isn’t given to anyone else.
The email will be sent right away – go click on that to activate your account.
Step 2: Join Slack.
If you’re already registered, go to SQLServerCommunity.Slack.com to start chatting.
Step 3: Pick rooms you’d like to join.
Here are some popular rooms:
- #general – super active chat where everybody starts, and a great place to ask general questions about how Slack works
- #SQLhelp and #PowerShellHelp – very active places to get help
- #DBAtools – help & development discussions for DBAtools.io, a popular open source PowerShell management tool
- #FirstResponderKit – questions and dev discussions about sp_Blitz and friends
- #GroupBy – live commentary & Q&A during the GroupBy conference
- #Blogging and #PresentingOrSpeaking – community activism
- #Consultants – share ideas, strategies, lamentations about the business
Step 4: Learn advanced commands.
If you type this stuff in where the message goes, you can trigger things:
/me claps his hands
Looks like this after you hit enter:
/giphy happy cats
Looks like this:
But before it actually posts the gif in the channel, it lets you confirm it, or click shuffle to find a different gif (because sometimes they’re not really appropriate for a public chat.)
/msg @username [your message]
Starts a private discussion between you and that user. Be considerate, though: only message folks when they’re actively discussing something in Slack already. You wouldn’t want to wake someone up for something that isn’t too important.
Slack also has auto-complete, too, so you can just type a slash (/) and then you’ll get more details on what you can do in Slack.
Head on over and join us!