Welcome to the TFTTF Slack.
Here's my stab at an explanation: Slack is a mixture of a private chat system for closed groups and a forum with integration of external communication channels. Slack has been around for a while, especially in team communications. Lately I've seen it being more and more used in communities and that's exactly what I'm trying here, based on the model I've seen in other places (tx, @timpritlove)
Tips from the Top Foor used to have a really cool forum with a great amount of wonderful activity. With the advent of social media, forums started to fall out of favor. A rising spam problem didn't make things easier for forums and in the end those two factors led to the eventual demise of the TFTTF forurm. That was a very sad day...
Ever since Slack was created, I've been eyeing it as a potential new meeting place for the TFTTF community and when I saw others successfully use it in this capacity, I thought why not give it a go. So here we are.
The TFTTF Slack is invite-only for now. This is not because I want to artificially keep it exclusive (I want you all in there!) but because that's how Slack works at the moment. There are hacks to allow people to sign themselves up, but I haven't had the time to dive into this just yet.
I have set this Slack up in a way that members can invite other members, which should help with getting people on board a bit faster.
At this point, I see the TFTTF Slack as an experiment. The system is still invite-only and the way it is set up will evolve over time, just like the TFTTF Forum did back in the day. As a member of this slack you are allowed (and encouraged) to invite other TFTTF listeners.
When you come in first, you will see a few channels:
There are plenty more channels, initially hidden from your sight, so it won't get too overwhelming for you in the beginning.
To see all channels and join them:
New to Slack? Check out the #sandbox channel, it's a great playground to test things without creating too much noise for everyone else.
Can't find the #sandbox? Click on CHANNELS in the sidebar to find it.
If you want to discuss something in a closed group, you can DM others or even set up your own private channels behind my back.
At this point there is only one rule: don't be a dick, treat others with the same courtesy and respect that you want to be treated yourself.
Same as we did back on the TFTTF Forum.
PS: Slack allows commenting on posts like this, so by all means, let me know what you think about this!