by Miguel Beltran

How to not go crazy with Slack in your first week as a flywire employee


First day as a flywire employee. You create an account in slack and you ask your colleagues: “Which channels I totally should be in?”, one says: “You have to be in #valencia-office, #water-cooler, #dev and #engineering for sure”, another adds: “Oh, don’t forget to be also in #dev-infra, #dev-testing and #product”, next to him, someone says: “And #travel-fun, don’t forget #travel-fun”.

Later, you see someone deploying, running the CI or deploying to a monoenvironment and you ask him which channels do you have to join for doing all those things. He replies: “#dev-deployments, #dev-machines-heaven, #dev-machines-spook, #dev-machines-rockola…”. By the end of your first day your slack will look like this:

Slack total mess
Slack total mess

Too many channels to focus. You can hide the read channels. Preferences -> Advanced options:

Hide slack read messages
Hide slack read messages

Better, no?

Slack without distractions
Slack without distractions

You work with a very big team, so eventually you will be in channels in which you are not interested. For example, David is a hard worker and eventually he helped refunds team with something, for get some insight he joined the channel but when he solved he is not really keen on anything discussed there.

He can do two things. Leave the channel or mute the channel. Leave a channel is more noisy than mute it. When you join or leave the channel a message is sent informing others of your action and next time someone will mention you will be invited to join. If it is a channel which you think you will need on the future there is no need to leave and you can mute it. If you consider that your presence in a channel is totally irrelevant, maybe you should consider leave.

Click this icon inside of the channel:

Slack channel settings button
Slack channel settings button

And in this menu:

Channel settings
Channel settings

Click “Mute #CHANNEL-NAME” and you did it, less noise!.

Finally, probably you are used to the terminal and when you click the upper arrow you expect to have your messages in chronological order. This is not a default behavior but you can configure it. Preferences -> Advanced options:

Slack input options
Slack input options

and select the last one.