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Clint Brubakken
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I went to Geekway to the West a few weeks ago , and I was introduced to Slack as they were using it there, to help organize games, trades, announcements etc.

Slack is a "is a cloud-based team collaboration tool" that "offers a lot of IRC-like features: persistent chat rooms (channels) organized by topic, as well as private groups and direct messaging (again, historically based on IRC). All content inside Slack is searchable, including files, conversations, and people"

After playing with it a little it was pretty easy to use (but I'm a techie, YMMV)

Users can set up channels that other users can communicate in, with text images, links , etc. you can set the app up to notify you when someone comments in particular channel, ignoring the ones you don't care about.

We could have channels for each room, looking for players , looking for teachers, specific board games, etc.

Thanks to the app I was able to get into Scythe game, that someone posted they were looking for players for.


You can even integrate Twitter feeds and others apps .

We could set up a communities just for BGG.con and invite people to join through a specific URL or invitation sent by a team admin or owner.


And for our usage it would be free which would include:
Searchable message archives, up to 10k of your team’s most recent messages
10 apps or service integrations
Native apps for iOS, Android, Mac & Windows Desktop
Two-person Calls (beta)
5GB total file storage for the team

There is a limit of 8462 users per channel in the free version, but the entire con is attendance


I'd be willing to set this up for the con , if people would be interested.

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Ingriguing! I use slack for smaller groups and it works great.

It might be cumbersome for mass user communication. In my personal experience with groups that are large (100 or more), entropy has its wicked way with the chat channels/groups and I end up muting the notifications and ultimately end up not using it.

That said, it is very easy to create small slack groups for various subgroups, like Wargamers, or Werewolf players, or just a bunch of friends who want to be able to organize for games, dinners, etc. Also, for ad hoc purposes like a convention, GroupMe, Telegram, Google Hangouts all work very well.
 
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Here's an example of a large Slack group: https://elixir-lang.slack.com/

The main channels there currently have ~300 of ~5000 users logged in right now, and it's the middle of the night in the U.S. They mainly handle this chaos by having a ton of channels. Also, a lot of people idle there, which is likely a different traffic pattern than what you'd see at a convention.
 
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I would agree that setting up Slack for BGG.con would be good. I've used it at conferences and for work and having the different channels has been great.

I'll also add that it's been good communicating with those that may not be able to make the convention and still want to be apart of the conversation. In addition for those that are in the area and would like to set up dinners or meetups with those attending.
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I have used Slack at several jobs. It is an excellent collaboration tool with a great mobile app. Adoption is always the challenge, but as some of you have already pointed out you could make channels for meetup groups to ease communication.
 
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As a newbie this seems like a great idea, but isn't it kind of "heretical" to use a third party app like Slack at a convention that is designed around a website that is made for communication? I mean, as much as I love the BGG community, clearly Slack would be a better option in terms of efficiency.
 
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I used Slack at last year's BGGCON and at other gaming cons in the past. It is perfect for small groups of people to coordinate.

I don't know about using it for the entire con, but, sure, why not?

Another newer option is Google Spaces. They're free as well: https://spaces.google.com/

I just made a BGGCON space here: https://goo.gl/spaces/H2aXXnZZbyHKK53SA

There's iOS and Android apps so you get notified anyone posts to the space.
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I've organized a slack group for a couple GenCons and BGGCons for our sub community to use. It was great!

If this gets off the ground, there's a "prepackaged" heroku app you can set up that will create invites for you. (People can go to the page, fill out a form, and get an invite directly. That way they don't need to go directly to you and wait for an invite.)
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If a slack gets set up, let me know.
 
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Nice.. Just installed Slack on my phone!

I hope this idea takes off!
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I'm curious how this would work. My slack team tends to make waaaay to many channels. It gets pretty overwhelming pretty fast. What kind different channels were you thinking? Maybe:

Looking for players, Euro
Looking for players, Ameritrash
Looking for players, War Game
 
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dwarvenfriend wrote:
I'm curious how this would work. My slack team tends to make waaaay to many channels. It gets pretty overwhelming pretty fast. What kind different channels were you thinking? Maybe:

Looking for players, Euro
Looking for players, Ameritrash
Looking for players, War Game


That and maybe room or game specific channels.
 
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Please let me know if there is a slack setup for this.
 
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Ok I've set up a slack. You can get an invite at http://bggslack.brubakken.net/
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Just registered, and sitting in #general.
 
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cheez wrote:
Ok I've set up a slack. You can get an invite at http://bggslack.brubakken.net/


Do you mind if I spread this link out?
 
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Hsart wrote:
Just registered, and sitting in #general.


I can register and log in on my desktop, but mobile refuses. yuk

for mobile, it seems you have to use BGGCON.slack.com, not the brubakken one

oi nevermind, I see how this all works now. Going to that link starts the invite/accept for the Slack channel. I should be in bed.
 
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Hsart wrote:
cheez wrote:
Ok I've set up a slack. You can get an invite at http://bggslack.brubakken.net/


Do you mind if I spread this link out?


As long as it's just for cobblers . I doubt anyone else would care but I'd be worried about trolls.

You can also invite people directly.
 
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Thanks for setting this up. I have joined
 
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Yay! Thanks for setting this up. I've joined, too!
 
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cheez wrote:
Hsart wrote:
cheez wrote:
Ok I've set up a slack. You can get an invite at http://bggslack.brubakken.net/


Do you mind if I spread this link out?


As long as it's just for cobblers . I doubt anyone else would care but I'd be worried about trolls.

You can also invite people directly.

Did not realize autocorrect changed con-goers to cobblers.
I've created a cobblers channel.

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i've been wondering about that, i thought i was some sort of in-joke that i didn't know about
 
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cheez wrote:
cheez wrote:
Hsart wrote:
cheez wrote:
Ok I've set up a slack. You can get an invite at http://bggslack.brubakken.net/


Do you mind if I spread this link out?


As long as it's just for cobblers . I doubt anyone else would care but I'd be worried about trolls.

You can also invite people directly.

Did not realize autocorrect changed con-goers to cobblers.
I've created a cobblers channel.



Just to be clear about that channel... do I have to repair shoes professionally or can I be a hobbyist?
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Regai wrote:
cheez wrote:
cheez wrote:
Hsart wrote:
cheez wrote:
Ok I've set up a slack. You can get an invite at http://bggslack.brubakken.net/


Do you mind if I spread this link out?


As long as it's just for cobblers . I doubt anyone else would care but I'd be worried about trolls.

You can also invite people directly.

Did not realize autocorrect changed con-goers to cobblers.
I've created a cobblers channel.



Just to be clear about that channel... do I have to repair shoes professionally or can I be a hobbyist?


I thought it was for people specializing in fruit-filled pastries.
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deitied wrote:
Regai wrote:
cheez wrote:

Did not realize autocorrect changed con-goers to cobblers.
I've created a cobblers channel.



Just to be clear about that channel... do I have to repair shoes professionally or can I be a hobbyist?


I thought it was for people specializing in fruit-filled pastries.


Oooh.... can I have some? devil
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