Slack (free) has a big problem. We lose conversation history after about 14 days due to the 10,000 message limit for free communities.
What this means is that if you don’t have your finger on the pulse, tracking conversations in Real-Time, you miss stuff. Then it’s gone. No search, nothing.
- Discourse Forum (here)
- Discord channel (does one already exist?)
- Stick with Slack
I’d like to hear the thoughts people have here.
- Foster a good environment for informal group chat/discussion
- Create an Evergreen community resource (easy to search & permanent)
- Correct the current “fragmentation” in where main conversations exist
My thoughts on Slack:
- Love the informal nature of discussion and the subchannels
- Love the ease-of-use and notification management.
- Love the integrations (e.g. GitHub)
- The 14 days quicksand is intolerable. A deal breaker.
- IMO we need either Paid Slack (best), or something else.
My thoughts on Forum:
- I think I could love it.
- Love the structure.
- Love that it forms a lasting reference that builds over time.
- Don’t love the notifications or ease-of-use. Low visibility = lower engagement from me for sure.
- Fig (app) seems good, but hopefully the limitations of the free version aren’t too limiting.
My thoughts on Discord:
- I don’t know it well.
- Some people love it, I don’t “get” the love for it.
- Seems chaotic (less functional threading so it feels like Real-Time or bust — hard to “jump in”)
- No message limit is good.
My thoughts on Roam Multiplayer (bonus):
- This is a long way away yet, I think (Prove me wrong Roam team!!)
- Too much chaos — not supportive of new users
- Potential for incremental use within Roam sub-communities??
Anyways, these are just my poorly researched thoughts — super open to suggestions. I’d be sad to see Slack go, but something needs to change. Too much valuable content being lost right now. We’ll regret staying there too long, I think.