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Add #channel capability (like Slack)

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    Ami Dewar

    Right now the only way to do that is really to create multiple spaces and maybe leverage a common naming convention to associate them.  In the future we are looking at a similar concept in that you could have multiple "topics" (essentially sub-spaces) within a space.  

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    Steve HOWE

    Please don't try to mimic Slack completely! I find the most restrictive thing about Slack is the whole Team/Channel thing. If someone is not in your team they can't join youe channel. Some Teams restrict the ability to create channels and so on.

    The great thing about WW(imho) is the fact that anyone in IBM (or possibly outside) can participate. Yes you may wish to be able to create sub-spaces to divide stuff up, but let's keep this thing inclusive.

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    Ami Dewar

    I agree. We don't plan to change that.  

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    LENNERT DE WAAL

    Although I like the openness of WW - I would like the ability to create something similar to slack channels as this is a great way to collaborate on a project while still keeping the information accessible to all. 

    As an example, a project (= WW space) can have front-end and a back-end development tracks. It is very handy to have discussions on these topics in separate 'threads' where these discussion are 'bundled' together, still accessible to both teams or developers while not 'cluttering' the main channel. 

    Because, if we have these discussions in the same channel, it will be impossible to have really collaborative discussions on multiple topics. 

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    Ami Dewar

    There is really nothing different between a slack channel and a space.  All your channels within Slack are within a specific organization (ie. IBM) vs. grouped by Project.   I would just create different spaces to accommodate the different discussions.  

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    LENNERT DE WAAL (Edited )

    I understand how I could use WW now, however, our own usage of Slack shows that we really use the feature of #channels. We lack an abstraction layer compared to other enterprise tools, that's all I'm saying. 

     

    As an example: I run multiple mobile app development projects at the same time. Each have front-end, back-end, general, architecture and other channels. Lets say about 6 different 'domains' or 'topics' closely related to that one project. The overhead needed in managing that in its current form on WW is way more than it is in Slack because it requires me to create 30 spaces for these 5 projects and invite colleagues to each one. Sometimes the same colleague to the spaces of multiple projects, sometimes someone only to 6 spaces for one project. If that's by design than that's fine - however for _my_ usage the tool is less useful without the ability to group or assign (something similar to) #channels to #spaces. 

     

    Let alone that I would miss the ability to quickly see on the highest abstraction layer (being the team in slack - as there is not similar thing in WW) how many unread messages there are for a specific project. 

     

    To give you an idea - we just finished the KLM Open mobile app. A very successful mobile project, the app is available on Google Play and the Apple AppStore which has been installed buy more than 20.000 users. It took us >27k messages to build it and those messages were spread over multiple #channels in one slack-team. 

     

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    ANDREW LAW

    Actually, there is a big difference between a slack channel and a space. A channel can be thought of as a 'tag', identifying a specific sub-topic. Creating a different space to accommodate every kind of discussion leads to workspace overload - to say nothing of the increased amount of time required to provision users into each space.
    Have 'channel' capability allows me to provision a group of users into a single workspace, and separate discussions into specific sub-domains.

     

     

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    Ami Dewar

    We are definitely planning on "topics" but was curious the key differences you saw between a channel and a space - sounds like adding members is one thing - anything else?  

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