A while ago I asked what the benefits of using Slack are, as compared to, say, a web forum. While the jury is still out for me, I have detected a few advantages worth noting.
- You aren’t responsible for backend security issues; somebody else is handling updates.
- Slack’s notification settings are easy to understand, and Slack is much more respectful of one’s choices than is true for some social media systems. We
- The free version of Slack is quite powerful, and is frankly generous about exceeding its intended limits (e.g., one can continue uploading files even after the group is over the memory limit).
I’m particularly aware of the first of those advantages. Not having to worry about technical aspects of site maintenance is a big deal. Whatever else is true about Slack, I’ve never seen its channels taken over by spambots.