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Provide a way to access slack for a contributor
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It looks like Slack became a main communication tool, at least for some teams. I'm a volunteer contributor (who previously worked in Readers Web Team) and I'd like to have a way to contact the Readers Web Team to talk about ongoing projects.
I'm actively working on Feature Management and I'd like to have an easy way to talk with people instead of exchanging emails/text messages. Having an access to some channels on Slack (like readers-web) would be super useful for both parties.

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Restricted Application added a subscriber: Aklapper. · View Herald TranscriptFeb 26 2020, 1:20 PM

@Aklapper sorry, but I have no idea on how to tag this task, could you help?

Assuming this is about Readers-Web-Backlog. https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/project/profile/67/ links to an IRC channel and a mailing list. If that's outdated then someone should update it, together with https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Reading/Web#Contact which does not list that mailing list.

yes, but I don't think it should go to Backlog, as backlog is mostly for code-related tasks and this one is about permissions/way to access slack.

Jdlrobson added a subscriber: Jdlrobson.

@Aklapper we use IRC but there's an increasing presence on Slack which is fragmenting the conversations. I think Office IT are leading this change but I don't know if they are on Phabricator. I think if WMF is adopting Slack as their preferred comms platform we need an answer to the question "Can volunteers use Slack?" - any idea who to direct this to?

@Aklapper we use IRC but there's an increasing presence on Slack which is fragmenting the conversations. I think Office IT are leading this change but I don't know if they are on Phabricator. I think if WMF is adopting Slack as their preferred comms platform we need an answer to the question "Can volunteers use Slack?" - any idea who to direct this to?

https://office.wikimedia.org/wiki/Topic:Vgde2gueibjku7ua is the relevant conversation on officewiki.

Dzahn added a subscriber: Dzahn.Mar 3 2020, 12:49 AM

I think Office IT are leading this change but I don't know if they are on Phabricator.

I don't think OIT is leading a change to Slack, I think they are leading an evaluation to find out whether moving to Slack is the best possible option between the other alternatives after everybody agreed it's needed before we end up in a situation like this.

Access for volunteers and lack of bots are important factors that I hope are part of this evaluation.

bd808 added a subscriber: bd808.Mar 3 2020, 5:39 PM

I created a Flow thread related to this ticket at https://office.wikimedia.org/wiki/Topic:Vhwj8zvloalh6hj4. Apologies to those this excludes. I can't bring things from that discussion here due to the privacy expectations of officewiki, but I can take things discussed here there if needed to raise awareness.

bd808 updated the task description. (Show Details)Mar 3 2020, 5:40 PM
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Mozilla recently shut down its IRC server and switched to Matrix: https://wiki.mozilla.org/Matrix.