There are three kinds of channels: public channels, private groups, and direct (1-on-1) messages.
Free channels (also called channels for short) are the most critical kind. Use channels for conversations that are open to your entire team. Any FetSwingers can join a channel.
Channels make it easy to find what’s going on with your team. New team members can join a channel and read all the information previously shared by other users.
When in doubt, create a channel. Public conversations help you build a knowledge base of your organization with minimal effort. For example, create a pathway for a company department or to discuss a specific programming language.
Private groups are closed channels. They are visible only to their members. Use private groups for subjects that are sensitive, confidential, or limited to a small group of team members.
Private groups can be joined by invitation only. The administrator sets the permissions that determine who can invite others to a private group. By default, only administrators, room owners, and moderators can invite others to private rooms.
Direct messages (DMs) are a private, 1-on-1 conversation between team members. You can think of a DM as a private group with only two members.
The public and private channels you are watching are listed in the left sidebar under the “Channels” sections.
Public channels are indicated by a hash symbol next to the channel name, and private channels by a lock. Public channels appear. First, private channels below them and each group will be ordered alphabetically.
When a channel has new messages, its name will be highlighted on the channel list.
If using Unread Mode, a new section called “Unread” will appear on the left sidebar, and all channels with unread messages will be moved to this new section.
To activate Unread Mode, you must go to Preferences under My Account and change the “Sidebar channel list mode” setting to “Unread Rooms Mode.”
When someone mentions you with @username, @all or @here, a symbol or a number will appear alongside the channel name. If you were referred, an would show. If someone mentions @all or @here, a number will show up showing the number of times you were mentioned.
There are several settings about notifications that a user can customize especially to channels. One can find these settings in the Notifications Preferences under the More section of the channel whose notification settings is to change.Mute/Receive alerts
There are three ways of joining a public channel; you can either search for it, be invited to it, or be mentioned in it.
For starting a direct message, you can either search the user you want to talk or click on that user's avatar and click on the “Conversation Button.”
To search for channels and users, use the search bar under your account box. Alternatively, you can press Ctrl/Cmd + k to access the search bar quickly.
A search will find channels (including the ones you are part of) and users. Private channels can’t be searched.
When you click in a search result, the following can happen:
There are two notions of leaving a channel:
Every channel has an owner, and the owner of a channel cannot leave a channel until setting someone else as the owner of that channel.
To leave a channel, enter the command /part or /leave In the message window. Alternatively, hover your mouse over the channel in the list of channels on the left-hand side and click on the button.
To hide a channel, hover your mouse over the channel in the list of channels on the left-hand side and click on the hide channel button.
To create a channel, you need to click on the plus + the button that is alongside the channel search bar.
This will open a pop-up, and there you can set the name of that channel if it is public or private, set it to read-only, broadcast it, and invite users.
In read-only channels, messages can only be posted by people with the write permissions. Users can react to messages in this channel. Read-only channels are suitable for announcements or voting, for example.\
Sending messages in FetRooms is self-explanatory: type a message in the message box and press Enter or the Send Button.
If you want to send multiple lines of text, press Shift + Enter to add a new path.
You can move the cursor using the arrow keys while writing or editing messages. When you press the Up Arrow or Down Arrow keys, the cursor moves to the location determined by the wrapping of the text.
I am holding Alt or Command while pressing an arrow key moves to the beginning or end of the message.
To get someone’s attention in a channel, type @ followed by their username, for example, @guarilha. (They’ll see a red badge on the channel and be notified via email or their mobile device if they’re not online)
You can also inform everyone in a channel by typing @all.But avoid using because it tells everyone. Although it is useful for important announcements, it can be distracting if abused.
In FetRooms, you can send a variety of attachments on your messages, like files, audio, links, videos, and many more.
To access the attachment menu, you can click on the plus (+) icon on the message input.
You can select files using three methods:
After Selecting the file, you will be prompted to add a name and a description to it. After that just press send.
Be aware that the server administrator can block certain file types from being uploaded.
Before sending an audio message, if you are using a browser, you need to give FetRooms. Chat permission to use your microphone.
To start recording, you can click on the option on the attachment menu. To stop recording press the same choice again.
You will have the chance to listen to the message before sending it.
To start recording, you can click on the Create new Video Message option on the attachment menu.
Then click the circle icon, when the recording starts the image will be replaced with a square “stop” icon. To end the video recording, click the “stop” icon.
To preview and send your last video recorded, click the “ok” button, which will display a window where you can watch and download the video, name it, and give it an optional description. Click the “send” button to send the video or the “cancel” button to discard the video recording.
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