Slack keeps interrupting you, but you can stop it

Nick Cinger on July 12, 2018

Or "Avoiding death by a thousand cuts". With your productivity being the victim. The cheapest way to kill a programmers productivity, is to get hi... [Read Full]
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Somewhere along the way...
We decided
that this
is an acceptable way to communicate.
Please. Stop.

This is probably because of phones -- folks typing a quick message to say "hey there is more coming" because typing a long message on a phone can take a while, and many people hate this message even more than the above:



Yeah, that explains the source, but I know people break their messages apart like this even when on a keyboard - although not to such small chunks.

Really, unless people expect a response in the style of "I'ma let you finish" in between the messages, it should all be a single message.


Oh I hate this. I've seen a few people who do this and it quickly grows to 20+ individual messages -- because the people themselves ramble. ๐Ÿ˜ต

Oh yeah, I ramble, especially IRL :D
But that's also why I try and keep my messages on point. Even if that means completely rewriting them 3 times :P

Yeah, I do that same thing sometimes. And yes, I'm also an IRL rambler. Lol

Haha. Iโ€™m a fellow โ€œramblerโ€ too jsn1nj4. I think thatโ€™s actually why I like remote work, so I can keep myself from chatting too much IRL. By the way, great article Nick. I just posted an article about removing noisy distractions and then I saw yours about Slack. These are some great points. :)


It's ironic, these are basically the principles that IRC culture has operated on for two+ decades, and yet we don't even have message logging (especially when offline) as a default part of the protocol!

Alumni IRCers live by the principles of lurk, scrollback, ask and wait (even for more than 24 hours at times), and not pinging when someone is marked /away. As a result, most people are able to lurk constantly in IRC, without feeling compelled to answer absolutely everything.

Yet an asyncronous chat service like Slack, being more technically capable of allowing the same cultural principles, is more demanding. Weird, isn't it?


Yea, it is weird! I guess it's really just a people problem again. The tech is there, but the more convenient you make it, the lower barrier to entry, the less rules are implied. Or that's how I see it.

Don't get me wrong, it's great that we're off Email and Skype, but there's room for improvement for sure.


Nice post. I think that Slack and/or other communicators can be very destructive to our productivity unless we disable the annoying notifications. Personally, I like Slack. I used to work with Skype for Business and I hate it. Slack's support for the group messaging is just awesome and you can always call to the other person ๐Ÿ˜


So... Is it safe to say there's a reason it's called "Slack"? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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