We (@bemosior & @chris.daniel ) have been discussing an experimental integration between the Slack and the Forum in order to enable easier information flow across both communities and leverage their respective strengths.
Slack is great for real-time discussion and for keeping up with the community stream-of-consciousness. However, it isn’t so great for archival purposes (the free plan limits us to the most recent 10,000 messages).
Meanwhile, a forum is great for thoughtful discussion over time and preserving that discussion for future readers. However, it may be too slow-paced for intense collaborative work.
Additionally, one of the present weaknesses in Wardley Mapping education is the shortage of examples. We have the opportunity here to more deliberately gather examples and associated discussions to make learning mapping even more approachable for new and existing community members.
With this experiment, two things happen:
- When someone posts a map in the
Share Your Mapcategory on the Forum, the
#maps-in-the-wildSlack channel will get a notification.
- When an interesting conversation happens in Slack, participants will have the option to post chat transcripts to the forum (the
/forum postcommand creates a draft) to start a larger discussion or create an archive.
Our expectation is that the consent of conversation participants must be secured before storing a Slack transcript on the forum.
We want to emphasise this is an experiment. If all goes well, we will continue our efforts. If some important obstacles emerge, we will pull the plug without hesitation. We plan to explore this in the next few days, so please let us know if you have questions or concerns.
Thank you for all your support.
PS. This is how we see the map for this case: