Disclaimer: this is informational, I am not telling you what to do,
A general issue that has become a bigger problem in our work-from-home era is this: more people are working outside traditional office hours as they are trying to juggle childcare, surrendering to feral biorhythms or trying to match day/nightwork at the summit. So it’s 7am or 8pm or whatever and Slack is chirping and a question I find myself asking is “will this person who just atted-me really benefit from a quick reply or will it wait for later/tomorrow and they only atted me to make sure I see their message”? This can make it hard for some folks (especially team leads who are clearing houses) to tune their notifications so that they can unplug while still being reachable. Personally, my pulse goes up at the Slack chime, even if when I look the notification starts with “FYI”
An effective solution is to time-delay the delivery of Slack messages when you want to at-somebody out of hours but have no need for their immediate attention. There are a number of plugins that do this, and we have made the most economical of these, timy (Pro), available to all users of the LSSTC Slack workspace.
This makes two new commands available to you:
This is the quick way of time shifting with a one-shot message that I use for the problem described above. You can use an absolute or relative time within the coming 24 hour window, eg
/send Does anyone have a pretty screenshot for the monthly report? @ksk how about something from your demo? at 9am
You will get a confirmation back showing you what has been scheduled, have an opportunity to delete it, etc.
For anything more complicated (further in the future, different timezones, recurring messages etc.) you can use the
/schedulecommand which will put up a set of choices for you:
/schedule @here Reminder: no LSP Ops meeting today
will give you these options to fill in:
There is also a webapp you can use if you don’t want to remember the commands.
For how to access that and more information, type
/timy help on your direct message or channel of choice, and comment below if you have any questions.