I've seen this pop up in quite few places now:
This post is a few weeks old, but I would love to get the community's feedback from a UX/ UI perspective on recent phenomena.
Slack as community software.
Recently I've noticed and have been participating in "communities" that are being hosted on Slack.
I'm in the #nomads community, another for Sketch and so on.
I've noticed in the #nomads community the volume of conversation can be overwhelming. I've also noticed they are syndicating long form content from their Discourse community into Slack.
Community/ forum software has been broken for a really long time. (saying this as I type in a community - :) )
That's a personal opinion of course, but I see community/ forum software as having the curse of just poor organization, horrific UX/ UI - that is just the legacy of the low-bandwidth internet they were designed for.
I think there is something to this oscillation between rapid fire chat in Slack and long form publishing/ community discussion.
I know many forum software solutions have "chat rooms" - but they are usually just ghost towns in the ones I have participated in.
Part of Slack's effectiveness here may be their app ecosystem, and the rise mobile. Not sure.
But, I'm curious - do you see the two styles of behavior (rapid chat + long form) being incorporated into a single software solution?
How would you design a better forum?
I appreciate any feedback.
*Disclosure: I'm working on a community software startup.