Some RedStaters have been discussing the idea of a chat server and other means of direct, private communication, so a few of us have started looking into available options, and we’re looking at Slack as the best fit to our needs. It’s business-oriented and secure, with an archive of 10,000 messages, simple to set up and no-cost for its most basic option (which we’re using). Our intent is not to compete with or replace Disqus discussions, but rather to “fill in the holes” with capabilities Disqus doesn’t offer like realtime chat and private/direct messaging, and to build a platform for those capabilities that adds value to this community. (If it can someday be integrated that would be really nice and we’ve tried to set things up as a “turnkey” package so that it can be handed over to Salem upon request, but such discussions are a ways down the road with RedState itself being in a “rebuilding” phase.)
If you want to play, here’s what to do:
- Click this invitation link, which will take you to Slack’s website. NOTE: This link expires February 28; a fresh one will replace it at that time.
- You’ll be asked for your email and display name–even though Slack strongly pushes for real name, ONLY use your Redstate username and the email you registered at RS with! While we have tried to secure the server as much as possible with all the security features Slack offers, ultimately the security of your account and our server depends on you the user taking appropriate precautions. If you need to share personal information with other members, do so by Direct Message ONLY–that was one of the entire points of setting this thing up.
- Download the Slack client that fits your particular system from https://slack.com/downloads/
- Once Slack is installed, you’ll be dropped into the Lobby while we verify you’re a registered RedStater. This could take a day or two, but please be patient–if you check out you’ll be knocking back cold ones with your friends in the Backroom Speakeasy of the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy soon enough.
- Once you’re in, you’ll be asked to set up Two-Factor Authentication as an additional security measure, which generates a one-time-use PIN you type in along with your password every time you log on. How-to directions can be found here. The easiest way to do this is by SMS text message to your phone then type the six-digit PIN it sends you, but for those with limited text allowance Google Authenticate and OpenAuth are also available.
- Once you’re set, Slack will also give you a set of emergency backup PINs, each good for one use. Write them down somewhere! If your phone dies, they’re the only way you’ll have to get back in! We’re taking security VERY seriously here, with how nutbars from the Left have SWATted Erick and others, and tried to bring other forms of real-life harassment against our fellow members.
- We are running under the “Heritage RedState Posting Rules,” (a Wayback Machine archive of the last posted Rules before they were nuked in August 2016) which will be prominently posted on the Slack server. Also, please DO NOT post links to outside content in the General channel.
RS Slack is a private project by several of us members, and as such is not officially approved or endorsed by Site Management or Ownership. It is meant to be a complement to the discussion platform on this website, NOT a replacement. User assumes all risks.