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Template: Status Updates and Do Not Disturb in Slack

What's a Slack status and why should I care?

A Slack status is an indicator of whether you're open to chat, and/or when people might expect you to be. For instance, if you're open and free to chat, you don't have to set a status. You might want to consider adding the Google Calendar Slack App in order to automatically have your status updated when you're in a meeting.

If you're taking a short break or on vacation, we have options for those too, but you can always set a custom status as well. See the prepopulated options here:

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When is it OK to turn on do not disturb?

Turn on Do Not Disturb when...

  • You would otherwise be free but need to be heads-down on a project

  • If you're in a meeting where you will be presenting

  • If you're on vacation

To turn on Do Not Disturb, simply type /dnd [length of time] into any message box. It will not be seen by other participants.

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