My Favourite #Slack Features So Far

We’ve recently started using Slack at work, after the death or retirement of HipChat. From my previous minor experiences with Slack, I was sceptical, as it mostly seemed to be focused on sharing lots of animated gifs, but after getting more familiar with it, and importantly finding the setting for hiding images by default, I’m quite impressed with the tool. This is a list of my favourite features so far, that might benefit others as well:

  • Show only unread and starred conversations 1
    • Most importantly, this means you can be in ALL THE CHANNELS if you want to, without having to have them all open in your side bar all the time
  • Alt-Up and Alt-Down to navigate conversations in side bar
  • Shift-Alt-Up and Shift-Alt-Down the navigate unread conversations only
  • Alt-Back and Alt-Forward to jump to previous conversation and forward again
  • For example:
    • A new message is received in channel A, which is 10 channels below current channel B
    • You Alt-Shift-Down to go to the new channel
    • After reading it to Alt-Back to go back to channel B
    • Channel A is now hidden again (unless it’s starred) to leave less clutter
    • If you realise you wanted to reply to the message, just Alt-Forward to go to A again
  • Searching! You can actually search through history in Slack. This might seem like a natural feature, but it was completely missing from HipChat, and you’d have to go to the website and search, and it didn’t work very well, as it would be hard to get at the context of any results found.
1) This is where to find this in the side bar setting:

Svend’s Beer Log 2019 02

(Rating system: 1-5. 1: undrinkable. 2: not nice. 3: decent/good. 4: very good. 5: one of the best I’ve ever had. Read more about my rating system)

Köstritzer – Schwarzbier 4
St Austell – Evacuate The Dancefloor 5
Schloss Eggenberg – Hopfen König 3
Birra Amarcord – Volpina 3
Kloster Bryggeriet – Oluf Kviter 4
Het Anker – Lucifer 3
Giesinger – Dunkel 4

Svend’s Beer Log 2019 01

(Rating system: 1-5. 1: undrinkable. 2: not nice. 3: decent/good. 4: very good. 5: one of the best I’ve ever had. Read more about my rating system)

Brutal Brewing – Tail Of A Whale 4
Amager Bryghus – Reindeer Fuel 2017 5
Kloster Bryggeriet – Kloster Jul 3
Korsendonk – Christmas Ale 3
Løgismose – Julens Øl 3
Brouwerij Van Steenberge – Wit 3
Brouwerij De Molen – Yes & Yolo 4
Klüvers Brauhaus – Bock 3
Thisted Bryghus – Limfjords Porter Lagret På Egetræ 3
Brouwerij De Molen – Gulden Draak 4
Aarhus Bryghus – Black Monster 2016 3
The Bruery – Share This O. C. 4
8 Wired – Lord Of Atlas 4
Founders – KBS 5
Svaneke Bryghus – Mørk Guld Jul 4
Rye River Brewing Co – Dec’s 4
Ørbæk – Choco Ale 4

Svend’s Cider ‘n’ Perry Log 2018

Simon’s – Cox 5
Hecks – Port Wine Of Glastonbury 5
Orwell – Red Devil 4
Simon’s – 4 Pear Perry 4
Gwynt Y Ddraig – Gold Medal Cider 5
Gwynt Y Ddraig – Black Dragon 4

Gwynt Y Ddraig - Black Dragon

Gwynt Y Ddraig – Black Dragon

Broadoak Cider – Pear & Chilli 5
Farmer Jim’s – Farmhouse Perry 4
Moles Brewery – Black Rat Perry 5

Pear & Chilli, Farmhouse Perry and Black Rat Perry

Pear & Chilli, Farmhouse Perry and Black Rat Perry

Seacider – Blood Orange Cider 4
Seacider – Medium Dry Cider 4
Gwynt Y Ddraig – Dog Dancer 5
Severn – Brown Snout 4
Severn – Farmhouse Perry 3
Severn – Brown Snout 3
Severn – Dry Sparkling 4
Lefevre – Cidre Brut 3
Old Mout – Summer Berries 3
Waitrose – Herefordshire Vintage Cider 4

Svend’s Beer Log 2018 12

(Rating system: 1-5. 1: undrinkable. 2: not nice. 3: decent/good. 4: very good. 5: one of the best I’ve ever had. Read more about my rating system)

Brouwerij Van Steenberge – Gulden Draak 4
Watou – Tripel 4
Brasserie Dubuisson – Bush De Noël 4
Purple Moose – Chocolate Moose 5
Ayinger – Weizenbock 3
Dry And Bitter – Guavalanche 4
St Peter’s – Christmas Ale 4
Brewdog – Mistletoe Mafia 3
Black Isle Brewery – Colonel Custard’s Christmas Ale 4
Nordic Kiwi Brewers – Pacific Winter 4
Ægir Bryggeri – Eldir 4
Mikkeller – Vanilla Maple Cocoa 4
Thisted Bryghus – Rum N’ Beer 3
Thisted Bryghus – Jack & Beer 3
Schloss Eggenberg – Silver Bottle Beer 4
Corsendonk – Christmas Ale 4
TeeDawn – Light In The Dark 3
Spółdzielczy – Lodolf Rum 5
Kissmeyer – Easy Kiss 3
Pheasantry Brewery – Dancing Dragonfly 4

Pheasantry Brewery - Dancing Dragonfly

Pheasantry Brewery – Dancing Dragonfly

Charnwood – Three Kings 4
Steamin’ Billy Brewing Co – Billy 3
Nant – No. 6 Dark Ale 4
Purple Moose – Dark Side Of The Moose 4
Great Orme Brewery – White Out 3
Conwy – Honey Porter 4
Purple Moose – Antlered IPA 5
Cwrw Llyn – Porth Neicwl 5
Langton Brewery – Caudle Bitter 3
The Wild Beer Co – Millionaire 4
Mikkeller – Wood Will Fall Down 3

Svend’s Beer Log 2018 11

(Rating system: 1-5. 1: undrinkable. 2: not nice. 3: decent/good. 4: very good. 5: one of the best I’ve ever had. Read more about my rating system)

Brasserie Dubuisson Frères – Bush De Noël 4
Little Valley – Cragg Vale Bitter 4
Little Valley – Stoodley Stout 4
Carlsberg – 1883 2
Robinsons – Old Tom Strong Ale 4
Stone Brewing – Xocoveza 4
Beerbliotek – Moments Of Clarity 4
Dry & Bitter – Black Wreath 4
To Øl – Mister Blonde 5
Prairie Artisan Ales – Pink Guava Funk 4
Randers Bryghus – Cold Christmas 4
St Bernardus – Christmas Ale 4
Mönchshof – Weihnachts Bier 3
Ørbæk – IPA 3
Corsendonk – Christmas Ale 4
Abbaye Des Rocs – Spéciale Noël 3
Birrificio Agricolo – Birra Nazionale 2
Carlsberg – 1883 2
Theodor Schiøtz Brewing Co – Anarkist Christmas Ale 3

Svend’s Beer Log 2018 10

(Rating system: 1-5. 1: undrinkable. 2: not nice. 3: decent/good. 4: very good. 5: one of the best I’ve ever had. Read more about my rating system)

Abbaye du Mont des Cats – Mont des Cats 4
Hancock – Høker Bajer 2
Erdinger – Weissbier 3
Humpty Dumpty Brewery – Humpty Dumpty Ale 4
Siren Craft Brew – Half Mast 4
Skagen Bryghus – Skawskum 4
Erdinger – Dunkel 3
Albani – Citra Witbier 3
Jacobsen – Yakima IPA 3
Århus Bryghus – Dobbelt Bock 4
Hancock – Saaz Brew 4
Brouwerij Bosteels – Tripel Karameliet 3
La Trappe – Quadrupel 4
Royal Unibrew – Lottrup Imperial Espresso Bourbon Stout 3
Randers Bryghus – Tap Dancing Hippo 4
Ebeltoft Gårdbryggeri – Røde Orm 3
Nibe Bryghus – Mercator 3
Humlepraxis – Hærvejs Nat-Eukalyptus 4
Pivovar Liberec Vratislavice – Konrad Kapucin 4
Riedenburger Brauhaus – Dolden Dark 5
Thisted Bryghus – Seattle 4
Theodor Schiøtz Brewing Co – Anarkist Christmas Ale 3
N V Brouwerij Boon – Geuze Boon 4
Grimbergen – Blanche 3
Grimbergen – Blonde 3

Svend’s Beer Log 2018 09

(Rating system: 1-5. 1: undrinkable. 2: not nice. 3: decent/good. 4: very good. 5: one of the best I’ve ever had. Read more about my rating system)

Černovar – Světle 2
Černovar – Černé 3
Ebeltoft Gårdbryggeri – Wilderflower 4
Amager Bryghus – Dragør Brown 3
Alaryk – Blanche 3
Alaryk – Blonde 3
Alaryk – Ambrée 3
Alaryk – India Pale Ale 4
Alaryk – Brune 4
Alaryk – Double 3
Alaryk – Triple Grain 3

Alaryk

Alaryk French Beers

Alefarm – Farmscape 3
Anarchy Brew Co – Anti-Venom 4
Viborg Bryghus – Obersten 3
Maisel’s Weisse – Original 3
Anarchy Brew Co – Sublime Chaos 3
Mikkeller – Vesterbro Brown 3
Maisel & Friends – Choco Porter 4
Bie’s Bryghus – Havnefoged Porter 4
Anarchy Brew Co – Antichrist 4
Viborg Bryghus – Rød Viborg 4
Virklund Bryghus – India Pale Ale 2
Thornbridge – Am:Pm 3
Ugly Duck – Putin 4
Maisel & Friends – Citrilla 4
Kloster Bryggeriet – Årsøl 3
Browar Golem – Laphroaig 4
Mig Og Ølsnedkeren – Blomme Og Hindbærbegær 4

Mig Og Ølsnedkeren - Blomme Og Hindbærbegær

Mig Og Ølsnedkeren – Blomme Og Hindbærbegær

Brew42 – Hoppy Birthday 3
Birrificio Agricolo Baladin – Birra Nazionale 2
Magic Rock – High Wire 5
Bevog – Baja 4
Harviestoun – Ola Dubh 5
Gourmetbryggeriet – Tripel 4
Royal Unibrew – Classic 2
Skagen Bryghus – Frederikshavn 200 År 4
Skagen Bryghus – Fredagsøl 3
Brew42 – Sorachi-san 4
Kloster Bryggeriet – Oluf Kviter 4
Störtebeker – Atlantic-Ale 4
Farmageddon Brewing Co-Op – Gold 5
Dungarvan Brewing Co – Copper Coast 4
Eight Degrees Brewing – The Full Irish 4
North Brewing Co – Counter Point 4
Birrificio Agricolo Baladin – Isaac 3

Svend’s Beer Log 2018 08

(Rating system: 1-5. 1: undrinkable. 2: not nice. 3: decent/good. 4: very good. 5: one of the best I’ve ever had. Read more about my rating system)

Aarhus Bryghus – Forårsbryg 3
Ørbæk – India Pale Ale 3
Vadehavsbryggeriet – Markmandshus IPA 4
Brew 42 – Jumfrubelgieren 4
Westvleteren – 12 5
Rudgate – Ruby Mild 4
Vadehavsbryggeriet – Ballum Brown 5
Primus – Tempus Cream Stout 4
Ugelris – Bryggerens Ale 4
Skagen Bryghus – Isbryder 4
York Brewery – Guzzler 5
Fur – Påske Frokost 4
Kissmeyer – Belgian Blonde 3
Thisted Bryghus – Limfjords-Porter 4
Brew 42 – An Enigmatic Hoppy 4
Hornbeer – Framboise 4
Brauerei Pinkus Müller – Hefe Weizen 3
Cervecería Calavera – Mexican Imperial Stout 4
Pivovar Kout Na Šumavě – Koutská 4
Birrificio Agricolo Baladin – Isaac 3
Störtebeker Braumanufaktur – Weise 3
Störtebeker Braumanufaktur – Hanse-Porter 4
The Man Behind – Økologisk Pale Ale 3
Föroya Bjór – North Atlantic Ale 3
Mikkeller – Wreck Ale 4
Mountain Brew – Sommerdråber 4
Brewdog – #Mashtag 4
Klosterbryggeriet – Oluf Kviter 4
Ayinger – Weizenbock 3
Alefarm Brewing – Saturated IPA 3
Næstved Bryghus – Hildegard 3
Brewdog – Beatnik Brewing Collective Raspberry Cheesecake 3
Ebeltoft Gårdbryggeri – Damn Dark Stout 3
Nordic Kiwi Brewers – Hokitika Hootch 4
Mikkeller – Drink’in The Sun 4
Brouwerij Kees – Pale Ale Citra 5
Nibe Bryghus – Styrbord 4

Svend’s Beer Log 2018 07

(Rating system: 1-5. 1: undrinkable. 2: not nice. 3: decent/good. 4: very good. 5: one of the best I’ve ever had. Read more about my rating system)

Midtfyns Bryghus – Sunshine 3
Humpty Dumpty Brewery – Jubilee Mild 5
Theodor Schiøtz Brewing Co – Anarkist Motueka Lager 3
Theodor Schiøtz Brewing Co – Anarkist New England IPA 4
Lagunitas Brewing Co (Heineken) – Maximus 3
Brauerei Heller – Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen 4
Marston’s – Wychwood Hobgoblin 3
Doctor Brew – Molly IPA 4
Tring – Side Pocket For A Toad 5

Tring - Side Pocket For A Toad

Tring – Side Pocket For A Toad

1648 – Choc Orange Mild 4
Tring – Fanny Ebbs 5
Ilkley – Ruby Jane Mild 5
Mauldons – Blackberry Porter 4
Marko Paulo – Walpole’s Wallop 3
One Mild End – Great Tom Mild 4
Wimbledon – XXXK Vintage Ale 4
Springhead – Outlawed 3
Conwy – Beachcomber 4
Conwy – Surfin IPA 4
Conwy – Welsh Pride 4

Conwy - Welsh Pride

Conwy – Welsh Pride

Bragdy Lleu – Blodeuwedd 4
Purple Moose – Chocolate Moose 5
Conwy – Riptide 5

Conwy - Riptide

Conwy – Riptide (black IPA)

Cwrw Ogwen – Chwalfa 2
Purple Moose – Dark Side Of The Moose 4
Cwrw Ogwen – Caradog 4
Great British Breworks – Istanbul Pale Ale 3

Great British Breworks microbrewery

Great British Breworks microbrewery from window of Black Swan pub

Great British Breworks – Coal Porter 4
Helmsley Brewing Co – Yorkshire Legend 3
Saltaire – Blonde 3
Elland Brewery – 1872 Porter 4
Great British Breworks – Summer Festivale 4
Timothy Taylor’s – Landlord 4
Titanic – Plum Porter 4
Green Duck – Flame Of The West 4
Ossett – Yorkshire Blonde 4
York Brewery – Guzzler 5
Treboom Brewery – Swan Special Blonde 4
Wilde Child – Days Of Wilde 4

Wilde Child - Days Of Wilde

Wilde Child – Days Of Wilde

Brass Castle – Yorkshire Lavender 3
Brew York – Kiwi Ale 4
Brew York – Viking DNA 4
Ampleforth Abbey – Abbey Dubbel 3
Bad Seed Brewery – Short Stop 4
Brew York – Skedaddle 4

Brew York - Skedaddle

Brew York – Skedaddle

Wilde Child – Citra 5
Steam Box Brewery – Spoke 4
Chantry Brewery – Kaldo Pale 3
York Brewery – Yorkshire Terrier 4
Saltaire – Triple Chocoholic 4
Siren Craft Brew – Three Little Fonzies 4