Tired of Twitter thugs?
Sick of being shouted down by the masses?
Frustrated with an inability to carry on quality conversation with your fellow sports fans?
So are we.
That’s why we’ve created your new place to talk sports, the SportsHax Channels.
On the SportsHax Channels, you’ll be able to interact instantly with sports fans from all over the country. You’ll also get direct links to the content you’ve come to love from us, including podcasts, columns, articles, and more. The best part is you’ll be able to tell us firsthand what you do and don’t like so we can, in turn, create the content you want to consume.
The platform, Slack, is easy to use. It’s quick, functional, and intuitive. We’ve used Slack for years to communicate as a staff. Now, we want to include you in all the fun.
Quite frankly, there’s no other sports outlet that offers this amount of behind-the-curtains access, let alone the ability to so directly impact the product we’ll be providing for you. This is simply unprecedented, and we are so happy to have you along.
Signing up for your new place to talk sports
- Click the link.
- Enter your preferred e-mail address, the one you won’t forget.
- Check your inbox for a confirmation link to join.
- There’s gonna be a big green button in the middle of the e-mail. Click that bad boy.
- Then you’ll enter your name (full name optional?), a nickname if you want one, and your password.
- Once you have your login info sorted out, you’ll be sent to the terms and conditions of Slack, the app that will host your new place to talk sports. We recommend you at least skim them over, but we assure you there’s nothing unusual or unordinary in there.
- Agree to the terms and you immediately get a chance to make sure all of your sports-talking friends can join in the conversation. You may add as many friends as you’d like by e-mail address (or otherwise sharing the link to join).
- Then you come to the tutorial. If you’re new to Slack (and even if you’re not) we recommend working through it. Hit “Explore Slack”
- As you go through the tutorial, you’ll learn all about how to properly use Slack to its full potential so you can start confidently contributing right away.
- When you get inside, take the extra couple minutes to talk with slackbot. It’s got three more quick helpers for you.
- Updating profile photo (important so you don’t seem like one of those creepy mystery people):
On desktop — Click your name in the top left to open the menu, select Profile & account and then Edit Profile.
On mobile — Tap the overflow menu button (three dots in the top-right corner), choose Settings, and then select Edit Profile.
- Slack’s guide to joining channels
- *Surround a word or phrase with asterisks to make it bold*:
`*this text will appear bold*`
- _And surround a word or phrase with underscores to italicize it_:
`_this text will appear in italics_`
- >Or turn a line of text into an indented quote by adding an angled bracket at the start of the line:
“`> This will be a line of quoted text.`”
- At this point, we recommend you log-in on all of your devices for two reasons: 1) so you don’t have to worry about forgetting your password and not being able to get in later on. And 2) this way you can maintain access to your new place to talk spots no matter what device you’re on at any given time.
- Once you’ve signed up, you can join any (and all) of the sports channels:
Conduct and Preferred Procedure
As you’ll see upon joining the SportsHax Channels, there are a handful of rules we like to adhere to in order to keep things tidy and easy to follow:
- We’re not going to say “no swearing” but you have to be responsible with your profanity. You MAY NOT under any circumstance, use any derogatory, disparaging, or otherwise damaging, hurtful, or harmful language in reference to any of your fellow sports fans on the Channels. We have instituted a strict three-strike disciplinary policy to keep your new place to talk sports safe for all. The SportsHax Board will be judge and jury on all disciplinary matters. If we deem something you said to have been malicious, we will warn you the first time, suspend you from the Channels the second time, and flat-out ban you the third time. We also reserve the right to ban anyone at any time if we determine their behavior to be so egregious that we feel uncomfortable about them remaining on the Channels. This obviously includes all direct messaging as well. Make no mistake; we will be watching the channels and policing everyone to make sure this doesn’t turn into a shit show, as Twitter has. (ex.: perfectly acceptable usage of profanity)
- Please, please, please click “Start a Thread” (looks like a little word bubble) and reply directly to messages in the Channels. If we have everyone posting new messages onto the Channels instead of replying to each other in threads, it will quickly become nearly impossible to carry on two different topics at a time in any one channel. This kinda kills the whole idea here. We’re bound to run into a bit of it, but please do mind this rule by replying directly to messages and keeping all related comments inside the thread that develops from there.
- Take your time and make quality points worth reading. Just because you can reply immediately doesn’t mean you should. Remember, this is a direct reflection of who you are. Your opinion is the potentially the most valuable thing you could possibly have to offer because of its uniqueness, but it won’t be worth much of anything if you take to blurting out the first hot-headed rebuttal that comes to mind.