Slack finally kills one of its most annoying features
Collaboration platform Slack is finally removing one of its most frustrating settings.
In a move that will no doubt be celebrated in homes across the world, the platform is now allowing users to choose specific days to receive notifications, meaning workers can finally stop alerts coming through to their phone or PC over the weekend.
The new do not disturb (DND) function works across desktop and mobile devices, and can be enabled through the settings menu - more information on that below.
Slack do not disturb
The company described the move as "the moment some of you have been waiting for", noting that it was ideal for those whose working day doesn't conform to the traditional nine to five, or have particularly busy periods where they need to focus.
Until now, Slack only let users set themselves as “available” to receive notifications, but those preferences would continue to the weekend.
Putting your account on DND stops all notifications and @mentions, and bring up a new "do not disturb" icon with a little sleeping "z" next to your name in Slack. Your contacts can still send messages and tag you in notes, but these notifications won't be received until you return from DND.
Users can still override DND if it's something of critical importance, with the option to force through an alert when sending a direct message.
Here's how to enable the new scheduling tool:
On the Slack desktop app
On Slack for iOS and Android
You can also use a slash command to turn DND on or off, with "/dnd [some description of time]" pausing notifications, and "/dnd off" to resume notifications.