Every day, I tell more than 47,000 web people the tech-related links they should spend their precious time on. Not individually, obviously — via a newsletter called Versioning. The idea is to give people a one-stop shop for the day’s best web and tech news, useful links and helpful tutorials.

No-one has time to keep up with everything, but I have the time to do that for them.

To do that, I have to find, read, absorb and evaluate all the stuff that’s come up on the web — that would interest the audience of developers, designers, product managers and…


This post was originally published on SitePoint, FYI.

Everyone in the entire world loves Slack, obviously.

The increasingly ubiquitous chat app has taken over the business and media world, with organizations as diverse as eBay, Sony, Yelp, the New York Times and SitePoint (who?) hooked into the plaid-patterned platform. Slack has been valued at about US $2.8 billion, which is a lot of moneybag emojis but probably only one rocket ship emoji.

It’s interesting how different organizations have adapted Slack for their own purposes. What sorts of social conventions have they developed? What kinds of integrations have they integrated? What…


Out of Context Lines from SitePoint’s Slack Channels

The Three Stages of Engagement Announcements

1. Elation

Kyle Vermeulen: CONGRATS!!! 💒 💜

Kat Bak: Cutest. 💜💜💜

Angela Molina: 💍 💜 💯 (edited)

Ophelie Lechat: Heyyyyyyyy! Congratulations!

boltron: Congrats!

Simon Julian: Congratulations!

Daphne: Congrats! 💍

2. Joking

Adam Roberts: SO WHEN ARE YOU GETTING MARRIED HAVE YOU SET A DATE YET YOU SHOULD SET A DATE AND THEN TELL ME

Ophelie Lechat: WEDDING PLANNING IS SO MUCH FUN RIGHT RIGHT RIGHT?

Kat Bak: HAVE BABIES, LIKE, NOW (- everyone)

3. Abrupt Unpleasantness

[“Mr Tong”]: I DIDN’T SEEN A PR BEFORE YOU COMMITTED THIS

James Björkman: “Mr Tong”…

James Björkman: “Mr Tong”…

James Björkman: “Mr Tong”…

James Björkman: Are you in the toilet right…


Bonus: Contains Actual Web Development Discussion

Kelle really showed our front-end codebase who was boss

James Björkman: Shout out to Kelle for this amazing accomplishment

Burn it all down

Ophelie Lechat: Holy hell Kelle

Kelle Connolly: 🚀

Kelle Connolly: Tis on its way into the wild

Kat Bak: Kelle is the ultimate gangster.

Simon Julian: Nice work Kel

Ophelie Lechat: In Trello: “Rebuild old page templates — ‘delete more stuff’”. Now you’re just addicted Kelle

Kelle Connolly: I can stop any time

Kelle Connolly: (I wont though)

Adam Bolte: I’m busy breaking the network in the office, in case anyone was planning on using the VPN 😄

Brad Denver: Ive been sent to see the headmaster (not unusual for…


More of em!

A lucrative idea is born

Adam Roberts: http://lrnapp.com/

Kat Bak: Well.

Tom Trumble: That looks pretty cool, Adam. It just made me think of how Duolingo uses students’ work to help translate the web and how reCaptcha helps to scan words in books that computers couldn’t read.

Surely there’s space for a similar thing in the programming world?

Like learning to refactor by using someone’s real code, or working with other students to fix a bug? A new SitePoint product: Interactive group learning paired with crowd-sourced refactoring and bug squishing. It’s already being done isn’t it?

Adam Roberts: Did you just invent open source software?


Yet more amusing chat conversations from SitePoint’s Slack, taken out of context and edited to be funnier/grammatically correct

A Rare Touch of Class

Classical music is played

Tan Le: Classical music helps me to write PHP poems at the moment

Jude Aakjaer: Few things amp me up more than some great classical music

Jude Aakjaer: 1812 overture and beethovens 9th are awesome tracks to get the party jumping

Adam B: We were playing the classics yesterday. I have no idea what this is.

More Designer Trolling

Kat Bak: This may be a stupid question but… does anyone happen to have a pantone colour book in the office today?

Ophelie Lechat: Sorry left mine at home today :troll:

Re: this link, Subliminal Messages and School

Kat Bak: Amazing.

Kelle Connolly: I once did this…


A few of the best things virtually said all week

We work opposite a school:

Kat Bak: IS IT JUST ME OR ARE THESE DAMN CHILDREN ALWAYS PLAYING

Kat Bak: WHEN IS CLASS TIME

Kat Bak: GET OFF MY LAWN.

The coffee machine broke:

Kat Bak: Is the coffee machine working yet…

Daphne Rouw: It’s still sick

Kat Bak: I may have to take annual leave, in that case………………………..

Daphne Rouw: Need an ambo?

Kat Bak: Probs

We had our LA team in the office and they like good music:

Meaghan Miller: We have found the Tears for Fears Pandora to be very soothing

Ophelie Lechat: I can vouch for this.

Meaghan Miller: also are you calling us old?

Lara Zakarian: Depeche Mode, U2 and The Cure also works well for us


We just made a thing! In honor of that fact, here’s some behind-the-scenes chatter from the #versioning Slack channel

#metrics

Adam Roberts: We’ve already had our first Rickroll and our first “spam”, feels like we’re really hitting our stride.

An early concept for Papyrus Versioning. Might be a v1.0 kind of thing.

Product development: one step forward, two steps back

Kyle Vermeulen: By popular demand: You can now log out. </hotelcalifornia>

Kat Bak: How do I dismiss my 26 notifications…

Kyle Vermeulen: Well… you can’t (for now)

James Björkman: You are so needy

James Björkman: 😛

Kat Bak: 😞

Kyle Vermeulen: Good news: Notifications are live!
Bad news: You can’t dismiss them, and the links still need some work.

Good news: You can log out if you don’t want to deal with it.


Funny Stuff from SitePoint’s Slack

Kat Bak: My phone just autocorrected internet to Internet

Kat Bak: Ophelie wins.

Jasmine Elias: I don’t know, mine autocorrects ebook to eBook :confused:

Kelle Connolly: Mine autocorrects “tram” to “team” so it’s clearly not to be trusted

Kat Bak: I very rarely want to talk about ducks

Adam Roberts: Mine: Fiance to Finance. Maybe it’s a tactic to get me to marry faster

Jasmine Elias: Sometimes mine autocorrects “of” to “if”, “in” to “on” and “you” to “toy” so if I don’t check a message before sending, I sound… special.

James Björkman: I dont have anyone to text to…


Out of context lines from SitePoint’s Slack

The Odd Couple

Jude Aakjaer: Jude and Bolte are at work today

Tom Trumble: I’d love if you two lived together.

Tan Le: The brothers are in da houze

Tom Trumble: There’s a reality TV show in watching a share house full of tech-heads

Tom Trumble: The lounge set up would be incredible

Tan Le: Big ‘Nerdy’ Brother?

In an ongoing series, people who are not designers claim to be designers to irritate a designer

Ophelie Lechat: Tan and I don’t need any design courses. We’re already designers.

Kat Bak: You’re killing me guys.

Aleksia Barron: Just close your eyes and think of Learnable Cat. Everything will be fine

Aleksia Barron: (Learnable Cat ❤️s Papyrus)

Tom Trumble: I’m a designer…

Adam Roberts

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