Discord + Star




Getting Started with Discord: Quick Setup Guide

Invite Link for those who know what it is: Invite Link

Table of Contents


Introduction

Welcome to the Space Technology Association of Rutgers! Discord is the group messaging service preferred by Star members and project teams. Most of you will have used discord before so grab the invite link and get moving. If you're unfamiliar with Discord, please skim through this guide to get acquainted. The bolded text is meant to catch your eye as you read, if you're getting set up for the first time. While reading this guide, as with all other pages on this site, you may click the circular Star logo in the top-left corner of the screen to jump back to the top of the page.


tl;dr: follow the bold instructions to get started fast and skim the rest if you need more specification


Setup

Download

https://discord.com/download

Discord is designed for ease of use on mobile devices (and is available on both the App Store and Google Play Store), but it also has a great desktop application. Slack works well in your browser too, but for convenience you will at least want the app. Clicking the above link, no matter your device, should take you to a place where you can easily download Slack.


Account Creation and Joining Star

Invite Link

The URL above ("Invite Link") is the invite link to the Star Discord.



Usage and Navigation

Workspace

The Star workspace in Discord is the entire Star interface you see in the app and site. As long as you see Star’s logo in the top-left corner of the screen, you’re in the right place.

The first thing to do in the discord is to go to the role request channel and click on the icons corresponding to which subgroup(s) you may want to be a part of.

Channels

The channels in Discord are the different chats we use in Star, and they are listed on the left side of the screen. The #general channel is for general club business, #star-on-spacedust is for general member business, and the rest of the channels are for project teams. Please get the roles of the project teams you are involved in so you can start getting pertinent information about those projects. See the Navigation section below to learn about joining channels.

Some channels are private and can’t be joined freely; if you are supposed to be part of a channel that is restricted to you (e.g. #teamleaders if you are a project team leader), or if you need a new channel to be created for a certain purpose, contact the webmaster or appropriate project team leader.


Joining a Channel

On mobile, you may have to tap Star’s logo in the top-left corner to display a navigation sidebar. On desktop, this sidebar should always be accessible. You may then have to click or tap the word Channels to see the list of available channels. From the list of channels, click or tap that channel and then select the option to join the channel in the middle of the screen. You are now in that chat.


Switching Channels

From the navigation sidebar (discussed in Joining a Channel), click or tap on any channel you have joined in order to move freely between channels. Remember that you can click/tap the word Channels to see the full list of channels to join.


Switching Workspaces

If you are also a member of another organization’s Slack workspace and want to access it, tap their icon on the left side of your screen (on the desktop app) or tap the Star logo and then the four-square menu icon (on mobile) to switch in.



Features

Reactions

It is often useful to “like” a post or easily share your opinion in a quantifiable way without spamming the chat. To this end, Discord uses “reactions” (e.g. “thumbs up emoji” and we have some of our own). To add a reaction to someone’s message, tap their message (on mobile) or scroll over it (on desktop) and tap/click the icon that looks like a smiling emoji with a plus sign on it. This will bring you to a menu on which you can select from hundreds of emoji and react to the message with whichever one you choose.

Discord keeps track of and displays the reactions to a message next to the message itself, in the channel. If you notice that a certain message has been reacted-to, you can check which users have reacted with each emoji by tapping and holding (on mobile) or hovering your mouse over (on desktop) the reaction emoji in question.


Actions

When typing a message, typing @ and a username will directly notify the user you name. You can do this anywhere within your message. e.g. @timothy

Typing # and the name of a channel will create a link to the channel you call. You can do this anywhere within your message. e.g. #general


Direct Messaging

This is intuitive, but on the navigation sidebar there is also a section for direct messages. Tapping/clicking the words Direct Messages will open a menu of all members of the workspace you can message directly. Only those you select will be able to see the messages you send in this way.

You can use the direct message interface with your own account as a space for notes and testing the features of Discord.


File Sharing

Discord supports file sharing. Simply tap or click the plus button (on Desktop) or the file-and-paperclip button (on Mobile) next to the text input box for messages and choose the file from your system or Google Drive that you would like to upload to the channel.


App Integrations

Discord has interfaces for many other applications (e.g. giphy). If a project team or channel needs access to the features of a certain app through Slack (e.g. Google Docs or Asana for productivity), contact the webmaster to discuss implementation. If the service is not intuitive, a note will be made on how to use it in this document.



Additional Help

https://get.slack.help/hc/en-us/articles/218080037-Getting-started-for-new-members

This Star-centric guide is far from a complete overview of the functionality of Slack. To learn more, you can check Slack's official getting started guide at the link above. Slack's guide could be very useful, both as a starting point and as a source of assistance to get past a problem you may be having. If you have continued issues, concerns, or questions regarding Slack as it pertains to Star, feel free to reach out to us at ruspacetech@gmail.com.