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Every new Slack workspace starts with a #general channel. It’s unlike all other Slack channels because no one can leave it — that's what makes it so useful! It's a great place to share important messages; as workspaces grow larger, many opt to use the #general channel only for important announcements. You don’t even need to invite anyone to #general: they’ll be added automatically when they join the workspace.
Tip: If you have an urgent message to share with the entire team, mention @everyone in #general. Ask people to react to your message so you know who’s seen it. 👀
Share what’s important in #general
Everyone can see everything posted in #general, so we recommend discouraging unnecessary messages. There are a few options to help reinforce this:
Workspace owners and Admins can rename the channel to something more descriptive, like #announcements, #notices, or #room101 — whatever suits your workspace's needs!
Decide who can post in #general
Workspace Owners can limit who can post in #general. This option is especially helpful if you'd like to use the channel for important announcements only. Here's how do adjust this permission from your desktop:
Click your workspace name in the top left to open the menu.