Some people on the Slack (specifically, Roman Roznovsky and Marty K) have mentioned they are afraid of attention being split by the introduction of Discourse. This is a legitimate fear!
However, I believe they can work together. Discourse can easily integrate with Slack via a plugin, which will post new activity from Discourse onto a Slack, among other features.
Additionally, as described in this blog post, Slack and Discourse have complimentary feature sets:
Group chat is great for:
- Minimum viable communities
- Real-time resolutions
- Urgent notifications
Forums discussion is great for:
- Inclusive dialogue (not segregated by time-zones)
- Communities of scale
- Knowledge storage & distribution
- Moderated/filtered communication
Finally, I think Discourse will allow us to quickly build features which were too difficult to create with Slack, such as a Job Board.
I have successfully integrated Discourse with Slack. Specifically, Slack channels can now follow specific categories/posts. I’m actually super surprised how easy it was to install and configure everything!