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i think no one has been able to get in touch with the last person who was running that invite link
but it needs to be solved very soon. my understanding is that the invite api is/has changed and we need to figure it out
i think the confusion is who runs the webpage. and presumably we need some captcha on that page. etc
The invite just links through to Slack who do all the heavy-lifting about verification
ok. then i think all that remains is to find who runs the old inviter webapp and make sure that the invite people to clojurians link will work during/after the api change
I believe the Admin with the "keys" to that app is MIA right now -- we are trying to get in touch with them.
In the meantime, anyone can invite people to Slack if you know their email: go to clojurians (top left) > "Invite people to clojurians" -- enter people's email addresses and send them invites.
You can also create an invite link that way and publish it for folks to join up (that's what I've been doing).
That's not an app.
But it will have to be updated every month with a new link.
Anyone can create an invite link.
Sure, but a newbie, visiting the offiical website, seeing that link, clicking on it and then getting a 404...isn't a good impression imho.
We want people to find Slack. We're just having a bit of difficulty figuring out the best way to get people a valid invite link all the time.
Right, for me it redirects to the Slack client as well.
(which is not helpful)
we don't know how to fix it as we don't control http://clojurians.net.
@dharrigan You're missing the point.
I'm simply pointing out that right now, on the official website, there is a broken link
We don't have a link that people can sign up with right now.
It's not a 404
It redirects to this Slack, but if you're not signed in it says "This link is no longer active To join this workspace, you’ll need to ask the person who originally invited you for a new link."
We really are trying to fix this. Just be patient.
If you hear someone wanting to join, send them a link.
@dpsutton Please do not. Admins should discuss first.
i get it should be fixed, but i'm wondering what @dharrigan’s simple fix is
We cannot replace that link with anything useful and removing it from that page isn't exactly helpful either.
@dharrigan proposed simply removing it -- but the Slack is linked from many other places.
my original proposal is for it to be replaced with a new link that an admin creates
Reddit has it. Lots of GitHub repos have it in their README.
and updates it, perhaps each month, until a longer term more permanent solution is found
But http://clojure.org is not something us Admins can easily update either.
We can submit PRs but we can't guarantee http://clojure.org has a valid link all the time.
And we should not create a burden on the http://clojure.org maintainers.
And that doesn't help all those myriad other places that link to http://clojurians.net 😞
We know about the problem. We're working on it. It will get fixed.
Trust me, it's more frustrating for us as Admins than it is for you. And we hear about it from plenty of channels.
I'm only thinking about those who are eager to join in, to be part of the community, but stumble upon a blocker that just turns people off - trying to lower the obstacles 🙂
This is an ongoing problem with Slack because it has no self-signup.
If you go to https://clojurians.slack.com/ as a non-member, it doesn't provide any indication of how to get invited in.
OK, I've managed to turn my personal invite link into something that -- in theory -- should never expire but it is limited to 2,000 people signing up and then I'll have to deactivate it and make a new one. Previously, it kept telling me it would expire in 30 days (from when I created it about four weeks ago).
I will make a PR for http://clojure.org with that link and explain what's going on.
I did not read most of the above, but happy to fix the link and/or add a message about why the link is not immediately working, or whatever
weird... i only joined a few months ago and i thought i did it without help, but i cannot figure out now how i did that 🙂
@clj149 Probably b/c you went to http://clojurians.net which auto-redirected you to a signup URL 🙂 Which is no longer working 😞
@dharrigan https://clojure.org/community/resources has been updated (thank you, @alexmiller)
i thought i just found my way in through slack, but i can't seee to replicate that now, so you're probably right
(it's probably the main thing I dislike about Slack from a community p.o.v. -- you cannot enable self-signup)
And Slackbot has notified me that they have joined (Erwyn?).
Because it's my link, I get a Slackbot message every time someone uses it to sign up.
(Admins get to see everyone who signs up anyway so this is not weird)
For some definition of 'fun'...
I might attempt to set up the inviter script on a different domain over the weekend if that would be useful. I've done it before (for a different slack channel) and it's not too hard
@jjttjj It's not really useful given that the http://clojurians.net link is published all over the web, but thank you anyway.
The reason we changed it from the standard inviter script is that Slack stopped that from working, as I understand it.
That's why we had to switch to a redirect to a specific join link. But, unfortunately, it expired (or maybe hit 2,000 people).