What is a public channel?

Public channels are the most important kind. Use public channels for conversations that are open to everyone. A public channel can be joined by anyone and can be found on the directory (globe button). Public channels can also be switched to private by the owner at any time, through the channel's information tab.

Channels make it easy to find what’s going on with your class. New class members can join a channel and read all the information previously shared by other users.

When in doubt, create a public channel. Public conversations help you build an emergent community that has the ability to grow with minimal effort. For example, create a public channel for a department or group on campus.

How to add users to a public channel

1. Use the URL for the channel

If your channel is public, you can share the channel's URL as an invitation. Anyone who clicks on the URL will be able to view and add themself to the channel.

2. Use the channel's invite link

  1. Go to the "Members" icon at the top right corner of your public channel.

  2. Click on "Invite Link".

  3. Copy the link and send it to those that you would like to join the channel.

  4. If you would like to edit how long the invite link remains active, click on "Edit Invite" and make your changes. Then, select "Generate New Link" and share the new invite link.

  5. Users who click the invite link will be able to join the channel.

3. Have users search the channel in the directory

If your channel is public, any Nectir user can search and find the channel in the directory, through the channel name. Users can then add themselves to the channel.

How to delete a public channel

  1. Go to the info tab and select "Delete". You must be the owner to do this.

  2. Select "Yes, delete it!" to confirm. Deleting a room will delete all messages posted within the room. This cannot be undone.

NOTE: If you change your channel from private to public, or vice versa, you must re-embed the new link within your Gauchospace.

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