What is Dash for Slack?

Dash is a way to quickly gather people across Slack into a new temporary and time-boxed channel to get work done.

Just use the /dash command to create a new channel with the team members you’d like to invite. You’ll be asked to provide an end date and time and decide whether your channel will be private or public. It works just like a regular Slack channel, but the deadline keeps the topic focused and goal-oriented. You can easily share the results to another channel that the task is done and archive the Dash channel easily to keep things tidy. Boosh!

Dash channels are perfect for gathering team members across your workspace in your organization and keeping your main channels nice and tidy. Think about using them for launching a new feature for your website, keeping track of everyone on a business trip or planning your next happy hour. It’s also way better than using group DMs! Dash channels are prepended with a dash to keep them at the top of mind and easier to find in searches both when open and archived.

How do I use Dash?

To use Dash for slack, type this one-line command anywhere:

/dash project name @participant-1 @participant-2 …

For example: Let’s say you’re planning a company offsite with a few members of your team:

/dash may offsite @matt @gina @phil @jeremy @adam

You’ll be asked to set the end date and time for when your Dash is complete as well as set the channel’s privacy. Your new Dash channel #-may-offsite will be created and your team members will be invited.

Once the end date happens, the creator of the Dash channel will be asked to Finish & Archive the channel. That’s a great time to share the outcome with other channels so your team can know about all the work you did!


I found a problem and/or I have an idea for Dash!

We have created a Google Form for you to drop us some feedback. We are eager to hear your thoughts, so please be as open and honest about this as you can!

Can Dash read all of my Slack messages?

Nope! To help us troubleshoot any problems, the Dash team can only see the following details in our database:

  • The names of public Dash channels
  • The closing message of Dash channels
  • The IDs of members invited to Dash channels

Oops, I don’t need this channel anymore. How can I close a Dash channel early?

Visit your Dash dashboard by looking at the conversation with Dash in Slack. Just hit Command+K and search for Dash. A menu next to each of the Dash channels will give you options to end or change the end date. You can also just /part a Dash channel and it’ll expire on its own.

I’m over it. How do I uninstall Dash?

Sad to see you go! You can uninstall Dash by revoking access in your Slack’s admin.

Any issues? Contact us at hello+dash@postlight.com