Add Donut to your Slack team
To install Donut, go to donut.com and click the “Add to Slack” button. You may then be prompted to sign in to your Slack account, or if you're already signed into multiple Slack workspaces then you will be prompted to choose a workspace.
Depending on your team's settings, you may not be able to install bots if you're not an admin. If this is the case then you will need to have an admin add Donut, or grant you admin permissions.
Create a Slack channel for Donut
We recommend creating a new, dedicated Slack channel to use for Donut pairings. To do this, go to the top of your channel list in Slack and click the (+) sign to the right of the "Channels" heading. Make sure to give it a nice descriptive name (we've seen names range from #coffee-buddies or #donut-friends-forever to #donut-be-strangers).
Set up your pairing channel
Once you've created the channel in your Slack workspace and Donut has been installed on your Slack workspace, it's time set up your Donut channel. This will need to be done for the first time from the dashboard.
Donut will walk you through the basics in the dashboard — like selecting the right channel & frequency. Don't worry, you can always go view or change the settings for your team later at donut.ai.
Note: If your team already has a Donut channel and you're attempting to create a new one, you can do so from within Slack. Just type "/invite @donut" in the channel you'd like to set up (or from the dashboard you can click "Add Channel")
Configure your channel settings
Wondering what settings you can control for your pairing channel? You can edit what day(s) of the week intros happen, how often, the time zone of your pairing channel, whether Donut shares weekly stats in the channel, and you can also toggle on options like a message to welcome new joiners, a remote intro message, and our Zoom or Google Calendar integrations.
Announce Donut to your team!
Your team participates in Donut pairings by joining the channel you created, so now you just need to invite others to participate and let them know what channel to join if they're interested! You can announce Donut to your team via email and/or within Slack (most teams post the announcement in the #general channel).
Need some examples? Here are some ways we've seen teams announce Donut.
Now go check out our best practices article for more info on how to Donut.