I just found this and one of the first things I came here to find out is if it’s possible to have multiple “channels”. Here the OP refers to them as “instances”. I’m not sure why we’d need a separate “instance” of the application in order to maintain different “channels” or “contexts” or whatever.
One of the things I detest about most social media that seems to have infused itself into far to many developers’ thinking is that our lives are monocultural – that everybody we deal with is all part of the same big happy family.
I’m sorry, but nothing could be further from the truth.
I keep my work and personal stuff separate, mainly because as a developer, if I don’t keep clear lines of demarcation, I could expose software (and just about anything) I create on my own to my employer, where they could claim it belongs to them.
But I also have multiple social circles and I’d like to be able to set up places to share files and information with people in these groups that’s not all part of the same “bucket” so to speak.
For example, I’m taking a couple of classes, and we need to have a place to post homework assignments, notes, anything we want to share amonst ourselves as one of 10 groups in (one of) the classes. The other class is larger and we’ve got things that need to be handed-out regularly to participants, and we need to provide a place for them to save things to.
FB sucks for this, and most platforms like Slack that are even half-way useful charge a monthly fee on a per-person basis, which nobody wants to pay for.
So it would really be nice to be able to set up multiple “channels” or whatever that have a separate storage account somewhere and can be shared among a group of unrelated people. (I don’t mind setting up an area on my Dropbox for the group in one of my classes to use, but I’m not about to give them the login info to allow them to connect!)
I realize this isn’t quite the vision this tool was built to fulfill, but it’s not all that far off. I have hosting, and I’d be happy to set up a NextCloud service if that’s what it takes, but I know some folks wouldn’t want to do that.
Anyway, being able to have multiple independent “channels” for my own personal needs would be great (without requiring multiple executable instances of the app).
It would also be great to have something similar where I can “invite” a limited number of people to “share” the same folder, and have multiple groups sharing separate folders, where I (admins) can also be members of each group to help manage things.