Doorbell elements provide a way for a participant to notify others that they are in a room.

When an ohyay participant rings a doorbell, the doorbell will generate one or more notifications:

  • Doorbells can play a sound in the room to notify other participants in that room that someone has arrived or needs attention.
  • Doorbells can generate notifications on other platforms, such as send SMS text messages, or post to Slack or Discord channels. As a result, doorbells can be used to send alerts to individuals that are not currently online on ohyay.

Creating a doorbell

Create a doorbell by specifying an image to be used for its appearance. In the example below, the doorbell is a bright red button.

Participants can "ring" the doorbell by clicking on the element. A doorbell can be configured to ring automatically whenever a new participant enters the room that contains the doorbell.

Doorbell sound

The "Ring URL" property sets the sound effect played when a participant rings the doorbell.

Sending notifications as SMS messages

Use the "Phone Numbers" property to specify phone numbers that should receive a text message when the doorbell is rung.

Sending notifications to a Slack channel

Ringing a doorbell can also post messages to a specified Slack channel.

  1. Create a new "Slack App" for your Slack Workspace and enable incoming webhooks for that app.

  2. Once your incoming webhook is set up, Slack will provide a url for that webhook. That url looks something like this:

  3. Set this url to be the value of the Slack URL property of the doorbell element.

Sending notifications to a Discord channel

Instructions coming soon!

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