Runar Ovesen Hjerpbakk

Science-based software development

Profilebot - the profile checking Slackbot for you!

In a large Slack team, it’s important that user profiles are completed enough for the users to recognise each other. Profilebot is a simple bot used for validating Slack user profiles. It is written in C# and it’s easy to extend for all your profile checking needs. It runs out of the box either as a console app (Windows) or a Windows service.

See the source on GitHub.

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Usage in Slack

Profilebot runs like any other Slackbot. Open a direct message to Profilebot and start talking.

As admin

If you are the admin of Profilebot, the following commands are available for you:

Validating will inform you of the user’s profile status, while notify will also send a direct message to the specific user(s).

Admin usage

As a regular user

As a regular user, anything you say will have the same effect: Profilebot will look at your profile and tell you if any information is missing.

Download & setup

  1. Clone the repository: git clone https://github.com/Sankra/SlackProfilebot.git

  2. Go to Hjerpbakk.Profilebot.Runner/Configuration and create a copy of config.default.json.

  3. Rename the copy to config.json.

  4. Go to your Team’s Slack bot integration page.

  5. Enter ‘profilebot’ as the Username and click the ‘Add Bot ## As a regular user

As a regular user, anything you say will have the same effect: Profilebot will look at your profile and tell you if any information is missing.

Download & setup

  1. Clone the repository: git clone https://github.com/Sankra/SlackProfilebot.git

  2. Go to Hjerpbakk.Profilebot.Runner/Configuration and create a copy of config.default.json.

  3. Rename the copy to config.json.

  4. Go to your Team’s Slack bot integration page.

  5. Enter ‘profilebot’ as the Username and click the ‘Add Bot Integration’ button.

  6. Copy the generated API token and paste it as your apiToken in config.json:

    {
    	"apiToken": "xxxx-00000000000-xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx",
    	"adminUserId": ""  
    }
    
  7. One user must be configured to be Profilebots admin user. This need not be an actual Slack admin, but the id must be a valid user id in the Slack team. Run https://api.slack.com/methods/users.list/test to find the user id you want to use.

  8. Copy the user id and paste it as your adminUserId in config.json:

    {
    	"apiToken": "xxxx-00000000000-xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx",
    	"adminUserId": "x0xxx0000"  
    }
    
  9. Build and run Hjerpbakk.Profilebot.sln.

You should now be able to send direct messages to Profilebot in your team’s Slack.

Customize the profile validation

At my company, DIPS AS we use the following validation rules:

Customising the profile validation is easy, and you have two choices for how to do this.

1. Extend SlackProfileValidator

Open Hjerpbakk.ProfileBot.SlackProfileValidator and edit the ProfileValidationResult ValidateProfile(SlackUser user) method.

The default implementation checks only that a first name i set in a user’s profile.

2. Inherit from ISlackProfileValidator and create your own validator

  1. Create a new class and inherit from ISlackProfileValidator.
  2. In Hjerpbakk.ProfileBot.Runner.ProfileBotHost, edit the IServiceContainer CompositionRoot(string slackToken, string adminUserId) method. Instead of serviceContainer.Register<ISlackProfileValidator, SlackProfileValidator>();, register your own validation class.

Running

Thanks to Topshelf, running Profilebot either as a service or a console app is super easy.

To run as a console app, just run Hjerpbakk.Profilebot.Runner.exe. To exit, press CTRL + C.

To install as a service, simply run the following in command prompt:

Hjerpbakk.Profilebot.Runner.exe install
Hjerpbakk.Profilebot.Runner.exe start