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Who is considered a Responder (paid user) vs. a Viewer (free seat)?

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Written by Stephen Whitworth
Updated over a week ago

Our pricing is based on the number of Responders in your company, so it is only fair that you ask what counts as a Responder in!

πŸ“‡ Definitions: Responders & Viewers

As a rule of thumb, Responders (paid seats) are users who actively engage with to manage incidents, whereas Viewers (free seats) are users who declare and join an incident channel to contribute information, but do not actively participate in incident response.

πŸ§‘β€πŸš’ Responders (paid)

Someone with a responder seat can have the role permissions of an Administrator, Owner or any custom role. Viewers can only have the Standard set of permissions.

Users who have done the following WILL qualify as Responders:

πŸ§‘β€πŸ’» Viewers (free)

The list above is exhaustive, so anyone else will be regarded as a Viewer! Viewers can create an incident, observe what is happening in the incident, and post messages in the channel.

So, unless done in conjunction with the actions listed under Responders, users with the following attributes will NOT qualify as Responders:

  • Has created an incident (everyone in the company can declare incidents for free)

  • Has joined or posted in an incident Slack channel (everyone can track and contribute important information to incidents for free)

  • Going through a tutorial incident (everyone can - and should! - learn the ropes of for free)

All our plans allow unlimited viewers free of charge πŸ‘

βš™οΈ Adding and removing Responders

We will automatically graduate users who have taken any one of the actions listed earlier to Responders in your account.

They will only be removed as a Responder if:

  • You downgrade them from your account (in Settings > Users); or

  • Their Slack account is deleted.

πŸ’³ Billing mechanics

You can find more details of our billing mechanics here.

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