Slack Orientation

A few policies for keeping things cool in the chat room

Welcome to the Slack group!

The following suggestions and guidelines are intended to make this group easier and more enjoyable to use.

GETTING STARTED

  1. Set up your profile in the Slack Directory. Upload a photo and create a short bio.
  2. Introduce yourself and tell the room a little about what you do.
  3. This is a single-channel Slack team. All of the convo happens in the assigned channel.
  4. We expect that we’ll treat others with respect. We encourage debate; we ask for patience, and we remind you that you’re here to learn and that means being open a diverse set of ideas. See the Code of Conduct below.
  5. Please resist the temptation to get into lengthy discussions about non-business topics.
  6. Nobody in the room is an attorney. Please be extremely cautious about giving or receiving anything resembling legal advice.

A FEW DETAILS

  • No one has signed an NDA to participate in this Slack, and you should not presume anything you say here will remain private, so act accordingly. Protect IP and legally-protected information.
  • If you want to publicly disclose anything discussed here, use Chatham House Rule as the guideline (“participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed”).
  • Membership in this Slack Team is subject to  the Code of Conduct below.

CODE OF CONDUCT

The Short Version

Be respectful of other people, respectfully ask people to stop if you are bothered, and if you can’t resolve an issue, contact me. If you’re being a problem, you can be kicked out of the room (no refunds).

The Long Version

RESPECT

My Slack groups are an inclusive environment, based on treating all individuals respectfully, regardless of gender or gender identity (including transgender status), sexual orientation, age, disability, nationality, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), or career path.

We value respectful behavior above individual opinions.

Respectful behavior includes:

  • Be considerate, kind, constructive, and helpful.
  • Avoid demeaning, discriminatory, harassing, hateful, or physically threatening behavior, speech, and imagery.
  • Don’t be a bystander. Role model respectful behavior, but also help to address disrespect when you see it.

RESOLVE PEACEFULLY

We believe peer to peer discussions, feedback, and corrections can help build a stronger, safer, and more welcoming community.

If you see someone behaving disrespectfully, we urge you to respectfully dissuade them from such behavior. Expect that others in the community wish to help keep the community respectful, and welcome your input in doing so.

If you experience disrespectful behavior toward yourself or anyone else and feel in any way unable or unwilling to respond or resolve it respectfully (for any reason), please immediately bring it to my attention. I want to hear from you about anything that you feel is disrespectful, threatening, or just something that could make someone feel distressed in any way.

I will listen and work to resolve the matter.

APOLOGIZE FOR MISTAKES

Should you catch yourself behaving disrespectfully, or be confronted as such, listen intently, own up to your words and actions, and apologize accordingly.

No one is perfect, and even well-intentioned people make mistakes. What matters is how you handle them and that you avoid repeating them in the future.

CONSEQUENCES

If I determine that someone is behaving disrespectfully, I may take any action they deem appropriate within this Slack team, up to and including expulsion and exclusion from the room.

I will seek to resolve conflicts peacefully and in a manner that is positive for the community. We can’t foresee every situation, and thus if in my judgment the best thing to do is to ask a disrespectful individual to leave, we will do so.

THANKS

Many thanks to Michael Lopp, Chris Ferdinandi, Jonathan Stark,and Kai Davis for influencing these guidelines.