Tips & Usage Guidelines
Here are a number of things we recommend you do to make it easy to participate and keep up with the discussions.
There’s also a mobile app. Slack only really works well when you check in each day or few times a week. Otherwise, you won’t get much value out of the community discussions as they happen in a feed.
It makes a humongous difference when you add a picture and fill out your account details. People are more likely to respond to you and it’s easier for people to follow up and learn more about you.
It’s easier when you make your username your known name. Isn’t @marksmith more memory-friendly than @randodog420? If willing, we encourage you to share your current company in your name as well! e.g. Adam Tornes (Twitter) #teamspirit
Before you start posting to the Slack, send an introduction to the group in #intros channel. What’s your name? Where are you based? What kinds of questions are you interested in? What kind of work are you doing? What companies/products do you work on? Why is applied ethnography in your world of interest?
Everyone is automatically added to several channels (#Jobs, #Random, #Office-Hours, #Intros). Here is a little about our main channels and some additional ones to consider!
Some recommended ways to get involved right away:
Feel free to propose new channels about topics that interest you. Let the admins know, and they can set it up for you. You can send private messages to individuals or you can start private group messages.
If you’re new to Slack, here’s a couple of helpful tips:
A list of more slack hacks from Slack.
It only takes one bad apple to spoil the bunch so we ask that you please adhere to the following simple guidelines:
Sexist, racist, misogynist, homophobic, transphobic insults and broad, offensive generalizations about groups of people will not be tolerated and will lead to expulsion. Please be a good person.
This just isn’t the place. Things like unsolicited DM’s (especially in bulk), incessantly posting about your Design consultancy, and offering deep discounts on your weight-loss supplements is not the kind of content that makes Colorado Product great. Promoting your employer or any other institution that you have a financial stake in is expressly not allowed. Colorado Product is about genuinely sharing in the product practice;, that simply can’t happen if folks put their individual needs ahead of the community.
*We may on occasion permit Vendors to post in our Slack group as a part of a sponsorship agreement, but they must have obtained that permission first and ONLY in exchange for tangible benefit to the community (e.g. Happy Hour budget, community rewards, etc.)
We know you’re excited about your side hustle, DSW presentation, and your new book on your jewelry biz, but please keep it in the #asksandoffers channel only. Feel free to expressly promote yourself or your organization in this channel but please exercise some common sense. There are SPAM laws in many countries for a reason, be authentic, and don’t post more frequently than twice a month, the channel is no good to anyone if it’s just noise. If abused, Colorado Product will give you a warning, if not heeded, you may be removed from the community permanently.
If you’re not sure, don’t do it. It’s noisy. And it better be very, very important. If you do it a lot or use it wrong, we promise there will be public shaming.
That being said, the door swings both ways, mind your notification settings, Slack has a lot of flexibility here. If you’re that bent out of shape about @here getting used, maybe fix your settings rather than berating a complete stranger.
Please alert the admins to anything we should review in light of the above.
If you want to contact the admins for any reason, just hit up any of the following folks: