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Slack Posting Guidance

Using Slack is more like using Twitter than having a chat

  • The audience is likely broader than you think. What you say is recorded and searchable forever.
  • Nuance is hard with words alone - It takes work to express complex ideas, consider using a less public place to finesse them.
  • Your words will sometimes stand alone and lose their conversation context - be aware of what you say, when you say it.
  • Chatting in a private room with your close buddies is very different than @all in #announcements

Post in haste, repent at leisure

  • If you feel very strongly on a topic, consider writing your thoughts down and holding off posting for few hours.
  • Consider getting some feedback from a different perspective or your mentor.
  • More people will be able to hear what you say if you work to include everyone.

Once something is said, it stays read.

  • When posting about a social topic, consider other people’s feelings and experience.
  • Take care if you are sharing an opinion on a topic that could have impact on others. Your words are powerful. Carefully consider the effect you may have.
  • Consider asking an open question rather than having a rant.
  • Be aware of language and how it can exclude.
  • ‘Starting a debate’ is often a car crash waiting to happen - approach with caution.

Match conversation to correct channel

  • All our rooms have a topic and a purpose. Try to support that when you post.
  • Use threads to help others keep up - the larger the audience the better it is to use threads.
  • Some rooms belong to teams; you are welcome, but it’s their home.

When you get feedback on your words, listen

  • Feedback is someone is trying to help. Listen. Then ask questions - to gain understanding of their point of view.
  • If your post is fresh and is problematic; ask if you should temporarily remove it whilst you understand the issue.

Reading slack and giving feedback

  • People are often communicating whilst multi-tasking - try to help them be their best with simple unassuming feedback.
  • If you feel something is going to cause someone to be upset, expect the writer to not have realised when they posted. Let them know privately.
  • Nuance is hard. Read with positive intent. English is not everyone’s is first language. If you are unsure, give them a call, have a chat.

Further reading and watching

Not sure how to put across a point of view? Try Non-violent communication

Perspectives on the power of your choice of language

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