Slack Guidelines

We will be using Slack for the purpose of real-­time messaging. Below please find a few suggested guidelines & tips, links to tutorials, and a link to join the HuBMAP consortium Slack workspace. Once you join this Slack ­space, you are free to create your own channels to serve the needs of your group(s).

Guidelines & Tips

Slack is optional ­ Slack is an optional communication method, intended only for non­critical, communication and direct messaging. Slack messages should be considered perishable.

Slack is public Every member of the Slack workspace is an equal member and has the right to invite and include others. In fact, this might be an unofficial way in which our community grows. If you want to keep your conversations private, please form Slack private channels or use direct messaging.

You can limit your channels ­ A common complaint about Slack is that there are too many channels. To control for this, we offer two thoughts:

  • Limit the number of channels to which you subscribe. Do not feel like you need to be part of every conversation. It is too overwhelming.
  • Please, only create a channel if you are prepared to moderate it. The moderator should be identified in the channel details and be prepared to:
    1. Define the purpose of the channel
    2. Manage membership
    3. Archive the channel once it is no longer necessary

You can control notifications ­ Another complaint about Slack is that there are too many notifications, e.g., via your email. Please know that you can limit and control these in multiple ways. Learn more here:­us/articles/201355156­Guide­to­Slack­notifications­

See the Slack site for help ­ Slack is one of the most widely used messaging apps, and thus it comes with a large knowledge base and user community to help you use it easily and effectively. Please see:


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