Changes to Our Slack Community

July 1, 2017

Thanks to all of you who have joined and participated in our Slack community! There have been some fascinating conversations going on there, and we had a really nice AMA series last year that introduced top experts in law, entrepreneurship, and design to our growing audience.

As part of our ongoing commitment to improving our Slack community, we’re instituting a few changes.

New Community Support

We’ve brought on a new community admin — Paul Anthony Webb — to help keep things flowing and keep an eye out for any issues. Paul is an extremely active member of our Slack community, and I can’t think of a better person to help with support. Feel free to reach out to him with any questions!

Temporarily Closing New Registration

In order to cut down on the mass amount of dormant accounts, we are shutting down open invites to the Slack community. This is a temporary measure while we perform some long-needed community hygiene efforts, including cleaning up dormant channels and removing unused accounts. Make sure you’re signed up for our newsletter to get information on when we open again for invites.

New Participation Requirements

We are finally implementing a new participation policy for members of our Slack community! (Many of you have asked for this.)

In the past, members have joined the community, said hello, and then never spoke publicly in any channels. While Slack does allow for private conversations, the purpose of our Slack community was to have a safe, positive, tight-knit space for people to express themselves and network with other designers in an open forum. We quickly reached a point where non-public participants outnumbered the active members, and it was effecting the community’s morale.

Now, current and new members will need to participate at least once a month in a public channel to keep their good standing in the community. Inactive members will have their accounts deactivated and will be gently removed on a case-by-case basis.

We’ve also amended our Code of Conduct to reflect these changes.

Thanks again to all of you who are a part of our Slack community!

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