<aside> 👋 If you are new to Slack, we recommend that you read our beginner’s guide. 👇

Starting with Slack


<aside> 👉 If you’ve used Slack before, but you need a refresh on advanced features, read our advanced features overview. 👇

Slack Advanced Features



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Channel guidelines

Rules and conventions

Reducing noise in Slack

All caught up? Great! Continue reading to learn how we use Slack at Oyster.👇

📣 Introduction

Welcome to our guide to using Slack at Oyster!

There’s a lot of information about Slack online, including Slack’s fantastic help center. The importance of this guide is that it’s our source of truth for how we use Slack at Oyster.

In these guides, you will find information on:


🤔 What do we use Slack for?

Slack is a messaging tool, that is at Oyster used for asynchronous communication. Here is how we use it at Oyster:

💬 1. To provide a platform for people to engage in discussions that are meaningful to them. We use Slack to connect people around various topics, work-related or otherwise.

🧠 2. To stay informed. Slack is our most used communication tool, where we reference all new information. It gives us insight into what’s going on across Oyster.

💚 3. For convenience. Slack is super simple and intuitive, which makes it easy to get in touch with someone to jump-start a conversation than by sending an Email.

<aside> 👉 If an outcome of a certain discussion needs to be documented - it is done outside of Slack (E.g. ‣ or ‣)


🏛️ Core Principles

Due to the distributed nature of Oyster, it’s critical that we’re collectively using Slack in a way that best supports our needs. To help everyone understand this and how Slack works for asynchronous communication in a distributed environment, we’ve set some core principles for Slack that we uphold at Oyster.

1️⃣  Understanding Expectations

To successfully follow the sun, we need to take to heart key aspects of how we communicate and how that influences our expectations working with Slack at Oyster.

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