Slack Orientation

Welcome to the Slack group!

This is a place to ask questions, work through any business challenges, and share ideas and best practices.

The following suggestions and guidelines are intended to make the community easier and more enjoyable to use.

Getting Started

  1. Set up your profile in the Slack Directory. Upload a photo and create a short bio.
  2. Introduce yourself and tell the room a little about what you do.
  3. This is a single-channel Slack team. All of the convo happens in the main channel.
  4. If your favorite business topic isn’t being discussed, bring it up!
  5. All are welcome to contribute regardless of their experience level. If you want to hang back and lurk, that’s cool, too.
  6. We expect that we’ll treat others with respect. We encourage debate; we ask for patience, and we remind you that you’re here to learn and that means being open a diverse set of ideas. See the Code of Conduct below.
  7. Please resist the temptation to get into lengthy discussions about non-business topics (e.g., vim vs emacs, spaces vs tabs, ruby vs php, etc).
  8. Nobody in the room is an attorney. Please be extremely cautious about giving or receiving anything resembling legal advice.

A few details

Code of Conduct

The Short Version

Be respectful of other people, respectfully ask people to stop if you are bothered, and if you can’t resolve an issue contact an administrator. If you’re being a problem, you can be kicked out of the room.

The Long Version


The Expensive Problem Slack is an intentionally positive community that recognizes and celebrates the creativity and collaboration of independent members and the diversity of skills, talents, experiences, cultures, and opinions that they bring to our community.

The Expensive Problem Slack is an inclusive environment, based on treating all individuals respectfully, regardless of gender or gender identity (including transgender status), sexual orientation, age, disability, nationality, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), or career path.

We value respectful behavior above individual opinions.

Respectful behavior includes:


We believe peer to peer discussions, feedback, and corrections can help build a stronger, safer, and more welcoming community.

If you see someone behaving disrespectfully, we urge you to respectfully dissuade them from such behavior. Expect that others in the community wish to help keep the community respectful, and welcome your input in doing so.

If you experience disrespectful behavior toward yourself or anyone else and feel in any way unable or unwilling to respond or resolve it respectfully (for any reason), please immediately bring it to the attention of an administrator. We want to hear from you about anything that you feel is disrespectful, threatening, or just something that could make someone feel distressed in any way.

We will listen and work to resolve the matter.


Should you catch yourself behaving disrespectfully, or be confronted as such, listen intently, own up to your words and actions, and apologize accordingly.

No one is perfect, and even well-intentioned people make mistakes. What matters is how you handle them and that you avoid repeating them in the future.


If the administrators determine that someone is behaving disrespectfully, the administrators may take any action they deem appropriate within this Slack team, up to and including expulsion and exclusion from the room.

As administrators, we will seek to resolve conflicts peacefully and in a manner that is positive for the community. We can’t foresee every situation, and thus if in the administrator’s judgment the best thing to do is to ask a disrespectful individual to leave, we will do so.


The administrator(s) of Expensive Problem as of January 13, 2017:


Many thanks to Michael Lopp, Chris Ferdinandi, and Kai Davis for influencing these guidelines.

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