Slack Orientation

Welcome to the Making Pro Plugins Slack!

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.


  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 #plugins channel.
  4. If your favourite WordPress plugins 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-WordPress plugin business topics (e.g., vim vs emacs, spaces vs tabs, specific code issues, etc).
  8. Nobody in the room is an attorney. Please be extremely cautious about giving or receiving anything resembling legal advice.


  • No one has signed an NDA to participate in this Slack, and you should not presume anything you say here will remain private, so act accordingly. Protect IP and legally-protected information.
  • If you want to publicly disclose anything discussed here, use Chatham House Rule as the guideline (“participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed”).
  • Membership in this Slack Team is a privilege, not a right, and you can be kicked out at any time. See the Code of Conduct below.


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 Making Pro Plugins 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 Making Pro Plugins 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 behaviour above individual opinions.

Respectful behaviour includes:

  • Be considerate, kind, constructive, and helpful.
  • Avoid demeaning, discriminatory, harassing, hateful, or physically threatening behavior, speech, and imagery.
  • If you’re not sure, ask someone instead of assuming. No, really. Just ask the administrators. We’d rather hear from you than hear about something you said or did after the fact, and we are here to help.
  • Don’t be a bystander. Role model respectful behavior, but also help to address disrespect when you see it.


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 Making Pro Plugins as of February 26, 2017:


A thank you to Jonathan Stark for assistance with these guidelines.