Verified Usergroups for Anonymous Authors

Allow anonymous authors to display their Slack usergroup!

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Jul 22, 2021


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Verified Usergroups for Anonymous Authors

Anonymity allows ideas to be judged by their merit and not by the status of their originator. It levels the playing field because an anonymous author could be anyone within a company - the CEO, an engineer or an employee at a specific location - we simply don't know.

However, there are times an anonymous author would like to establish credibility or build context in a way that does not expose her identity. For instance, an anonymous feedback from someone that is verified to be from a specific location (e.g. Oslo office) or with a particular role (e.g. an HR person) would yield more relevant insights from others.

We are happy to introduce a new feature that allows anonymous authors to display a Slack Usergroup they belong to.

It looks like this:

Anonymous Message with a Verified Slack Usergroup

Notice the someone at Engineering.

We would like to thank our customers, Mateusz Bijakowski and James Dear of iwoca for their valuable feedback that led to the creation of this feature.

How to Use It

The feature relies on Slack's Usergroups and therefore Slack admins need to make sure that members are adequately mapped to usergroups. For example, an engineer from Oslo may be mapped to both Engineering and Oslo Office usergroups.

For authors that belong to a Slack usergroup, the creation dialog of anonymous posts, replies, whispers and polls will have a Display Usergroup section with a drop-down list of usergroups one belongs to, sorted by the number of members - e.g. Engineering (23 users), Oslo Office (17 users), Executives (5 users).

For instance, the anonymous message creation dialog looks like so:

Anonymous Message Creation with Slack Usergroup Selection

A user can choose No selection (the default option) to not display any usergroup.

Larger Usergroups Increases Anonymity

Being anonymous is being indistinguishable from others and therefore the larger the Usergroup the harder it is for others to figure out who is behind it.

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A good rule of thumb is to simply use one of the larger usergroups one belongs to.

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