Can we better pace the adding of new members to Slack?
Let me start by saying I'm always excited to see fresh faces on Slack. Today (1/24 by 9:45pm ET) there were 27 new members.
If that were the true pace of new members, that would be a totally different (good) issue to need to address.
If we're just adding people in large batches, there's no way we're going to be able to properly engage with each of these new members.
I want them to feel welcomed. I want them added to the right channels for them.
I won't actually say hi to anyone when it's a large group. I don't want anyone to feel left out.
Anyway, I hope this is received with the care that is intended. I want us to be better able to deliver on the mission of TQ - empower Latinx professionals with the resources and support that they need to thrive and become leaders in the tech industry.
Thanks Tony! This is something that we actively work on as membership growth continues. When someone applies to the community, we share that there is a 2 week turnaround for applications to be vetted and members to be invited in a gradual manner. However there are some weeks where over 100+ applications are received so even as we pace out invitations its hard to predict when a member will accept the invite and join the slack/share an introduction.
To help with ensuring folks feel welcome we have enlisted the help of community volunteers to greet new members and direct them throughout the workspace. We also have the New Member Mixers which help with onboarding new folks to our community.