Description of norms on Mattermost Community server
The Mattermost community server runs the latest stable build of Mattermost's software, including all open source code for Mattermost Team Edition as well as commercial code for Mattermost Enterprise Edition.
It has two objectives:
- Provide a workplace for Mattermost staff.
The Mattermost community server is not a production server and has occasional downtime.
You can reach the server at:
The server is also available via the following URLs, primarily used to test pre-release features:
- https://community-release.mattermost.com, which runs our upcoming stable release. This server includes work-in-progress features, and can contain bugs and have occasional downtime. This server receives regular pushes of features and/or bug fixes of the next release for testing purposes.
- https://community-daily.mattermost.com, which runs latest builds of Mattermost's software, including all pre-release features of our core products. It is the most unstable version of the Mattermost community server. Bugs and occasional downtime is expected as this server receives daily pushes of features and/or bug fixes for testing purposes.
The server has two teams:
Available to anyone who'd like to join the server using either an email and password account (you can sign-up for a free account online) or a Mattermost staff account, which is set up via Okta and requires MFA either through Okta or Google Authenticator.
All Mattermost staff members hired after Jan 1, 2020 should have a username in the form of
@[FIRST_NAME]_[LAST_NAME]for example "Alice Evans" should be
If there are duplicate first name and last names, the new person added should add a middle initial in the form of
@[FIRST_NAME].[MIDDLE_INITIAL].[LAST_NAME]for example, "Alice Janice Evans" who joined after the first Alice Evans would be
There are some user accounts that for legacy issues cannot use this format, for all other Mattermost staff--even those who joined before Jan 1 2020--should use the format that creates the most clarity.
By default, people's user names and first names trigger mention notifications in Mattermost. This can be distracting if people have the same first names, for example there are multiple people named "Chris" at Mattermost. If you want to mention someone without triggering a notification consider using their three letter initials, for example, "Alice Emily Evans" would be
As an alternative to saying
AEElets you refer to the person in passing without pushing an alert to them. For staff members that want to be alerted to even passing mentions of their name, they can opt in to that model by creating a keyword notification on their three letter initials.
The following table lists popular channels for Staff:
ANNOUNCE Asynchronous Announcements
Public channel in STAFF team for making staff-wide announcements.
ANNOUNCE Synchronous Announcements
Public channel in STAFF team for weekly all-staff meeting (see link in header for more info on "COM", past recordings and materials, etc.
ANNOUNCE New Staff Announcements
Public channel in STAFF team for announcing and welcoming new staff members.
Any Mattermost staff member can create, rename and archive channels on the pre-release server. When channels don't contain sensitive information they should default to Public channel in CONTRIBUTORS team and welcome participation by contributors.
For example, the Loc: Seattle channel can be joined any contributor, partner or staff member to socialize with our community.
We trust our staff to use names that are fast, obvious, forgiving, and also to help our colleagues with constructive suggestions when names could be improved through iteration.
The following conventions are in place for channels with common purposes:
BUILD Translation Discussion
Public channel in CONTRIBUTORS team for collaborating on translations in different languages
Public channel in CONTRIBUTORS team for openly discussing Enterprise Edition features with the public
SOCIALIZE Discuss geographic locations
Loc: [CITY OR AREA NAME]
Public channel in CONTRIBUTORS team for socializing with contributors including staff, partners and technical contributors in specific geographies.
Use cases: Organize social and professional meet-ups
SUPPORT Support PS customers
PS: [Customer Name]
Private channel in CONTRIBUTORS team Channel for Premier Support customers engaging with senior Support Engineer
Work with partners
Partner: [Partner Name]
Private channel in CONTRIBUTORS team for discussions with close partners and Mattermost staff
OPERATE Plan, review and iterate on company operations with MLT
Private channel in STAFF team for topic-specific channels for members of Mattermost Leadership Team to work on Mattermost cadence, E.g. MLT Daily, MLT R&D, etc.
OPERATE Plan, review and iterate on company operations with MLX
Private channel in STAFF team for topic-specific channels for members of Mattermost Leadership Extended Team. E.g. MLX Recruiting, MLT HR, etc.
Workplace messaging solutions like Mattermost are excellent for real-time and topic-based communications.
When it comes to long-form cascaded communications (announced information to be forwarded to groups with context from different leaders), then email and email distribution lists are best, and we do use them at Mattermost.
We have a Mattermost Board summarizing email distributions lists at Mattermost (you need to be a staff member subscribed to our Announcements channel for access).