BSA Slack

Join us on the new BSA Slack!


BSA is excited to announce the new BSA Slack community platform! Connect with your colleagues from around the world, share ideas and resources, and solve problems with help from this botanical network.

How to Join BSA Slack

  • To join BSA Slack click here.
    • Those new to Slack will be asked to set up an account requiring their full name, a display name, and a password.
    • Click here for a quick guide for new members that may be of help.
  • Once joined, users will automatically be added to the #general channel. If you want to join additional channels, look for the "Add Channels" or "+" next to Channels in the left column and join any channels that are of interest. 
  • If you are a PLANTS Alumni or previous PLANTS mentor and want to join private channels for those groups, please email
  • If you have technical issues joining this Slack channel you can email If you no longer want to be a part of BSA Slack you can click here for instructions on how to deactivate your account.
  • By joining the BSA Slack you are agreeing to abide by the BSA Slack Rules and Etiquette. See below for the full Rules and Etiquette.


BSA Slack

  BSA Slack Rules and Etiquette


The BSA Slack platform has been created to further our mission to promote botany, the field of basic science dealing with the study and inquiry into the form, function, development, diversity, reproduction, evolution, and uses of plants and their interactions within the biosphere.

The current admins are:

We want this to be a fun, pleasant, and harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, race, or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of participants in any form. Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

BSA Slack Rules and Etiquette

  • Don’t attack others. The discussions on the community platform are meant to stimulate conversation not to create contention. Let others have their say, just as you may.
  • All defamatory, abusive, profane, threatening, offensive, or illegal materials are strictly prohibited; these will be removed and could lead to expulsion from BSA Slack.
  • Harassment (see below) will not be tolerated.
  • Do not post commercial messages, promotional material, special offers, or product announcements. Contact people directly with product and service information if you believe it would be of interest to them. BSA reserves the right to remove such messages and potentially ban the individuals who are the sources of those solicitations.
  • Use caution when discussing products. Information posted on any platform is available for all to see, and comments are subject to libel, slander, and antitrust laws.
  • Do not post anything that you would not want the world to see or that you would not want anyone to know came from you.
  • Please note carefully all items listed in the disclaimer and legal rules below, particularly regarding the copyright ownership of information posted to BSA Slack.
  • Be courteous. Please ask participants for permission to republish their words elsewhere (especially if elsewhere would be a publicly viewable setting). Remember that BSA and other participants have the right to reproduce postings.


Harassment includes, but is not limited to:

  • Offensive comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, mental illness, neuro(a)typicality, physical appearance, race, or religion
  • Unwelcome comments regarding a person’s lifestyle choices and practices
  • Deliberate misgendering or use of ‘dead’ or rejected names
  • Gratuitous or off-topic sexual images
  • Threats of violence
  • Incitement of violence towards any individual, including encouraging a person to commit suicide or to engage in self-harm
  • Deliberate intimidation
  • Sustained disruption of discussion
  • Unwelcome attention of any kind, especially of a sexual nature
  • Continued one-on-one communication after requests to cease have been made
  • Publication of non-harassing private communication

Policy for Member Community Violations

The BSA Slack rules and etiquette should not be seen as all-inclusive, but rather to give our users a general idea of the guidelines one should follow when participating in the online community. In order to preserve a climate that encourages both civil and fruitful dialogue, BSA reserves the right to suspend, remove content, or terminate participation on all channels for users who violate these rules.

Taking action against one of our users, particularly in regard to removing an account, is something we wish to avoid. However, such action will occur if necessary to protect the quality of service we strive to provide. This restriction is not intended to limit in any way the professional networking and educational advantages of BSA Slack.

When unsure whether content is consistent with these policies, please err on the side of caution and do not post the content on BSA Slack. If there are any questions on what content is appropriate to post, please contact the BSA Slack Administrators.

The community rules and etiquette may be revised from time to time and it is the user’s responsibility to stay abreast of any changes.

Possible Disciplinary Action for Rules and Etiquette Violations

  • An email, private message or phone call is communicated to the user that explains the violation that occurred and, if necessary, whether they will be removed from BSA Slack.
  • BSA reserves the right to delete a post. However, BSA generally will not delete posts unless there has been a severe violation of the BSA Slack Rules and Etiquette, as described above.
  • To clarify or edit a message posted, we recommend that the original poster reply to the existing message. At BSA’s discretion, older messages that may cause confusion or contain outdated information may be archived or deleted.
  • BSA Slack Administrators may consult with the BSA Officers and the BSA DEI Committee Chair when making decisions on disciplinary actions.


If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact the BSA Slack Administrators. They will respond as promptly as possible.

BSA Slack Legal Stuff

The BSA Slack is provided as a service of BSA. BSA is not responsible for the opinions and information posted on BSA Slack by others. BSA disclaims all warranties with regard to information posted on BSA Slack, whether posted by BSA or any third party; this disclaimer includes all implied warranties of merchantability and fitness. In no event shall BSA be liable for any special, indirect, or consequential damages or any damages whatsoever resulting from loss of use, data, or profits, arising out of or in connection with the use or performance of any information posted on this site.

Do not post any defamatory, abusive, profane, threatening, offensive, or illegal materials. Do not post any information or other material protected by copyright without the permission of the copyright owner. In addition, the posting party grants BSA and users of this community the nonexclusive right and license to display, copy, publish, distribute, transmit, print, and use such information or other material.

Content should not be posted if it encourages or facilitates users to arrive at any agreement that either expressly or impliedly leads to price fixing, a boycott of another's business, or other conduct intended to illegally restrict free trade. Content that encourages or facilitates an agreement about the following subjects is inappropriate: prices, discounts, or terms or conditions of sale; salaries; profits, profit margins, or cost data; market shares, sales territories, or markets; allocation of customers or territories; or selection, rejection, or termination of customers or suppliers. BSA does not actively monitor these sites for inappropriate postings and does not on its own undertake editorial control of postings. However, in the event that any inappropriate posting is brought to BSAs attention, BSA will take all appropriate action.

Message Retention

Because this is a free slack account, we have restricted scrollback, but Slack--the company--retains complete logs of all channels and direct messages back to the creation of BSA Slack. Slack is a U.S. company and therefore subject to subpoenas from U.S. courts. Our logs may be subject to subpoena and could become public as part of legal proceedings.