Sharing your thoughts anonymously within Slack threads allows sensitive voices to be heard and amplifies the overall critical thinking of your team.
The result is more effective, thoughtful and valuable discussions.
We are happy to introduce an improvement on anonymous replies - Anonymous Reply Pseudonyms, which adds the ability to relate to authors of anonymous replies.
It looks like this:
Authors of an anonymous replies are mapped to per-thread unique pseudonyms.
R1 relates to the first anonymous replier,
R2 to the second, etc.
If the replied to message is an anonymous message (as shown above), the pseudonym of
the original poster is
How it Works Under the Hood
We don’t want to store user IDs of authors of anonymous interactions, yet to in order to be able to pseudonymize an author we need to store a state which relates to the specific user.
Currently, we cryptographically pepper and hash the user ID and the message ID that began the threaded conversation. The secret pepper is injected in runtime and isn’t stored inside the code (that is, even if an attacker gains access to our source code she won’t be able to obtain the pepper).
Comments and Thoughts
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