Slack Community Guidelines


Learn about our allyship in Slack, best practices, recommendations and customization options. ๐Ÿ“

Overview ๐Ÿ”—๏ธŽ

We are a close knit community of Latinx in Tech, elevating each other as we grow into leaders within the tech industry.

Whether youโ€™re already a Latinx professional in tech or are interested in becoming one, youโ€™ll be joining a fast-growing community. We help each other out with problems/questions, share positive, support one anotherโ€™s concerns over compensation and workplace challenges and network through both offline and online initiatives.

Within our Slack, you will find:

  • career advice (anonymous option provided)
  • community moderators who make sure the Code of Conduct is being enforced
  • compensation advice (anonymous option provided)
  • free conference tickets or discounts
  • job opportunities
  • local events
  • member highlights
  • mentors and mentees
  • org wide updates from Techqueria
  • platform discounts
  • resources
  • scholarship opportunities
  • specific channels that cater to you - affinities, cities, passions, hobbies, etc
  • and so much more

Allies ๐Ÿ’› ๐Ÿ”—๏ธŽ

Techqueria is committed to bringing together and elevating Latinx professionals in the tech industry through a vibrant and supportive community. ๐ŸŒฎ

However, it is not a requirement to identify as Latinx to be in this community which is why allies get access to 4 channels

  1. #announcements to stay updated on latest updates from Techqueria leads
  2. #allies to share resources and have discussions around allyship
  3. #events to share events with the community
  4. #jobs to share job opportunities with the community
  5. #meta to ask us any questions or provide feedback

The purpose of the #allies channel is for allies to share resources, events, etc with our community and to ask us any questions on how to partner up together or become a better ally. ๐Ÿง 

If you have any questions, comments or concerns, let us know in #allies or #meta and a lead will get back to you.

With your support, Techqueria can become a stronger & more valuable community for Latinx in Tech. ๐Ÿ’›

Still want to join other channels? ๐Ÿ”—๏ธŽ

We value you being a part of the community and your interest in being an ally!

To facilitate allyship, we are implementing best practices from other orgs that have been doing this type of work for a long time and adapting them to our organizational structure.

This organization exists as a space for Latinx folks to feel included in the Tech industry.

Generally allyship in underrepresented communities is there to support the community, not the other way around.

And so, while this structure is new for us as the community matures, we are firm in this policy.

We understand allyship is difficult (for everyone!), and we appreciate all the work you are putting in.

Best Practices ๐Ÿง  ๐Ÿ”—๏ธŽ

Creating casual hangouts ๐Ÿ”—๏ธŽ

Using Polly and Eventbot, you can make it easy to coordinate casual hangouts in different channels.

We recommend first using Polly or Doodle to decide on a time that will work for most people.

Polly Poll

Then use Eventbot to create an event so that folks can RSVP and can also get reminded when the event starts through Slack.

Eventbot

Use threads ๐Ÿ”—๏ธŽ

This convo in the #random channel could have been a bunch of separate messages! ๐Ÿคฏ

Instead, with threads - it turned into a more rich and focused discussion. ๐Ÿ˜Œ

Threads

Refer to pinned posts ๐Ÿ”—๏ธŽ

A lot of useful info is pinned to channels.

Make sure to check those out when joining a new channel. ๐Ÿ“Œ

Custom Slackbot Messages ๐Ÿ”—๏ธŽ

If you use any of the trigger phrases, Slackbot will respond with a helpful message.

please use threads

Threads let you respond directly to a message in a channel, keeping the replies, images, and other files neatly organized in a single conversation. Threaded replies stay connected to the original message, and only those who have contributed to or are following the thread will be notified of new messages. :please-use-threads-next-time:

code of conduct

All participants in the Techqueria Slack Workspace are required to comply with the following code of conduct - make sure to read through it! If you have questions, comments or concerns - reach out to us via #meta or contact us through our website. ๐ŸŒฎ

https://techqueria.org/code-of-conduct/

profile picture, profile photo, fill out your profile, profile pic

Your profile photo helps us know who you are in Slack. And if your photo is clear, itโ€™ll be easier for someone to pick you out in a crowd or at a Techqueria event. :blob-says-hi:

techqueria logo

Please see our brand guidelines for Techqueria on our website. ๐ŸŒฎ https://techqueria.org/about/brand/

want to contribute to open source, get involved in open source

Check out Techqueriaโ€™s website on GitHub! :github: https://github.com/techqueria/website

Useful Reacjis ๐Ÿ”—๏ธŽ

Notice someone posting the same message to 3+ different channels? ๐Ÿ”—๏ธŽ

Chill out with the posts

The :chill-out-with-the-posts: emoji will be used to indicate that whoever is posting the message needs to slow down with posting the same message to different channels and chill out with the posts.

We decided to create this emoji because sometimes we see the same person posting the same message to 3 (or 10) different channels in Slack.

This obviously comes across as a bit spammy and overly promotional so to encourage best behavior, all messages with :chill-out-with-the-posts: will go into the #meta-chill-out channel.

That way, if we see that the same person is continuously doing this, we can reach out to them directly.

Notice someone posting in the wrong channel? ๐Ÿ”—๏ธŽ

Switch to a different channel

The :switch-to-a-different-channel: will be used to indicate that someone is posting to the wrong channel and should probably switch to a different channel.

We will not be having a channel set up for this but itโ€™s just another we are letting folks in a friendly way that they should post their message somewhere else.

Notice someone not using threads effectively? ๐Ÿ”—๏ธŽ

Use threads

Use :please-use-threads: to encourage people to use threads instead of posting in channel with a bunch of related messages

Notice someone who hasnโ€™t uploaded a profile picture? ๐Ÿ”—๏ธŽ

Upload a profile picture

Use :please-upload-a-profile-picture: to encourage people to fill out their profile and upload a profile picture.

HeyTaco ๐Ÿ”—๏ธŽ

The HeyTaco! bot sparks conversations and builds stronger relationships with its fun and unique kindness currencyโ€ฆ tacos! ๐ŸŒฎ

You can use @heytaco to give someone a ๐ŸŒฎ when youโ€™d like to show praise, appreciation, or to add a little happiness to their day.

  1. Every person in our Slack Workspace has 5 tacos to give out per day 5๏ธโƒฃ ๐ŸŒฎ
  2. To give someone a taco, add a taco emoji after their username Like this: @username your positive attitude was a real help today! ๐ŸŒฎ HeyTaco! Examples
  3. You can give tacos to anyone on your team as long as the bot has been invited to the channel You can invite the bot to channels using /invite @heytaco
  4. There is a leaderboard to see who is getting the most tacos Anyone in our Slack Workspace can sign in and see the leaderboard using https://www.heytaco.chat/leaderboard
  5. Need help? If you need help, you can just DM @heytaco the word help and it will assist you.

Customization ๐Ÿ†’ ๐Ÿ”—๏ธŽ

All these customization suggestions are completely optional and solely meant to improve your experience using Techqueriaโ€™s Slack.

Copy and paste these values to your settings Sidebar Theme section to get Techqueria theming.

Techqueria Slack Sidebar Theme

Light Mode ๐Ÿ”—๏ธŽ

#FFFFFF,#FFFFFF,#FBAE52,#000000,#FBAE52,#000000,#FF551F,#FF551F

Dark Mode ๐Ÿ”—๏ธŽ

#1A1D21,#FABF67,#FABF67,#1A1D21,#000000,#FFFFFF,#FF551F,#FF551F

Custom Status ๐Ÿ”—๏ธŽ

Something fun we do in Techqueriaโ€™s Slack is setting a custom status with a flag representing our Latinx heritage/background.

Custom Status Edit

Custom Status Hover

If you want to put multiple flags, you can do that too!

Custom Status Hover

Emojis ๐Ÿ”—๏ธŽ

When you click on the emoji icon in the conversation or to add a reaction, you can see a ton of custom ones weโ€™ve added. ๐ŸŽ‰

You can find images for things like arepa, empanada, baseball teams, avocado, etc.

Take a look at them and feel free to add more custom emoji yourself.

Custom Emoji

Channels ๐Ÿ’ฌ ๐Ÿ”—๏ธŽ

Channel naming conventions ๐Ÿ”—๏ธŽ

  • Locations
    • #locals-
  • Meta
    • #meta-
  • Cafecito
    • #cafecito-
  • Events
    • #event-company-month-year
  • Internal Leads
    • #techqueria-
  • Partners
    • #partner-

Default Channels ๐Ÿ”—๏ธŽ

These are the default channels everyone automatically gets added to upon joining.

Core

  • #announcements
    • only admins can post
    • this is where admins/organizers will post news and information about the community at large
  • #introductions
    • new members introducing themselves
  • #cafecito
    • facilitates 1:1 meetings for members to get to know each other
  • #meta
    • ask an admin an question
    • provide feedback to Techqueria
    • provide ideas to Techqueria
  • #meta-request-channel
    • request a new channel
  • #positive-vibes
    • Give someone kudos using ๐ŸŒฎ or just share what you accomplished this week โœจ
  • #random
    • conversations that donโ€™t fit in any topic channel but could be relevant for everyone
    • not location specific

Career Related

  • #career-advice
    • to share or ask for career advice
  • #compensation
    • ask questions about compensation anonymously
  • #job-seeking
    • if you are looking for a job
  • #jobs
    • sharing job opportunities
  • #resources
    • sharing helpful resources
  • #workplace-challenges
    • getting advice on common workplace challenges

Misc

  • #action
    • โ€œTrataron de enterrarnos. No sabรญan que รฉramos semillas.โ€
  • #allies
    • for allies to share resources

Public Channels ๐Ÿ”—๏ธŽ

We have created different channels to keep conversations relevant, for example:

  • #comida
  • #front-end
  • #futbol
  • #javascript
  • #memes
  • #mentoring
  • #musica
  • #open-source
  • #politica

By default, you do not join those channels but you can click on CHANNELS to see a list of all the channels and join the ones that seem the most interesting.

We monitor most activity in those channels to make sure content is relevant so if something off-topic is posted there, we might move it to a more appropriate channel.

Location Based Channels ๐Ÿ”—๏ธŽ

We have a few location channels that are prefixed with #locals-, for example:

  • #locals-atl
  • #locals-austin
  • #locals-boston
  • #locals-chicago
  • #locals-la
  • #locals-nyc
  • #locals-philly
  • #locals-san-diego
  • #locals-sf

You can use these channels to communicate with folks in those locations, whether you live there or visiting it can be a great resource.

You can contact the admins to get new location channels created.

Private Channels ๐Ÿ”—๏ธŽ

We have a few private channels for conversations that you donโ€™t want everyone to see, and weโ€™re using a system created by WeAllJs to manage the participation of those.

To see a list of available channels, run the command /list-private, and click on the join button to request an invitation.

Private List

Cafecito Channels ๐Ÿ”—๏ธŽ

How Cafecito Channels Work ๐Ÿ”—๏ธŽ

If youโ€™d like one added, head on over to #meta-request-channel.

1:1 Pairings

  • #cafecito

Pairs up people in cafecito channels every 2 weeks through a Slack app called Swirl so they can get to know others in the Techqueria community.

Location Based

For local Techqueria members to hang out for fun/casual/informal events.

  • #cafecito-atx
  • #cafecito-east-bay
  • #cafecito-la
  • #cafecito-nyc
  • #cafecito-remote
  • #cafecito-sf
  • #cafecito-south-bay

Countries ๐Ÿ”—๏ธŽ

  1. Ecuador #ecuatorianxs ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จ
  2. Bolivia #bolivianxs ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ด
  3. Paraguay #paraguayans ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡พ
  4. Colombia #colombianxs ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด
  5. Brazil #brasileirxs ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท
  6. Nicaragua #nicaraguans ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฎ
  7. Venezuela #venezolanxs ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ช
  8. Peru #peruanxs ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ช
  9. Uruguay #uruguayans ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡พ
  10. Guatemala #guatemalans ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡น
  11. Honduras #hondurans ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ณ
  12. El Salvador #salvadoreรฑxs ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ป
  13. Costa Rica #costa-ricans ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ท
  14. Agentina #argentinxs ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท
  15. Panama #panamanians ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฆ
  16. Cuba #cubanxs ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡บ
  17. Mexico #mexicans #xicanx ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ
  18. Dominican Republic #dominicanxs ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ด
  19. Chile #chilenx ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฑ
  20. Puerto Rico #boricuas ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ท
  21. Belize #belizeans ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฟ
  22. Haiti #haitians ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡น

Requesting A Channel ๐Ÿ”—๏ธŽ

Not finding a channel you want? No worries, head on over to #meta-request-channel to request the creation, archival or deletion of a channel.

Planning a local event? ๐Ÿ”—๏ธŽ

Let us know in #meta-request-event and we can showcase it on our event platform.

Code of Conduct ๐ŸŒป ๐Ÿ”—๏ธŽ

You can find our code of conduct at https://techqueria.org/code-of-conduct.

In short, this is a professional community so be respectful of everyone and their identity.

Unprofessional behavior is not acceptable so if you feel that someone is breaking the code of conduct, make sure to contact an admin and we will sort it out.

Why was my account deactivated? ๐Ÿ”—๏ธŽ

Your Slack account may have been deactivated because of one of the following reasons:

  • you violated our Code of Conduct
    • if someone reported you or we have noticed a violation, we will first deactivate your account and then contact you via email
    • if it is an extreme violation (like hate speech), we may deactivate your account and not provide the courtesy of following up
    • if there was a misunderstanding, we can reactivate your account but weโ€™re usually pretty strict on violations
  • you requested it yourself

Can I DM leads? ๐Ÿ”—๏ธŽ

If you DM a lead, we may not be able to get to you in a very timely manner due to our limited bandwidth.

We love getting DMs from our members but we feel weโ€™re doing a disservice if it takes us more than a week to get back to you with your questions, feedback, concerns, etc.

Ergo, for any questions related to Slack, the website, volunteering, partnerships or really anything related to Techqueria โ€” we ask that you please post in #meta to get a faster response.

Contacting Admins ๐Ÿ”—๏ธŽ

You can contact an admin via the #meta channel.

Questions, comments, or concerns? โ„น๏ธ ๐Ÿ”—๏ธŽ

If youโ€™d like to participate in the conversation about the future of the community, event planning, suggest speakers and be more involved, please join our #meta channel.

Other related meta channels include:

  • #meta
    • Give feedback, ask questions, bring up concerns, etc
  • #meta-code-of-conduct
    • Discussion around code of conduct
  • #meta-profile-pic
    • Where new members didnโ€™t upload a profile picture
  • #meta-request-event
    • Add a community event to our events platform
  • #meta-request-channel
    • Request a new channel
  • #meta-website
  • #meta-website-alerts
    • Automated activity feed from all our website integrations
  • #twitter
    • Automated feed of Twitter account activity

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โ„น๏ธAbout Techqueria

Techqueria is a 501c3 nonprofit that empowers Latinx professionals with the resources and support that they need to thrive and become leaders in the tech industry.

Founded in 2015, we are the largest community of Latinx professionals in tech in the U.S. with over 11,000 members and 7 chapters. Our online Slack community has 8,000+ members and 2,000+ weekly active users.

The majority of our members work in PDE (product, design and engineering), have 3 to 5 years of experience, identify as millennials and joined Techqueria through word of mouth.

We work with both tech companies and employee resource groups (ERGs) to build Latinx-centered spaces that revolve around career advice, recruiting, mentorship and networking in order to comprehensively affect change in the tech industry.

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