Community Guidelines

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

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. #jobs to share job opportunities with the community
  4. #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.


Use threads ๐Ÿ”—๏ธŽ

This convo in the #meta channel could have been 28 separate messages! ๐Ÿคฏ

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


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 using the /admin command or contact us through our website. ๐ŸŒฎ

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

add event to community calendar

:google-calendar: You can check out our community calendar and add your own event using

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

Check out Techqueriaโ€™s website on GitHub! :github:

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

Chill out with the posts

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 :thread 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

Use :frame_with_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
  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

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-
  • Events
    • #event-company-month-year
  • Organizers
    • #organizers-
  • Partners
    • #partner-

Default Channels ๐Ÿ”—๏ธŽ

There are three default channels everyone automatically gets added to upon joining.

  • #announcements
    • locked to the organizers - this is where admins/organizers will post news and information about the community at large
  • #jobs
    • sharing and requesting job opportunities
  • #random
    • conversations that donโ€™t fit in any topic channel but could be relevant for everyone

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

@Buรฑuelo the Donut pairs up people in cafecito channels every 2 weeks so they can get to know others in the Techqueria community. โ˜•

There are several cafecito channels in Techqueria - all based on location. If youโ€™d like one added, head on over to #meta-request-channel.

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

Setting up Cafecitos ๐Ÿ”—๏ธŽ

For scheduling a time, we recommend setting up a Calendly account, connecting it to your both your personal and work calendars and then sharing the link - itโ€™s a real time saver!

If you canโ€™t meet in person, we recommend using one of the following for video conferencing:

Leaving Cafecito Channels ๐Ÿ”—๏ธŽ

  1. Leave any of the #cafecito- channels you might have joined since this is where Buรฑuelo pairs you up with someone else from that channel
  2. For any pairing you got in, there will be two meetup reminders messaged to you. Even if you leave the channel, youโ€™ll still get them so just expect those but if Buรฑuelo keeps persisting after that, contact an admin using /admin
  3. Okay, good to go - no more messages from Buรฑuelo!

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 and we can showcase it on!

Fill out the template below when requesting an event to be added.

*Name* Picnic Meetup
*Date* 07/15/2019
*Location* XYZ Restaurant - Apple Street - Oakland, CA
*Details* We'll be by the XYZ sign - bring some food!
*Image* or upload it
*Meetup Member Profile URL*

Code of Conduct ๐ŸŒป ๐Ÿ”—๏ธŽ

You can find our code of conduct at

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 have not posted any messages within the last 6 months AND have not uploaded a profile picture OR you have not posted any messages within the last 12 months
    • this is to ensure our bot integrations pair up active members and our Slack provides more value to our active members
    • please feel free to reach out if youโ€™d like to join the Slack again and weโ€™ll happily activate again for you
  • 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.

For sensitive convos, please use the /admin command.

Contacting Admins ๐Ÿ”—๏ธŽ

You can contact an admin by using the command /admin in Slack followed by your message or you can reach out to us in #meta.


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-profile-pic
    • Messages reacted with :frame_with_picture:
  • #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 nonprofit that empowers Latinx professionals in the tech industry by building networking and career advancement opportunities.

We build Latinx-centered spaces that revolve around career advice, technical talks, mentorship, open jobs, networking events, speaking opportunities, and open-source and we work with both employee resource groups (ERGs) and tech companies to comprehensively affect change in the tech industry.

Coming from all walks of life, we believe that the diversity of our community is the most reliable asset we have. Our space aims to be inclusive so we invite Latinx from the regions of the Caribbean, Haiti, and Brazil as well as those who identify as Afro-Latinx, Asian-Latinx or LGBTQIA. The term Latinx is used instead of Latino or Latina because it is a gender-neutral and inclusive term.

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