Over the years Techpoint Africa has championed conversations around technology in Africa through news, insights, reports, and events which have immensely shaped the narratives around varying subjects.
In taking the next step, we’ve expanded our reach by giving technology enthusiasts, ecosystem players, and everyone in between, the freedom to own and shape conversations while contributing to a progressive and all-inclusive community.
Community will be a platform where you, as well as every other enthusiast and stakeholder in the African technology ecosystem, can freely discuss topics of interest, exchange ideas, as well as network.
As you engage and debate constructively on the platform, you will find that your voice is important to sustaining this community. Consequently, we hope your time is as fulfilling as we’ve envisaged.
Finally, the conversations here set the tone for every new arrival. We, therefore, call on you to help us influence the future of this community by engaging intelligently.
RULES OF ENGAGEMENT
Now that you are here, you will do well to read the rules of engagement on the platform here.
BE CIVIL, ALWAYS.
This is a public discussion forum and the opinions of others MUST be respected.
- Don’t post anything that can be even remotely considered to be offensive, abusive, or hate speech.
- Don’t post obscene or sexually explicit content.
- Respect people’s views and opinions.
- Don’t impersonate people.
- Do not blackmail or threaten people.
- Don’t post spam on the platform.
This is not an exhaustive list, but rather a guide that shows what kinds of actions are unacceptable. We expect that basic decency and good judgement will further guide our actions and interactions.
IMPROVE THE DISCUSSION
Your goal in joining a conversation should always be to improve it either with your insight or questions.
When in doubt that your contribution improves a discourse, please remain silent.
Also, replies to a topic should be relevant to that topic. To start a different conversation, click the ‘New Topic’ button to create one.
BE OPEN TO DISSENTING OPINIONS
While it is okay to disagree with a position, remember to always criticise ideas/positions and not people.
Please avoid name-calling, knee-jerk reactions, and responding to a post’s tone rather than its content.
Instead, provide well thought out counter-arguments that improve the conversation. Be respectful of the topics and the people discussing them, even if you disagree with some of what is being said.
DON’T SELL OR ADVERTISE
Community is not a place for advertising or any kind of multi-level marketing of products and services.
DON’T POST RELIGIOUS, TRIBAL, OR POLITICAL CONTENT
Religious, tribal, or political conversations, either implicit or explicit, will not be tolerated.
AVOID SHARING PERSONAL INFORMATION IN OPEN DISCUSSIONS
While we encourage connecting beyond this platform, we strongly advice against sharing personal information like your phone number, email, address or account details in public discussion for your safety. If you must, only share private information with trusted individuals via private messages.
IF YOU SEE A PROBLEM, FLAG IT.
When you notice bad behaviour, DO NOT ENGAGE. We repeat, DO NOT ENGAGE!
Engaging/replying is an acknowledgement that can be counter-productive in terms of drawn-out exchanges that are unnecessary.
So, what should you do?
JUST FLAG IT and the moderators of the Community will take appropriate action.
By the powers vested in our moderators, they reserve the right to remove any content and any user account that breaks the rules guiding this community.
The penalties, ranging from suspension to a total ban, for flouting the Community’s rules are as follows:
A 7-day suspension from the platform for breaking the rules three (3) times in the space of 30-days.
A 30-day suspension from the platform for two (2) consecutive suspensions in the space of 30 days.
A 90-day suspension from the platform for five (5) consecutive suspensions in the space of 30 days.
A lifetime ban from the platform for ten (10) consecutive suspensions in the space of 60 days.
Community is for you so if you have any suggestions or comments on how we can do things better, please head to our feedback page and leave them there.
- Who is Community for?
Community is for everyone passionate about technology in Africa, the tech-curious, tech enthusiasts and tech ecosystem players who simply want to network, share skills, knowledge, and interests through ongoing conversations.
- How do I join a conversation?
You can view conversations without creating an account. But to contribute to conversations, you need to create an account and be logged in. Simply check for a category or series of latest topics. Underneath, you will see a reply button that allows you to contribute your thoughts.
- Will I be able to create a topic?
Yes. That’s the whole idea about Community. However, it is important that you post in adherence to community guidelines