Dear Candidate Slack Guidelines

Our vision for this community is to create a global space where candidates can be accompanied on their journey towards finding a job/career that they would thrive in. We want this space to be a place where real value is shared and appreciated. Therefore all deviations (in any shape and form) from the aforementioned would not be accommodated. Now after you have found what you are looking for, our expectation is that you will stay back to help those coming after you. The fulfillment that comes with helping others fulfill their dreams is a gift that money cannot buy.

How to join?

Simply use this link slack-registration and also share with others. Joining the slack community is subject to pre-approval as we want to ensure that firstly,everyone who joins this community is well aligned with our vision and our values and secondly, that they accept all of our community guidelines.

Summary of the guidelines

Below are our community guidelines and we expect all members to entirely adhere to them. These guidelines are in a nutshell about how we as a global community can ensure and promote a peaceful and respectful co-existence. Behaviours that border on harassment, abuse, racism, discrimination and the likes are strictly forbidden. Our culture is polite, friendly, fun and engaging so let’s keep it at that.

  1. Be kind and accommodating (in every sense of the word).
  2. We are global and diverse – be respectful towards other people and their potential sensitivities. If someone tells you that they are offended or upset by something you have said, respect their feelings and wrap up the discussion straight away. 
  3. Look for the right channel to post in – there are lots of channels (look to the left-hand side panel within Slack, you should find a big list!), posting the same message in multiple channels may not go down well. Slack HQ has a handy guide for finding channels to join on this Slack.
  4. Introduce yourself – there’s a channel just for that, it’s #introductions. Our welcome bot will send you a direct message and provide you with a link to the introductions channel.
  5. Job-promotion in selected channels – we have channels where you can post Job-vacancies or opportunities. Please don’t post this in the wrong channel because it might be perceived as spam.  it will do your brand/reputation more harm than good. If you post spam, this will be deleted by an admin. Spamming, as determined by the moderators, or reported by users, may result in you being banned from the channel and, in certain circumstances, the entire Slack group.
  6. Not sure where to post? – Seek guidance from one of our community moderators (listed below) or ask in the #admin channel. 
  7. Enjoy yourself – have fun, learn stuff and help others!
  8. One account per person – We’ve found that in these types of communities, it’s best if everyone only has one account. If we find that you have registered multiple accounts, we will politely ask that you choose one and we’ll remove all others. Ignoring this request may result in banning all accounts but one. Trying to create more accounts may result in a ban of all accounts. This also covers multiple people using one account.
  9. Our Moderators are always to the rescue – the community moderators are here to help. If you think someone is in breach of the community guidelines, you can DM a moderator (listed below) or raise a more general issue in #admin. The moderators are here to help keep this a safe & fun space for everyone to be, please be respectful to them.

We hope you will enjoy value here and also spread the word to invite more like minded people.

For questions or any form of clarification, please reach out to the community moderators below.

Community Moderators

Tosin Anifowose  @Tosin (Berlin, time zone)

Olaolu  Anifowose @Olaolu (Berlin, time zone)

Getting the best out of Slack

At our very core in this community is knowledge sharing and we do this by learning from each other and teaching others so that we can grow in our careers.

We are all here to learn from each other and teach each other so that we can grow in our careers. In order for you to get the best help from the community, please provide as much context as you can when asking a question.

Be mindful of client data and what you can share based on work NDAs or GDPR. There are ways to be helpful and get help while being mindful of this. Often, simply anonymising the data will suffice. We take no responsibility or legal liability for any content shared that breaches any legal agreements you have signed with an employer or client.

@channel, @everyone and @here are disabled for all standard users of Slack.

New Channel Requests

If you would like to request the creation of a new channel, please do so in #admin. Requests posted in other channels will not be actioned.

When requesting a new channel, you must clearly state:

  • The purpose of the channel.
  • Why it would be beneficial to the community.
  • Why you feel that no other channel currently serves the purpose that this new channel would serve.

We reserve the right to not action channel requests. We reserve the right to modify or discontinue channels. We are not liable to any users or any third party for such modifications or terminations.

Unacceptable Conduct

Unacceptable conduct will result in disciplinary procedures and, in exceptional cases, instant removal from the Dear Candidate community.

The following constitutes unacceptable conduct:

  • Blatantly sexual content (pornography, nudity, etc.)
  • Misogyny, sexism, racism, ableism, nationalist insults etc.
  • Personal abuse.
  • Links to anything which would breach the guidelines if posted directly.
  • Posting any phone numbers or email addresses that are not your own. 
  • Advocating criminality or violence.
  • Trolling (A ‘troll’ is someone who posts controversial, inflammatory or off-topic messages with the primary intent of provoking other users. These users should be reported to admins immediately.)
  • Posting libellous material.
  • Misdirection or deceiving links (such as to sites which hijack the browser, etc.).
  • Defame, abuse, harass, stalk, threaten or otherwise violate the rights of others.
  • Soliciting passwords or personally identifying information for commercial or unlawful purposes.
  • Posting material that breaches copyright laws.
  • Posting Spam of any description, see spam policy.
  • Posting or soliciting any members for anything outside of #ads (when it’s to do with any product or service that you or your company are now producing/marketing) unless it is in direct response to a question asked by a member of the community that your product could genuinely help with.
  • Ignoring admin or moderator requests to cooperate. This includes requests to end conversations that have been deemed* to breach or are close to breaching the code of conduct.

*Note: “deemed” is at the moderators’ discretion. We often have to err heavily on the side of caution.

Conduct to be mindful of

This is conduct that will not directly result in disciplinary proceedings but we would like you to be mindful of. Continuing to ignore guidance and reminders about this conduct may result in disciplinary procedures.

  • Swearing/use of curse words
  • Substantially editing your post to change its meaning after others have responded to it. Sometimes you share something you didn’t mean to share, or on reflection, you changed your mind. The replies won’t make sense if you’ve substantially edited your original post. To withdraw something you’ve said, you can either strikethrough the original post, edit it to say ‘deleted’, or DM a moderator to ask them to delete it.


We are a global and diverse group of people. With this in mind, there are legal requirements for certain regions that must be considered, most notably the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which covers Europe and people of European origin as these make up a large proportion of our user group.

You can read more about this on the European Commission website but in summary, surveys either must not collect any personally identifiable information or they must state how that information will be used, stored and destroyed and they must log the user’s consent for the storage of this information. This is a legal requirement for our users of European origin but it also provides a good basis for the protection of all of our users’ personal data and privacy. Any surveys that do not comply with this will be deleted. 

Direct Message Harassment and Spam

For any and all DM harassment where it can’t be seen, we would like those who are being subjected to harassment to send screenshots of the entire chat log to an admin.

The admin in that instance will then assess the message logs and work with the parties involved to come to a resolution on the subject. If harassment has been found, it will be a strike and the offending party will be barred from communicating with that specific person. Should they re-offend it will be an instant ban from the Dear candidate community.

For where there have been any misunderstandings happening, the admin will aim to help resolve any miscommunications.

For those who are making claims about someone harassing them where they have not, equal measures shall take place i.e. they will be barred from communicating with that person and will be given a strike. The breaking of this communication ban shall be an instant ban from the Dear Candidate community.

If you believe that you have been the target of spam via direct message, please inform one of the moderators or admins directly. Spam via direct message is considered to be the sharing of irrelevant or inappropriate advertising, promotional, or solicitation content; whether or not for commercial or non-commercial purposes.

Direct message spam will either follow the disciplinary procedure or the procedure outlined above for direct message harassment depending on the nature and frequency of the spam.


Spam is considered to be:

  • Sharing of irrelevant or inappropriate advertising, promotional, or solicitation content; whether or not for commercial or non-commercial purposes outside of the appropriate channels which are:
    • #ads for sharing advertising and promotional material
    • #beta-testing for all enquiries and announcements related to beta testing
  • Sharing the same message across multiple channels. As highlighted in 4 and 7 of the summary guidelines, find the correct channel to post in and post in only that channel. If you aren’t sure what channel to ask in, you can check in #admin channel.

We want you to be able to share your own work, including blog (including Linkedin) posts and side projects, with others. If you’d like to do this, please post in the #resources channel. Please add some context and a discussion question to help generate conversation. We reserve the right to remove link-based posts if we or the community feel that they are promotional rather than knowledge sharing. 

Disciplinary procedures

In summary, we have a “3 strikes and you’re out” ruling. As is customary in most workplaces, you will be notified that your warning is official and on the third warning, you will be banned from the Slack workspace.

In exceptional cases, instant removal from the Dear Candidate Community may occur. You will be notified of this via email from an admin sent to the email account associated with your Slack profile.

Post Deletion

Posts can only be deleted by an admin or owner. Reasons that posts are deleted fall under the breaches of guidelines and spam policies. You will receive a notification via direct message that your post has been deleted.

Reporting Issues

Issues may be reported by either directly messaging a moderator/admin, if admin intervention is necessary, or by posting in the #admin channel.

False reporting, especially to retaliate or exclude, will not be accepted or tolerated.

Moderation Team

The moderation team (inclusive of the admins) have full-time roles outside of Slack. We endeavour to reply to all issues in a timely manner, however, our full time paying roles do take priority.

Modifications to these guidelines

We may amend the guidelines from time to time and may vary the procedures it sets out where appropriate in exceptional circumstances. Your agreement to comply with the guidelines will be deemed agreement to any changes to it. In case we amend the guidelines, the updated version can be found here.

Major modifications to these guidelines will always be set out with an @channel notification in #announcements. Minor modifications such as clarification on wording, spelling corrections, punctuation changes, etc will be notified in #admin. 

Additional Notes

  • Unless specifically requested not to, direct message conversations with moderators may be shared with other moderators in the discussion of a resolution or issue.
  • If you feel that you have been unfairly affected by a moderation decision, please contact one of the admins listed via direct message to state your case. Admin decisions are final.


These guidelines have been inspired by the slack guidelines of  The Ministry of Testing :

My name is Tosin Anifowose and I’ll be your ‘guide through this labyrinth (in Richard Quest’s voice). Do well to subscribe to all updates or follow us on any of our social media handles.