Newleaders.Africa provides young African leaders a platform to network, connect and communicate. We are seeking to provide a space for professional networking and discourse and we’re glad you’re here. Conduct on the site is moderated to provide a user experience in line with these goals. This FAQ on Netiquette provides a short overview of how we hope members on Newleaders.Africa will behave and when moderators are likely to step in. Any post can be flagged by any user for review.  For members of this site, we also strongly recommend you read the full Terms of Service (TOS) in conjunction with this page.

Newleaders.Africa is an initiative of the African Leadership Institute - to provide a location for government, the private sector, and NGOs to find top talent for their decision-making tables to effect positive change for the continent. We want our community to feel welcome on this site, and we have created these Guidelines to define the values of the community we want to build. On Newleaders.Africa, you’re connected not by a shared preference, but a shared connection to a place — Africa. Let’s build a strong community and continent together.

Please understand that it is possible to post content that does not contravene the Terms of Service on its face, but if we notice that a member is negatively impacting the user experience of others, their content or their access will be paused or revoked. We rely on members to help us monitor this site, so please flag content that is problematic and let us know why.

Be respectful

Strong communities are built on strong relationships. Please do not troll, name-call, or flame, but rather aim for dialogue that is constructive. It is possible to make a critique of something without being rude overly critical or offensive.

Do not discriminate

We do not tolerate racism, homophobia, misogyny or any hateful or discriminatory language of any kind. This site promotes the full equality of all people and will prioritize the privacy, dignity and humanity of each person above the freedom of expression of others. Your freedom of expression carries the responsibility of respecting the rights and dignities of others. Even if something may be legal or culturally acceptable in a country does not mean it is necessarily acceptable on this site if it conflicts with this guideline.

Discuss important topics in the right way

We recognise that people may be passionate about their points of view, especially that policies impact populations. That said, advocate in a manner that is constructive and fact-based and provides insight.

There is a lot of content on the internet that has been created deliberately to affect algorithms, shape political discourse, and that contains misinformation and opinions and points of view that on its face may seem plausible, but which is false or partly false. Content from conspiracy sites, flat eartherism, and other material of this kind won’t be tolerated. Anything that is found to be inherently untrue, which promotes false information, or incites violence, will be taken down.

Promotion vs Spam

This is a networking site, so it is expected that members will share relevant posts about products and services, relating to their professional capacity or that of others. However, spam and content which aims to flood or hijack the timeline or a topic will not be tolerated. In general, please consider if a Group or Page might be a better way to do so, and add it to your profile. Please also read the relevant sections of the TOS, such as Consumer Protection (Paragraph 4)

Use your true identity

Newleaders.Africa relies on trust — everyone should be comfortable with knowing that they are communicating with real people, and we require you to use your true identity. Since this site does have criteria for membership, should you encounter someone who appears to be impersonating someone you know, please flag their profile and tell us what you know. We will crosscheck with their alumnus organisation and follow up.

Do not engage in harmful activity

Don’t post content that could hurt someone, from physical harm to scams.

Hygiene

Since you interact with this site from a computer or phone, please keep your hardware secure and patched and don’t share files or links to sites that may be unsafe.

Reporting and Flagging Content

You play a key role in our moderation by reporting content or members that violate these Guidelines. Disagreeing with a post is not a reason to report it. This slows down our ability to remove content that is truly abusive and to create a platform where everyone feels welcome. If you feel that content should be flagged, we offer several immediate criteria from which to choose. When flagging content, in the Report Message field, please also provide any additional information that may be useful to a moderator to reach a decision. See also the page How to flag content.