IRC office hours

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From time to time, Wikimedia Foundation or Wikimedia chapters staff members conduct online IRC chat sessions known as office hours. The events provide Wikimedia community members the opportunity to ask questions or provide feedback on the work of the staff member hosting the session. There is generally no set agenda; often, the staff member hosting the session will be assisted by a facilitator, who determines the order of questions, and generally helps to keep things going.

Sessions typically last one hour, and happen more or less once a week. Time of day varies, both according to staff availability, and in order to offer people in different parts of the world the opportunity to participate. (Check local timezones)

Announcements are made on this page, and on the Wikimedia-L email list. If you would like to download this schedule to your calendar, there are several options:

  • This page uses the hcalendar microformat; you can download in iCal format, or subscribe to an iCal of events on this page: webcal:// (both use the iCalendar format).

How to participate[edit]

If you haven't used IRC before, it may be easiest to use a web client as you don't have to install any software on your computer. Just click to join in, and then choose a username when prompted. You may be prompted to click through a security warning, it's fine.

For more information about IRC software you can install on your computer, go to the Wikipedia entry on IRC or the Meta page on Wikimedia IRC. If using dedicated software, connect to the channel #wikimedia-officeconnect on the freenode network.

Guidelines for hosts[edit]

If you're hosting an office hour, it might be worth your time to look at a few tips some of the veterans have thrown together. If you think the guidelines could use revision, say so on the talk page!

Upcoming office hours[edit]

Day Date Time Location With Topic(s)
Thursday 2014-09-18 16:00 UTC until 17:00 UTC #wikimedia-officeconnect James Forrester VisualEditor

Day Date Time Location With Topic(s)
Tuesday 2014-08-19 15:00 UTC until 17:00 UTC #wikimedia-officeconnect qgil GSoC & FOSS OPW wrap-up meeting

Office hour logs[edit]

An IRC bot automatically stores logs of the wikimedia-office channel. The logs are stored in plain text here. This tool can also be used for viewing the logs.







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