IRC office hours

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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://h2vx.com/ics/https%3A//meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/IRC_office_hours (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 "connect" here -> #wikimedia-officeconnect 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 you're using dedicated IRC 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!

Semi-regular IRC office hours meetings[edit]

Upcoming office hours[edit]

Day Date Time Location With Topic(s)
Thursday 2015-06-11 18:00 UTC until 19:00 UTC #wikimedia-officeconnect Terence Gilbey WMF Metrics Meeting


Day Date Time Location With Topic(s)
Monday 2015-06-15 22:00 UTC until 23:00 UTC #wikimedia-officeconnect rfarrand (wmf) Tech Talk: Kanban

Day Date Time Location With Topic(s)
Friday 2015-06-19 16:00 UTC until 17:30 UTC #wikimedia-officeconnect Lydia Pintscher (WMDE) Wikidata

Day Date Time Location With Topic(s)
Thursday 2015-07-02 18:00 UTC until 19:00 UTC #wikimedia-officeconnect Terence Gilbey WMF Metrics Meeting

Past office hours (no log published yet)[edit]

You can help complete these:
  1. Edit this page
    • move the template for your meeting to the #Office hour logs section.
    • change it from {{Upcoming office hour to {{Completed office hour
    • save it
  1. Click the date link in your meeting's template, it'll go to a subpage for your meeting. That probably doesn't exist, so create the page
    • Find the the automated log around the time of your meeting, copy the lines
    • paste the meeting's IRC log into this inside a <poem> tag.
    • categorize the log as Category:IRC office hours logs and other categories relevant to your project.
    • See previous #Office hour logs for examples.
    • If you used meetbot to run your meeting, you can copy and paste its wiki output into this.


2015[edit]

Day Date Time Location With Topic(s)
Tuesday 2015-01-06 18:30 UTC until 19:00 UTC #wikimedia-officeconnect Rachel Farrand Tech Talk

Day Date Time Location With Topic(s)
Thursday 2015-01-15 19:00 UTC until 20:00 UTC #wikimedia-officeconnect Erik Möller and Katherine Maher WMF Metrics Meeting

Day Date Time Location With Topic(s)
Thursday 2015-02-05 19:00 UTC until 20:00 UTC #wikimedia-officeconnect Asaf Bartov and Gayle Young WMF Metrics Meeting

Day Date Time Location With Topic(s)
Thursday 2015-03-05 19:00 UTC until 20:00 UTC #wikimedia-officeconnect Erik Möller and Gayle Young WMF Metrics Meeting

Day Date Time Location With Topic(s)
Monday 2015-03-23 17:00 UTC until 18:00 UTC #wikimedia-officeconnect Quim Gil GSoC

Day Date Time Location With Topic(s)
Monday 2015-03-23 18:00 UTC until 19:00 UTC #wikimedia-officeconnect Lila Tretikov Wikimedia Foundation v. National Security Agency

Day Date Time Location With Topic(s)
Wednesday 2015-03-25 17:00 UTC until 18:00 UTC #wikimedia-ectconnect Quim Gil and Niharika GSoC and Outreachy IRC meet

Day Date Time Location With Topic(s)
Tuesday 2015-03-31 16:00 UTC until 17:30 UTC #wikimedia-officeconnect Lydia Pintscher (WMDE) Wikidata (current development, Freebase, admin activity criteria and more)

Day Date Time Location With Topic(s)
Thursday 2015-04-08 18:00 UTC until 19:00 UTC #wikimedia-officeconnect Erik Möller WMF Metrics Meeting

Day Date Time Location With Topic(s)
Tuesday 2015-04-14 19:00 UTC until 20:00 UTC #wikimedia-officeconnect Rachel Farrand Tech talk: The state of Team Health across Wikimedia Engineering

Day Date Time Location With Topic(s)
Wednesday 2015-04-15 19:00 UTC until 21:00 UTC #wikimedia-officeconnect Rachel Farrand Remoties Brown Bag

Day Date Time Location With Topic(s)
Thursday 2015-05-14 21:00 UTC until 22:00 UTC #wikimedia-officeconnect Rachel Farrand Graphs Tech Talk

2014[edit]

Day Date Time Location With Topic(s)
Thursday 2014-09-04 17:00 UTC until 18:00 UTC #wikimedia-pedconnect Wikimedia Program Evaluation Global Metrics

Day Date Time Location With Topic(s)
Thursday 2014-09-04 18:00 UTC until 19:00 UTC #wikimedia-officeconnect Erik Möller and Gayle Young WMF Metrics Meeting

Day Date Time Location With Topic(s)
Thursday 2014-09-10 14:00 UTC until 18:00 UTC #wikimedia-pedconnect Wikimedia Program Evaluation Setting Goals and Targets, a follow up to the virtual event.

Day Date Time Location With Topic(s)
Wednesday 2014-09-10 21:00 UTC until 22:00 UTC #wikimedia-officeconnect Andrew Green Data mapper and Dependency injection RFCs

Day Date Time Location With Topic(s)
Thursday 2014-09-11 15:00 UTC until 16:00 UTC #wikimedia-pedconnect Wikimedia Program Evaluation Global Metrics

Day Date Time Location With Topic(s)
Wednesday 2014-09-17 15:00 UTC until 16:00 UTC #wikimedia-officeconnect Annual Plan Grants/FDC staff Grants:APG/Information

Day Date Time Location With Topic(s)
Thursday 2014-10-02 18:00 UTC until 19:00 UTC #wikimedia-officeconnect Erik Möller and Gayle Young WMF Metrics Meeting

Day Date Time Location With Topic(s)
Monday 2014-10-06 15:00 UTC until 17:00 UTC #wikimedia-pedconnect Jaime Anstee (WMF) (talk) Round II of Data Collection

Day Date Time Location With Topic(s)
Monday 2014-10-06 19:00 UTC until 20:00 UTC #wikimedia-officeconnect Rfarrand (WMF) Tech talk: The Dashboarding Problem

Day Date Time Location With Topic(s)
Monday 2014-10-07 00:00 UTC until 02:00 UTC #wikimedia-pedconnect Jaime Anstee (WMF) (talk) Round II of Data Collection

Day Date Time Location With Topic(s)
Monday 2014-10-13 15:00 UTC until 17:00 UTC #wikimedia-pedconnect Jaime Anstee (WMF) (talk) Round II of Data Collection

Day Date Time Location With Topic(s)
Thursday 2014-10-16 00:00 UTC until 02:00 UTC #wikimedia-pedconnect Jaime Anstee (WMF) (talk) Round II of Data Collection

Day Date Time Location With Topic(s)
Thursday 2014-10-16 16:00 UTC until 18:00 UTC #wikimedia-pedconnect Jaime Anstee (WMF) (talk) Round II of Data Collection

Day Date Time Location With Topic(s)
Wednesday 2014-10-22 18:00 UTC until 19:00 UTC #wikimedia-officeconnect Rachel Farrand Tech Talk: Design Research in Product Development

Day Date Time Location With Topic(s)
Wednesday 2014-10-22 01:030 UTC until 03:00 UTC #wikimedia-officeconnect Rachel Farrand Tech Talk: Exploratory Testing for Complex Software; Lessons from Cloud Foundry

Day Date Time Location With Topic(s)
Monday 2014-11-03 17:00 UTC until 18:00 UTC YouTube and #wikimedia-officeconnect Lila FDC

Day Date Time Location With Topic(s)
Monday 2014-11-03 18:00 UTC until 19:00 UTC #wikimedia-officeconnect Rachel Farrand Tech Talk: The MediaWiki Content Translation Extension

Day Date Time Location With Topic(s)
Thursday 2014-11-06 19:00 UTC until 20:00 UTC #wikimedia-officeconnect Erik Möller and Gayle Young WMF Metrics Meeting

Day Date Time Location With Topic(s)
Wednesday 2014-11-12 18:00 UTC until 19:00 UTC #wikimediaconnect Guillaume Paumier File metadata cleanup drive

Day Date Time Location With Topic(s)
Thursday 2014-11-13 04:00 UTC until 05:00 UTC #wikimediaconnect Guillaume Paumier File metadata cleanup drive

Day Date Time Location With Topic(s)
Tuesday 2014-11-25 18:30 UTC until 19:30 UTC #wikimedia-officeconnect Rfarrand (WMF) Bryan & Dan [What's New with MediaWiki-Vagrant?]

Day Date Time Location With Topic(s)
Thursday 2014-12-04 19:00 UTC until 20:00 UTC #wikimedia-officeconnect Erik Möller and Gayle Young WMF Metrics Meeting

Day Date Time Location With Topic(s)
Wednesday 2014-12-11 18:00 UTC until 19:00 UTC #wikimedia-officeconnect Rachel Farrand [Tech Talk

Office hour logs[edit]

The dates here usually link to wiki pages into which someone has pasted the log of the meeting. An IRC bot automatically stores "raw" logs of the wikimedia-office channel as plain text here. This tool can also be used for viewing the logs and converting to wikitext.

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