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:// (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.

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]

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
  2. 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.






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. This tool[dead link] can also be used for viewing the logs and converting to wikitext.














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