[Wikimedia-l] IRC office hours "The future of e-mail usage in Wikimedia projects" 2012-07-18 16:30 UTC

Gregory Varnum gregory.varnum at gmail.com
Mon Jul 9 02:41:06 UTC 2012

That is an encouraging update - thank you.

-greg aka varnent

On 8 Jul, 2012, at 9:39 PM, Steven Walling <steven.walling at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Sun, Jun 24, 2012 at 5:54 PM, Risker <risker.wp at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Excuse me. Just about a month ago, we had a discussion about spreading out
>> the times during which office hours would be hosted. Instead of increased
>> diversity in times, it seems ALL office hours are now being scheduled
>> during a very narrow window of time from roughly 1530 UTC to 1800 UTC.
>> Now, I don't have a problem with *some* office hours being scheduled then.
>> But I can't remember the last time an office hour was scheduled outside of
>> that narrow window.  So...if you wish to have diverse opinions, you need to
>> engage people who aren't available during normal business hours throughout
>> the Western world.  At this point, office hours have essentially become the
>> same group of people meeting at about the same time to discuss whatever the
>> topic of the day is. Now, maybe that's the objective here, and I'm
>> misunderstanding.
> Just to follow up on this topic...
> Saturday we held the office hours for the editor engagement experiments
> team. As Risker pointed out, we did get it a crowd that was slightly
> different, mostly people who were from North American timezones likely to
> be working or in school during other office hours. It felt like a success
> to me.
> I think in the future it will be fruitful to hold some office hours outside
> normal business hours West Coast time, though obviously not everyone will
> want to work on the weekends all the time. ;-)
> Regards,
> Steven
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