UPDATE: The attendance to Office Hours has been very low in the past months so I’m making a small change, see below.

You have a problem with MPS and you don’t know how to solve it. Worst of all, you don’t even know what words to use to describe the problem, or what to look for in the forum or the documentation. But, you are sure that if you could demo it for a few minutes to an expert, a hint would get you unstuck very quickly.

Well, now you can do just that! I’m offering MPS Office Hours, a regular one-hour group call where you can demonstrate your problem and get hints from myself or other present experts.

And if you don’t have a problem yet but just want to watch and learn from others, you can, too!

Best of all, it’s free!

I wasn’t expecting to participate in the Office Hours today. My plan was to just watch and learn. I’m used to the try-it-and-see and RTFM before asking for help. Still, I’m glad that I did participate, got good feedback and pointers. It’s a valuable resource for the community.

– Nuba Princigalli

Interested?

Here are the important details:

  • The call takes place on Wednesdays, at 14:00 CE(S)T (GMT+1 or +2, dependent on daylight savings).
  • We meet on Zoom, you need to register before attending by visiting this link. After registration you will receive the Zoom link you can use to attend the meeting. You only need to register once and can then attend any future MPS Office Hours meeting.
  • Discussion related to MPS Office Hours takes place on the #office-hours channel in the official MPS Slack
  • The office hours are not recorded currently but this may change in the future.
  • Attendance is free and the meeting is public. If you want a private consultation, contact me.

Low attendance mode

In the past few months there have been very few attendees to MPS Office Hours. Quite often, nobody comes to the meeting. However, I am still committed to offering this service.

Low attendance is good for you: it means that if you come with a question, you are guaranteed to get my attention. On the other hand, it is not the best use of my time to sit around for an hour waiting for people to come. So I am going to optimize my presence.

I will be present during the first 10 minutes of the meeting and if nobody comes during that time, I will leave the meeting. This does not mean that you absolutely must come in the first 10 minutes, however. Zoom sends me an e-mail every time somebody joins while I’m absent. During Office Hours I will monitor my e-mail and will rejoin the meeting if somebody comes. So if you come to the meeting and I’m not there, don’t leave immediately but wait for a few minutes.