Interest Groups (IGs) are self-organized teams on Discord that meet regularly to dive deeper on specific topics. Once you are on the MLC Discord, you will see a category named "INTEREST GROUPS" within which you'll see a number of channels. For example, this is a screenshot from 3/2022:

Screenshot of interest groups on discord

To join an Interest Group, you simply go to the corresponding channel and state your interest. You will have to react to this message to set up your automatic notification, but don't worry if you don't know how to, folks in the channel are generally very helpful.

To start an Interest Group, that is, if you find the need to start learning about one topic and wanting to attract peers to do it together with you, and such topic does not already exist in the list, here are the steps to do so:

  1. go to our Discord
  2. ask/announce in #general that you are interested in starting this thing, see how many people respond
  3. if reaching a critical mass (whatever you think is reasonable), an admin can help make a channel under INTEREST GROUPS category for you and make you a MOD (ask in the #ask-an-admin channel if needed)
  4. start a landing page (MLC wiki, notion, etc.), make a schedule, put it on the MLC events calendar, and get the meetings going
  5. if you ever want to record meetings, we can give you a free Google workspace account with domain, with which you can host and record meetings through google meet.
  6. save recordings, keep notes, update the landing page. Keep things alive!

This article was last modified: May 31, 2022, 9:42 p.m. UTC

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