I've been batting this around in my head. I've partaken in a few video calls with consultants that lasted anywhere from 30 mins to several hours and they are always super valuable. Consulting with someone with a specific expertise, or even just an outside opinion is always valuable.
But the overhead of setting up the consulting, even free consulting with a friend, is a hassle. So we don't do it nearly as often as we'd like to. And because of the overhead, the consultant needs to charge a lot to make up for the hassle.
I just set up a meeting via Calendly and it was such a huge relief to not have to go back and forth to find a time that worked for both of us. This is such an underestimated issue.
I think consulting sometimes gets a bad rap because of all the overhead and sales involved. If I could browse the available devs and hop into a quick screen share, I'd be pretty excited to make use of it.
Anyway, I wonder what people think of the idea of integrating a feature that enables a Calendly-esque consulting scheduling over dev.to. This is nothing we'd break ground on tomorrow or anything, but it's a thought I'd had and I felt like bringing it up to the community as an idea. It could lower the barrier to hop on a chat or pair programming session with an expert.