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Again, welcome and have fun! aNGEL yORK (talk) 09:45, 30 January 2016 (PST)
Angel! Thanks so much! I hope to have a lot of fun working with everyone. I've been developing on WikiMedia since the mid-aughts (2006, methinks) and I've been a Bike Mechanic my whole life. I'm hoping to improve the Women and Trans Programs page specifically! That sort of programming has been the focus of my life's work in the last few years, and I'd like to centralize a lot of data therein. -- Eugene (talk) 11:49, 30 January 2016 (PST)


Eugene! I didn't feel comfortable opening the main page up without checking with people who understand wikis better than me, but I made you an administrator, so you can totally change both the main page and the permissions on the main page if you want to. Thanks so much for wikiing! Also, thanks for inspiring me to seed my user page. --aNGEL yORK (talk) 11:25, 14 February 2016 (PST)

P.S. Before we had a million spam bots signing up, you didn't used to need to get approved by anyone to have an account. Which is why I didn't have a page automatically created for me when I signed up. --aNGEL yORK (talk) 11:27, 14 February 2016 (PST)

What happens if I check the "bot" privilege box? Does that turn you into a bot? I can check it if you want. I contacted Godwin because I'd expect that he'll either know about that bug or will know who will. He's the one who does the website. Thank you for all the work you've been doing on the wiki! --Angel York (talk) 14:52, 15 February 2016 (PST)

Eugene! I was going to leave a comment in the patriarchy page but I wasn't sure if you'd see it there and you're probably the only one who would be looking right now. I left a comment on the W&T programs page that included the following paragraph:
Even if every single moment in a bike collective was filled with people striving toward a safer space as best they could, there would still be a need for WTF night because the people who show up couldn't be expected to know that. Until I understood that, I spent a long time feeling uncomfortable about the concept of WTF nights because I believed (and continue to believe, actually) that it puts the burden of the work of thinking about issues surrounding equality largely on the hosts of the WTF nights, and then the rest of the collective often only thinks about safer spaces at their convenience, when I'd rather see every single member of a collective taking that burden on together and making every moment as much of a safer space as WTF nights. 
I have usually basically been the only cis woman at my collectives who hasn't devoted energy to women and trans nights at some point. (I say that, but I'm positive I've thought about it a lot more than a lot of men at those same bike collectives, plus I can visit.) Not because they're not valuable, which they certainly are, but because I felt the need to focus on the other shifts. I wasn't always able to articulate my qualms, but they're basically summarized by my quote above. I feel that the wiki entry on patriarchy could use a little more balance as it expands. Which is to say! Basically I would really really love to have an ongoing conversation! In which we talk about these things and maybe see if we can even figure out ways to move beyond the W&T/etc mold. I know not all collectives or all people at all collectives are ready for this. My first collective was in a college town and was having 201-level conversations about this sort of thing, and the one here in Portland was mostly (with at least one exception) still getting to the point where they were starting to have 101-level conversations when I left last year. Which is to say, I'm looking forward to hearing more about the successes and failures of the wtf/etc nights (and moving beyond patriarchy the rest of the time, too) that you've been a part of, because I know it doesn't work the same way everywhere and I'm looking forward to an ongoing discussion, if you're interested.--Angel York (talk) 19:19, 19 February 2016 (PST)

Oh hey thought this might interest you. I noticed it was a popular page. --Angel York (talk) 20:10, 25 February 2016 (PST) Hi Eugene! I wanted to add some sort of racial diversity page and then in a flurry of edits I moved a bunch of things around because I wanted a safer spaces page since I think that's bigger than just women & trans. It was a lot of juggling, and you know how it goes when you've been staring at things too much and they all just sort of blur together? So hopefully the safer space, patriarchy and bicycle repair, and women & trans programs pages are all more or less still making sense.--Angel York (talk) 20:26, 29 February 2016 (PST)

comments sections on pages

Hi Eugene! I should start by saying thanks for moving my bullet points to the patriarchy page! I was pleased that you thought it was useful there. I'm writing because I want to talk about comments sections. I'm used to contributing to a wiki that has "comments" sections at the end of any wiki page where people want to leave a public comment, and coming from that background, I see the "talk" section as more of a back and forth area for talking about the nuts and bolts of any given page. It has been fun having slightly less public conversations in the user talk section, but I did actually intentionally intend for my comment (the one that got moved from W&T to W&T talk) to be left in a comments section of the W&T programs page. I figure we are coming from different wiki standards but we get to figure out how we want to do it here, so I'm thinking about this from the perspective of what I think would be most useful for the bike collectives wiki. I see the wiki as a collaboration of people who care about bike collectives and share relevant experiences and knowledge with other people who care about bike collectives. Thinking about this from that perspective, I see a place for public comments sections. I didn't want to put the comment section back without seeing how you felt. Do you have strong feelings on this, or was it an impulse to standardize? Having seen it in action, I see a lot of value in having public comments sections, so I'm hoping that it was an impulse to standardize, but if you do have a strong preference, I'd love to hear more. --Angel York (talk) 13:05, 25 February 2016 (PST)

my feelings are that it depends on the type of page/wiki to determine how useful versus cluttered the page would look with a comments section. For pages on something like Davis Wiki or Rocwiki, it makes sense to have a comments section, since the general public likes to leave commentary, yelp-style. For something more encyclopedic it doesn't make as much sense as there isn't room for opinion. I think that it would be perfectly reasonable for you to have, instead of providing commentary, to integrate your input into either of the two pages, rather than having a separate section. It's also such that the wiki has very few users, so our comments sections would just be us talking anyway.
I hope my answer is helpful. I'm not really that concerned about it, and can see the value in a comments section, I'm just also almost always sure that the talk page is just fine for that purpose. --Eugene (talk) 14:41, 25 February 2016 (PST)
I'm a little confused. Is the concern that it would look cluttered or would there be very few comments?
I would prefer to make my post as a comment - though I'm ok if others copy parts into the more formal sections of pages - because I don't necessarily want to frame myself as an the expert on the topic. I'm not. I actually wonder, now that I'm thinking about it, if this is part of why Wikipedia is skewed so far male, is because people socialized as male may be more willing to take on that role of stating things as facts rather than as conversation. I went and looked my theory up, and based on this article it looks like it has some merit and after reading their list, I'm more convinced that using in-page comment sections can serve as a potential path to bring the voices of more women into encyclopedic-style wikis. It worked for me. --Angel York (talk) 19:52, 25 February 2016 (PST)
I seem to have gotten excited after finding that link and wandered off into philosophy land and forgot to come back. I'm glad it sounds like it's no big deal, yay. Is it cool with you if I put that particular comment section back? I think it might be one where comments trickle in over the years if we're lucky, anyway. --Angel York (talk) 19:56, 25 February 2016 (PST)
I'd say go for it! All of what you say makes sense, for sure. There *should* be a way to add a comment box to wiki pages. I wonder if I can dig something up. --Eugene (talk) 19:07, 29 February 2016 (PST)

User List By Contributions Request

Does anyone know if we can get this sort of thing?

--Eugene (talk) 17:16, 16 February 2016 (PST)
No idea but a kind-of sort-of clunky work around is that you can look at recent changes as far back as you want. Just edit the URL. Example: Also IOU a message, but it requires setting aside time for thinking and writing and I have a couple other projects keeping me busy right now, but I'm excited to get back to you at some point!--Angel York (talk) 21:37, 24 February 2016 (PST)

2016 Love the Wiki Contest WINNER

CONGRATULATION! You win a prize! Email me your address and I'll send you a chocolate bar. Also, what are you going to be up to on the west coast anyway?--Angel York (talk) 20:28, 29 February 2016 (PST)

I put a response up on your talk page as well, but you can just send it on over to my work office at 3943 Lancaster Ave, Philadelphia PA 19104 --Eugene (talk) 17:02, 16 March 2016 (PDT)
I'm on it! :D --Angel York (talk) 22:11, 16 March 2016 (PDT)


Is this like a blog? I'm kinda confused about how this "talk" page works I guess I say Hi! Hi Eugene. Thanks for all the editing you did over the past month! --Bikefarm {talk} 16:10, 8 March 2016

If I respond on your page, you'll get a "new messages" message on the top of the screen on most pages.--Eugene (talk) 16:36, 8 March 2016 (PST)

x^! NYC

I'm looking for anyone who actually knows someone who contributes in the brick and mortar at Time's_Up!_Bike_Co-op. --Eugene (talk) 19:43, 8 June 2016 (PDT)

cool database error

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this happens when I add --Eugene (talk) 17:30, 2 March 2017 (PST)

want to write an intro to a book?

Hi Eugene - I know, I'm a slacker, I haven't updated you as the winner of the february contest and sent out that chocolate bar yet. I may have spent more time keeping it on my to-do list than it would have taken to actually do, but there's still a chocolate bar here with your name on it! And hey, I just found your address, so I'm one step closer! ps, I'll try to be less perfunct, more active in the wiki contest next year! I didn't really give you much competition this year. Next year! Anyway, I'm writing because I was just chatting with Elly Blue of microcosm publishing today, and she's looking for someone to write a one-page intro to the latest edition of Chainbreaker and asked if I knew anyone, and of course I thought of you:

 Hi Angel,
 Like we talked about today, we're looking for someone who'd be into writing 2-4 paragraphs (about a page) about what are WTF movements and safer spaces in bike projects, and a little bit about issues these projects are grappling with around them. For the new edition of the Chainbreaker Bike Book.
 Would you pass this along to your cohort?

-- aNGEL yORK (talk) 18:37, 19 April 2017

Wow this is an amazing opportunity that I have very clearly missed! DANG!! My email address is but I will see if I can have pertinent things emailed to me when the wiki is edited. --Eugene (talk) 10:00, 6 December 2018 (PST)

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