User talk:Phoebe

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Board: In July 2010 I was selected for a two-year term on the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees through the chapters seat selection process. My term ended in July 2012. I was reelected in 2013 for another two-year term.

I am happy to answer questions anytime. Note: unless explicitly stated otherwise, please assume that any edits or statements I make here (or on any other projects) I am making as a community member and not in any official capacity whatsoever.

But if you are looking for me, leave a message here, or feel free to email me

you can also find me at: meta * other wikis * irc:brassratgirl

The tinfoil protects me from *government* conspiracies. You need more than a hat to protect against rogue Wikimedians! Thomas Dalton

Talk page archives:

  • 2003-2004 -- in which I am welcomed to Wikipedia and asked to work on marine bio articles
  • to the end of 2005 -- in which I return as a lapsed Wikipedian after a year+ of absence, and get invited to some meetups
  • 2006 (a busy year) -- in which I organize Wikimania II: the Prodigal Son of Wikimania; and do some other stuff
  • 2007 (a busier year) -- in which I go to Wikimania:Taiwan, and lots of other in-person events
  • 2008 (an amazing year) -- in which I work on San Francisco-area meetups, the Signpost, and a few contentious articles; and publish a book, "How Wikipedia Works"
  • 2009 (an active year) -- in which I work on the Signpost quite a bit, give some talks, and recover from writing HWW
  • 2010 (unprecedented) -- in which I muck around with the 'post, run WikiSym, and get elected to the board
  • 2011 (a distracted year) -- in which I edit very little but do a lot of outreach. And worry about the board
  • 2012 (a year abides) -- in which SF meetups come into their own, we bring down Wikipedia for SOPA, and I finish up my board term
  • 2013 (a year of deja vu?) -- in which I edit a lot, do outreach, get involved in some wikiprojects and and am reelected by the community to the board after a year break

WikiProject University of California[edit]

Phoebe: I think that the campus-specific task forces are a great way to go. I am thinking the GLAM projects, which are about the libraries qua libraries as opposed to the libraries as sub-units of the campus, are still useful. Articles about the campuses and campus issues would get tagged as being in the scope of the task forces, whereas articles related to collection content from the libraries would get tagged as part of the GLAM projects. Does that make sense to you? Stevenmg (talk) 02:21, 7 December 2013 (UTC)

p.s. I am on a business trip so will try to respond to any messages when I get a chance at the end of each day. Stevenmg (talk) 02:21, 7 December 2013 (UTC)

Wikipedia session at Biophysical Society meeting[edit]

Hi Phoebe, I am planning to do the next one, and since you've been there before, I would especially appreciate your edits or comments here. Thanks, -- Daniel Mietchen (talk) 23:36, 11 December 2013 (UTC)

You're invited: Art & Feminism Edit-a-thon[edit]

Art & Feminism Edit-a-Thon - You are invited!
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Hi Phoebe! The first Art and Feminism Edit-a-thon will be held on Saturday, February 1, 2014 in San Francisco.

Any editors interested in the intersection of feminism and art are welcome. Wikipedians of all experience levels are invited! Experienced editors will be on hand to help new editors.
Bring a friend and a laptop! Come one, come all! Learn more here!

SarahStierch (talk) 09:07, 21 December 2013 (UTC)

Should en.Wikipedia medical articles have a prominent disclaimer?[edit]

As a WMF board member, you should be aware of this discussion. I'd appreciate an acknowledgment that you have seen this notice. --Anthonyhcole (talk · contribs · email) 05:48, 30 December 2013 (UTC)

@Anthonyhcole: Interesting. I don't have strong opinions on the matter but will also refer it to our legal team to make them aware. Thanks for the heads up! -- phoebe / (talk to me) 20:03, 1 January 2014 (UTC)
Thanks. --Anthonyhcole (talk · contribs · email) 22:02, 1 January 2014 (UTC)

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New England Wikipedia Day @ MIT: Saturday Jan 18[edit]

NE Meetup #4: January 18 at MIT Building 5
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Dear Fellow Wikimedian,

You have been invited to the New England Wikimedians 2014 kick-off party and Wikipedia Day Celebration at Building Five on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus on Saturday, January 18th, from 3-5 PM. Afterwards, we will be holding an informal dinner at a local restaurant. If you are curious to join us, please do so, as we are always looking for people to come and give their opinion! Finally, be sure to RSVP here if you're interested.

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Response to Mass Surveillance[edit]

I just want to point you to the on-going about whether WP should participate in the upcoming action along with EFF and Reddit: User_talk:Jimbo_Wales#The_Day_We_Fight_Back. Obviously, your opinion on these matters carries a lot of weight. --HectorMoffet (talk) 07:34, 14 January 2014 (UTC)

Welcome to The Wikipedia Adventure![edit]

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notifications test[edit]

Hey Stu, if I mention you somewhere you should see the notification for it. But your username has to be a wikilink. phoebe / (talk to me) 19:38, 31 January 2014 (UTC)

That's cool, user:phoebe! thought it sure is clunky to have to make the user name a wikilnk. Just typing @phoebe, even without a fancy JS drop down, would be handy. :) Stu (talk) 19:42, 31 January 2014 (UTC)


A proposal has been made to create a Live Feed to enhance the processing of Articles for Creation and Drafts. See Wikipedia:WikiProject Articles for creation/RfC to create a 'Special:NewDraftsFeed' system. Your comments are welcome. Kudpung กุดผึ้ง (talk) 23:32, 4 February 2014 (UTC)

Speedy deletion nomination of ASM International[edit]

A tag has been placed on ASM International requesting that it be speedily deleted from Wikipedia. This has been done under section G6 of the criteria for speedy deletion, because it is an orphaned disambiguation page which either

  • disambiguates two or fewer extant Wikipedia pages and whose title ends in "(disambiguation)" (i.e., there is a primary topic); or
  • disambiguates no (zero) extant Wikipedia pages, regardless of its title.

Under the criteria for speedy deletion, such pages may be deleted at any time. Please see the disambiguation page guidelines for more information.

If you think this page should not be deleted for this reason, you may contest the nomination by visiting the page and clicking the button labelled "Click here to contest this speedy deletion". This will give you the opportunity to explain why you believe the page should not be deleted. However, be aware that once a page is tagged for speedy deletion, it may be removed without delay. Please do not remove the speedy deletion tag from the page yourself, but do not hesitate to add information in line with Wikipedia's policies and guidelines. Si Trew (talk) 12:19, 16 February 2014 (UTC)

The automated message doesn't quite explain my reason for deletion. It went G6 and was so speedy that I hardly had chance to catch my breath. There were two disambiguation pages, at ASM International and ASM International (disambiguation), both of which disambiguated to two articles ASM International (society) and ASM International (company). (It was the first I was looking for.) Since these are actually already at the DAB at ASM, it seemed pointless to have the other two DABs that were not really DABbing anything more. Si Trew (talk) 04:31, 17 February 2014 (UTC)
@SimonTrew: thanks for the further information, that makes more sense :) I remember creating one of these ages ago but didn't remember the details. -- phoebe / (talk to me) 18:47, 18 February 2014 (UTC)
I know how you feel. It is a bit scary when I look up something I want to refer to on a talk page and find "a comment I made here in 2009"... which seems like yesterday. Wikipedia can be a bit of a chronophage. Si Trew (talk) 04:25, 19 February 2014 (UTC)

You're invited: Women's History Edit-a-thons in Massachusetts this March[edit]

Women's History Edit-a-thons in Massachusetts this March - You are invited!
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New England Wikimedians is excited to announce a series of Wikipedia edit-a-thons that will be taking place at colleges and universities throughout Massachusetts as part of Wikiwomen's History Month from March 1 - March 31. We encourage you to join in an edit-a-thon near you, or to participate remotely if you are unable to attend in person (for the full list of articles, click here). Events are currently planned for the cities/towns of Boston, Northampton, South Hadley, and Cambridge. Further information on dates and locations can be found on our user group page.
Questions? Contact Girona7 (talk)

Sandbox page about ready to go[edit]

Phoebe - I have a roughly complete sandbox page for Isabel Montanez, but some of the references are repeated, there are likely some tags it needs (like name variations?), and it could use an edit by someone else for clarity. Besides that, I think it's ready to go. It looks like I move it toñez to publish it, right? I'll wait until after the Edit-a-thon in case someone there can read/fix it, or maybe you could move it if it looks okay? It was fun to write! Dysumner (talk) 18:56, 4 March 2014 (UTC)

@Dysumner: fantastic! I will take a look at it & do a little ref formatting, then it should be good to go. -- phoebe / (talk to me) 19:11, 4 March 2014 (UTC)

Thanks! This is a nice photo of Isabel: Is it reasonable to add? And I didn't see how. Dysumner (talk) 20:33, 4 March 2014 (UTC)

@Dysumner: Hi! I went ahead and moved the article to Isabel P. Montañez, so it is published. For the picture, we are picky about only having freely licensed pictures uploaded to Wikipedia. So if she has a picture that she is willing to release the rights to, or if you or someone else takes a picture of her that you're willing to license CC-BY-SA, that would be great. You would then upload the picture to Wikimedia Commons, and from there we can link it into the Wikipedia article. If you can come up with a picture that is appropriately licensed, I can help :) But we can't just take a picture from the web with no attribution and no indication of licensing. cheers, -- phoebe / (talk to me) 22:58, 5 March 2014 (UTC)
@Phoebe: Thanks! Dysumner (talk) 04:24, 8 March 2014 (UTC)


i am at the wikipedia women and science edit-a-thon. Narkissos (talk) 21:23, 4 March 2014 (UTC)

@Narkissos: awesome :) -- phoebe / (talk to me) 18:48, 13 March 2014 (UTC)

Submitted bio & now photo is fixed[edit]

Hi Phoebe, thanks for the teahouse invitation. Based on your recommendation during the edit-a-thon in the fall at the Berkeley Meetup to provide more of a narrative to my accepted submission on Neuromodulation (Medicine), I looked for information about one of the pivotal contributors to the field's development and only found a Wikipedia entry about him on the Wikipedia site in his native country, France. So I worked on creating an entry for him on the English Wikipedia site. I think I have now solved a temporary snafu about adding a photo of him from Wikimedia. Since my Sandbox submission from last week appears to have been flagged as missing a file (the initial photo link), I wondered if you could take a look, and if everything looks okay, unflag that? My goal was to be able to link back to the bio from the already published entry about the field in general. It seemed simpler to have a separate bio online as background. It's at: Thanks. Negarc (talk) 17:05, 10 March 2014 (UTC)

@Negarc: great! Glad you kept working on it. I will take a look when I can; I've been a bit swamped lately (anyone watching this, feel free to step in with a review too.) Looks like good work at first glance though! best, -- phoebe / (talk to me) 18:47, 13 March 2014 (UTC)

Thanks Phoebe, I appreciate it! Negarc (talk) 16:03, 14 March 2014 (UTC)

PDF edit request[edit]

Came across your excellent and brief article evaluation guide! A great handout - but wanted to fix a sentence on page two - "...or may reflect too much detail about one the controversial aspect of its subject ..." Shyamal (talk) 12:19, 12 March 2014 (UTC)

@Shyamal: thanks for the sharp eyes! I'll edit it & upload a new version. -- phoebe / (talk to me) 18:43, 13 March 2014 (UTC)

You're invited! WikiWomen's Edit-a-thon at the University of California, Berkeley[edit]

Saturday, April 5 - WikiWomen's Edit-a-thon at the University of California, Berkeley - You are invited!
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The University of California, Berkeley's Berkeley Center for New Media is hosting our first edit-a-thon, facilitated by WikiWoman Sarah Stierch, on April 5! This event, focused on engaging women to contribute to Wikipedia, will feature a brief Wikipedia policy and tips overview, followed by a fast-paced energetic edit-a-thon. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Please bring your laptop and be prepared to edit about women and women's history!

The event is April 5, from 1-5 PM, at the Berkeley Center for New Media Commons at Moffitt Library.

You must RSVP here - see you there! SarahStierch (talk) 22:17, 13 March 2014 (UTC)

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Other librarians[edit]

Hi Phoebe. I started some librarian biographies yesterday for Women's History Month and thought they might interest you: Milagros del Corral, Edith Ditmas, Gunilla Herdenberg, and Kristiina Kolehmainen. --Rosiestep (talk) 15:09, 28 March 2014 (UTC)

@Rosiestep: cool :) -- phoebe / (talk to me) 21:15, 1 April 2014 (UTC)

You're invited![edit]

NE Meetup #5: April 19th at Clover Food Lab in Kendall Square
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Dear Fellow Wikimedian,

New England Wikimedians would like to invite you to the April 2014 meeting, which will be a small-scale meetup of all interested Wikimedians from the New England area. We will socialize, review regional events from the beginning of the year, look ahead to regional events of 2014, and discuss other things of interest to the group. Be sure to RSVP here if you're interested.

Also, if you haven't done so already, please consider signing up for our mailing list and connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

We hope to see you there!

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honoring Adrianne Wadewitz?[edit]

Hi Phoebe,

This is perhaps a bit random, but given that I was introduced to the Teahouse efforts and other new user mentoring efforts by Adrianne, I figured turning to mentors to help remember her makes sense. I don't know if you've heard that Adrianne recently passed away after a traumatic head injury sustained in a rock climbing fall. The academic communities in which Adrianne participated are reeling and looking for ways to help celebrate her life. I worked with her training other academics to edit Wikipedia and one idea that people are interested in is an edit-a-thon in her honor. Ideally we'd like to make this a joint effort between Adrianne's two intellectual homes - Wikipedia and academic institutions. I've contacted Sarah Stritch as well, but I thought I'd be in touch with you given how much of advocate Adrianne was for developing relationships with experienced Wikipedians who mentor.

If you'd like to help or be kept in the loop as we develop plans, please do let me know. If you can help me connect further with the Wikipedia/Wikimedia community about events in honor of Adrianne, that would be wonderful. You can email me at

Many thanks, Jacqueline DCavendish (talk) — Preceding undated comment added 15:24, 10 April 2014 (UTC)

I support this idea for an edit-a-thon in her honor and also suggest that another goal could be to improve our coverage of notable women climbers and climbing safety. Many of my early Wikipedia articles were about climbing and mountaineering, and I would be willing to help. Cullen328 Let's discuss it 15:31, 10 April 2014 (UTC)
Jacqueline, and user:cullen328, I think there will be a variety of activities to celebrate Adrianne; there have been several people with similar ideas. I believe that User:SarahStierch is working on some edit-a-thons later in the spring. I will keep you both posted as I hear about events. -- phoebe / (talk to me) 23:55, 17 April 2014 (UTC)
Hi everyone - I am in the process of developing an event organizing page (similar to the WikiWomen's History Month page) I just haven't had time this week due to my professional calendar. I'll be getting something up this weekend! SarahStierch (talk) 23:58, 17 April 2014 (UTC)
Wonderful, thanks Sarah :) Also, I expect many of us will be thinking about remembering Adrianne with our work for a long time to come. We might start a page just for edits and contributions related to subjects she cared about that people make with her memory in mind. best, -- phoebe / (talk to me) 00:03, 18 April 2014 (UTC)

WP:BLP and human dignity[edit]

Hi. I'm proposing we include something about taking account of human dignity in WP:BLP (here). I'd appreciate it if you could keep an eye on any ensuing discussion in case we misunderstand something about the Foundation's intention in its BLP resolution, and in case you'd like to contribute to any aspect of the discussion. --Anthonyhcole (talk · contribs · email) 05:44, 11 April 2014 (UTC)

@Anthonycole: thanks for letting me know. -- phoebe / (talk to me) 23:46, 17 April 2014 (UTC)

Josephson Effect Merge[edit]

Hey Phoebe, add my two cents of support to the Talk:Josephson_effect merge. ^_^ It would really help us over in Graphene-article land and maybe even start to stem the tide of drive-by tagging that happens every so often to the article. Please do the merge when you have the chance and enough support. (Kind of wish there was a session at upcoming Conference about the problem of drive-by tagging. Its really taken its toll on the quality of the graphene article. Reckless drive-by tagging has become the sole reason we cannot apply for a good article nomination or implement the suggests made from graphene's good article nominee 2011 review) --Physics16 (talk) 01:13, 16 April 2014 (UTC)

@Physics16: thanks for the followup on this long-delayed case :) I don't think I have enough subject knowledge to do the merge myself, but maybe we can list it on the physics wikiproject and see if anyone is interested :) -- phoebe / (talk to me) 23:45, 17 April 2014 (UTC)

Teach for Library Juice Academy?[edit]

Hi Phoebe,

Would you be interested in teaching a four-week workshop on Wikipedia editing for librarians, through Library Juice Academy? Here is our website, where you can see our course listings: . Please get back to me at if you're interested. Thanks... Rlitwin (talk) 17:43, 17 April 2014 (UTC)

@Rlitwin: thanks for getting in touch! I may be interested if we can make the timing work. I will email you! -- phoebe / (talk to me) 23:31, 17 April 2014 (UTC)