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What is ANAT Technology?[edit]

What is ANAT Technology mentioned in the article in section Bixi#The_bike_dock_and_locking_system ? --Bob (talk) 18:15, 28 September 2011 (UTC)

Bixi vs BIXI[edit]

I was tempted to move the article back to BIXI, but it may be more fruitful to comment on this subject since nothing is at stake save for consistency.

The system is almost often (but not always) referred to with capitals in the press. The main website reveals that the developers themselves are rather inconsistent, but the tendency is to privilege BIXI over Bixi: http://montreal.bixi.com/home/home-bixi. The logo itself seems to use stylized small caps, but this could be perceived as an image rather than an exemplar for textual usage. I cannot make a forceful argument for one or the other. Mainly I'm asking that a consensus should be reached about whether or not consistency is even important for this article so that we're not going back and forth in the body text. Rana (talk) 17:51, 29 November 2009 (UTC)

I don't know which papers you read, but most Montreal papers, La Presse, Le Devoir and The Gazette, are calling it the Bixi (CAPS + lowercase).
The only stories I found with BIXI in caps were based on news releases from Stationnement de Montréal. I'd say stick with usage, and remove the fluffed caps. Bouchecl (talk) 02:50, 30 November 2009 (UTC)
Even though the brand name might be a portmanteau with the letters "BIcycle" and "TaXI", and even though the brand might often be marked with all caps, it is not an acronym or initialism. Per WP:MOSTM, it really should be "Bixi" for the sake of consistency within Wikipedia, where other similarly all-caps brands have had their article pages switched to the standard format. Jkatzen (talk) 18:37, 30 November 2009 (UTC)
The official name is "BIXI" (all caps). No matter if some papers, my great-aunt or her cat sometimes spell it differently. And contrary to what some would like to make believe, it IS consistantly written all caps on the official website and publications.--Mekmtl (talk) 05:28, 5 March 2011 (UTC)


Requested move[edit]

The following discussion is an archived discussion of the proposal. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on the talk page. No further edits should be made to this section.

No consensus to move. Vegaswikian (talk) 02:56, 12 March 2011 (UTC)

BixiBIXI — The official name is indeed written with all caps. See the official site and publications for more details. It is a FACT, no matter if some would wish it otherwise.--Mekmtl (talk) 05:36, 5 March 2011 (UTC)

  • Oppose MOS:TM. It is not an initialism, it is a portmanteau. Further, the local papers don't capitalize it that way, so it is not common usage. 65.95.15.144 (talk) 06:38, 5 March 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose No it isn't; it is written bIXI, which is a matter of style, not of spelling. Our Manual of Style is quite clear on trademarks: we use Wikipedia style, not what the organisation choses to make it stand out. Incidentally, Wikipedia doesn't "do" official names! Skinsmoke (talk) 12:57, 5 March 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose—why does this kind of move request keep coming up? The precedent is overwhelmingly against it. 86.6.193.43 (talk) 15:28, 5 March 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose. This is textbook MOS:TM: "Follow standard English text formatting and capitalization rules, even if the trademark owner considers nonstandard formatting "official"." --McGeddon (talk) 16:58, 5 March 2011 (UTC)
  • Even if it were a fact, is it an important fact? Is it what people actually call the system? I would suspect not, but let's see some evidence. Septentrionalis PMAnderson 23:45, 5 March 2011 (UTC)
The above discussion is preserved as an archive of the proposal. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on this talk page. No further edits should be made to this section.

Split into two?[edit]

This might need to be split into two, one about BIXI Montreal, and another about BIXI in general, including the bicycle itself in the general article. BIXIs have spread around the world now, so it is no longer just a Montreal program. 65.95.15.144 (talk) 06:39, 5 March 2011 (UTC)

There is already an article for bicycle sharing systems that you can edit and there are separate articles for each system. Locally each scheme has it's own name and is not marketed under the name Bixi 07:51, 5 March 2011 (UTC)
Ottawa uses Bixi on their bike logos, though London seems to call it Cycle Hire with a blue version of the red Underground sign. But Toronto uses Bixi, though Minnesota uses Niceride and DC uses Bikeshare. 65.95.15.144 (talk) 05:09, 6 March 2011 (UTC)

I think it's a good idea to split this article into Bixi and Bixi Montreal, with this article kept for information about the company and system, while Montreal-specific information about rates, statistics, and locations would be moved to the new Bixi Montreal article. This article was clearly originally written when there was only one Bixi system and it struggles to present a worldwide view.Reaperexpress (talk) 22:34, 7 August 2011 (UTC)

There were no objections, so I have created a "Bixi Montreal" article and filled it with all the information on this page pertaining to Montreal specifically. I will now redesign this article to present more of a worldwide view of the PBSC Bixi system in general.Reaperexpress (talk) 00:23, 23 August 2011 (UTC)

Wrong information[edit]

I am not a member of Wikipedia, so I do not feel I have the right to edit the pages. The Bixi bike program actually is a concept that originated in the tourist area of Portugal in the 1981. It started in Santa Marta de Feira and spread quickly through-out the country and over to Spain and Italy. It is by no way an idea started in Montreal. I can put the history of Bixi Portugal if you want... The concept was made popular in Montreal in 2009... continue with story... —Preceding unsigned comment added by 142.83.138.8 (talk) 20:41, 12 April 2011 (UTC)

That's fine - I'm amused by people who don't reference Velib either like Time Magazine, but you should add your history to Bicycle sharing system, since you're talking a general system rather tahn this specifically branded entreprise. Krupo (talk) 17:28, 29 June 2011 (UTC)

Boston?[edit]

From the references and text in this article and in Hubway, it seems that the Boston section should be removed, as that city's bicycle share program is operated by Alta, not Bixi. Any objections? matt kane's brain (talk) 19:39, 11 May 2012 (UTC)

Aluminium v Aluminum[edit]

The spelling switches between what I would call UK and US spellings throughout the article. As the article is about a Canadian company, which spelling would you prefer?95.146.10.14 (talk) 00:39, 10 November 2013 (UTC)