Wikipedia:Meetup/Philadelphia 5

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The fifth Philly Wikipedia Meetup will happen on November 11 at 5:00 pm. It is hosted by WikiProject Philadelphia at Buca Di Beppo, 258 South 15th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102. This will keep with our stated goal of having one of these events every three to four months.

If you've never attended a meetup before, it is very informal, mostly getting to know your fellow editors. Most people order a meal. This time more so than in the past, there will be some updates on local efforts, including the Pennsylvania Wikimedia chapter and possibly discussion of putting together a bid for a future Wikimania.

Post meeting[edit]

Philadelphia Meetup5.jpg

12 attendees. Much fun was had by all. The food was good (the goat-cheese stuffed chicken seemed to be a favorite) and the decor was... well, priceless. There was some discussion of the future wikimania bid and the creation of a Pennsylvania wikimedia chapter. We also welcomed several new faces to their first Philadelphia wikimeetup. Other topics of discussion included the ever-important notability, verifiability, and neutral point of view, especially as they related to Philadelphia topics. We agreed that nobody will ever come to a consensus on which cheesesteak eateries should be included in the cheesesteak article (note that we have done that before in previous meetups).

Next meetup page is Wikipedia:Meetup/Philadelphia 6, and should happen around January or February. I TexasDex will be organizing it if there are no objections.

  • Very fun indeed, will defently come to more future meetups, though I have to look at times more in the future so if there is a basketball/hockey/baseball game that same night, I could suggest a earlier time so I can do the meetup and a game. Just have to remind evrik to check under plates the next time he handles them, lol. Whammies Were Here 15:12, 13 November 2007 (UTC)


The restaurant wants a headcount. If we have more than 20 we have to order banquet style. I'm going to say we go with the "Classico" option.

Please rate the likelihood of you attending, on a scale of 0 to 10 (zero being not at all likely to attend, and ten being absolutely likely to attend). Edit the list by squeezing in your rating, in order, from 10 (top) to 0 (bottom), so that when it comes closer to 11-11, we'll all have a good idea of likely headcount, just by looking at the 10's, 9's, and 8's at the top of the list.

Please indicate how many will be in you party.

  • My estimate based on RSVPs as of 11/7/07 = 8-9 attendees (thought process: most but not all of 8's, 9's and 10's will make it, only 10% of all others. I think this is going to be a small one) ike9898 02:02, 8 November 2007 (UTC)
  • I'm guessing 15-20. --evrik (talk) 18:41, 9 November 2007 (UTC)
Likelihood How Many Who
10 2 PYLrulz My fiancee will be coming along now. As I said, I will be there. (Final edit Whammies Were Here 00:17, 11 November 2007 (UTC))
3.14159 * 3 1 evrik (talk)
9 1 ike9898
9 1 ImmortalGoddezz
9 1 Marketstel I live in the neighborhood and should be there.
9 1 TexasDex
9 1 Kat Walsh (spill your mind?)
9 1 SB_Johnny | talk (hey could we make this more complicated to respond next time?) -- I've got a lot going on this weekend, but unless my cousins completely wear me out, I'll show.
8 1 danntm T C
8 1 CComMack (tc) Still some things that might collide, but we'll see.
8 2 CobaltBlueTony™ (talk) Bringing barely-wiki Grrrrrrrrrrrowl, if only for the food.
7 1 -Zachary Cohen I dont have anything to do that day, but still am not absolutely sure.
6 1 SpiralingMusic I have an earlier engagement that day, but I'd like to try to come by, even if late.
6 1 Midnightdreary Number is higher if I'm certain I'm in town that day... is this also Veterans Day?
6 1 snooble My Harry Potter group has an event earlier in the day. I'd like to come, but may by late. I'll definitely know closer to 11-11.
6 1 Kborer
6 1 George100Will try to make it.
5 1 Aude (talk) Normally Sunday evening is not ideal, but since I'm off work the next day due to the holiday, more likely I can come.

Maybe, maybe not
  • 4 I might be in town, I might not. --Hurricanehink (talk) 02:31, 31 October 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Waarmstr 19:23, 30 October 2007 (UTC) Busy weekend for me. Probably won't make it.
  • 0 Can't make this one. Superm401 - Talk 08:33, 31 October 2007 (UTC)
  • 0 Though Buca's makes me wish I could. Medvedenko 03:12, 1 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 0 Sorry Ruhrfisch ><>°° 15:29, 2 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 0 I would love to be there, but unfortunately I will be in Chicago that weekend. Cbrown1023 talk 03:22, 4 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 0 Thanks, but unlikely. Consider a webinar/telecon meeting sometime?--Pearrari 00:26, 5 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 0 I have work :( Mpete510 16:21, 5 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 0 I'm stuck in NYC, mostly permanently The Tetrast 21:06, 6 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 0 Sorry I can't make this one. But feel free to take ideas from Wikipedia:Meetup/NYC/November 3, 2007/Minutes.--Pharos 18:35, 9 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 0 I am very unlikely to be able to make meets, at least while I remain in Philly. I hope you all have a good time. Marnanel 04:14, 10 November 2007 (UTC)
Just a note - I'm not going to make this one. Raul654 22:19, 11 November 2007 (UTC)

To do[edit]

How you can help prepare:

  • Send invite to all on list
  • Post directions for both car and public transportation
  • Check invite list against the participant list at Wikipedia:WikiProject Philadelphia, find any that don't overlap and add them to list.
  • Post a notice at Wikipedia:Meetup, meta:Meetup, meta:Wikimedia Pennsylvania as well as on other Wikimedia projects.
  • Somebody needs to volunteer to make a reservation? Unless somebody already has...
    • I got a msg from User:Evrik regarding reservarions at the restaurant, but I didn't understand if he actually made the reservation. ike9898 14:47, 7 November 2007 (UTC)
      • Done. --evrik (talk) 23:21, 7 November 2007 (UTC)


Bucha di Beppo:

258 South 15th Street (between Locust & Spruce)
Philadelphia, PA 19102


Market–Frankford Line[edit]

Get off at 15th Street Station, taking the southwest exit (the one with the clothespin! if you get off at the east exit right below City Hall you'll have to cross 15th). Walk south on 15th street for several blocks, it will be on the right.

Broad Street Line[edit]

Get off at Walnut–Locust. Walk West on Locust (or Walnut) for one block, turn left onto 15th Street, and walk south until you see it on your right.

Regional rail[edit]

Get off at Suburban Station, walk East one block to 15th street, turn right and keep walking south until you see it on your right.


Bus routes that pass within a few blocks include 9, 12, 21, and 42. Many other buses that pass by City Hall could be used also, since Bucha di Beppo is within easy walking distance of it.


Get off at 15th-16th street station, walk south on 15th St until you see it on your right.


Given that it's Center City on a Sunday night, driving may be a poor choice. However there do seem to be a few parking garages nearby. My guess would be taking the Vine Street Expressway, and getting off at the intersection of Vine St. and Broad, going south on 15th. Somebody who actually drives should fill this in.

Directions from google

Invite list[edit]

This is pretty much the invite list used for the last meetup. It was not compiled in any really systematic way and is certainly not a complete list of users from this region. It would probably be worthwhile to attempt to expand it. Can you take on this challenge?? Add my name to the list of invitees

    • Note: If you make any additions to this list now, please also invite the user directly. All the users that were on this list as of 10/30/07 recieved an invitation.

Invite me[edit]

If you don't want to receive future mailings about Philadelphia meetups, add your name below.

Add my name to the list of "no thanks"

No thanks[edit]


You're invited to the
Philadelphia-area Wikipedia Meetup
Sunday, November 11, 2007

Time: 5:00 pm
Location: Buca Di Beppo, 258 South 15th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102.


Hello badge[edit]


Hi, guys. I designed a WikiHelloBadge for the Nov 2007 NYC Meetup for anyone who wants to use it, so if people at other Meetups want to use it, feel free. The design is supposed to represent Wikipedians of every possible persuasion, at least symbolically. I made it a double image so that when you print it out, you can fold it in the middle and laminate it so that's it's double-sided (if you plan on hanging it instead of clipping it). I included spaces so that you can identify yourself by your real name, or your Wiki Username, or both, whichever you feel comfortable with. A high-res version of it is on its upload page. And if someone wants to use it at a Meetup in a location where a language other than English is spoken, feel free to modify the greeting into a different language! After all, it's in the public domain now, so all I ask is attribution! Cheers! Nightscream 17:04, 30 October 2007 (UTC)

No offense intended, but there's no way I'm going to wear one of these. ike9898
Seconded. A "My name is" with the wikipedia globe would probably suffice. Simpler, and works better in B&W. Or even just blank labels. Thank you though..--TexasDex 20:35, 30 October 2007 (UTC)
Good idea, but not what I'd call easy on the eyes. I'll be wearing my con badge from Wikimania Boston for this purpose, but thanks. —CComMack (tc) 23:03, 30 October 2007 (UTC)
If I go, Ill probably be in my #13 Eagles jersey anyway, so you know who I am when you see me thereWhammies Were Here 23:22, 30 October 2007 (UTC)
Cool. No offense taken. :-) Nightscream 17:40, 1 November 2007 (UTC)

Old discussions[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.


Please put your name on a new line, beginning with a # sign, underneath the comment (visible only when editing) with your desired date. Your username will then appear under that date in the table.

Thursday, October 18 Sunday, October 21 Saturday, October 27 Sunday, October 28 Sunday, November 4 Sunday, November 11 Other (specify)
  1. South Philly
  1. PYLrulz
  1. evrik
  2. Austinmurphy
  3. ImmortalGoddezz
  4. soren.harward
  1. PYLrulz
  1. waarmstr
  2. PYLrulz
  1. ike9898
  2. evrik
  3. ImmortalGoddezz
  4. waarmstr
  5. SmthManly
  6. PYLrulz
  7. Raul654
  8. TexasDex
  1. PYLrulz November 17th. Hidden Msg. explains
  2. waarmstr
  3. CComMack
  • I'm moving out of the state near the end of Oct, but I'd like to make it to this one, so for me, the earlier, the better. --Galaxiaad 03:28, 26 September 2007 (UTC)
  • Only a weekend date would work for me. (I'm in Philadelphia once every month or two, but could plan the date around a meet-up date with enough notice.) Newyorkbrad 20:59, 3 October 2007 (UTC) Addendum: November 11 is not as good as the other possibilities. Newyorkbrad 16:09, 4 October 2007 (UTC)
  • Definitely can't make it on the 28th 21 of October and the 4th of November if it ends up being either of those. --ImmortalGoddezz 01:00, 4 October 2007 (UTC)
  • I'm interested in coming, but I do not yet know enough about my schedule to say which dates will be good and which ones will bad. Raul654 21:15, 4 October 2007 (UTC)
    • Ok, October 28 and November 17, I'll be at U. Maryland (College Park) and Princeton, respectively, for all-day quiz bowl tournaments. Both of those dates are impossible for me. November 4 and 10 I'll be at UD for CBI and Trash Regionals. If it does conflict, I should be able to slip out early. Raul654 02:20, 10 October 2007 (UTC)
  • As my hidden message explains, im going to a football game on the 17th, so that could work out perfect for me if thats the day chosen, other than that, there might be a slight possibility of me coming along (though unlikely) if any other day is chosen. Going to a hockey game after the football game (friend has tickets to the game), but ill consider other dates, especially those on Sunday. Whammies Were Here 10:28, 5 October 2007 (UTC) (Addition by Whammies Were Here 22:33, 8 October 2007 (UTC))
  • I'm on vacation the week of the 11th and have flight benefits with US Airways, so I could hop up on the morning flight and return in the evening or the next day no problem. -- SmthManly / ManlyTalk / ManlyContribs 01:34, 6 October 2007 (UTC)
  • I'd like to consider more Saturday dates; it's easier for people coming from farther afield to get in and stay later. —CComMack (tc) 22:03, 7 October 2007 (UTC)
  • If it affects anyone's decision, the next New York meetup has been called for Saturday, 3 November. —CComMack (tc) 09:11, 11 October 2007 (UTC)
  • It looks like the 11/11 is shaping up to be the date. --evrik (talk) 14:29, 11 October 2007 (UTC)


Philadelphia Suburbs Others
Center City University City
  1. What about Mixto? ImmortalGoddezz
  1. What about at Mad for Mex? User:evrik
  2. ImmortalGoddezz What about Lemongrass? ImmortalGoddezz
  3. Austinmurphy - How about dock street brew pub?
  1. waarmstr Nifty Fifties in Ridley Park. There is also one on Passyunk Ave. & 13th.


Center City University City Other
  1. What about Mixto? ImmortalGoddezz
  2. Nodding head? User:evrik
  3. I'm guessing this is a little late in the game, but Triumph Brewing in Old City has plenty of space and good brews; can't yet vouch for the food. User:Marketstel
  4. Buca Di Beppo?
  1. What about at Mad for Mex? User:evrik
  2. ImmortalGoddezz What about Lemongrass? ImmortalGoddezz
  3. Austinmurphy - How about dock street brew pub?
  4. Dock Street doesn't have decent seating.User:evrik
  1. waarmstr Nifty Fifties in Ridley Park. There is also one on Passyunk Ave. & 13th.
  • Can we finalize the location? --evrik (talk) 14:37, 17 October 2007 (UTC)
  • Lemongrass might or might not have enough seating, I've never been before so I'm not positive either way. My concern would be since it's a weekend Mad4Mex would be extremely busy since it's popular with the colleges. I really don't care where it's at as long as it's not sushi (ick), and Gordon will eat pretty much anything. --ImmortalGoddezz 20:02, 22 October 2007 (UTC)
  • Whats wrong with sushi?!? (lol). Im not particulary picky, so whatever you guys decide, im all for it. Whammies Were Here 12:01, 26 October 2007 (UTC)
  •  :-P Could never get over the concept of it. Buca Di Beppo We just went to Buca Di Beppo, Italian food, a few weeks ago and that seemed interesting. There's tons of seating (and a room garishly decorated with pictures of the Pope.) Though one draw back; most of the entrees come in two sizes small (which serves two) or large (which serves 4). They do have individual servings but it's cheaper just to go for a small that serves two. Dinner menu Anyway that's Gordon's suggestion and I wouldn't mind doing that if it came down to it. One mixto entree = One Buca entree that serves two people. --ImmortalGoddezz 17:17, 27 October 2007 (UTC)