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Hi! I'm evkl, Bulbagarden's operations manager and an Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of Bulbapedia.
My name is Evan, but I go by evkl online, all lowercase. My birthday is January 17, and I'm 22 years old, currently attending college in New York State. I'm a native of the Philadelphia area (Pennsylvania side of the river). I've been working on Bulbagarden since Archaic took over in December of 2002, first working on the forums and later serving as the first Editor-in-Chief of Bulbapedia. I was the head of the Forums from 2006-ish until January of 2011, when I became Chief of Staff of Bulbagarden.
Pokémon history: I've been playing Pokémon since I was about 9, although I find myself playing less and less as I've grown up. I just started playing HeartGold for the first time. It's fun!
On other personal notes, I think knowledge is very important. I also think music is very important. Those two aren't really related at all, I'm just saying. On the knowledge front, I think Bulbapedia is a very good thing, as a specialized repository for knowledge that otherwise wouldn't be aggregated anywhere else. And learning in general is really good, and you should do your homework before you make edits on 'Pedia. On the music front, if you're talking to me, expect an away message or signature or something involving an obscure reference to music or lyrics. Or maybe not-so-obscure. Katy Perry is cool with me. Music is complex and relaxing--and we're missing both in our lives a lot.
As I said, knowledge is important. I've taken a lot of courses, but I have an interest or special knowledge in a few subjects. I'm very comfortable with both American and Middle Eastern history and politics from roughly 1600 to the present. My major involves evaluating and solving problems in governance and administration, which has exposed me to a healthy dose of government, philosophy, and economics. I have done a significant amount of work aimed at solving the current healthcare crisis in America. In addition, I have studied military, education, and monetary policy, along with some aspects of existential philosophy and phenomenology.
I'm a mediator, adviser, and creative consultant to the current Bulbapedia Editorial Board. If you have a problem, feel free to contact me--I'll do my best to try and fix it. The directory, at the top of all of my pages, links to some of the projects I'm currently working on. If there's something you'd like my help with, just drop me a line on my talk page. Don't feel like you're intruding or bothering me. I like to help.
If you need to contact me, I'm available at the following:
AIM: Ask and you shall receive.
E-mail: evkl (at) bulbagarden (d o t) net