Community Outreach Summer Run contest coming soon! Win an iPad Air!

Answers Community Outreach

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Summer Run 2015

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Who wouldn’t love to have an iPad Air?!

The Answers Community Outreach program is offering you a chance to win an iPad Air, simply for greeting new contributors via their Answers message boards in a contest called Community Outreach Summer Run!

The Community Outreach Summer Run is a two month long contest, rewarding participants who greet the most new contributors, with a minimum of 1200 greets, during the months of June and July 2015, spreading community awareness while winning prizes at the same time!

Summer Run Prizes

1st Place Prize:
iPad Air
(totally awesome!)
CO or Answers tee (your choice!)
Summer Run 2015 1st Place badge

2nd Place Prize
Cozy Sherpa Blanket with Answers logo (soft!)
CO or Answers tee (your choice!)
Summer Run 2015 2nd Place Badge

3rd Place Prize
Answers Leather Portfolio (nice!)
CO or Answers tee (your choice!)
Summer Run 2015 3rd Place Badge

4th Place Prize
Answers Light-up Computer Mouse (cool!)
CO or Answers tee (your choice!)
Summer Run 2015 4th Place Badge

5th Place Prize
CO or Answers tee (your choice!)
Summer Run 2015 5th Place Badge

Runners Up
10 Extra Missions Credits
Summer Run 2015 Runner-Up Badge

  • No registration required!
  • No deadline to join in!  To join Community Outreach, just contact Robin on her message board HERE and say,  

“I Want To Win An iPad!”

You will have a running list of new contributors to greet, and all you have to do is message them via their message boards on the Answers website.

Summer Run begins at midnight June 1st EST and ends at midnight July 28th EST.

Come join us, meet new people, make new friends, and have lots of fun for a chance to win fabulous prizes!!

Hope to see you in the Summer Run!

All participants must be at least 13 years old and will receive a Community Outreach Summer Run 2015 participation badge on their Answers profiles.

Introducing Cloie Anne, from the Philippines

Here at Answers, we all love getting to know the members of our community.  This week, let’s get to know Cloieanne_26!  A member of the Answers community since 2010, Cloie Anne is a 2014 top mission leader for our teen program, WIT.

Cloieanne

 

Q: What is your first name?
A: Cloie Anne

Q: What is your Answers.com username?
A: cloieanne_26

Q: What would you like to share about your education, and what influenced you in choosing your field(s) of study?
A: I am currently enrolled at a university taking up a bachelor degree in Biology. I am really interested in exploring nature and knowing the principles behind life.

Q: From what part of the world are you coming to us?
A: I’m from the Philippines. I grew up in the Province of Isabela.

Q: Who or what has been or is your main inspiration in life?
A: My family is my main inspiration in life.

Q: Do you have a special motto, belief in life or quote; something you always keep in mind or live by?
A: I always keep in mind that if other people can do things, then why can’t I? And whenever I feel afraid of failing and rejection of other people, I just try to remember that whatever happens, people will forget anyway.

Q: What are you most passionate about in your life?
A: I am most passionate about my field. I think I was never been so comfortable in something other than my field.

Q: What are your special interests, hobbies, or collections?
A: Besides biology, visual arts also interest me.

Q: Would you say the glass is half full or half empty? Why?
A: HALF EMPTY. I am a fan of pessimism. If always think negatively, I can work on improving the things that seems to be negative. Optimism can just boost my confidence up to the point that I couldn’t do things better anymore.

Q: What is your favorite book, and why is it special to you?
A: The Kite Runner. The book is very emotional and it really got me engaged. It shows the dark side of reality and at the same time, its bright side.

Q: How did you discover Answers.com?
A: It was a long time ago. I was still in high school and whenever there are homework questions that I couldn’t answer, I always searched it up in the internet. And that was when I encountered Answers.com

Q: What enticed you to join our community and what do you like best about the community?
A: I liked the idea that people around the globe can interact with other people while being driven by one goal. That’s why I joined. I would like to be a part of that community.

Q: If you were inviting someone to join Answers.com, what reason(s) would you give them to convince them they would love being a part of our community?
A:
(1) You can meet new people.
(2) You will appreciate the site more.
(3) You can learn.

The Lovely Life of Lindystar

She loves her Star Trek garden, has flowers with crazy names and had a unicorn on her wedding cake!  Read more to learn about the lovely life of Lindystar!

Lindy at the Dr. Who Museum

Q: What is your first name?
A: Lindalee. The priest refused to baptize me Linda Lee because there is no saint named Lee.

Q: What is your Answers.com username?
A: LindyStar. Most of my friends call me Lindy. And I love science fiction.

Q: What can you tell us about your family?
A: Everyone in our family starts with L. My husband is Larry, daughter Lorelei and her cats Lannister and Lear.

Q: Tell us about your cats!
A: Lear looks like a Seal Point Siamese. He has ADD and juggles knives. Lannister is his litter mate and looks like a Birman with white mittens and is very fluffy.

Q: What about your education; where did you attend school?
A: Bachelors from University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Masters in Education from University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. Masters in Library Science from Rosary College now called Dominican University.

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Q: What influenced you in choosing your field(s) of study?
A: When I went into my high school library on the second day of school, the clerk typist said, “You’re smart, You can be the librarian.” My school district is over 100 square miles and we did not have a professional librarian. And everyone knew everyone in the county.

Q: So, what is your occupation, and what do you find most meaningful about your job?
A: I am a retired librarian, storyteller and computer teacher. I love reading and stories. I also like computers.

Q: Where are you from, where did you grow up?
A: I was born in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. When I was a young child, Sputnik IV crash landed on 8th street in Manitowoc. I moved to Mishicot, Wisconsin which has about 1400 people.

Q: What life accomplishments are you proud of?
A: I wrote a pamphlet for Paramount on Star Trek young adult novels. I am also proud of my Star Trek garden with 21 Star Trek daylilies, 2 Star Trek iris, and 10

Lindy at the Irish Botanical Gardens

Lindy at the Irish Botanical Gardens

Star Trek hosta. So I have Spock’s Ears daylily, Klingon Princess iris. and Captain Kirk hosta.

Q: Who or what has been or is your inspiration in life?
A: My husband is my inspiration.

Q: Is there anything you feel sets you apart, something that makes you unique you’d like to mention?
A: I love flowers with crazy names such as A Moose Fishing On A Pond On Monday; I Have Issues; A Tick Kissing A Moose on a Wednesday and Rama Lama Ding Dong.

Q: Do you have a special motto, belief in life or quote; something you always keep in mind or live by?
A: Excelsior!

Q: What are your passions in life?
A: I am most passionate about my husband but after him, it would be my garden. I especially love my daylilies.

Q: Do you have any traveling experiences you’d like to share?
A: Last year my husband and I spent a month in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland. We were in Ireland and Scotland in 2007 for 2 weeks. We honeymooned in Australia in 1985. Most of our trips have been scheduled around going to the World Science Fiction Convention which is in a different city every year. But these days we are more into touring gardens.

Lindy at the Giants Causeway

Q: Is there any place you’d love to visit, but haven’t yet?
A: A dream trip would be to New Zealand on a Lord of the Rings/Hobbit tour.

Q: Is there a place that’s special to you and why?
A: A special place would be Egg Clectic which is our favorite breakfast place. The servers all know us and bring our raspberry ice tea as soon as they see us come in the door. They save their coffee grounds and egg shells for my garden.

Q: What are your special interests, hobbies, or collections?
A: Special interests include my water aerobics class, gardening, butterfly monitoring, and crocheting. We have a lot of science fiction art and very special one of a kind knick knacks. Our Christmas tree is all unicorn ornaments. I made Larry a unicorn quilt in 1984. We had a glass blower make us a wedding cake topper with a unicorn. And we commissioned a unicorn, tiger and daffodil wood bed.

Lindy with Hugh O’Donnell

Q: What about special talents? Anything you are especially good at?
A: My special talent is storytelling. I love Irish legends and often tell them to children or church groups.

Q: If you had three wishes to come true, what would they be?
A: Three wishes, basically if we could have world peace, who needs any more wishes.

Q: What is the most daring thing you’ve ever done?
A: The most daring and crazy thing I have ever done is to answer a personal ad. My husband put an ad for “Looking for a lady to help me find the last unicorn” in a magazine in 1983. A friend of a friend saw the ad in Madison and knew I wore a pair of unicorn earrings. So both of them forced me to write a response. My now husband replied with a unicorn bookmark and a computer graphic of a unicorn that he drew on his Atari computer. We corresponded for a while and finally had our first date at what is now Bristol Faire. And that year they did have a unicorn (yes it was a surgically altered goat.) We loved the costumes and the jousting. By January 1984, I moved in with him and we have been together ever since.

Q: Are you a glass half full or half empty kind of gal?
A: My glass is half full, I am an optimist.

Lindy, Winner of the Limerick ContestQ: What is your favorite kind of music and do you have a favorite song?
A: I like old fashioned rock n roll. Beatles, or Dan Fogelberg. I think the song Longer by Fogelberg says how I feel about Larry.

What are some of your other favorites:
A:
Television. Well I am in mourning over Stephen Colbert’s Colbert Report. But my husband teases me about all the autopsy shows I watch like Bones, Forever, Castle, etc. And my Saturday morning garden shows like Midwest Gardening, Garden Smart and P. Allen Smith.

Movie. I love animation so all the Despicable Me / Minion movies make me laugh.

Poet. My favorite poet is Ogden Nash. But when I am serious, I love the poem Abou Ben Adam. It has great philosophy.

Book. How dare you limit me to just one! We have over 5000 books and about 2500 are autographed. My husband got me Marion Zimmer Bradley‘s Mists of Avalon and that was the first time he wrote I love you.

Subject in School. I love history and social studies. I graduated second in my class because a friend of mine could get 100 or 99 percent in Advanced Algebra, Trigonometry and Calculus. I was only one tenth of a point behind her in my overall average.

Foods. My favorite is spareribs and sauerkraut.

Q: How did you discover Answers?
A: I discovered Answers accidentally in 2009 but really didn’t do much because I was answering at Yahoo Answers. But I hated seeing all the people posting

Lindy, At a Castle in Wales

Lindy, At a Castle in Wales

illegal copies of books and movies. I think Answers is better because they care about the right answer and not the most popular answer.

Q: What do you enjoy doing on Answers most?
A: I like editing the best and I always try to answer a question when I remove a stupid or mean answer that someone posted. I think if you have a hobby, answering questions about that hobby on Answers is a fun thing to do, especially gardening because I can’t garden in winter. I have been searching questions on my favorite flowers and answering old questions or editing poor responses.

Q: And last, but certainly not least, tell us about one quirky or interesting random fact about you that most people may not know?
A: I was born November 9, 1952. I don’t mind saying my age because my father told me that on my birthday I could get one kiss per year from whoever I asked. So it gets better every year.

The May Marathon Expert AnswerThon is just around the corner!

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Answers presents the May Marathon EXPERT AnswerThon!  Sign up today!

May 14th – 17th, 2015

What is the Expert AnswerThon?
The May Marathon Expert AnswerThon is a 4-day Answers contest for EXPERTS ONLY!

This Expert AnswerThon rewards Expert users who answer the most questions in a 4-day period. During the AnswerThon, Experts answer as many questions as they can, simultaneously spreading knowledge and winning prizes!

Only answers that are posted by approved Experts in the Expert box within this timeframe and in accordance with the contest rules will be counted as part of the contest. Be sure to read the rules before you begin. And of course, bots are not eligible.

Who can participate?
All users who are registered as Experts! Expert users must officially register for the AnswerThon contest.

Why should I become an Expert?
As an Expert:
Your answer is given priority, and appears at the top of the page above other answers.
Your tagline appears on every answer – everyone will know what you’ve accomplished!
Your answers can’t be edited by anyone but you.
There are perks, such as this Experts ONLY AnswerThon!

What is an Expert?
An Expert is a user who:
Has uploaded an approved profile photo
Has an approved tagline
Has a real name
Has declared himself/herself an Expert at least one (1) category
Has included an Expert statement in above stated category(ies)

How do I become an Expert so that I can participate?
1. Sign in, and go to your profile page.  Under the Settings tab:
a. Upload a photo of yourself.
b. Write your first and last name in the “Name” field.
c. Write a tagline – Include your experience, education, and interests!
d. Save changes!
2. Under the Following tab:
a. Click “Edit”, and choose category(ies) in which you’re an Expert.
b. Click “Next”, and choose click “Expert” for those category(ies) in which you’re an Expert.
c. Write a short statement about why you’re an Expert in that category (years experience? certification? etc.)

What Are The Prizes?
Over $2,000 in prizes will be awarded to AnswerThon winners, including 5 lucky RANDOM participants!

One 1st place winner
The top Expert user who gives 1200+ answers will win an Apple iPad Air

Three 2nd place winners
The top 3 Expert users who give 1000+ answers will win a $200 Amazon eGift card

Ten 3rd place winners
The top 10 Expert users who give 500+ answers will win a $100 Amazon eGift card

Ten 4th place winners
The top 10 Expert users who give 100+ answers will win a $25 Amazon eGift card

100+ winners
EVERY Expert user who gives 100+ answers will win an exclusive Answers Expert t-shirt!

Five random registrants
5 random registrants who give 10+ answers will win a $25 Amazon eGift card

All winners receive profile “AnswerThon Winner” badges!

Sign up today!

Have you met Elyse2155?

Meet Elyse2155 Answers Category Supervisor, Copy Editor WikiReviewer, Community Outreach WikiGuide, and WIT Explorer! She claims to be a music  Mia and Cari
sponge, a Disney addict and loves reading and gaming. Let’s see what else Elyse2155, known to some as Cari, has to say!

Q: What is your Answers.com username and does it have a special meaning?
A: Elyse2155. Elyse is my middle name.

Q: What can you tell us about your family life?
A: My dad’s family is Dutch.

Q: Do you have any special pet stories?
A: Tilly, my dog, used to help me practice for hockey. When I hit the ball, she would chase it and hit it back with her paw. Jazz, my cat, likes riding on the rocking horse my dad made for my sister.

Q: Is there anything you’d like to share about your education?
A: I’ve attended an all girls school since kindergarten.

Q: Where did you grow up?
A: I grew up in Sydney.

Q: What life accomplishments are you proud of?
A: Becoming a leader of SPOT (A team of students from many schools that come to my school to use the telescope donated by Oxford to assist in its research of SS 433, which is a micro quasar in our galaxy.) And performing a monologue in front of 500 people for a drama showcase (I get really bad stage fright so it was kinda scary for me.)

Q: Who is your inspiration in life?
A: My boyfriend, since he always inspires me to try harder and take up opportunities like SPOT that I’m normally to scared to take.

Q: Is there anything you feel sets you apart, something that makes you unique?
A: I used to breed guinea pigs, which not many people do. Also I have a very quirky personality.

Q: What is a special motto or belief in life you always keep in mind?
A: “Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!” By Dr Seuss

Q: Do you have any traveling experiences to share?
A: Once I signed up for a service learning trip to Bali to help at some orphanages over there. When I got to the airport, though, we found out my passport would fall under the 6 month minimum needed while I was over there. So I had to stay behind while all my friends flew over, and get an emergency passport and fly over to Bali by myself the next night.

Q: Where is one place in the world you would love to visit and why?
A: England, because I’ve never been to a European country and they speak English.

Q: Do you have any special interests, hobbies, or collections?
A:  I like collecting pop vinyls characters. And I’m interested in Astronomy and History.

Q: Do you have any special talents?
A: I can dislocate my thumbs (doesn’t hurt).

Q: If you had three wishes, what would you wish for?
A: The ability to heal people, the power to fly, and world peace.

Q: If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?
A: Probably a penguin because they can swim around and I like the cold.

Q: Do you have a favorite band or artist? What is your favorite song?
A: Band, The Script or Ed Sheeran. Song, Breakeven by The Script because I can relate to it.

Q: What do you enjoy watching on television?
A: Gotham, Game of Thrones, Criminal Minds, Dexter. The list goes on and  just because they are really good to watch.

Q: You enjoy reading. Do you have a favorite author? Book?
A: Amanda Hocking, because I fell in love with a trilogy of hers that I read and reread 3 times in 2 months – The Tryelle Trilogy.

Q: How long have you been a contributor and how did you discover Answers?
A: A couple years, using it to help with my homework.

Q: What enticed you to join our community and what do you like best about the community?
A: It’s really cool meeting experts in things you’re interested in and that you can have discussions with.

Q: What is your favorite thing to do on Answers?
A: Fix grammar mistakes and answer questions about teen dating.

Q: And last, but certainly not least, what is one quirky or interesting random fact about you that most people may not know?
A: I once owned a goldfish that ate other goldfish.

Who is Randyatcabincreek?

He was born and raised in Roanoke, Virginia and enjoys creative cooking.  Read on to learn more about this retired, disabled corrections officer and Answers contributor, Randyatcabincreek!

Q: What is your first name?
A: Randall. I usually go by Ran or Randy.

Q: What is your Answers.com username and how did it come about?
A: Randyatcabincreek. It is a combination of my name and the area of Roanoke county I live.

Q: What about your family? Do you have any children? Pets?
A: Married 32 years to Mary Anne, Daughter Annah; graduate of Virginia Tech.
We are owned by Razz, a doberman/lab mix. She is perhaps the most in-tune to human emotions I have ever seen. Everyone she meets is her new best friend, unless it’s a skunk, cat, or ‘possum. Then she only barks to chase them away.

Q: What can you share with us about about your education? What influenced you in choosing your field(s) of study?
A: Collegio tau Autodidactas. Majored in religion, mythology and philosophy. To broaden my knowledge and try to figure out why people hang on to religious beliefs, especially when the majority do not know why they do at the deepest level. I am an avowed atheist whose mouth can get him into trouble.

Q: What life accomplishments are you proud of?
A: Raising a successful, healthy daughter.

Q: Who or what has been or is your inspiration in life?
A: Tough question. My wife and daughter have given me the courage to keep going, even if it hurts! Also people like Jack Welch, former CEO of General Electric; Richard Dawkins, Albert Einstein, George Carlin, Michael Shermer, Christopher Hitchens, Teilhard De Chardin, EA Poe, and so many educators who inspired me to dig deeper, question everything, and to be a good skeptic.

Q: Is there anything you feel sets you apart, something that makes you unique you’d like to mention?
A: I am my own person; I fully understand the meaning of life. It ain’t hard people, don’t complicate it.

Q: Do you have a special motto, belief in life or quote; something you always keep in mind or live by? What is your passion in life?
A: Jack Welch once said, “Always accept reality for what it is, not what you’d like it to be.” Family and knowledge are paramount in my life.

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Q: Do you have any traveling experiences you’d like to share? Where is one place in the world you would love to visit and why?
A: I have not been able to travel much since a debilitating accident took me down a notch or two physically in 1998, but I am fond of the Blue Ridge Mountains,New Mexico, and Colorado. [I would love to visit] my ancestor’s home in Scotland, My wife’s ancestor’s homes in Germany and Israel. To learn of course!

Q: Is there a place that’s special to you and why?
A: When I feel out of touch or sad, I can be found on the Blue Ridge Parkway, communing with nature, or fishing the Maury River at Goshen Pass near Lexington, Virginia.

Q: What are your special interests, hobbies, or collections?
A:  Mythology, religion, science, crosswords, good books to read. My hobby is gardening and just being outdoors.

Q: Do you have any special talents?
A: Irritating people… actually to challenge them to look at life.

Q: If you had three wishes, what would you wish for?
A: A better education, better health and for three more wishes!

Q: What is the most craziest/scariest/dangerous/embarrassing/wonderful/extreme in any way, thing that has ever happened to you?
Answer: Probably getting hit by a car working an inmate escape in 1998. Healthy one minute, not so much the next!

Q: Glass half full or half empty?
A: Depends on who poured the glass for me.

Q: What is your favorite music and band or artist? Do you have a favorite song?
A: Sit down. Heavy Metal and classical; Metallica and Beethoven. Favorite song – One by Metallica. It does not get any more raw or honest than that.

Q: Favorite television show or movie?
A: Big Bang Theory. It’s funny, awkward and so true to Nerd-dom.  Favorite movie – To Wong Foo: Thanks for Everthing, Julie Newmar. If three of Hollywood‘s most macho actors can act like drag queens and get a point across about open mindedness, how much better a lesson in life.

Q: Do you have a favorite poet? Poem?
A: Edgar Allen Poe. Took big ones to write like that. Poem – The Raven. Why not?

Q: Who is your favorite author? Do you have a favorite book?
A: John R. R. Tolkien. Who else could take a story about God and Jesus, turn it around with other mythologies, and come up with something so spectacular. Book – The Lord of the Rings, by Tolkien.

Q: How did you discover Answers and how long have you been a member of the community?
A: By happy accident. I asked a question, got it answered and signed up to answer. Since the Fall of 2014.

Q: What enticed you to join our community and what do you like best about the community? What is your favorite thing to do on the site?
A: Some answers I read over were too vague or incorrect. I felt like I could give my two cents, and perhaps a better understanding of the subject matter.
Favorite things to do – Answer valid questions, redirect wrong categorized questions, and ignore trollish questions.

Say hi to Aitazaz, Answers contributor from Seattle!

Seattle born and raised, this undergraduate student in the field of networking also enjoys programming and graphic designing. Let’s get to know Answers contributor of nearly five years, Aitazaz!

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Q: What is your first name?
A: Zane

Q: What is your Answers.com username and how did it come about?
A: Aitazaz. It’s an anagram of my name.

Q: What influenced you in choosing your field(s) of study?
A: The way the modern world is evolving.

Q: Is there anything you feel sets you apart, something that makes you unique you’d like to mention?
A: I listen before I talk and think before I act.

Q: What are you most passionate about in your life?
A: My interests.

Q: Are there any traveling experiences you’d like to share?
A: I’ve been to 46 states in the US, and I sometimes travel to Italy.

Q: Where is one place in the world you would love to visit and why?
A: Library of Congress, it’s the largest library in the world.

Q: What are your special interests or hobbies?
A: I enjoy programming and graphic designing.

Q: What do you enjoy for recreation:
A: I like reading and playing tennis, and occasionally play violin as well.

Q: If you had three wishes, what would you wish for?
A: My three wishes would be to teleport, stop time, and ability to fly.

Q: How did you discover Answers.com?
A: I asked a question and needed an answer.

Q: What enticed you to join our community and what do you like best about the community?
A: I joined because I liked the relaxed community.

Q: What is your favorite thing to do on Answers.com?
A: Answering questions.

Q: What accomplishments on Answers.com are you proud of? Do you have any goals you’d like to achieve on the site?
A: My goal at the moment is to become a supervisor, after that I’m not so sure.

Q: What is the most daring thing you’ve ever done?
A: Sky Diving.

Q: If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?
A: Chameleon, because I could blend in anywhere.

Q: Glass half full or half empty? Why?
A: Half empty, since it’s good to know what is there but better to know what isn’t.

Q: What are some of your favorites in life?
A:
Music Genre – Classical or alternative rock
Band or Artist – Linkin Park
Song – Für Elise; it has sentimental value
Television show – House, because of its hilarious drama
Author – Christopher Paolini, because his works started my reading hobby
Book – Island on Bird Street; it has sentimental value
Subject in school – Web Design
Food – Pizza
Any other favorites you’d like to mention – Anime

Q: And last, but certainly not least, tell us about one interesting random fact about you that most people may not know?
A: I like online gaming