Meet the Winner of the Summer Sizzler 2014 AnswerThon: Bilal Tariq

Bilal

He was a first place winner of the Summer Sizzler 2014 AnswerThon, which is no wonder! He loves to answer new questions! Say hi to Bilal Tariq, also known on Answers as Jabirshah.

Hailing from Lahore, Pakistan, Bilal has been a member of Answers since 2007. A Floating Supervisor and Copy Assistant in the WikiReviewers program, he is a Silver Contributor with over two thousand answers under his belt!

In his offline time, Bilal enjoys reading the poetry of Mr. Allama Muhammad Iqbal, the national poet of Pakistan and listening to pop music.

An accountant by trade, Bilal can often be found on Answers plugging away in the Business Accounting and Bookkeeping, Accounts Payable, and Budgeting and Forecasting categories.

Answering, of course!

Introducing Truefinder, Floating Super and Dedicated Answerer!

He believes the very purpose of birth is to find the truth.  Say hello to Truefinder, known to family and friends as Jegannathan.  Truefinder became a member of the Answers Valley of the Flowerscommunity in 2009 and is a Floating Supervisor.

Nature itself was the influencing factor in choosing his pursuit of education.  He has a Masters degree in physics, and philosophy and religion, and a Master of Philosophy in Education.  Truefinder has also pursued education in other realms of interest and has diplomas in acupuncture, computer hardware and electronics.

Truefinder enjoys traveling to his favorite place, Rishikesh.  Gateway to the World Heritage Site, Valley of Flowers National Park – The 8th Wonder of the World, Rishikesh is a beautiful town located in the foothills of the Himalayas of the Garhwal region.

In his spare time, Truefinder loves to spend time sharing with like-minded people, reading, watching the Discovery Channel on television, and enjoys movies and music.  His favorite poet is Thiruvalluvar, and his favorite poem is Thirukural.

On Answers, Truefinder most enjoys answering, and has answered over 2000 questions.  Being with the good people in the Answers community is what brings him back time after time, and he appreciates the way the community members receive recognition for their participation on the site.

Finding the King of American Snakes

Submitted by Answers contributor Quietman
Spent a week at the beach, Holden to be exact, and while there did a bit of research in the Green Swamp, a marvelous 350,000 acre wilderness bordering Nature Conservancy lands near Shallotte, NC,  one of the towns near Holden Beach. I took  a couple of days while at the beach to get credit for my classes with the North Carolina Wildlife Commission, Public Education Division.
We have been working mainly with trying to find evidence of the eastern diamondback rattlesnake, an endangered species here in North Carolina. Although more common in other states, we are at the northern edge of the snake’s range, and clear cutting back in the 60’s pretty much wrecked most of its habitat.
The Green Swamp is home to a variety of wildlife. Black bear roam the area, along with coyote, fox, bobcat, alligator and deer. The waterways team with fish, largemouth bass, bowfin, redfin pickerel among them. Spectacular birds inhabit the area, various raptors including bald eagle, osprey, and several hawk species. Pileated woodpeckers, white ibis, various herons and numerous songbirds.
We began our  trek into the swamp on an old logging road, whose sandy surface was crisscrossed with the tracks of numerous creatures. One in particular made us nervous, a black bear had used the track recently, and his prints were sunk much deeper in the sand than mine, and I am 212 pounds. A family of raccoons meandered across the road and disappeared into the swamp, followed by a doe with twin fawns.We moved along the edge of a broken pine forest, and saw numerous snakes, including two huge cottonmouths, lying on a log in the creek, sharing it with a couple of eastern river cooter turtles.
We hadn’t gone far into the pines, when Matt said he heard something like a rattler buzzing. It stopped (I never heard it) and we moved closer to the creek and crossed over on an old hand bridge.
Deer flies buzzed around, and a few of them decided we were tasty, we both had several bites when we returned to the car. Really pesky varmints, and hard to swat!
After an hour of walking around and turning logs over, we found a small timber rattlesnake. He never rattled, just sat still, watching us. He had a bulge in his middle, indicating he had recently eaten some unfortunate rodent.
We came back to the bridge, and saw two five foot alligators lying on the bank of the creek just down from the bridge. They seemed to be asleep, so we allowed them their repose, and went back to the pine scrub forest. Pileated woodpeckers were everywhere. Their raucous cries filled the air, and their brilliant colors of black, white, and red just stood out so well in the forest.
After a few minutes, we again heard the distinctive whirring of a rattlesnake, and honed in on another timber rattler, nearly four feet long. This guy was wide awake, coiled and angry! We got as close as we dared, and he struck out at us again and again, but luckily we stayed clear of his attempts.
We went across the road, and followed the bear tracks for about two miles, but never came upon him. From the tracks, it appeared to be a good sized boar. We came back to the vehicle, and dined on turkey sandwiches and Yoo-hoos! Delicious fare when one is hot, tired and hungry!
We drove a couple of miles down to the Nature Conservancy lands, parked, and entered the pine forest. This area is famous for the endangered Venus flytrap, a carnivorous plant found only in Carolina swamplands. We didn’t find any, but they are there in numbers.
We decided to search an area that appeared prime habitat for the diamondbacks, with scattered long leaf pines, and dense understory growth nearly knee high.
It was very nearly a big mistake…
After searching here for an hour, we decided to go back to the vehicle, and head back to the cottage, maybe hit the surf before dinner. After walking for about a half mile, we again heard the sound of an upset rattlesnake, but this was different somehow, slower, but deeper, more ominous. It seemed to be all around us, and we were not wearing leather snake chaps, and the vegetation was knee deep, as I said before.
We froze, and tried to home in on the sound. Matt was afraid to move, but I had to find the snake, as I was sure it was an eastern diamondback. We waited, and the sound would rise, then fall, but seemed never to cease totally. Finally, Matt said the he thought it was coming from an area just to our east, around a lightning killed tree. The ancient tree had burned from the inside out, and a hole at the bottom looked like a good place for a snake to hide out. I took a couple of steps toward it, then the awesome whirring began again, this time right in front of me!
I took a stick and parted the grass, and there in front of me was an enormous eastern diamondback rattler!
I fumbled for the notepad, and logged in the coordinates and time, estimated the length of the snake (five foot six inches) and asked for the digital camera from Matt. He edged closer, and taking the stick, he parted the grass for the shot. No snake!
We searched around the grass for a while, but began to feel distinctively very creepy, as we were in close quarters with the most dangerous snake on the continent, and we could not see him, but knew he was there!
We edged our way slowly out of there, disappointed, yet elated.
We had located the quarry.
Back at the car, a noise up the road got our attention. A female bear with two cubs in tow made for the creek, but stopped long enough to wait for a third cub to come up. The family moved off without so much as a glance toward us.
We didn’t go back the next day, as the fish were biting very well in the surf, so we stuck to that. Still, it was a great excursion, finding the king of American snakes, and all the other wonderful creatures that live in the magical Green Swamp!

WIT – where the teens hang out on Answers.com

Teens2You’ve probably seen the acronym and badges all around the site, but let me introduce you fully to the Answers.com WIT program.

WIT stands for The WikiAnswers Influential Teens. This program provides a safe place for teens to hang out online, ask and answer questions, and even gain the skills to assist the Answers’ Q&A community through special projects!  WIT is a great opportunity for teens to learn cooperation, understanding, and leadership skills.  It’s a fun program, a unique experience, and a terrific resume/college application builder!

WIT is divided into 4 divisions, allowing members to choose which tasks they enjoy most:

Keep an eye out for WIT Explorers! This division is for those members who would like to participate in all facets of the site rather than focus on one particular aspect. To name a few, missions may include answering questions, recategorizing, featuring, and working on flagged questions.

Our fearless WIT Warriors focus on new categories and unsupervised categories. Tasks include seeding new questions, recategorizing questions, cleaning up unsupervised categories, and jumping in to assist with categories that need extra help.

Watch out for those WIT Trailblazers! The Trailblazers focus specifically on answering questions. Their focus could be on newer categories, current event categories, specific categories of interest and featured categories.

Teens1  Meep! Beep! Here come the WIT Roadrunners! They tackle special projects assigned to their division, clean up alternates and merges of  various questions, help Supervisors clean up problem areas in their categories as necessary, remove personal information from answers,  and  various category clean-up.

And these awesome teens have been busy this year! So far in 2014, they have answered 460 questions, done 5,330 recategorizations, 1,410  edits, and edited and unflagged 250 flagged questions.  Membership has grown 20%, with 178 awesome teens in the program, and the  number of missions completed is up 100% since August 2013.

The WIT program coordinator is Melissa aka Melbrown2013.  WIT is currently open to teens between the ages of 13 and 18, have a few  quality contributions on Answers.com, are in good standing on the site, and complete the WIT Membership Application.  The number of  contributions isn’t as important as the quality, and desire to be involved in WIT!

 

If you’re a teen and would like to become a part of this amazing program, contact Melissa at: melbrown2013 at wikianswers.com. Replace “at” with “@” and omit the spaces.

Announcing our 2014 Summer Sizzler AnswerThon Winners!!

We’re excited to announce the winners of our 2014 Summer Sizzler AnswerThon!

Please join us in congratulating these winners who worked hard at answering as many questions as they could from July 17 to July 20. They were amazing!

 

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FIRST PLACE: $200 Amazon card:

WNY007 (1822 answers)
CrazzyAmmy (1703 answers)
Jabirshah (1446 answers)

SECOND PLACE: $100 Amazon card

Skullcandy88 (1054 answers)
JayJayVay (1023 answers)
Dfoofnik (817 answers)
Peakaytea (712 answers)
Lifesnadir (582 answers)
GeekDushyant (548 answers)
Prachi.tejan.1.0794 (527 answers)
Darkwater (519 answers)
Nemeth.yella (500 answers)

THIRD PLACE: $25 Amazon card

MattApril (450 answers)
Desdichado (439 answers)
Ginezumi (384 answers)
Lugia2453 (305 answers)
LincMad (281 answers)
Lakeshia Plum (275 answers)
Mr.Quizzical (265 answers)
Mg42 killer (261 answers)
PinkiePieJr (248 answers)
Elosery (225 answers)
Flukey (216 answers)

RUNNER-UPS:  Answers Merchandise

Anuradha.dubey.gp6143 (202 answers)
Starrskitchen (185 answers)
DrAshok Deshmukh (183 answers)
Dynotech (181 answers)
Lysdexia (169 answers)
Pyrrha (168 answers)
Dlhalper (149 answers)
Prioktan918 (145 answers)
Snart Gurk (145 answers)
ThatwouldBme (125 answers)

RANDOM WINNERS:

Amazon gift cards just by answering at least 10 questions! $25 Amazon card

Tschear (124 answers)
Najn (90 answers)
Galileedawn (35 answers)
LWOPP (24 answers)
Musdan77 (10 answers)

The much anticipated AnswerThon is hosted by Answers four times each year. Registrants for the event compete during a specified time period to answer as many unanswered questions as they can. It’s easy to win! In fact, if you answer just 10 questions, you’re automatically entered in a drawing to win an Amazon gift card.

How many questions can YOU answer?

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Keep an eye on The World of Answers so you won’t miss the next AnswerThon!

How about those WikiReviewers?

Close up of vintage typewriter machineWhen our WikiReviewers tackle a task, they do it with gusto! It’s amazing to see members of this program band together on missions and work hard to meet and even by-pass monthly program goals!

We’re saving the bulk of our brags for our end-of-the-year sound off, but we just can’t keep quiet about one of the  WikiReviewers‘ accomplishments this year. And boy are we proud of this one!  In April, WikiReviewers dove into the Uncategorized category with a goal of recategorizing 5,000 questions. We thought that would be a pretty tough task. Well, you’ll be amazed to know by the end of the month, we had recategorized an astronomical 425,988 questions!!  Turns out we set our sights a little low on that one, and as more WikiReviewers pitched in, we exceeded our goal far beyond what we expected!

In the past year, WikiReviewers have completed a walloping 14,978 missions, making hundreds of thousands of needed edits on the site!  We’ve also gained over 30 new members since the first of the year!

There are five divisions in the WikiReviewers Program, each with their own specific types of assignments.  Robin, the program coordinator, places newcomers to the program in the most suitable category for them, based on a review of their contributions to the site.

If you happen to meet up with a WikiReviewer on the site, give them a pat on the back.  They certainly deserve it!

 

It’s exciting to be part of the WikiReviewers Program!  If you would like to join us, message Robin, the program coordinator and let her know.