Turkey, stuffing and… wiki?

Wait – are you located in the United States and contributing to WikiAnswers instead of eating a big meal consisting of poultry, watching football and hanging/fighting with family?

Wow. And here I thought I knew all the symptoms of being a Wikiholic… Must have missed one in the giant list that was compiled and posted in a new section of the site called: Wikiholics Anonymous.

It’s ok – this is a safe place. Just sit back, let go of the keyboard, and take this simple test to know if you’re a true Wikiholic.

  • Your friends and family try reaching you on your message board, rather than your cell phone.
  • You can offer way too much insight into a 16-year-old’s love life.
  • You give your kids trust points for good behavior.
  • You know Miley Cyrus’s favorite color, the cutest Jonas brother and Barack Obama’s middle name off the top of your head.
  • You’ve thought about improving people’s answers while having a conversation.
  • Little orange men have started to dance around in your dreams.
  • Your spouse claims to be a WikiWidow.

Check out the complete list. Are you showing signs of being a Wikiholic? There’s strength in numbers. Join the support group!

Wikiholic, sportsoholic – it’s all addiction to me.

Today I’m happy to present a deeper look into one of the brilliant minds behind the WikiAnswers team. Gil is a WikiAnswers tester, who, when not working on making sure the site is constantly perfect, apparently has other things to think about… who knew?

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Yesterday was a big day for me.

Four of my favorite sports teams were playing simultaneously in three different sports, and luck would have it, they all won!

It’s hard to describe how good it feels for a devoted fan when your favorite team wins a game, I think the closest I can come is it’s like having the best ice-cream headache of your life combined with the rush of eating way too much chocolate (before that nasty stomachache kicks in). So if you’ll take that feeling and multiply it by four you’ll know how I feel today…

…kind of sick.

You see, apart from being a part-time Wikiholic, I am also a sportsoholic.

I follow baseball, football, basketball and soccer; in each I have a different favorite team.

Actually, it’s even more complicated than that.

I root for one baseball team, one football team, two basketball teams (one in located in Israel and one from the NBA), and three different soccer teams (one in Israel, one in England and one in Spain).

Wait, I think I can complicate this even further.

One of the basketball teams and two of the soccer teams play in two different leagues each. That’s like trying to Supervise ten different categories…

Oh, and did I mention that almost half of those games are played between midnight to 6 am, my local time?

So, to recap, every year I follow seven teams in ten different leagues, playing more than 365 games. No wonder days like yesterday happen…

Gil

P.S. And I didn’t even talk about my favorite tennis and golf players!

Do you want to be interviewed for the Contributor corner? Just leave a comment below and we’ll get to work.

What are some proper adjectives for Thanksgiving?

Gobble gobble! This week’s WikiAnswers Wednesday is Thanksgiving-themed, and I think you can guess why. Instead of exploring the origins of the holiday, I’d like to go a different angle: describing this wonderful day of wonderful food.

What are some proper adjectives for Thanksgiving?

http://www.answers.com/topic/thanksgiving-day#Wikipedia

Now, the answer given on WikiAnswers is logical and… well, less-than-fun. I came up with my own list of ‘proper adjectives’ to describe the American holiday:

  • Awesome.
  • Tasty.
  • Feasty.
  • Kinda cruel (to large poultry).
  • Kinda cruel (to vegetarians).
  • Kinda cruel (to potato-kind though I don’t think potatoes feel anything so it’s ok).
  • Pious (if you consider piety to be satiating).
  • Family fun (if by fun I mean all of us together in the house again, repeating scenes from childhood).
  • Again, awesome.

Happy Thanksgiving!

G’day, Cobber!

WikiAnswers hero

Everyone, attention please! Let’s all give a warm welcome to Cobber43, who not only joined WikiAnswers recently and became a Bronze Contributor, but then proceeded to win in the latest AnswerThon and become a Supervisor! More specifically, he’s a Category Supervisor for Environmental Issues.

Living in Australia, Cobber43 finds WikiAnswers a great way to relax, especially after he’s recently retired from working in a governmental department in Sydney.

How did you originally hear about WikiAnswers?

I was searching for something on Google, and it threw up the link to WikiAnswers… can’t remember what… that fateful day!

Explain your username.

Cobber is an affectionate greeting in Australia. It’s a bit old fashioned now and fallen out of use, probably replaced by the word ‘mate’, as in “G’day, mate”. Maybe 50 years ago they would have said “G’day, Cobber”.

43, well, hmm… that was a good year, wasn’t it?

What motivates you to volunteer your time to the WikiAnswers community?

I’m hoping to keep my brain active. My mother is almost 91 and has a touch of Alzheimer’s, but she did crosswords and jigsaw puzzles right up to a couple of years ago.

So, is WikiAnswers the answer… Now, what was the question again??

What are your areas of expertise?

Jack of all trades, that’s me… and master of none. Replace a VW Kombi fanbelt with pantyhose… no problem. Find the right belt and fit it. That’s a bit harder. I’m interested in the future, so I’ve a rainwater tank, and solar hot water and a recently acquired worm farm with 2000 worms… But no, no expertise…

What is your favorite WikiAnswers feature?

I like splitting questions! Batch split is nice too, but needs much more concentration! I’m waiting for the Ctrl-Z to work, for an instant revert after I just split a great bunch and realise they are ALL in the wrong category (I did it this morning with “How will God deal with global warming?”)

What has been the funniest question you’ve seen or your funniest experience on WikiAnswers?

Nothing much yet, I’ve only been here a few weeks. I may do something stupid soon… :-)

Share a random fact (or two) about yourself.

I once rescued a swarm of bees that had moved into a ventilation grill in my wall. Well, I got a beekeeper to put a funnel over the entrance and a new hive and queen outside, so all the bees had to go into the new hive. And only the old queen died. Sweet! So I was a beekeeper for a couple of years. All my friends got honey for Christmas! Considering how little I knew I was surprised to be called out to move a swarm from a bush outside a factory. Basically you get a big cardboard box under the swarm. Give the branch a sharp downward blow, and all the bees fall into the box and you close the lid. Before the bees swarm they all stock up on honey, so they are all fat and contented, which is why they don’t get too excited. It went very well!

Do you want to be interviewed for the Contributor corner? Just leave a comment below and we’ll get to work.

Newsflash: Answers.com homepage updated.

Just in case you haven’t noticed, as of today the elements that used to make up the Today’s Highlights on the old Answers.com homepage design are back up on the new homepage design. That includes the Spotlight, Quote, Today in History, and Today’s Birthdays.

It also means there are more images on the page, which was a complaint by a few commenters to this blog. Personally, I think the organization of this page is much cleaner, but the Answers.com team is working on ways to ever-improve the homepage.

Check it out.

Like other music geniuses, Answers.com climbs the charts…

…but not those charts.

comScore just announced their October Top 50 Web properties. Answers.com sites are up from 45th in September to 34th in October, with about 25 million unique users in the US.

Check out comScore’s top-50 chart and notice that Answers.com properties are actually just thousands away from receiving the 33rd spot. We’ll have to wait and see what the November scores bring.

Homepage feedbackers have been heard!

Earlier this week Answers.com unveiled a new look for the homepage. It was reported here on no.stupid.answers and got a ton of feedback from loyal Today’s Highlights readers who were not exactly enthusiastic about the changes. Fortunately, the folks at Answers.com read this blog and were wowed by the comments of that entry. They’re now planning to reinstate beloved elements of Today’s Highlights from the previous homepage design (including Today’s Birthdays and Today in History). Might even see some kind of change as early as next week.

Meanwhile, there are a few ways to access Today’s Highlights on and off of Answers.com if you just need to get your fix until the homepage feature is restored:

  • See the whole deal, daily and directly, at http://today.answers.com. You can even make that your browser homepage; instructions are available at the top of the Today’s Highlights.
  • Sign up to receive Today’s Highlights by email.
  • The Answers.com Widget Gallery offers about a dozen ways to access Today’s Highlights and other Answers.com feeds. These include Word of the Day, Wine Word of the Day, Food Word of the Day, Quote of the Day, Today’s Birthdays and Today in History. You can also get lists of WikiAnswers Q&A’s of all different categories. Get them delivered straight to you through services like iGoogle, My Yahoo!, Netvibes, Vista, Apple dashboard and Facebook.
  • Get the RSS feed URL of your favorite Today’s Highlights feeds; you can check them all out here.

Hold tight, Today’s Highlights fans! And thanks for all the feedback. Comment, and they will come (fix it).

If three astronauts are in a canoe…

Because I almost majored in psychology back in college, I thought I’d dedicate today’s edition of WikiAnswers Wednesday to my talents in analysis. I make no guarantee that you will be cured, however.

If three astronauts are in a canoe flying over the Gobi desert and they crash how many pancakes does it take to shingle a dog house?

Here are a few of the actual answers given,along with my psychological commentary.

It depends on how fast they were flying and the size of the dog.

This answer reflects a diversion tactic often used on questioners when the answerer has no freakin’ clue, so they essentially ask to clarify the question. Seen very often in middle and high schools.

73 because a motorcycle has no doors.

Ah, yes. Drawing attention away from the issue at hand. A confusion-diversion tactic.

0 because Dairy Queen don’t deliver on Wednesday.

Too true, and possibly the best answer of the bunch. I’ve been a victim of that Dairy Queen problem for years.

63 because John Lennon isn’t from Scandinavia

This is a guilt tactic. John Lennon is dead, and therefore when hearing his name in the response, the questioner becomes saddened and forgets the initial question. Works extremely when using Martin Luther King, Jr.

Where is Ted Kennedy on this day? Double the pancakes. Size of the dog house could also affect the hysteresis loop, propagating a negative slew rate, possibly causing the pancake effect. This is remedied by all pancake “roofers”, no pun intended, to eat said pancakes prior to “roofing”. The slew rate will get through the hysteresis loop, validating good shingles. That is all the clarification you need.

Verbose ranting. Indeed.

Ice Cream has no bones

Thank goodness.

42

A classic response to any question, and quite a cliche I might add.

There you have it, a display of psychological genius. Care to share your own?

Winners of the How-To AnswerThon announced.

Hope you’re ready to learn who won the How-To AnswerThon that happened on WikiAnswers over the weekend of November 7-9th. There were plenty of prizes to go around, since winners were tallied in two categories: Contributors and Supervisors.

Winners!The first place winners for those categories were Cobber43 and HisPowr4U, respectively. HisPowr4U actually made it with the top How-To answers overall. That is some powrful answering! Both those first place winners will receive $200 Amazon.com gift certificates and HisPowr4U will be getting a special prize donated by user Rudiful2. Hmm, wondering what  that will be…

Go ahead and check out the complete list of winners and feel free to congratulate them.

Stay tuned for the next AnswerThon…

A true wiki hero: Shinobi Swordsman

A Naruto headband...

One of the things I always say is: Don’t mess with ninjas. Another thing I like to say is: Don’t mess with ridiculously awesome WikiAnswers Supervisors who double as Mentors, Vandal Patrolmen, WikiGuides, and WIT members. Which is why I’d like to introduce Shinobi Swordsman, who is one of each of these and much more.

But Shinobi Swordsman can boast other talents when offline as well: He’s a fan of Naruto, his favorite anime. In his words: “Ninjas rule!” I guess that explains the Naruto headband above. A high school student, he’s taking Spanish 2 and seems to dabble in Hebrew. Believing knowledge is power, he says his hopes and dreams include becoming a true renaissance man. Well, so far so good.

Here’s a little more about Shinobi in his own words:

How did you originally hear about WikiAnswers?

I originally heard about WikiAnswers from my ten-year old cousin.

Explain your username.

My username is based on seven characters from an anime called Naruto.

What motivates you to volunteer your time to the WikiAnswers community?

I am motivated to spend my time on WikiAnswers because I enjoy answering questions, sharing knowledge, and just in general enjoying the “wiki” part of WikiAnswers.

What are your areas of expertise?

My areas of expertise include greeting new contributors, and answering chess-related questions.

What is your favorite WikiAnswers feature?

My favorite WikiAnswers feature is the Batch Recat.

What is the funniest question/funniest experience on WikiAnswers?

The funniest experience would have to be reading all the “Fun Questions” threads on the community Forum. It’s like reading the comics in the newspaper every morning.

Share a random fact (or two) about yourself.

I enjoy dancing but I don’t like to dance in front of others.

Do you want to be interviewed for the Contributor corner? Just leave a comment below and we’ll get to work.

New look for Answers.com.

Yesterday the folks at Answers.com unveiled a new look and feel for the reference site. It seems to be a sort of meshing of the reference world that is Answers.com with the community Q&A aspect that is WikiAnswers. Well, they are ‘sister sites’ after all.

There are now three tabs to browse on the homepage, along with some featured questions and… yours truly, no.stupid.answers, featured right below. The homepage keeps the fun trivia spotlight of the old design in the first tab while highlighting the Question of the Day in the second tab. The third tab is all about community, where this blog’s Contributor Corner and What’s New columns are highlighted.

Answers.com homepage

And that’s just the homepage… The topic pages have a new look and feel, too. Type in a topic, like say, blog, and you’ll see a fresh-looking page with a left-side navigation to quickly select which type of reference source you want to view.

So, it’s time for your comments. You know that feeling when you’ve gotten a makeover and some of your friends are gushing and squealing in utter delight and some of your friends are kinda like, “Oh wow… so in how long will those bangs grow out?”

Go on and leave a comment – how do you feel about the new layout? The new homepage hightlights? The new navigation for topic pages? The new Britney Spears album?

Love from a love doctor.

WikiAnswers felt some love from Lifetime Television’s love expert, Ian, in his weekly love advice column yesterday. The Ask a Guy columnist was helping readers explore the ever-fun topic of… meeting the parents.

Ian referenced the following WikiAnswers question and then essentially answered it when discussing the topic on his column: Why are some men afraid of introducing long term girlfriend to his family?

Popular topic, great answer. Good luck meeting the parents.

Nothing wrong with a little boasting.

Don’t you just love waking up to compliments every morning… What’s that? You wouldn’t know? That’s ok. WikiAnswers knows. Like the fact that folks have had the following to say about it in the past few days:

  • “Nicely done! WikiAnswers IS the #1 online community!” and other comments given for the Wikiholics video on YouTube.
  • Being featured and rated on Ziipa.com, the web 2.0 directory (go ahead and rate it too).
  • Marketing with WikiAnswers: “What to do: Create profiles, ask and answer questions, gain reputation and authority, grow your brand megaphone…” – Search Engine Roundtable
  • “Ask Questions & Answers in wiki way with ‘Wiki Answers’” – Web Trickz
  • “A good all around answer site for many topics…” – top websites

And it’s also nice to see that Answers.com made the top 200 sites that give you power (because knowledge is power) on Open Jason.

Answers Corp reports on Q3.

Believe it or not, there are folks out there who love numbers and stats and acronyms and that kind of thing. So I thought it might be nice to share the Answers Corporation reports for Q3 which was released last week.

And news was good! As summed up by CEO Bob Rosenschein,

“We are pleased to report a solid quarter that exceeded our guidance. The company is reporting record revenues, up 19% sequentially to $3.56 million and surpassing the top end of our guidance by $660 thousand. We turned a significant corner by achieving positive adjusted EBITDA of $520 thousand, a quarter ahead of forecast, and we are forecasting at least $1 million positive adjusted EBITDA in Q4. We believe the steps we took to reduce operating expenses this summer, as well as the traffic growth we are experiencing puts us in a good position to weather the current challenging global economic environment.” (see the press release)

That’s a lot of jargon, but like I said, there are folks out there who like that kind of thing. And you know what? It’s good news so even if some of us are not huge fans of numbers and stats (ahem) it’s something we can all smile about… Before we go back to asking, answering and editing on WikiAnswers.

How is babby formed How girl get pragnent?

I think it’s important to acknowledge and even laugh at the ridiculous answers we sometimes get on WikiAnswers. And it’s not just us; all Q&A sites will have their share of silly.

So this week’s WikiAnswers Wednesday is dedicated to one of the silliest Q&As around, originally found on Yahoo! Answers and then recreated as an animated explanation. This way, you pretty much get the full low down as to the answer in case it wasn’t clear before.

How is babby formed How girl get pragnent?

Find out how babby is formed. I am truley sorry for your lots.

I can tell you how babby is formed.

WikiAnswers Local.

There’s a new category on the WikiAnswers homepage today: WikiAnswers Local. So far the category is exploring different parts of the world including Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand, Philippines and the United Kingdom.

Goin' local...

As a new section of the site, it could definitely use a boost from some ‘international’ users who have questions and answers about their specific regions. Take a peek and if you’re from one of those areas, go ahead and contribute to the new Q&As!

AnswerThon starts tonight!

Hey folks. Just a friendly reminder that the How-To AnswerThon begins tonight at midnight (EST) and runs through Sunday night (11:59 EST).

AnswerThon... starting tonight!

Here’s what you gotta do:

Find out more about the AnswerThon.

Read up on some tips for winning.

Review the rules before you start.

And did I mention the prizes? Well I will again. We’re talking:

1st prize: One $200 gift certificate to Amazon.com

2nd prize: Three $100 gift certificates to Amazon.com

3rd prize: Six WikiAnswers logo bags

Runners up: 40 WikiAnswers logo caps

Hope you’re ready to win…

Auto-cat: That’s not some kind of robotic kitty.

And you thought we were done sharing new WikiAnswers site features for the week! You think brand new Community Forums and search with snippets are enough? And you call yourself a Wikiholic…

Another new feature went live on WikiAnswers this week, and this one may just blow your mind. Mine is still splattered all over the living room.

Now, let’s say you ask a new question, like, Once Halloween is over do Americans begin preparing for Thanksgiving? (you can see where my mind is now). On the screen where you are supposed to categorize it, you will see Suggested Categories offered below the search bar. You may get up to three suggestions, and they may be right or wrong, but that’s for you to decide. If you’re satisfied, click Save, and if not, you can choose to categorize elsewhere.

Auto cat(etgorization). Prrrr.