Rootin’ Tootin’ Rudiful!

This woodworking, motorcycling racing, contributor extraordinaire has been called Rudalicious and Ruderific – but around the site we like to call WikiAnswers.com he’s appropriately known as Rudiful2! Fueled by his love of helping others, Rudy enjoys sharing his knowledge with the WikiAnswers.com community and taking an active role in the various programs on the site. A Senior Supervisor, Mentor, WikiGuide and Site Investigator – this Double Platinum contributor is a rootin’ tootin’ Rudiful!

Rudy

Here’s more from Rudiful2 himself:

How did you originally hear about WikiAnswers.com?

I was researching camera information and after many hours I still didn’t have the answers I was looking for. That’s when I came across WikiAnswers.com. I discovered that I could ask my question and someone would give me the answer. So after posting, I began roaming around the site out of curiosity, and that’s when I came across the Wood Crafts category. Woodworking is one of my passions so I started answering questions that I knew something about and did research for the questions where I had limited knowledge. I was eventually asked to Supervise that category. At first I declined, but finally accepted with some coaxing from some very wonderful people at WikiAnswers.com. I will forever be grateful.


Explain your user name.

Rudy is a nickname the people I worked with gave me, because I like to have fun, joke around and make light of most anything. For me “Humor, a smile and laughter make up the Nectar of Life” and from that my workmates started giving or adding to my name such as Rotorudy, Rudedog, Rudalicious, Ruderific and, of course, the least offensive Rudiful. I added the # 2.

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

I have several passions in life including helping, teaching and/or sharing what I know. WikiAnswers.com is somewhat or in part like Christmas (gift giving) because knowledge shared or given is a gift. WikiAnswers allows me to fulfill this passion by helping and giving the gift of knowledge. Also the people that I have come to know are like-minded and have the same passion as I do. They have become my brothers and sisters on WikiAnswers, in which I hold them in high regard. They are an amazing group of people and I can only hope to aspire to inspire as they do.

What are your areas of expertise?

Actually nothing. I know a lot about a little and a little about a lot. >>LOL<< I have been an artist most of my life in no specific medium. I do try to create or make most anything and have paintings, carvings and wood-turnings all over the US. I have raced motorcycles, automobiles (stock cars) and have or had family in Nascar and the top levels of Motocross. I have three journeyman cards with many other job exposures. From these experiences I have the honor of Supervising Hobbies and Collectibles and most of the Racing categories.

What is your favorite WikiAnswers.com feature?

This question is a hard one to answer. I guess you could say it’s the basic principal of WikiAnswers – being able to help someone with the knowledge or life experiences you have had. However, Vandal Patrol is very gratifying because you can eliminate those people who are only there to soil the purity of the site. Meeting like-minded people ranks way up there, but in the end it would have to be helping people.

What is the funniest question/funniest experience on WikiAnswers.com?

I learned that the most dedicated actually have a sense of humor. My Mentor taught me this important fact. I always thought the dedicated were too serious and lacked the fun side of life, but he proved this to be a fallacy. He is a multi-talented individual with many facets to his personality, the best of which is his humor. When WikiAnswers appointed him to train/teach me my world opened up. He has this innate ability to know when to be serious and when to be funny and through him I have met a bevy of people who make this site tons of fun.


Share a random fact (or two) about yourself.

I can, at times, be obsessive. When I first became a Supervisor I purposed to have the best kept category on WikiAnswers. For awhile I answered all questions by way of knowledge or research in Wood Crafts. I was quite proud of myself until I learned there were Wood Craft questions all over the site. They were simply categorized incorrectly or not categorized at all. So my little category went from a few hundred to several thousand. This coupled with being a Vandal Patrol Site Investigator, WikiGuide, Mentor, Senior Supervisor, a multi-category Supervisor and greeting new people for WikiGuides – my obsession has now become the purity and quality of WikiAnswers. As far as my artwork, I like making or creating one-of-a-kind things that are different than most things you see. I like to stretch the norm, so to speak.

HisPowr4U Passes a Mega Milestone

May 22, 2009 is a date that will be forever etched in WikiAnswers history.  At 5:32 am ET on that date a supervisor by the name of HisPowr4U became the first person to join the million contributions club.  Wow!  1,000,000 contributions since she joined the site on October 11, 2007.

2008 WAmmy Award for Most ContributionsI’ll recount her varied accomplishments here for those who are not yet familiar.  She stormed onto the WikiAnswers scene in late 2007 and still garnered two WAmmy awards (Honorable Mentions for “Best Contributions by a New Supervisor” and “Most Active New Supervisor”) for her earnest contributing those last few months.  From there her passion for organization enabled her to nab 3rd place in the Mission: Recategorization competition in mid-2008.  Her Spanish translation acumen paid dividends later in the year when she earned top honors in the How-To AnswerThon.  Last, but not least, that year she took home four 2008 WAmmy awards including “The Good Samaritan Award” for most contributions during the year! She also threw in a 3rd place finish in this year’s AnswerThon for good measure.

What else can I say about this bug-catching, uncategorized-loving Wikiholic?  Just that we’re grateful to have HER Power For US!

A Cheap Date Can Cost You- A lesson in Animal Etiquette

The Other Day, a friend of mine came back from the movies, taking pride in the fact that he beat the movie theater system.  Instead of paying $10 for soda and a tub of popcorn, he managed to  successfully sneak in a 2 Liter bottle of Coke, Doritos and a Pizza Hut personal pan pizza, which he hid vertically under his jacket. Of course, he got numerous grease stains and had to peel the melted cheese off the cardboard cover; But for some reason, he swelled up with pride, noting that these were marks of valor. “That’s terrible,” I said, “all to save a few bucks… what do you do when you take a girl to the movies?”  “What do you mean,” he replied brashly,  “I’d do the same thing, I’m not paying 6 bucks for a tub of popcorn!  And she’d be impressed with my cleverness, anyhow.”

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So here we have the question, “What is considered a cheap date?” asks a WikiAnswers user. The above scenario is a perfect example. Here are a few others:

  • Going to low end or fast food places
  • not tipping
  • asking your date for money
  • parking blocks away so you don’t have to pay for parking
  • claiming the free bread is too filling for appetizers

What is so hard to understand about treating a woman to a pampered night with a little generosity? Is it that ludicrous to spend some extra money on overpriced air filled corn if it means impressing a girl with your overwhelmingly giving nature? Choosing to let go of minute details and demonstrating an ability to please is a favorable quality! Perhaps men should look to animals for the answers.

CichlidThe cichlid is a species of fish that spends a great deal of time for his woman. He not only checks out the real estate to find a suitable nest environment but then goes about building the nest himself. And, just when he’s finished- exhausted, ready to relax and have a nice meal- the female lays her eggs in the nest. The male immediately takes all the eggs into his mouth, a spawning behavior known as mouth brooding, and keeps them there until the eggs hatch. His actions speak louder than words (or bubbly gurgles). Only once the female and the eggs are safe and happy does he go forage for a meal.
Barn owls are just as great. They feed the female as part of courtship and don’t stop once she says, ‘I do.’ The male flies out each morning to find the juiciest choicest worms, small mammals and any other rich sources of protein he can find.  He then feeds the female owl during incubation.  If he’s left with the scrawny, crunchy grasshoppers he just makes do.
But what happens in nature when the male doesn’t take care of the female, When he’s just plain cheap? This can best be observed in the WA question, ”Why does the female praying mantis bite off the male’s head and eat him?” Praying Mantis

Sexual cannibalism is the answer, my friends. This is the act where one mate eats another. In scientific studies (Birkhead et al-1988) females that have a depleted nutritional states are much more likely to devour  males than those that are well fed.  Think about it, the male praying mantis hunts and feeds on his own. When he’s ready to mate, he doesn’t share the insects he’s caught or offer some help in the hunt, so what else is the hungry female left to do but eat what’s right in front of her.

So next time you are debating offering a girl a nasty smushed pizza instead of a $7 bag of Milk Duds, just remember we might bite off your head.

Woo Hoo! We’re a Webware 100 Winner

We were a Webware 100 winner once again! Webware, we thank you! And we thank all of you who voted for us, and everybody who helped make the site so great. The winners were “voted to be the best of the best by Webware readers and users of the apps themselves.” According to Webware’s announcement, “Nearly 630,000 votes were cast during the voting this year to pick the best Web 2.0 sites and services.”

Answers.com won in the Search & Reference category, where we were listed ahead of Google and Wikipedia, though we might have been helped by the fact that the list was sorted alphabetically.

From their write-up:

“Want to find out more about something? Check Answers.com. The service pulls information from several different reference sites to provide answers to your questions. … Users are also able to register, and answer questions that have been asked by other users. … There’s also a Facebook daily trivia application and a plug-in for blog owners that will highlight keywords with small pop-up links to content on Answers.com pages.”

This is our third straight year as a Webware 100 winner. Thank you for your support!

Three Cheers for the Catch-All King: Mezzra

SupervisorHip-hip-hooray! Hip-hip-hooray! Hip-hip-hooray! There’s no denying that WikiAnswers.com’s has a lot of dedicated contributors. But sometimes there are those who shine so brightly, they could be mistaken for royalty! One person who really, honestly and truly deserves more than three cheers is our fantabulous Mezzra. On the site since only December 2008, this force to be reckoned with has already accomplished the impossible: just under 90,000 contributions, 50 hours as a Vandal Patrol Site Guardian and winning a 2008 Honorable Mention WAmmy. All this, while simultaneously volunteering as a mentor, WIT Adult Advisor and Wikiguide. And if that doesn’t keep him busy enough, he’s also an avid Category Supervisor – carefully watching over the dire and dangerous Catch-Alls.

What can I say? All hail Mezzra! Here’s more from the Wiki-King himself: How did you originally hear about WikiAnswers.com?

Hmm…Well, it’s nothing as exciting as I have seen others post on this blog. It’s not even very complicated. Basically, one day whilst Googling something (“what” totally evades my memory), I saw a WikiAnswers.com link. Upon opening the link, I was faced with two things; a good answer, but terrible grammar. So I got stuck right in and signed up! Checking grammar (my personal pet peeve) soon earned by around 1,000 Contribution Points in a period of a few days, and on Christmas Eve, I had the Super powers!

Explain your username.

My username is just something I saw one day on another site and nicked. Don’t know the origins or if it actually means anything, but thought it had a pretty awesome sound. :-)

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

Basically, helping others out. It really gives me a kick and brings me back here day-after-day. That and the fact there are tons of questions that are just…urgh. So I fix those up!

What are your areas of expertise?

Without wanting to sound big-headed, the Catch-alls. I spend 90 percent of my time in there, and it’s my true love on site. Without the category I would go absolutely mad!

What is your favorite WikiAnswers.com feature?

Reverting has always been of interest to me. I just love the fact that the system remembers all of the previous answers and with two clicks you can have an old, excellent answer that has been vandalized. I can’t wait until we get the batch-revert feature…

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

The question “What is Governmentium?” made me totally LOL. Even a few days after I was still laughing at the thought :-P

Share a random fact (or two) about yourself.

Well, there isn’t much of interest about me. Other than the fact that I love English, both language and literature. As you may have known by reading this all, grammar is my absolute “thing.”

Why does a curve ball curve?

beakersThe American Heritage Dictionary defines science as: The observation, identification, description, experimental investigation, and theoretical explanation of phenomena. Cool. There are so many interesting things out there that Answers.com went out and got a whole collection of Q&As to explain your scientific conundrums. 

Riffle through The Handy Science Answer Book. There are loads of questions to stimulate your scientific mind. Fascinating!

For the Love of Answers

What do you call a genuinely all-around extraordinary human being who has a sincere love for all things ANSWERS? Delltechie – who had this to say about our beloved Answers.com and WikiAnswers.com:

“This is what makes them unique: they appreciate the people on their site(s),
which is a definite unique selling proposition.”

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Thanks DT! We love you, too!