Okay, we need to set the record straight – once and for all. RoibeairdWA is not the return on investment you’ll get from growing fuzzy facial hair in Washington. RoibeairdWA, or Rob, is actually one of WikiAnswers.com’s stellar contributors and all-around amazing Supervisors. Rob uses his diverse and in-depth legal experience to carefully watch over areas such as Lawsuits, Probate, Consumer Liability, Declaration of Independence and US Government. A true Irish gentleman, when he is not busy wiki-ing in his favorite categories, you can find him actively helping the WikiAnswers.com community at-large via the forums and boards. He is truly the Top o’ the WikiAnswers!
I had a question about fixing a car problem and had been through several sites before coming across WikiAnswers.com. It had an automobile category, which gave me some good ideas on fixing the problem. The problem was very specific and even the true automotive sites had no answer. While there was no answer relating to this particular car, there were answers to the problem with other cars so I did get the help I needed. This indirect answer also convinced me that I did not have to keep looking for the exact answer for the exact car. WA confirmed that it had my answer and that no further looking was needed. And that is just as good as getting the answer itself.
Explain your username.
RoibeairdWA is Irish for “Robert’s WA”. Since my first name is Robert and I am Irish, the name felt like a natural, because it linked me, my heritage and WikiAnswers.com all at the same time. The name is a bit hard to pronounce and sometimes even harder to type in when signing on. The first few times I signed in with that name, I got a “user unknown” message because I mistyped it.
What motivates you to volunteer your time to the WikiAnswers.com community?
Someone at WA knew what to do to hook people into contributing time. There is a phrase on an opening page that says something like “Show us your smarts and see if you can help by answering questions”. Everyone has something to offer, so when I got help on the car problem, I looked at some other categories, realized I could contribute some answers and help someone just as I was helped. After enjoying answering some questions, WA invited me to join the volunteer Supervisor team and I was very flattered. At that point, I no longer felt like an individual answering random questions, but more like part of a family of other Supervisors all dedicated to making the site more than just a warehouse of knowledge. Being part of that common purpose keeps me coming back.
What are your areas of expertise?
Law and legal matters, especially wills, estates and probate, are my main areas. I had served as the legal advisor in a probate court in New Jersey and was involved in all aspects, contested and uncontested, of every type of probate matter. After that my practice was devoted strictly to that area. I now prefer municipal legal matters, but the probate experiences will always be with me. I love the game of chess and love to answer basic questions on strategy and history, hoping that I am encouraging someone to take up the game seriously.
What is your favorite WikiAnswers.com feature?
The Supervisors Forum. It is like the evening dinner table where we all discuss our experiences both in WA and in our private lives. Without it, the site would not keep improving and the other Supervisors would not form a community.
What has been the funniest question you’ve seen or your funniest experience on WikiAnswers.com?
My favorite and most fun experience on WikiAnswers.com was writing a Christmas story in which I hid as many fellow Supervisors as I could as elves at the North Pole all through out the story. If you would like to read it, you can find it at this location. I hope you enjoy it if you do read it.
Share a random fact (or two) about yourself.
I am part of a committee that produces one of several Saint Patrick’s Day Parades in New Jersey. We put what we like to call a people parade on the street, because we mostly feature marchers from civic groups, schools and Irish organizations. Plus we have about 25 Pipe and Drum bands that come from all parts of New Jersey and New York. While we do keep vehicles to a minimum, we have had a truly unique feature, which is a NJ State Police helicopter flying over the State Police Blue and Gold Pipe and Drum band in time with the band as it marched down the street. The best part is I get to be the parade announcer at the mid-point grandstand. Someday I hope to graduate to the main Grandstand.