Because we’re online, WikiAnswers.com is not infiltrated with creepy, crawly many-legged winged, non-winged, horrific, disgusting (okay, I’ll stop now) insects slithering across floors and stalking from the ledges of ceiling fans, waiting sinisterly to attack the unexpected happy wiki-er. Phew… adjectives. But like any constantly growing, super terrific Web site, we do have the occasional less grotesque bug or two. And if WikiAnswers.com had an official Chief Bug Catcher, the title would no doubt be bestowed upon this week’s Featured NSA Contributor: Shdus1. A champion for all things error-free, Shdus1 has proven that even the most sinister glitch is no match for him. Here’s more:
How did you originally hear about WikiAnswers.com?
My father grew up with Jeff Schneiderman. They went to elementary school together. They also went to college together at U of I in Champaign. He came to back to Chicago to visit a few months ago (not long before I joined), and I saw him with his Answers/WikiAnswers hat. My father told me a little about what he did, and I decided to sign up for WikiAnswers.com.
Explain your user name.
In Hebrew/Yiddish, shtus means ‘nothing.’ I put a bit of a spin on it. I sometimes use it for other user names, too. Since there are so many takes on various user names, I wanted something easy to remember that wasn’t just a bunch of letters and numbers. I think that word just came to mind. I added the “1” to the end of my user name since some Web sites require six characters in a user name.
What motivates you to volunteer your time to the WikiAnswers.com community?
WikiAnswers is addicting. That is it. It is fun to answer questions, recat and be involved in the forum. And best of all, I am helping out the WikiAnswers community, which in turn helps millions of people around the world.
What are your areas of expertise?
I am Jewish, so I have experience in areas which are Judaism related. I am also good at math, but have yet to take anything more advanced than Geometry (I hope to learn Algebra 2 next year). My father even taught me some basic calculus when I was young!
What is your favorite WikiAnswers.com feature?
My favorite feature on WikiAnswers would have to be the forums. I love finding bugs and being able to report them here. My other favorite feature on WikiAnswers would have to be that new questions and answers are posted on the front page. That is a really fast way to do categorization and catching bad questions and answers.
What has been the funniest question you’ve seen or your funniest experience on WikiAnswers?
The funniest question that I have found would have to be “Where can you find a recipe for making matzah with matzah meal or matzah cake meal?” The answer may not be funny, but I found the question hilarious.
Share a random fact (or two) about yourself.
My favorite subject in school is Gemara.