Like a Quiet Storm Shadowfox Emerges

Fox eyesThere is a fascinating paradigm on WikiAnswers that I often think about when I am busy recruiting new Supervisors to the ranks. It is the incredible number of Contributors who are doing many good things (literally on a mass scale) – quietly below the radar. They are the quiet storms that help make WikiAnswers an incredible knowledge resource. Like invisible troops, they wiki day in and day out in virtual silence – asking nothing in return. Our Featured Contributor of the Week happens to be an important part of this paradigm – this secret society of sorts – a magnificent Supervisor who has and continues to do great things…like a quiet storm. Introducing Shadowfox

How did you originally hear about WikiAnswers?

I discovered Answers.com first, a few years ago and used it regularly to search for information I needed. Over time, I noticed a link to WikiAnswers. I wasn’t quite sure how the site operated, so I took a look around. I was impressed with the neat organisation of the site and was intrigued with the sorts of questions asked. After browsing around for a little while, I found my calling – the Pokemon category! Finding a place where I could detail the knowledge I had built up on Pokemon over the years had me hooked. I signed up right away.

Explain your user name.

My user name can be interpreted a few ways and this has caused some confusion with a few people. It’s great I can clear this up! When I signed up on WikiAnswers, I had no idea as what to put down as a user name. I mulled over it for awhile and eventually concluded that I should put down something which expressed my personality. I immediately found two words which described me quite well – shadow and fox. ‘Shadow’ as I am a very quiet girl but also quite mysterious. I don’t give much about myself away. I also am more of a night person (although one can argue that shadows don’t exist at night; poetic license is a wonderful thing). I chose ‘fox’ as my other personality-describing word, as I have been interested in the animal symbol of the fox for awhile now. Doing some research, I have come to realise that the fox stands for walking in between two worlds and patience, among the more usual images that come to mind of a cunning or sly natured person. I have these traits so the name suits me well.
Shadowfox, I also found, was a type of Zoid. At the time I made my user name I didn’t know this. There’s no double meaning to my user name, I just created it by looking at my personality.

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

I think it’s that the more questions I answer, the better my writing becomes and the more I remember about Pokemon. Some answers do require some flicking through notes on my part, but after an hour of answering, I start to remember things better which not only helps me but WikiAnswers, too. I also use it as a sort of practice for exams. It’s really strange to say that Pokemon helped improved my writing skills! Over time, I developed my method of answering questions (most notably addressing all possibilities in a question) which helped me when I had to write essays for my subjects. Being a person who wants to start a career in writing, this is important to me.

There is a sense of accomplishment or at least contentment when I look at all the answers I have given. It is nice to know that I have helped someone and that I have shared my knowledge. This, combined with the fact that my writing is improved through contributions, keeps me coming back to WikiAnswers again and again.

What are your areas of expertise?

My area of expertise is anything Pokemon. Particularly, I have an extensive knowledge of the Pokemon RPGs for handheld consoles – for example Pokemon Diamond or Pokemon Crystal. I know quite a bit about the Pokemon anime as well, not to mention the mechanics of the other games although I haven’t played them fully. Most of my expertise lies in the later generation games (although if you were to ask me about Red version, I could still answer with complete confidance). I supervise the Pokemon FireRed and LeafGreen, Pokemon Mystery Dungeon and Pokemon Ranger FAQs. However, I can answer on every Pokemon category except for Pokemon XD and Colosseum and Battle Revolution.

What is your favorite WikiAnswers feature?

Sometimes you can’t give all the information necessary for a question or there is a way of explaining something which can’t be included due to site restrictions. For this reason my favourite WikiAnswers feature is the related questions and related links functions. There is a much better flow in navigation when relevant questions are linked to each other. There is also a greater way of providing resources in a neat and clean way instead of pasting a URL in or as an answer. These options are immensly useful.

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

The Harmless Nonsense category (which does not exist anymore) offered so many hilarious answers to incomplete questions. The funniest answer was to a question along the lines of “Why did the chicken cross the road?” The user who answered it included a very long list of absolutely funny possibilities from religious motives to answers with puns.

My funniest experience on WikiAnswers would be my first encounter with alternate wordings for questions. There was a Pokemon question which had a lot of alternate wordings which were actually different questions. I spent a lot of time splitting these questions and then merging them only to find hours later that there was a split AND merge option.

Share a random fact (or two) about yourself.

I enjoy playing the piano although, since I have not been taught and have no grasp of musical notation, I find that I play by ear and have learnt many pieces by listening to someone play and mimicking their sound. I have also read a lot into ancient mythology (particularly Greek and Roman beliefs) including gods and mythical creatures. It is interesting to see all the intertwined stories and how they have influenced modern times – from characters in novels to brand names.

Mike 2: Why WikiAnswers is so Compelling

Mike 2 is an affable mate of ours.  He happens to be a Senior Supervisor of the Humor & Amusement Corner on WikiAnswers.  That’s when he’s not guarding the site and playing Whack-a-mole with pesky vandals!  For those who won’t be able to meet him at the Answers Summit next month he offers up this lighthearted poem about the greatness of WikiAnswers for this week’s Poetry Cafe.

[If you would like your original poetry profiled on this blog, please e-mail it to poetry @ wikianswers.com (no spaces) and include your WikiAnswers username!]

Untitled, by Mike 2

WikiAnswers is so compelling,
Let your friends know just by yelling.

More members means a better site,
Ask your friends to swell the might.

For answers to questions, it is the best,
Say to your friends “give Wiki a test.”

They won’t be sorry, I’ll bet they come back,
Another one joins the Wikiholics pack.

Yes WikiAnswers is so very addictive,
But time spent on site is not constrictive.

Here on the site is the place to be,
Look at the subjects on our category tree.

A question you might answer, a question you might ask,
But I’m sure it won’t be a boring old task.

A pleasure is assured when being on site,
Come join us here and see the light.

Mike 2 wrote this quite late at night.
He’s hoping to see you here on the site.

Turkey is more than meets the eye.

Oh, turkey - a glorious word.

Sometimes you’re a country, others – a bird.

short story as well. Two cities to like.

A Native American…  and a bowling strike.

Happy Thanksgiving, everybody! Keep in mind where to go if you need a video on how to roast a turkey, historical trivia to share at your dinner table, or if you want the final answer as to why eating turkey makes you sleepy.

What’s hot in the world of answers.

Hot Topic: Not just a store I used to shop at 10 years ago.

Hot topics are the Q&A categories everyone’s dying to get involved in… So where are you?

I’m sharing a sampling below – but make sure to check out the rest at http://wiki.answers.com.

Holiday Gift GivingTwilightTwitterJustin BieberHerbal MedicineShakiraMafia WarsFantasy Football

The Conundrum Known as Mr. Mystery

Growing up I was addicted to the Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys mystery series. I loved all of the clues and trying to figure out the who done it, with what and where before it was spelled out for you – literally. But regardless of whether or not you were a cunning sleuth or a failed miserably detective, in the end you’d always know exactly what was behind the ambiguous plots. Nancy, Frank and Joe would cleverly solve the mysteries at hand. If you didn’t see the twists and turns coming, you’d feel better knowing. You wouldn’t obsess over the unknown and you could sleep better at night. I wish I could say the same about the baffling nature of this week’s Featured Contributor. Introducing Mr. Mystery. Who is this masked wiki-er, you ask? I wish I could tell you. I have tried – to no avail – to solve this…(ahem)…mystery. But he’s just not budging. He remains an enigma, a riddle, a puzzle in awesome contributor form. So I’ll continue to ask…to search for clues…to pester to no end…and just maybe..on a bright and sunny day…the conundrum known as Mr. Mystery will be solved.

I wasn’t able to pick up on any, but see if you can discover any clues below!

How did you originally hear about WikiAnswers?

I’m pretty sure that I was searching for something on Google, and one of the links they provided me was to WikiAnswers. I used the site for awhile before becoming a member, and one day I finally decided to join. 1. Because I was hooked, and 2. Because of those dang Captchas

Explain your user name.

Let’s leave that… a mystery.

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

Part of the reason I think I come back to WikiAnswers is because of the community itself. There are so many great members on this site that I have had the honor of meeting and becoming friends with. I also like to answer questions where I can, but my main interest lies in editing and organizing things.

What are your areas of expertise?

When it comes to answering questions, the Relationships category is where you’ll probably find me most – although many people I know would probably not believe me when I say that. I think that for the most part I am pretty good at giving advice, so what better place to give advice then in Relationships?

What is your favorite WikiAnswers feature?

One of my favorite features of the site would have to be categorizing questions. There are many questions around the site that don’t have a category to call their own, until I find one for them. There are also questions that have a category, but it’s not the proper one, and I enjoy taking them out of there and putting them where they really belong.

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

The funniest or maybe just the saddest question I was ever ask by a contributor would have to have been, “Where is the ask bar?”

Share a random fact (or two) about yourself.

When it comes to math I stink to the second power.

If you drop the y and add an i, then drop the t in mystery, my user name would be Mr. Misery.
It’s really hard to come up with a random fact about myself.

I also have this poem that I wrote a long time ago:

I am a mystery that will never be solved
My heart and soul are surrounded by walls
Although you might try to figure me out
The walls make sure that you will stay out
If I decide to take my walls down
You’ll be closer to solving me now
But know that if you lose my trust
The walls that went down will go right back up
And although you’d be closer to solving me
The answer to me will never be seen

Workshops fit for Wikiholics.

The Answers Summit is going to be no work and all play… Since even the work(shops) will be fun!

As part of the exciting Answers.com conference schedule, three workshops will be given by three different parties making for a diverse list of speakers. It’s going to be a chance for community members to speak up and share the lessons they’ve learned, too.

You can check out the workshops on the Answers Summit site or skim them below:

Communicating Effectively Online
Presented by: Fred Polirer, Performance Specialist, Administaff
How do you approach a misguided new contributor? What should you do when you don’t see eye-to-eye with another contributor? We’ll have a communications expert share some tips with you. This is an opportunity to brainstorm best practices.

The Fight Against Cyberbullying
Presented by: Cyberbullying Research Center
This discussion provides an overview of adolescent technological concerns related to interactive websites and cyberbullying. Learn from a cyberbullying expert how we can make WikiAnswers an even safer place to share knowledge!

Wikiholics ‘R’ Us: Confessions, Funny Stories and Strategies from True Wikiholics
Presented by: WikiAnswers Community Leadership
This is the support group you’ve been waiting for! Did you call in sick because you were reverting vandalism? Or bump into your cousin on the Community Forum? You can reveal you secrets in this session. You’re among friends!

So will you be joining us in Atlanta, Georgia, on December 5-6? Make sure to RSVP on the Answers Summit registration form!

The ninjas versus pirates debate.

It’s an age-old question. Seriously, this question has been around for as long as the subjects themselves.

Who is more powerful – ninjas or pirates?

Now, wait a second, you think you know the answer. You’re probably even pretty sure of yourself. But hold on. There are some very compelling arguments for both sides in the WikiAnswer.

I will say this – no matter which is the more powerful, they would each be even more powerful in large groups of their own. Which is why you might want to consider this:

That’s all I’m saying.

Oh, and today is the last day to apply for a chance to win an all-expenses paid trip to the Answers Summit. Better move fast, ninja. Or pirate.