Up at bat: Baseball Stats.

To lots of us, springtime means baseball.

So Answers.com is pleased to announce its new collection of Baseball Stats – a fun, somewhat idiosyncratic analysis of the top players of all time in each position. The author, an amateur but incredibly devoted baseball statistician, developed a whole new way of rating players. And he’s not afraid of telling you who should be in the Hall of Fame and who shouldn’t – even if the player already is.

See if you agree with him on Jim Rice, Gil Hodges, and The Top 100.

We aim to answer. Happy reading.

Why we wiki.

Over 10 million people have shared their knowledge on Answers.com.  There’s something magical about typing your thoughts on your keyboard and knowing that they will become part of a permanent information resource that is consulted by millions every day and can benefit generations to come.  As contributors we know we are making a difference when we receive messages of thanks from readers on our message boards.   But one of the top WikiGuides, “Worldwide520,” put things in perspective with a poem about the following encounter he had with a reader of his answer.

Why we Wiki, by Worldwide520
 
A girl just lost her sister,
She had taken her own life.
I don’t know quite how,
I have no idea why,
But this random event
Just changed my life.
One normal day
I was browsing the site
Our amazing Answers.com,
The greatest place on the Web.
I was perusing the boards
And making some merges,
Reorganizing questions
And adding some answers,
Then a few key words did catch my eye
Of a particular question
That I happened to find.
I first thought it ought to be trashed,
But with requisite care
I was not so rash.
Essentially, the question asked:
My sister just leapt from a window high,
How did it end, her precious life?
Using my knowledge of anatomy,
I gave a straight answer,
Though it was hard for me.
For kin of my own
Have encountered death
So I sympathized with this child,
Though we had not met.
The question was touching,
In a unique way,
For she came to us,
To soothe her pain.
When I said the end
Had likely come quick
I received a message
That I did not expect.
The girl was relieved
That her sister
Had not known suffering in the end,
And I was touched,
For look at what I did.
A solemn answer was refuge
To a grieving young girl
Who’d just lost her sibling,
Her closest friend in the world.
And people will often ask
Why we’re so dedicated to our site,
They’ll ask,
What’s the value?
Why do you waste your time?
It may seem insignificant,
Like a trivial little story,
But times like those
Remind me why I contribute.
We believe in knowledge,
And its availability to all;
We love cooperation,
Diversity makes us whole;
This is why I Wiki,
This is who we are.

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

Just outta the wrapper: Latest features on Answers.com.

In the past few weeks, we’ve seen a lot of new features cropping up across Answers.com (namely within WikiAnswers). Here’s a breakdown of some of the new stuff – and why the changes are so awesome.

Question Editing

Editing a long question has been made super-simple. Now when you work on editing a question, you can see the entire text of the question at once instead of needing to scroll back and forth for long wording:

Lots of folks were working hard on question editing, and making changes to longer questions was a hassle when you couldn’t see the whole question at once and had to move back and forth across text. Thank goodness for the bird’s eye view!

Top Answerers

On the leader boards you can now hover over any username to see the number of contributions the user has put in during the period shown on the specific leader board. Puts it all in a bit more perspective that way and gives you a number to beat!

New data has also been added where you can see historical data for specific kinds of contributions. For example, you can see who did the most edits in July 2009 with the calendar tool at the bottom of the Edits board page. So relive your best months whenever you feel like it!

Share on Google Buzz

Share your favorite Answers.com Q&As on Google Buzz, the latest ‘it’ social sharing service:

Yep, Google Buzz is all the buzz and now you can share your favorites from Share button on any question or topic page. It’s as simple as any of the other sharing options included in Answers.com’s share feature.

Follow us

Follow Answers.com wherever you like to be, whether Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or all three! Now a quick and easy click (or three) from the homepage.

Related Answers

My personal favorite from the latest new features? That has to be the all-new related answers module now found at the bottom of answered and unanswered questions:

There are so many reasons this feature rocks; where do I start… Getting more information than you bargained for when you ask for a question? Or when you get to an unanswered question, you may still find relevant information in the Related Answers below? The fact that finding similar questions to merge has never been easier? All in all, it just makes every Q&A page a richer experience.

Rev Up Your Engines for Rdrsh.

Like a sleek Caddy sugared up to the nines, Rdrsh can certainly strut his stuff in the massive and ever-growing Answers.com Cars and Vehicles categories. With almost 55,000 engine roaring contributions, Rdrsh sets the standard in category expertise. When not busy helping the community on Answers.com, Rdrsh can be found assisting on his dad’s farm. He also enjoys restoring antique farm machinery, hunting and vegetable gardening.

Here is more on our Featured Contributor (vroom, vroom):

What is your Answers.com user name and the history behind it?

I had a serious truck accident in high school, and my friends nicknamed me “Road Rash.” My user name is Rdrsh, which is what I abbreviated “Road Rash” to so it would fit on my license plates in high school.

Are you a Floating or Category Supervisor?

Floating

What other cool badges or recognition have you earned on Answers.com?

I won the 2008 WAmmy award for being the most active Cars and Vehicles contributor.

What is your first name?

Brian

What is your age?

32

Would you care to tell us about your family?

Married , no children yet.

Do you have any pets?

Just a collection of barn cats.

Where do you live, how long have you lived there and why do you like the area?

I live out in a rural part of central Illinois. My wife and I recently bought a house down the road from my parents, so I have lived here my whole life.

What are some of your past and/or present occupations?

I have been a mechanic for 13+ years.

What are your key area(s) of knowledge, interest or expertise?

My key area is Cars and Vehicles; mainly Chrysler products.

Do you have any collections or hobbies?

My dad, brother and myself collect old farm machinery from before WW2.

What brought you to Answers.com?

I had Googled “International Harvester” looking for some tractor or implement photo, and a question came up. I clicked on the link, joined, fixed the answer and have been hooked ever since.

What is your favorite Answers.com activity?

I prefer answering, merging or editing the new questions on my Watchlist.