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.

The Hoopoe has landed: Instant Answers.com on Twitter.

Answers.com HoopoeIf you haven’t already read the TechCrunch article that leaked the story late yesterday, or the press release that went out this morning, well, that is why I am here to tell you about the new bird in town: the Answers.com Hoopoe.

It is a really cool project in the alpha stage. Tweet your question @AnswersDotCom and get a reply with a snippet of the answer and a link to the full page on Answers.com.

Pronunciation tip: Wondering how the chirp  you’re supposed to pronounce Hoopoe? Have the following conversation out loud with yourself -

Who goes there?”

“Edgar Allan Poe.”

Fun tip: Aside from tweeting the question with @AnswersDotCom, you can also use either #answersdotcom or #hoopoe in your tweet to get the same response.

For your entertainment: Here’s a snazzy video intro to Hoopoe.

But what are you waiting for? The real fun is directly on Twitter. Go on, tweet your question @AnswersDotCom and get your Answers.com reply instantly!

@AnswersDotCom is sponsoring #140conf in NYC.

140confThat’s a lot of Twitter jargon in one title!

But yes, Answers.com, or @AnswersDotCom, is sponsoring the Jeff Pulver’s 140 Character Conference – or 140conf – in New York City today and tomorrow.

The conference theme is ‘Exploring the State of Now’ and as such, I am now going to say: If you are at 140conf, stop by the Answers.com table and get a treat.

Legoland12342: Fun AND Intelligence Wrapped into One

Don’t you just love people who are a ton of fun to be around, but also possess superior intelligence so that you can have insightful and deep conversations, too? I know I do – which is why I totally respect and give major props to this week’s Featured Contributor, Legoland12342. He is F-u-n with a capital f and a total intellectual gift to boot. If you’ve never heard of Kyle, read on. You’ll be glad you did.

Introducing Legoland12342, fun and intelligence wrapped into one awesome Answers.com contributor!

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

That’s actually quite an…interesting tale. Way back when I was ten years old, and registering for a certain Web site involving certain plastic blocks, I couldn’t think of a user name. And so, being the bright, fast-thinking ten-year-old that I was, I pressed the random button. Thus, the name has stuck with me all of these seven long years: Legoland12342.

What is your first name?

Kyle, although most people prefer to call me Kile (pronounced KEY-lay).

What is your age?

I am currently 17.

Would you care to tell us about your family?

I live with my mom and dad, along with my younger brother and sister.

Do you have any pets?

Many! Being as I live on a farm, an abundance of pets is almost to be expected! Anyway, we have a dog, two cats, a horse, a goat, eight cows and a myriad of chickens (greater than ten).

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

We live in Central Minnesota, a bit north of St. Cloud, and have lived there for about ten or so years. I guess I like the area because it is secluded, yet it is close enough to civilization where a trip into town only takes about ten minutes or so. I have never personally felt comfortable in cities, so this is probably the best choice for me.

Where did you grow up and do you have any special memories of your childhood?

I grew up about five miles from where I live now, with nearly the same scenery, with perhaps a few more trees and sans the farm. One of the few memories I have from childhood is getting pulled around on a dogsled by our Husky that we had at the time. Spending time with our cat, while not a particularly special memory, also sticks out.

What educational information would you like to share?

I moseyed my way through the Sauk-Rapids Rice public school system up through seventh grade, at which point I switched over to St. Johns Preparatory (which is a bit north of St. Joseph), and is now where I am finishing my final year of secondary schooling. As for college plans, I am split between either St. Olaf (Northfield, Minnesota) or Pacific Lutheran (Tacoma, Washington). We will see when it all plays out.

What are your past and/or present occupations?

Ha! Occupations! In all seriousness, I worked for a construction company over the summer, filling out their database. Easily the most boring six weeks of my life.

What are your key areas of knowledge, interests or expertise?

Basically, I know a little about everything and a lot about nothing. The areas in which I “specialize” (if that’s the correct term) include: computers, video games, history, mathematics, English (in particular, novels), music and politics, to a lesser extent.

As for how I became interested in those subjects, history, mathematics and English all came from school, politics came from getting bombarded with information (and the idea that I’m politically active, even though I’m not), music has always been a passion of mine and I’m basically never NOT listening to music. I can’t exactly remember how I got into computers and video games, but they’re a pretty big part of my life right now.

Why do I enjoy these things? Why do I enjoy anything? What makes me happy? What is happiness? The answer for all of these is the same: I don’t know. It’s as simple as that.

Do you have any collections or hobbies?

I’ll start with hobbies. I’d like to think of myself as an amateur DJ (under the alias Se7enStep), I also enjoy a good spot of reading and writing novels. Video games, again, are in the forefront of my mind, along with music. Engaging in intellectually stimulating conversation is perhaps one of my odder ones, along with playing piano.

As for collections, I can’t say I actively collect anything, but perhaps the only thing that I have a lot of right now is buttons/pins. I don’t know why I have so many of them, I just seem to get a lot of them. If anything, I collect trance music, if you can collect such a thing.

What do you like to do for recreation?

If we’re talking sports, then I fly in the face of traditional sports and enjoy a good day of parkour, capture the flag and ultimate frisbee. Check them out, they’re pretty fun.

What are a few random facts about yourself?

I am lactose intolerant in the sense that I cannot drink milk straight; however, I can consume other dairy products and foods that have milk used in cooking. It is weird. I know.

You ever have that feeling that you’ve done this before? Yeah, that’s me, pretty much all the time.
Do you have any special talents you’d like to share?

Does being able to forget nearly everything count? Oh! And being able to write really small?

What accomplishments are you proud of?

Eh, probably writing two 50,000 word novels during the month of November in consecutive years or taking our Knowledge Bowl team to the state tournament. You know…nothing too big.

What are your special goals or dreams?

Well, considering the fact that I have a “dreams list” that totals over a hundred or so dreams, this shouldn’t be too big of a problem for me. For now, I’ll just list a few of the more unique ones. I’d like to build a house with my own hands, host my own radio show, work as a janitor at least once, produce a machinima (Not sure what that is? Look it up!), set a world record and run the Iron Man. So, as you can see, they are quite the – eclectic group.

As for goals, I have made it my sort of “life-purpose” to get everyone to think. While that seems…pointless, it’s not, actually. By stimulating thought in others, I thereby have enlightened myself and those people around me. Ideally, this sort of stimulation pattern would continue ad infinitum. Thankfully, the realist side of myself tells me that my work is never done.

How would you describe yourself or personality?

That’s a difficult question. I could cop out and say “My personality is variable” or something like that, but probably, if anything, I’d have to say that I’m just your average kind of guy, who’s just trying to make the most of life. I try to have as much fun as I can along the way, while at the same time trying to figure out the world. Along the way, I know I’m going to meet some pretty cool people and experience a bunch of (wait for it…) really cool stuff. If you really want to figure out my personality, I suggest you meet me in person. There’s a lot more to me than a few words can describe.

What is your favorite Answers.com activity?

Either using the “Random Question” button or reading the answers to the “Flagged Questions” to get a laugh. Remember kids, laughing is good for your soul.

That about covers it, I think. Thanks for wanting to interview someone as mundane as me!

Connect your Answers.com account with Facebook or other social networks

connect your Answers.com account with other servicesFor the first time you can now connect your account at Answers.com with your account at Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo!, Google, or LinkedIn. If you link with your Facebook account your Facebook profile picture will be displayed on your Answers.com bio page. You will also get a link to your profile on the appropriate site at the top of your bio page and have one less password to remember (you will be able to use your username and password from one of those 5 networks to sign in to Answers.com!).

Linking your accounts takes only seconds. To do so, click “My Settings” in the lefthand menu after you have logged in to Answers.com. Then, under Connect Your Account, click on the icon for the network with which you would like to connect and enter your login information.

In the future we will make it even easier to share your activity on Answers.com with your network. Watch for news on these exciting developments in the coming months!

Gregg sets a fine example.

Fun news! Mentoring Program Coordinator Gregg Answerton, I mean, Anderton, I mean Ganderton, has been providing the Mentors and Proteges with presentations as teaching aids for Supervisor-only features.

And guess where the prezo for Batch Recategorize ended up? On the front page of the Slideshare How-To & DIY section!

Batch Recat featured on Slideshare!

Because it is only temporary, here is the link to the slideshow itself: Batch Recategorize on Answers.com.

A Plethora of Incredibleness on Answers.com

There is a plethora of evidence to support the fact that Plethora is an amazing Answers.com Supervisor and contributor. With over 15,000 contributions – including 750 awesome answers – Plethora is the kind of contributor that makes us want to sing in the rain, catch fireflies through fields of clover…paint pictures of monarch butterflies on the sides of our cars! Okay…we really just want to share how wonderful she is. Enjoy reading this plethora of incredibleness!

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

My Answers.com user name is Plethora. Years ago I saw a nice butterfly pic on the Internet and, when I saved it, its default file name was plethora. That is when I started using Plethora as my pen name. I also named my daughter Plethora.

Are you a Floating or Category Supervisor?

I am a Category Supervisor of the Filipino Language and Culture category.

What is your first name?

Mark Melody Joy

What is your age?

I am 27-years-old.

Would you care to tell us about your family?

I am the second child. I have one sister and one brother, but my parents separated and now have families of their own. On my father’s side, I have two more sisters and on my mom’s, two siblings. I am married and blessed with a 5-year-old smart girl.

Do you have any pets?

Right now, no. But before I used to keep kittens, cats…when I would see them on the road, I would bring them home. :)

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

I am staying now in Bangkok, Thailand since January 1st of this year. I am working as a teacher. I must like the area (LOL); if not, I would be buying a plane ticket for the next flight back to the Philippines (kidding)! Seriously, there is not a lot of difference here from the Philippines. So it has not been hard to adjust to the place or the weather.

Where did you grow up and do you have any special memories of your childhood?

I grew up in the Philippines! My hometown is in Laguna. Hmmm. I cannot think of any special childhood memory. :(

What educational information would you like to share?

I took BS Info Technology. I am undergraduate in college, and then I took and was able to finish a Caregiver Vocational Course.

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

My first two jobs I was a customer assistant in computer cafes. Later I worked in a supermarket for promotions only, as a customer service representative at a call center and a Quality Control Agent in another call center (where I was promoted to an Escalation Agent). My present job is a K1 teacher.

What are your key areas of knowledge, interests or expertise?

I believe I am quite good with computers. Here’s a story. When I got my first job in a computer cafe, I knew nothing about computers. I had no interest in them. I intentionally didn’t review for the entrance exam at a university, because my sister wanted me to take BS in Computer Science, and as expected I failed the exam. I also never attended my computer class in high school. But when I got my first job, I had no choice but to use and like computers. And so I learned on my own. The cafe had so many books about computer programming. Within two years of working there, I started computer tutorials, Web page design, making animations and programming. I am also into writing poems, drawing and painting.

Do you have any collections or hobbies?

When I was in high school, I collected Hanson Brother posters, cassette tapes and CDs. Now, what I am keeping are some hard copies of my poems and my drawings.

What do you like to do for recreation?

I just go on the Internet and play Flood It! But it is not as good as signing into Answers.com! It’s the best kind of recreation ever…when you sit on your laptop and answer questions, merge questions, split, ask questions and learn from facts and answers!

Do you have any special talents you’d like to share?

Nothing really special. I can sing, play guitar, dance, draw and write…but I’ll only rate myself a 5 in all of those talents!

What accomplishments are you proud of?

Becoming a part of PenMen Writings, an international poetry site.

What are your special goals or dreams?

I want to buy a house. I want to be home with my family…(sighs).

How would you describe yourself or personality?

I am a quiet type of person. I’m more of a listener. I am a dreamer, a perfectionist but not perfect, hehe.

What brought you to Answers.com?

In my last call center job, we used ReferenceAnswers for references. That’s when I found out about WikiAnswers. And then a friend, an office mate, noticed me answering questions so she suggested that I sign up. Later she recommended me as Floating Supervisor and that was that…I became addicted! Unfortunately when the IT staff noticed that I spent most of my time on WikiAnswers, they blocked the site. Tsk tsk tsk. :-(

What keeps you coming back to Answers.com?

At first I found it amazing when I discovered good answers to my questions and reading the opinions from different community members. But when I became a Category Supervisor, that’s when I realized that it is more of the concern that you feel for the site. You will feel that responsibility even though you’re not obliged to do so. It is like the feeling of being a mother knowing your responsibility to raise your child, and honestly, it feels bad when I get busy and don’t have time to visit the site.

What is your favorite Answers.com activity?

Merging – because of the many Tagalog questions in the category that I am Supervising. Some Filipinos must not realize that there is a Tagalog version of WikiAnswers for their Tagalog questions. I also love deleting bad answers. :D

Which national park will you visit with Answers.com?

Just in time for spring, Answers.com is pleased to announce that a comprehensive Parks Directory is now available via ReferenceAnswers, providing detailed info on U.S. and Canadian parks, monuments, scenic trails, historic sites, forests, and more. The guide to thousands of US recreational destinations includes phone numbers, locations, and activities – the kind of information you need to get your trip-planning started.

Follow the Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail, visit the bears at Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge, pay your respects at the Minute Man National Historical Park, and be tempted by 5,000 other vacation ideas.

And on a different note, ReferenceAnswers now boasts a collection of Q&A related to Internal Medicine. This set is designed mainly to help medical students prepare for their boards. But anyone who wants to know what psychiatric symptoms are seen in MS, or if mannitol is contraindicated in diabetic patients, will find answers on Answers.com.

Premier Answerers now on Facebook

Premier Answerer Premier Answerers, some of the most knowledgeable and dedicated contributors on Answers.com, now have a home away from home. You can keep up with them now in their new Facebook fan page. Whether you’re a current PA or you’re just in awe of their expertise, become a fan of our Premier Answerers today!

We’ll be highlighting new additions to the Premier Answerer team, showcasing fabulous answers, and introducing a new Awesome Answerer each week. This weeks honoree is none other than Mebrg who volunteers as an online counselor with the AARP Tax-Aide program. With the tax deadline approaching check out this great answer of theirs!

For our linguists…

Feeling multilingual today? Aim for the Linguist badge! To earn this badge, make more than 500 quality contributions to WikiAnswers web sites in at least 2 different languages. This can include our English, Spanish, French, German, Italian and Tagalog sites. Linguists are some of our most multi-talented contributors. If you’re one of them, let us know!
Read more about badges here.

Great Jzuk!

Jzuk! Gesundheit!?!? No. That was not a sneeze. It is actually the name of our Featured Contributor of the week, who also happens to go by the name of John. A professional body piercer and instructor with more than 17 years of experience, this fabulous Answers.com contributor is also certified in emergency first aid, a certified alarm technician, a certified electrical journeyman and a certified professional driver, among other notable specialties and esteemed titles. We just know that he is certified awesome! Here is more about Jzuk:

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

Well it is short for my name, and I like my name. Jzuk is the user name.

Are you a Floating or Category Supervisor (which categories)?

Cat SupervisorBody Piercing

What is your age?

(classified information) Naw just kidding! I am 46.

Would you care to tell us about your family?

I have a wife and one daughter.

Do you have any pets?

Two cats, both female, so I am outnumbered in my own home!

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

I have been a resident of Prince George, B.C. for five years, where there is snow, it is cold and there are four real seasons.

Where did you grow up and do you have any special memories of your childhood?

I was born in Victoria, B.C. and finished school in Hope, B.C. Moved back to Victoria (island, sailing, other assorted warm weather events).

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

Well I started out with a mechanical back round, six years in a diesel shop, heavy towing and recovery, fire department, first responder. Then went into investigations, security and alarm systems specialized in aviation security and security management. Now just a happy professional body piercer.

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

Well in concert with supporting education in specialized fields, most of my success has been from research and continued self-education (of which typing was not one).

Do you have any collections or hobbies?

War buff, but do not get me wrong; I hate war. My father was a prisoner in a German force labour work farm when he escaped with a friend during the second World War. I just enjoy learning and realizing what my family did during the war and how they helped the war effort. I honor Rememberance Day for a reason.

Hobbies…well learning for me is a hobby. So I find something I know nothing about and learn what I can about it.

What do you like to do for recreation?

Old well written TV shows, Emergency, Hawaii Five-0, Air Wolf, Magnum P.I., Remington Steele

What are a few random facts about yourself?

I’m 6 foot 2, medium build, charming…chivalry is a standard included option, power windows are at an additional cost.

Do you have any special talents you would like to share?

I can make you laugh at the worst possible time. I can do this thing with my elbow.

What accomplishments are you proud of?

I cannot be rattled easily, cool under fire. Look toward logic when chickens run without heads.

What are your special goals or dreams?

A Jaguar! Yes I want a Jag and not a new one; a classic late 70s Jag.

How would you describe yourself or personality?

Easy going, disarming, humorous

What brought you to Answers.com?

The wonderful people at Shaw Cable; no actually I was just poking around and found you all on my own.

What keeps you coming back to Answers.com?

Misinformed people

Who mentors the Mentors?

WikiAnswers is a big place. Starting out on the site can be like the first day in a really big new school. Nothing and no one is familiar. You can get lost going from one place to the next, and have no idea how to return. Not to mention, just when you think you’re getting the hang of it… if you’re an accomplished contributor, you might be faced with the whole new world of Supervisorship. So many tools! And so many privileges.

Enter the Mentor.

These guys and gals have a lot of experience on WikiAnswers, and more importantly, they have experience teaching others – proteges – how to use the site. Whether you’re in need of an introduction to supervising or a refresher course, Mentors are here to be your guide along the way.

But who mentors the mentors?

Mentors are mentored by Senior Mentors, Mentors who have graduated proteges from the program and have committed to providing support and guidance to a new Mentor who has just joined the program. The idea is to give the new members of the Volunteer Mentoring Program someone specific to rely on for answers to their Mentoring questions, just as a Mentor does this for a Supervisor who has just joined our community.

If you would like to volunteer as a mentor or request a mentor of your own, send an email to MentoringProgram @ WikiAnswers.com.

Announcing: Blog name change.

To all our faithful (and not faithful, and angry, and hungry) readers,

We here at no.stupid.answers pride ourselves on our ability to look past the surface of any answer and find the spark of genius that resides deep down in the heart of it. We have been doing it for nearly three years, and it has been wonderful.

But a time comes when even the most optimistic and forgiving blog writers have to throw in their keyboards and admit: there are stupid answers. A lot of them.

So we’re hereby changing the name of this blog to: alotta.stupid.answers. We know this will offend, and for the next 24 hours, we don’t really care.

- The management

P.S. Happy April 1st.