Kharrima is Still A-w-e-s-o-m-e!

100We last checked in with Kharrima in December of 2008. Close to two years later, she is still going strong and is still awe -to-the-some!

A competitive gymnastics coach, this dynamo has changed majors seven times (elementary education, business, massage therapy, diagnostic medical sonography, health science, communication disorders and history)! She is currently majoring in nursing and aspires to get her training in lactation consulting and eventually become a midwife.

Here’s more on our wonderful Senior Supervisor Kharrima:

What is your Answers.com user name?

Kharrima

How long have you been with the community? What are some of the badges you hold? Awards won?

March 2008 – 500 trust points, Mentoring program graduate, 30 missions completed, Alternates Specialist, Runner-Up in the October 2009 Answerthon, 2009-2010 Scholarship winner, 50,000 contributions, took 2nd place in the How-To-Answerthon

Remind us of what brought you to Answers.com and what keeps you around.

I was doing some work for a history class, and the unanswered questions I knew grabbed my attention. I started answering them and have been hooked ever since. ;-)

Since you were last featured, have there been any changes in your life? Exciting new developments?

I got engaged in January. The wedding will take place in March 2011.

Are you involved in any new hobbies or activities (outside of Answers.com)?

Most of my hobbies consist of school work, cooking, cleaning, gardening and planning my wedding.

What one feature on Answers.com are you directly responsible for suggesting?

I suggested the new image for the “new message” notification alert that comes up. In addition, I have suggested many, many new categories, the addition of the “Nominate as Supervisor/Premier Answerer” link on the bio pages.

If you could sum up your experiences on Answers.com in five words, what would you say?

Okay, just one more question…

Do you want to be interviewed for the Contributor corner? Just leave a comment below and we’ll get to work.

Starring… your virtual love.

So before our house party last week, we invited anyone who couldn’t physically make it to midtown Manhattan last Thursday to send in postcards, images, or messages to represent themselves at the party.

And people sure did! Thanks to all the fans of Answers.com who sent us a lil piece of love to brighten our halls during (and after) the party last week.

Here’s a sampling of the love we got – too warm and fuzzy not to share. Check out the Facebook album for more.

What a night at Answers.com!

Thanks to everyone who planned, attended and ‘virtually’ participated in the Answers.com House Party last night! If pictures are any proof, it seems everyone had a great time, meeting local folks, chatting with the team, checking out the new office, getting a photo opp with the Orange Guy… and more.

Check ‘em out below… More photos in the Facebook album.

Matthew and Chris chat aside the Orange Guy.

Party people!

The virtual attendees! Wall of postcards from our fans around the world.

Shaya (Pickleshy) with BringingtheWood, an Answers.com Supervisor from the Bronx.

Katie, our star insta-photographer!

Phil’s obviously taking care of business.

Ezra and Keith survey the land.

The raffle winner – Mackenzie Murphy (left) – owner of her very own Answer Monster!

…which is actually an iPod shuffle. Engraved.

A word from the winner:

Everyone gets a goodie bag!

Five facts you didn’t know about… letters!

Letters. You write ‘em, you send ‘em, but have you ever studied them?

Specifically, letter frequency – how often different letters appear in English words. Well, I’m here to help you open your mind to some A-M-A-Z-I-N-G trivia:

  1. The English letter frequency sequence (from most to least common) is “ETAONRISHDLFCMUGYPWBVKXJQZ.”
  2. The “top eight” letters comprise about 65% of the total usage
  3. “T” is the most common first letter in English words at 16.7% of words.
  4. “X” is the least common first letter in English words at 0.005% of words.
  5. The use of letter frequencies and frequency analysis plays a fundamental role in several games, including hangman, Scrabble, Wheel of Fortune, Definition, Bananagrams, and cryptograms.

Get more letter frequency trivia!

The Answers.com House Party: NOT password-protected!

Hey ya’ll!

Just a quick reminder that our House Party is this Thursday at 6:30 p.m. We’re celebrating our new remodeled digs with drinks, food and fun. And by fun we mean free booze and a gadget raffle!

A certain social networking site you may have heard of is hosting their own new office party this week too. But get this: you have to pass a test to get in! Our shindig ain’t like the Ivy League – you won’t find guest lists or bouncers. Everyone’s invited – friends, family, neighbors… Hey, even your hairdresser can tag along. Word has it that even some of Answers.com’s venerable Supervisors are showing up!

So cancel your plans to watch The Office (it’s a rerun anyway!) and head on over to our office! See ya there…

Answers.com House Party
237 West 35th Street, Suite 1103
New York, NY 10001
6:30 to 10 p.m.

P.S. Can’t make it? Send us virtual love!

Shevy1103: Blazing Trails and More.

If you look up trailblazer in the dictionary, you’re bound to see the username Shevy1103 mentioned somewhere – well, maybe. But if you don’t find it there, you can definitely find it here, here and here! You see over on the world’s most wonderful Q&A site, Shevy1103 is helping to create new paths by venturing into the unexplored depths of answering questions on Answers.com. That’s right. He’s a WIT Trailblazer and we are proud to have him on board.

What is your Answers.com user name? And how did you come up with it?

My user name is Shevy1103, and if you Google it, you’ll find that I use it on a lot of other sites as well. I guess it’s always stuck with me. I don’t know how I came up with it. I was most likely registering for a site, probably a music site, and I could NOT come up with ANY user name that I was happy with or that matched the demands. After awhile (and about 20 user names) I just started typing, without thinking of what I was typing, and suddenly there it was “Account successfully created”. And I’ve used it ever since. One day I realized it’s based on the pronunciation of my name (Jonny Skjevik). It’s the “Skjev” in Skjevik and the “y” in Jonny. Anywho, that’s it, nothing fancy.

What brought you to Answers.com?

What brought me to Answers.com was, as many others I presume, the search of an answer. I had a report to do, but I was missing some important fact. I looked trough encyclopedias, biographies and other books, until I decided to try the World Wide Web. So I Googled my question, and voila! After an hour and a half (give or take) there it was – the answer I had been searching for. Thank you, Answers.com!

What are some of your hobbies?

My hobbies? Well, I love hiking, and I usually bring my camera so I can take photos of the beauty of nature. And I play both volleyball and basketball. And of course, I sing. I sing every day of every week of every month. You get the point, right? I sing, if not good, at least I sing. And I sing with no care in the world of how badly I actually sing. I listen to music of course, all kinds of it. I believe that everything has both positive and negative sides to it, and that goes for all the genres of music as well. And when we talk about hobbies we can’t avoid running into the fact that I love being on Answers.com and helping other people with all kinds of problems and questions.

What is one goal you’d like to accomplish during your lifetime?

I have many a goal on my “to do before I die” list, but the one on the top has to be to learn Japanese. The Japanese language is so colorful and rich! I would love to be able to speak and write Japanese. Another goal of mine is to move to New Zealand for at least a year. I don’t know why actually. I’ve just developed this over-the-top impression of New Zealand, and so I made it a goal.

Tell us about a unique or quirky habit of yours.

I don’t really know. Well, I’m not shy at all, and I never get socially awkward; plus nothing in the world is/are capable of making me embarrassed of myself, who I am or anything at all really! I can’t think of anything quirky at all.

What is your favorite Answers.com activity?

My favorite activity? Eh, well, I love just being on the site, and I find everything, every piece of it, perfect. I have to say I am a fan of helping people by providing information they need (in other words: answering questions). There is a reason I’m a WIT Trailblazer.

Do you want to be interviewed for the Contributor corner? Just leave a comment below and we’ll get to work.

And now for some poll results: “Why do you use Answers.com?”

A few weeks ago, we asked you “Why do you use Answers.com?” Aside from it being fun to post polls, we really did want to hear your feedback and comments on the topic – it makes our world go ’round!

Seriously, in the last week, all your helpful, encouraging and constructive feedback was shared with the community and product teams behind Answers.com. We hope that anytime you have an idea, suggestion or request, you’ll feel free to express it here on no.stupid.answers, or on Answers.com’s Community Forum.

Now, down to business. We got dozens of votes and comments, which are now shared directly on the Answers.com version of the Q&A: Why do you use Answers.com?

As of today, the latest poll results include:

  • Search engines just give links. Answers.com gives information. (44%, 117 Votes)
  • I trust Answers.com. (44%, 117 Votes)
  • The answers get updated. (32%, 85 Votes)
  • I like the social aspect of Answers.com. (27%, 71 Votes)
  • It came up in Google. (17%, 46 Votes)
  • Another reason… (list in the comments) (15%, 39 Votes)

You can actually continue to vote and leave comments on the original post or the Q&A.

By the way, another interesting Q&A related to the topic is: Why ask the Answers.com community when you could find an answer by using a search engine?

Big thanks to all of you!

Vandal Patrol and Community Outreach celebrate two years.

Spread the kudos around! Two of Answers.com’s community programs deserve a congrats for reaching their two-year anniversaries today: Vandal Patrol and Community Outreach.

A word from their coordinators, please!

From Apryl, Vandal Patrol Coordinator:

Happy 2 Year Anniversary to the Vandal Patrol and all of its wonderful members! Vandals Beware!

From Robin, Community Outreach Coordinator:

Much thanks to everyone for their support of Community Outreach and to our awesome WikiGuides for their efforts in spreading inspiration, goodwill and happiness throughout the Answers.com community we all know and love so well. It’s been a wonderful two years and we’re looking forward to even better times ahead. Let’s keep on keeping on!

Thank you to all the dedicated contributors who volunteer their time and effort to make those programs the wild successes they are.

So, interested in joining? Click the name of the coordinator above and get in touch.

Come to the Answers.com party – even if you can’t make it.

Getting your party pants on for the Answers.com House Party next Thursday? We sure are.

But if you don’t live nearby or can’t make it, we still want you to be a part of the fun! Drop us a postcard from your home town or email a photo or a message for our guests. We’ll decorate our walls with a little piece of you and enjoy your virtual presence.

Here are our addresses:

Snail mail:

Answers.com

237 W. 35th Street, Suite 1101
New York, NY 10001

Email:

party@answers.com

Remember to RSVP on the Facebook invite or the LinkedIn invite so we can count you in!

Anacanapanastan – the Ingredient of Excellence.

Most weeks we feature our beloved Supervisors here on no.stupid.answers. This week, we are honored to be featuring one of our amazing Premier Answerers, Anacanapanastan. If you’re not familiar with this tongue twister of a term, anacanapanastan has a little something to do with The Three Stooges (more below). Active in a number of categories, Anacanapanastan finds Answers.com both therapeutic and engaging. Here’s more:

What is your Answers.com user name? And how did you come up with it?

My Answers.com user name is Anacanapanastan. I chose it as a result of being a lifelong fan of The Three Stooges. Admiration of their wit started when I was young, in the early 1960′s. “Anacanapanastan” was an ingredient contained in a youth potion featured in one of The Stooges’ short movies called, “All Gummed Up”. Perhaps getting older made a youth potion seem desirable; or maybe I just found The Stooges funny. Probably some of both.

What brought you to Answers.com?

I happened upon Answers.com after having had brain tumor surgery. There has been a long recovery from it, and I am no longer able to work. Answers.com is an outlet for me to assist people in substantive areas in which I had/have experience, including insurance, healthcare, and the law. I have pretty good writing abilities (so I am told), and am happy to assist the site with editing as well. To that extent, it is therapeutic.

What do you do for a living? What are some of your hobbies?

I am “involuntarily retired” as a result of brain tumor surgery. In my prior life, I was an attorney. I also wrote extensively on insurance and health care issues, and worked with a major publisher as a consultant on the design and marketing of an insurance regulatory product.

My hobbies still include “egg-head” activities. These include contributing to blogs, assisting people in understanding insurance issues and public policy developments related to brain tumors that they or family members have via a “survivor’s” community, and notably, participating in Answers.com.

I am also a husband, the father of a son in his early ‘teens, and of 18 (mostly-rescued) dogs.

I volunteer regularly with animal rescue and welfare organizations, and am participating in political campaigns.

What is one goal you’d like to accomplish during your lifetime?

One goal that I would like to accomplish during my lifetime is to educate others as to the need to reduce government intrusion into private life. As part of that, I feel that it is urgent that people understand that there are no “entitlements” from government apart from providing for a strong military to defend the country. To understand that, however, it is necessary to grasp that government does not produce wealth – if it is to redistribute it, it first needs to confiscate it, which, to my thinking, is amoral.

What are your areas of expertise or interest?

My primary areas of expertise are insurance, healthcare, and civil law. I have a good grounding in Constitutional issues, and as a result of my devotion to animals, I know a fair amount about dogs.

What inspires you to answer questions on Answers.com?

I am inspired to answer questions and to otherwise work with Answers.com as a result of my desire to share knowledge gained through education and experience of which I have had the benefit over many years. Additionally, and candidly, it pains me to see/read poorly written material, and I would be delighted to help to “raise the bar”.

Do you want to be interviewed for the Contributor corner? Just leave a comment below and we’ll get to work.

Time to learn Hinglish. And Rhyming Slang. And…

Today’s a good day if you’re looking for new and unusual ways to express yourself. Answers.com is proud to announce we’ve got three new highly idiosyncratic dictionaries for your logophilic pleasure.

And, on whole other note (ahem) we are also pleased to announce the publication of biographies of contemporary musicians and bands (1980s through 2010). From Abba to ZZ Top, through Madonna and Michael Jackson and thousands of other lesser-known entertainers, even one-hit wonders, these are truly endearing homages.

We aim to answer. Happy reading.

Answers.com House Party – you’re invited!

Are you in New York City on August 26?

There’s one more house party before summer ends, and it’s happening at Answers.com in Midtown. Come over – check out our new digs, grab a drink and some grub, hang with the crew, meet other people from the area and kick back.

We’re looking forward to meeting you! Feel free to share the invite with your coworkers, friends, heroes and villains.

You can RSVP on the Facebook invite or the LinkedIn invite.

The One and Only – the Original Anupriya014.

She's into science, too!

This week’s Featured Contributor believes in originality and has some great advice to pass along, “Always be you!” Thirsty to discover new things, Anupriya014 also suggests that we appreciate everything, but expect nothing (so that everything will seem like a lovely surprise). And, if I do say so myself, she seems to be living this advice to the fullest as a dynamic Floating Supervisor active in many categories on Answers.com. One final thought from Anupriya, “If life gives you a hundred reasons to cry, than show life a thousand reasons to smile.” Smile while reading on…

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

My Answers.com user name is Anupriya014. “Anupriya” is my first name and “014” is the date on which I was born. Many people give fake names or something completely made up. But I think a person should give his or her true name (at least first name) to an educational site like Answers.com. I take everything seriously that is related to this site. Therefore, I selected the name Anupriya014. :)

Would you care to tell us about your family?

My family consists of my parents and one brother. My father is a doctor, my mom is a housewife and my brother is in 9th standard.

Do you have any pets?

Not currently. But I had a rabbit which died in 2008.

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

Up until the middle of last year, I used to live with my family in a small town. But now I am in capital of my state (Lucknow) because there is no degree college in my small city. I have lived here since 1994. I like this place because it has a calm environment, not much hustle and haste, with lots of greenery. You can get a perfect peace of mind. You can provide your children a nice study environment here because they will not be diverted much due to big malls, etc. In fact, a studious child can study anywhere here – but not all children are so studious that they will bind their minds only to their studies.

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

I have many memories and all of them are special. Some of them are playing with my father and brother, getting study lessons from my father, morals by mum, my best friend Ritupriya, my dances in school functions and my awesome teachers and school.

What educational information would you like to share?

I have completed my school/high school education from my town. I haven’t completed my college education yet, so no degrees currently. I have just completed my first year in college.

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

I love science, particularly biology/biotechnology, but I have knowledge in many fields. I love to know more and more and discover new things. I love to dance and received proficiency award for it. I love music, too. Not only listening, but also understanding the lyrics.

Do you have any collections or hobbies?

I like to do lots of searches on Internet. I like to help people. I have a good, but not so big English songs collection.

What are a few random facts about yourself?

1. I talk much about philosophy, but when I get angry I forget everything. I am kinda short tempered. 2. I love to study but there are many times when I prefer other things. 3. I want to do much for the world while I am alive.

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

Dancing, sketching faces

What accomplishments are you proud of?

Check out my profile on Answers.com! I have them written there.

What are your special goals or dreams?

I want to do something remarkable in the field of biotechnology/science.

How would you describe yourself or personality?

I am a girl with great zeal/will. I will help a person all I can. I believe in physical and emotional fitness. I never make a person recall his/her mistakes again and again. I strongly believe in destressing.

What brought you to Answers.com?

I got answers to almost all my questions. That’s why I joined Answers.com.

What keeps you coming back to Answers.com?

Finding the answers to my questions, helping others and sharing knowledge.

What is your favorite Answers.com activity?

Answering questions, editing answers and alternates.

Do you want to be interviewed for the Contributor corner? Just leave a comment below and we’ll get to work.

Sneak peek at the new Answers.com HQ in NYC.

Green bean bag chairs? Orange couches? Wavy desks?

Answers.com’s New York City headquarters is making room for added office space. On top of making it look pretty, the team is looking forward to a shared space that promotes freer thinking and offline collaboration. In short – those talented, creative minds behind Answers.com’s community need their space!

Check out the new digs which will house the NYC-based community team. Let us know what you think in the comments below. And stay tuned for an open house announcement…


Have a seat. Stay a while!


A real-life message board.


9 out of 10 community coordinators agree: Wavy desks are more fun.


Blue walls help you think harder. It’s science.


The Orange Guy must have been here.

AmercGirl4J1C – More Than Just a Girl.

She’s an American girl, she’s a wiki girl! She’s AmercGirl4J1C, and we’re happy to have her in the Answers.com community. With a love for music and Christianity, AmercGirl4J1C oversees Christian Music Q&A and Christian Bands and Artists Q&A. Stop by her awesome profile, and you’ll have the unique opportunity to determine your age according to “chocolate math”. Check it out! And read on to find out more about AmercGirl4J1C.

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

My user name is AmercGirl4J1C. It means American Girl for Jesus Christ 1. I came up with the name from one of my AIM Screen-names that I made about 7 years ago, that I really like and still use today.

What is your first name?

My first name is Katie.

What is your age?

I’m 22-years-old.

Do you have any pets?

Yes, a dog; a female German Shepherd.

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

I currently live in the Northern part of the USA (New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania). I have lived here my whole life so far. At one point I’d love to move and live in either Tennessee or Georgia.

What are some of your past or present occupations?

Well, I just finished college in May 2010 with my degree in Business Administration with Accounting option. Well I don’t have a past occupation, just a part-time job in a doctor’s office.

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

I’m pretty knowledgeable in home-security, (Okay, I’m kinda’ a know-it-all with that…). Oh and I’m also pretty knowledgeable about Christian music, I know tons of bands in the many different genres. (I’m kinda a like a walking Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) database.) I’m interested in Criminal Justice type stuff, and how drugs affect the body. iPods, too.

Do you have any collections or hobbies?

Besides books and movies, ha. I collect the American Girls Collection. My hobbies are swimming, bowling and listening to music, mainly.

What do you like to do for recreation?

I love reading, swimming, bowling, playing my Nintendo Wii and Nintendo DS and just chilling with friends or chilling by myself.

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

Yes, I am kind-of ambidextrous although I write just a little slower with my other hand.

What are a few random facts about yourself?

I have a great memory.

What accomplishments are you proud of?

Graduating college for one thing.

What are your special goals or dreams?

My one main dream is to hang-out with the CCM bands/singers.

How would you describe yourself or personality?

I would describe myself as kind of shy, but really nice. I’m also the type of person who tells people the-way-it-is when they ask me a question. My friends know when they ask me anything or a hard question that I will tell them the truth and not try to soften it up.

What brought you to Answers.com?

Well, nothing specifically. I just had Answers.com as one of my home pages, and I just was just looking something up to see that it said about it and some questions came up. I noticed the answers were not quite right so I joined to change them or edit them.

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

I’m a Category Supervisor for the Christian Music and Christian Bands and Artists categories, among others.

What keeps you coming back to Answers.com?

I guess the conversations and the checking out of questions to see what people actually said.

What is your favorite Answers.com activity?

Um, I guess just talking to other Christians or answering questions that I know the answer to.

Do you want to be interviewed for the Contributor corner? Just leave a comment below and we’ll get to work.