Here’s a riddle for you: What goes goo goo for human-sized dolls, spends starloads of bucks on yummy java concoctions and has more charisma than a Wal-Mart Greeter on New Year’s Day? It’s not a what, it’s a who! It’s Neila222!
If you haven’t had an opportunity to meet this dynamo of a lady, Neila is a member of the Answers.com Community Development Team. Part of the time, she is a diehard Community Assistant and the other part she is totally rockin’ it as the WIT Program Coordinator. When she’s not busy on Answers.com, Neila can be found supporting her favorite band, the Goo Goo Dolls, spending time with her beautiful children or picking up her favorite coffee-inspired drink at Starbucks.
Check out the interview we did back in 2007… and read on to learn more about this charismatic, caffeinated, way cool chicky-poo…
What is your user name on Answers.com?
Neila222 – It’s my first name plus my birthday (February 22). I should take this opportunity to mention that cash and Starbucks gift cards always make great birthday gifts.
How did you first learn about the site? When?
I learned about the site in 2004 back when it was FAQ Farm, before it joined the Answers.com family. Does this make me an old-timer? :-) I was pregnant with my daughter at the time so I couldn’t move around much. RoyR, my father-in-law (and Senior Supervisor on WikiAnswers), talked so much about FAQ Farm that I decided to check it out. Luckily for me, they were in need of assistance. Supervising and editing several categories kept my mind and fingers active!
What is your role on Answers.com and what does it entail?
I am lucky enough to have a double role at Answers.com. I am a Community Assistant as well as the WIT Program Coordinator.
In my role as Community Assistant, I do whatever is necessary to keep the site in tip-top shape. A few of my daily tasks include tracking analytics of popular questions to make sure the most viewed questions have the best answers; seeding and answering current events questions; vandal monitoring; and evaluating merge requests. I’m also ready to tackle whatever comes my way, whether it is helping with category creation or assisting in judging contests.
As WIT Program Coordinator, I work with teens on the site to find productive ways to channel their knowledge and energy. Currently, the WIT Program has almost 300 members, and it is continuously growing! I work with each WIT member on an individual basis to find missions that interest them and help improve Answers.com.
What is your favorite activity on the site? Least favorite?
My favorite activity is answering questions on some of my favorite topics. If I need a “break” during the day, I’ll head over to Music, Movies, Soap Operas or Scattergories and answer a few questions. My least favorite activity is dealing with vandals on the site. It just bugs me that people can’t find more productive ways to contribute. It bugs me more that I can’t cyber-smack them.
Do you have a favorite category? Most despised category?
My favorite category is Bands and Recording Artists. I love music, as you can probably tell by several of the categories I supervise (Goo Goo Dolls, Lifehouse, The Fray, Pink, Bon Jovi). My least favorite categories are Football and Justin Bieber. Sorry, for you sports fans and Bieber-lovers. I don’t know much about football. I like sports, but basketball is more my thing. I have tried to get into football, but I just don’t find it interesting.
And what is there to say about the Biebs? I’m just not a fan. It doesn’t help that he has been way too overexposed. I can’t turn on the TV without seeing the teenage moppet!
Aside from Answers.com, what do you like to do for fun? Hobbies?
I love music! My favorite thing to do in my spare time is attend concerts of my favorite bands. I attended 10 concerts last year and traveled to three of them. I took my children to their first two concerts last year, and we all got to hang out with our favorite band. (Hopefully, this increases mom’s coolness factor.) When I’m not attending concerts, I love mystery novels (when I have time to read) and scary movies!
Name one thing not many people know about you.
I have a birthmark shaped like Justin Bieber on my right hip . . . no, I’m just kidding. :-) I love to write, and I used to have a mommy blog! I blogged every day for more than three years. I started the blog after my daughter was born. It was very therapeutic! I stopped blogging when I went back to work full time (and the kids got older) because I got too busy to keep it up, but I am still friends with a lot of other bloggers whom I met during that time.
You’ve just been hired to a promotions position at a major food manufacturer. What would you put in a new breakfast cereal box as a gimmick?
My first thought to attract adults was cold hard cash. That’s right, put money in the box. It can be anything from a penny to $100 bill! Kids, however, might think a little differently. As the mom of two young kids, I have found that my children are fascinated with things that light up or glow in the dark. So, I’m going with a light-up spoon. The spoons would be available in several colors so you can collect them all. It would also help if the spoons have popular characters on them. I’m thinking SpongeBob and Disney Princesses!
What article of clothing most closely describes your personality?
Definitely my “concert” jeans. I have a pair of jeans that I love to wear to concerts. They’re a little bit stretchy, so they’re extremely comfortable. They’re strategically ripped, so they look cool, but they also have – dare I say it – flare! They’re adorned with sparkles and sequins! They’re awesome! Comfortable, cool, awesome, with flare! Does that describe me? Hmmm. . .
Any final words about the site? Your role? The community?
I’ve been on the site (FAQ Farm, then Answers.com) for more than six years now, and I have really enjoyed seeing how much it has grown. I think we have such an awesome community of wonderful people who are extremely intelligent and very friendly. I have made a lot of great friends over the years through Answers.com. Plus, I believe our site is the greatest information resource on the Web. My favorite thing is that I learn something new every single day! (I recently learned that the ‘G’ in the Green Bay Packers logo stands for ‘Greatness.’ Who knew?
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