Meet Spottedtail! An Answers.com Trailblazer!


Spottedtail is a real trailblazer.  One look at her profile page and it is obvious that she is a dynamic and enthusiastic contributor to our site.  She has over 100 missions as a WikiAnswers Influential Teen and was the winner of the 2010 Special Project Assistant award.  In addition, she has over 50,000 contributions, is a member of the Vandal Patrol and a graduate of the Mentoring ProgramSpottedtail is an outgoing and creative teen who plays the piano and works hard at her studies. She inspires others on and off Answers.com.

What is your first name?

My first name is Gabriella.

What is your occupation?

I’m currently a student.

What is your Answers.com username and how did it come about?

My Answers.com username is Spottedtail. The name Spottedtail was forged in the Fires of Mount Doom. I’m joking! My username is based on the Warriors book series by Erin Hunter. I’ve been a fan of the series since I was twelve, so my warrior name just stuck to me like glue.

Where in the world do you hail from and what makes this place special?

I currently live in West Virginia. It is special because I have spent most of my life here with my family. I have moved a bunch in the past, but West Virginia is my home.

How did you discover Answers.com?

Like most people, I found Answers.com through Google search. Eventually, I made an account and got hooked.

What is your favorite thing to do on Answers.com?

I like working in the categories that I supervise, and helping fellow contributors. I also love merging questions.

If you were inviting someone to join Answers.com, what reason(s) would you give that person to become a part of our community?

First off, I would tell them that it is unlike any other site. You are part of a family on Answers.com, and that family becomes really close to you as you spend more time on the site. At least that’s how I see it. I would tell the person about the thousands of categories on Answers.com and that it is a place to share your knowledge and help other people find the answers they are looking for.

What life accomplishments are you proud of?

I am proud that my piano teacher named me the most advanced student. I now feel that I am holding the torch for other students and it has truly been a humbling experience for me. I played “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” at Christmas last year, and it inspired all the kids to keep up with their piano playing. The feeling that you are inspiring people is indescribable!  Oh, and when I win the lottery, I will let you know.

What accomplishments on Answers.com are you proud of?

I am very proud to be a Supervisor and Mentor. I love helping contributors on Answers.com and enjoy teaching new Supervisors the ropes!

What is your favorite type of music?  What is your favorite band or artist?

I like CCM, Christian Rock, and some mainstream stuff too. My favorite band is Evanescence.

What was the last song you listened to?

Umm, should I share this? Party Rock Anthem by LMFAO. It is catchy and stays in my head for hours. Drat! Now it is in my head again! “Everyday I’m shufflin. . “

What is your favorite song?

My favorite is “Voice of Truth” by Casting Crowns. It is such a powerful song. The lyrics speak to me so clearly.

If you had three wishes, what would you wish for?

1. I have some physical problems, so I would wish for those to go away.

2. For poverty, war, and animal and child abuse to end.

3. Either I’d let the Genie go free, or I would wish for more time to spend on Answers.com!

You can only pick one:  banjo, butterfly, or babbling brook.  Which would you choose and why?

Butterflies, because they are so purdy!!

What do you find most challenging as an Answers.com Supervisor?

The most challenging thing would probably be dealing with vandals. I hate vandalism and sometimes dealing with vandals can be tough. At least I am the one with the block button.

What are your special interests, hobbies, or collections?

Music, Answers.com, reading my Bible, spelunking, riding horses, and reading fiction and nonfiction. I love reading about US History and my favorite period is WWII.

What are you most passionate about in your life?

My family and friends, my education, and Answers.com!

Where is one place in the world you would love to visit and why?

I would love to visit Greece someday. That would be awesome. I am sure I would learn a bunch!

What Disney character would you be?

I have a large family. Sometimes we say that all of my siblings are each one of the dwarfs in Snow White. So, if I was any Disney character, I would be Sneezy.

DaughterofGod9498: The Girl With Many Names!


DaughterofGod9498, is a multi-talented teen who plays the piano, knows Chinese, and is a very active member on Answers.com.  She has completed 100 WIT missions and has made over 100,000 contributions on the site. She is a a mentor and a Special Project Assistant. Samantha was born in China and now raises rabbits for a 4-H club in the United States. She enjoys Coca Cola, Cheez-It crackers and her dream destination is Paris.

What is your first name?

Samantha, or Sammy.

What is your occupation?

I’m a homeschooled student.

What is your Answers.com username and how did it come about?

DaughterofGod9498. I copied DaughterofGod off a user on another site, and then 9498 was the first number that came to mind.

How did you discover Answers.com?

I found Answers.com through Google.

What enticed you to join our community?

Well, one day I was bored and what first was a simple task of answering-and-improving some questions later turned into an addiction!

If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?

I’m not quite sure. I enjoy being human!

What is your favorite thing to do on Answers.com?

My favorite thing is to work in my categories, definitely.

If you were inviting someone to join Answers.com, what reason(s) would you give them to become a part of our community?

Answers.com is for anyone who has spare time on their hands, or loves teaching people.

What life accomplishments are you proud of?

I am proud of being homeschooled.  I am also proud of being able to play the piano.

What accomplishments on Answers.com are you proud of?

I’m definitely proud of becoming a mentor, reaching 100 WIT missions, and reaching 100K contributions.

What is your favorite type of music?  What is your favorite band or artist?

Christian music is definitely my favorite. I also enjoy Beethoven, Bach, Mozart and Chopin. Casting Crowns is my favorite band, hands-down!

What was the last song you listened to?

I listened to a Christian remix of Eminem’s song Not Afraid.

What is your favorite song?

My favorite song changes every week or so. Currently, it would be Strong Enough to Save by Tenth Avenue North or You Love Me Anyways by Sidewalk Prophets.

What makes you unique?

I am an adopted Chinese-American! I am a Coca-Cola girl (not Pepsi!) I’d take Coca-Cola products any day. I do not like frosting or chocolate (with the exception of chocolate chip cookies and brownies). I enjoy Cheez-Its and ice cream. I’m not a fan of Mexican food.

If you had three wishes, what would you wish for?

Ohh!! Good question. I would want to meet my biological parents, spread Gospel worldwide, and to be able to play the piano perfectly by ear!

What are your special interests, hobbies, or collections?

I enjoy listening to music, watching movies and Answers.com. I show 14 mini-lop rabbits in the 4-H fair. Seven are mine and I just take care of and show the other seven.

What are you most passionate about in your life?

My passions are my future, my family and Jesus.

What is your favorite quote and why?

My favorite quote is, “Yesterday is history, tomorrow’s a mystery, today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present.”

Who or what is your inspiration in life?

My Dad is the biggest inspiration in my life.

Where is one place in the world you would love to visit and why?

I would like to visit ParisFrance. It sounds elegant and beautiful!

Do you have any special talents?

I play the piano. I know sign-language (well, more accurately, used to… I am pretty rusty) and I’m learning to speak Chinese. I can speak the alphabet backward as fluently as I can forward.

What is one quirky or interesting random fact about you that most people may not know?

I was born in Yue-Yang, Hunan, China. My Chinese name is Yue-tzi Ting and my Chinese nickname is Ting-ting. Everything is pronounced just like it sounds.

Tom Bomb: An Englishman inspired by family, friends, and Answers.com!


Tom Bomb was reluctant to join the site, but is now a contributor with a Silver Badge and over 10,000 contributions in under a year! He has made friends, loves the site and contributes to the Lego category because he believes it is the best toy ever created! This aspiring journalist is polishing his skills as a Special Project Assistant, WIT Explorer and Wiki Guide.

What is your first name? Tom.

What is your occupation: I am currently a student, hoping to become a journalist.

What is your Answers.com username and how did it come about?

My username (Tom Bomb) is a nickname at school. I made it myself years ago, just because Tom rhymes with ‘Bomb’. Simple, but effective!! And no, I’m not some sort of terrorist!

Where in the world do you hail from and what makes this place special?

I live in the north-west of England. England is special to me because it is one of those places in the world that doesn’t look big on the outside, but is huge on the inside. I am proud of the English culture, traditions, religion, and language.

How did you discover Answers.com?

For years now, I have been using Answers.com for research; help with my homework, and to find out interesting facts. I knew the site long before I joined it.

What enticed you to join our community?

A friend at school always wanted me to join Answers.com, but I wasn’t too sure. To be perfectly honest, at the time, I didn’t see the point of joining a site where people asked and answered questions. After many months of nagging, I finally signed up under the username ‘Tom Bomb’ and was addicted to the site instantly. I absolutely love the community on Answers.com, and the site is so much more than I initially thought. I would like to thank my friend at school so much for enticing me to join. It has been the best experience ever.

If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?

I would probably want to be an eagle. I have always wanted to fly and see what our planet looked liked from the sky. It would be pretty awesome to be at the top of the bird food chain and be able to hunt for your own food while flying at well over 100mph.

What is your favorite thing to do on Answers.com?

I’ve actually have two favorite things to do on Answers.com. They are to recategorize and to help new contributors around the site.

If you were inviting someone to join Answers.com, what reason(s) would you give them to become a part of our community?

1. Answers.com is a great site for looking up answers and doing bits of research here and there. It can come in handy if you need an urgent answer for a project, plus if there isn’t an answer already there, I guarantee your question will get answered in only a short space of time.

2. There is such a friendly community across the site, and with over 7 million contributors, you will make some great Wikifriends (a word I made up) along the way who will always be there for you if you need some advice or help.

3. At first you may not be sure whether you want to join or not, but trust me, you will never regret it. Answers.com is the best website on the internet.

What accomplishments on Answers.com are you proud of?

I am proud of:

1. Making over 10,000 contributions including edits, categorizing, splits, asking questions, answering questions, and more.

2. Being a Special Project Assistant and Wiki Influential Teen Explorer, as I work to improve the quality of the site.

3. Being a Wiki Guide. I love to do my bit and put smiles on people’s faces across the WikiCommunity (another word I made up).

What is the craziest thing that has ever happened to you?

This is a tricky question because lots of crazy things have happened in my life so far. It’s probably falling off a ski lift just as it was entering the station. This was during a school trip, and I’m still annoyed at the man controlling the lift because he didn’t bother to come and see if I was alright, plus, he didn’t even stop the lift! Another person before me also fell off.

What is your favorite type of music?  What is your favorite band or artist?

I like lots of different types of music. I love listening to music from other continents such as Africa or Asia, and I like the diversity that other countries have to offer. For example, where we might use a guitar in the UK, India might use a sitar.

What makes you unique?

I have a very distinctive laugh that consists of one big, HA!

If you had three wishes, what would you wish for?

In order of importance:

1. Ending global poverty, corruption, and wars.

2. Allowing money to grow on trees.

3. Becoming a category supervisor on Answers.com!! (Really this would be my personal most important wish, but it would be disrespectful for everything else that is going on in the world).

What do you find most challenging as an Answers.com contributor?

This is another tricky question. I would have to say one of the most challenging things on Answers.com is removing those annoying spaces that appear after editing your profile.

What are your special interests, hobbies, or collections?

I am a huge fan of playing badminton, browsing Answers.com, swimming, having lengthy debates at school that lead to nowhere, watching videos of emergency vehicles, and collecting gems/crystals.

Who or what is your inspiration in life?

My family and friends are the biggest inspirations in my life.

Where is one place in the world you would love to visit and why?

It has to be America!! I’ve always wanted to visit Times Square, to see the hustle and bustle of oncoming yellow taxis and emergency vehicles, and to see the lush jungles and beaches that America has to offer.

A Prince of a Supervisor: Vishal!

This expert in technical writing lives in tech savvy Bangalore, India.  He has a flare for dancing (salsa and freestyle) and a heart of gold.  His multiple talents are great assets to the site: Special Project Assistant, top graduate of the Mentoring Program, Copy Editor and a Wiki Guide.  In short, Vishal is a total Wikiholic with more than 100,000 contributions and counting.

What is your first name?  Vishal

What is your occupation? I am a Senior Technical Writer.

What is your Answers.com username and how did it come about?

My Answers.com username is Vishal: It comes from my full name, Vishal Gundu Rao. Gundu Rao is my dad’s name.

Where in the world do you hail from and what makes this place special?

I hail from Mysore, the city of palaces! It is in the state of Karnataka in India. I currently reside in Bangalore, the Silicon Valley of India!

What is your favorite activity on the site? Least favorite?

My favorite activity is working on Special Project Assistant (SPA) tasks and especially the batch re-categorization which I am in love with.  My least favorite activity is to warn/block users. In fact, I hate to do it.

What enticed you to join our community?

I thought of giving back to Answers.com in return for the answers I have received from the site.  Also, being a technical writer, I feel uncomfortable whenever I find bad or nonsense answers in one of the best Q&A sites I have seen.  Additionally, the friendly environment that the users create (including Supers, Program Coordinators, Community Assistants) lured me in.  That is how I became a Wikiholic.

What do you find most challenging as an Answers.com Supervisor?

As they say, ‘With great power comes great responsibility.’  Being a Supervisor, sometimes it is challenging not to warn new contributors who commit mistakes intentionally!  However, I end up posting an unofficial warning.

If you were inviting someone to join Answers.com, what reason(s) would you give them to become a part of our community?

The main reason would be the knowledge they can gain about random topics.  In fact, I recommend Answers.com to many of my friends.

What accomplishments on Answers.com are you proud of?

I am most proud of the following:

What life accomplishments are you proud of?

  • I graduated and received my diploma with a double major.
  • I learned salsa and freestyle dancing.
  • I come from a “normal” non-royal, non-noble lineage traced back six generations. I was able to create my family tree at Geni.com.

If you had three wishes, what would you wish for?

  • Health: to live longer and enjoy life with my family and friends.
  • Wealth that I can share with my family, friends and the needy.
  • Happiness, so that I can spread that around.

What is your favorite food?

My favorite is South Indian Cuisine and my mom’s homemade food!

How do you most enjoy using your creativity and why?

When doing community service, it makes me happy to see the poor, orphaned and physically challenged children smile when we closely interact with them and spend time with them.

What is your favorite quote and why?

“Time and tide wait for no man…”  This is a very simple, clear and self-explanatory proverb.  Time and tide are natural phenomena and have neither regard nor consideration for anybody.  Time and tide symbolize valuable opportunity and occur without any notice.  No one can command or foretell their occurrence or recurrence.  They are generally short-lived and pass quickly.  No one can say whether or when they would come again.  So one should be fully prepared to make the best use of an opportunity as and when it presents itself.

Where is one place in the world you would love to visit and why?

I would love to visit the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, U.S.A. because it is the happiest place on earth!

Any final words about the site? Your role? The community?

Answers.com Rocks!