Say hi to Mary, aka Skippercollector!

Her favorite movie is Apollo 13, while her favorite book is The Copper Crown, by Patricia Kennealy Morrison.  We had a fun interview with Mary!

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Q:  Is there a story behind your username, Skippercollector?

A:  I am a Barbie doll collector, but my favorite doll since I was a little girl is her younger sister Skipper.  My collection focuses on her.

Q:  Do you have any pets?

A:   Milo is my domestic shorthair female cat.  She was a stray in the neighborhood, and the neighbors thought she was male, hence her boy’s name.  I didn’t adopt Milo.  Milo adopted me.

Q:  What is your educational background?

A:  I have a Bachelor’s degree in mass communications from Northern Kentucky University.

Q:  What influenced your chosen field of study?

A:  Even in grade school, I was good at writing and the teachers noticed it.

Q:  What is your occupation?

A:  I work in the PR department of a local hospital.

Q:  Where do you live?

A:  I live in Ohio.

Q:  What life accomplishments are you proud of?

A:  Go ahead and laugh if you want, or snicker that I am obsessed and have no life.  I spent months looking through all of my Barbie doll reference books and came up with a total of how many different versions of Barbie had been made between 1959 and 1999.  NO ONE, NO OTHER COLLECTOR, had ever done this.  Oh, and the answer is about 2,300.

Q:  Do you have any special traveling stories you’d like to share?

A:  The first time I visited Los Angeles was in 1985.  I’d fantasized about the place ever since I learned in first grade that all the people in my TV set lived in a place called Hollywood.  We spent the week sightseeing, but little knocked me over.  Until….we drove down to Huntington Beach.  As soon as we got off the freeway and started driving down Beach Boulevard, I was dumfounded.  This was the LA I’d had in my head all my life–the wide boulevard with the smaller businesses and all the palm trees lining it; the huge pier and the wide beach.

Q:  Where is one place in the world you would love to visit?

A:  Australia

Q:  Tell us about your doll collection.

A:  I have collected more than 900 Barbie and family dolls since the 1980s.

Q:  What enticed you to join the Answers community and what do you like best about the site?

A:  When I started looking through all the Barbie doll questions, I noticed that many were repetitive and the anal-retentive part of me knew that they could be combined.  Plus, I knew a lot of the answers myself.  I also read a lot of misinformation that needed to be corrected.

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

A:  Deleting the inane or incomprehensible questions!

Q:  If you were inviting someone to join Answers.com, what reason(s) would you give them to convince them they would love being a part of our community?

A:  I’ve already done it several times, suggesting that other doll collectors in general or Barbie collectors in particular would want to impart their knowledge.

Q:  If you could be any animal, what would you want to be?

A:  A cat.  Doesn’t everyone?

Q:  What are some random favorites you have?

A:  Some of my favorite things in life are:

Astronaut: Jim Lovell/Shannon Lucid
Athlete: retired professional Australian surfer Cheyne Horan
Car: red Chrysler Sebring convertible
Color: red
Doll: Skipper, of course! (particularly the 1968 Twist N Turn, 1970 Living, 1987 Jewel Secrets and 1989 Cheerleader Teen)
Play: Jesus Christ SuperStar/Mamma Mia!/Man of La Mancha/The Music Man/1776!
Sitcom: Dharma & Greg (1997-2002)/My Family (2000-?)/WKRP in Cincinnati (1978-1982)
Sound: jet cruising at 30,000 feet/bobwhite call
Vacation spot: Huntington Beach, CA

 

Announcing Answers’ top five Community Outreach WikiGuides in 2014!

We had an awesome year in Community Outreach in 2014. WikiGuides were busy greeting new contributors, inviting former contributors and supervisors to return, delivering well-wishes and congratulating members of the community for their accomplishments.

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These top five WikiGuides for the year will receive shiny new badges on their profiles and Answers merchandise for their outstanding efforts:

1st place – ChuckSiata
2nd place – Fish247
3rd place – Darksyde
4th place – Xnicola
5th place – Skullcandy88

For 2015, we have a program goal of completing 3000 missions, and WikiGuides are off to a great start!

If you are interested in joining the Community Outreach program, reaching out to the community by completing fun missions, earning badges and receiving Answers and program swag, email Robin at communityoutreach@wikianswers.com.

Let’s get to know more about CrazzyAmmy

We love getting to know our Answers contributors better and had a nice interview with another awesome member recently.  Meet Aman, known on the site to many as Crazzyammy.

Q:  What is the story behind your username?

A: A friend of mine had her Twitter username as CoolCrazyRock! I stole the middle one with a ZZ!

Q:  Tell us a little about your education.

A: I’ve done my schooling from Mamta Modern School. Currently attending college at Northern India Engineering College in Computer Science Engineering.

Q:  Where are you from, where did you grow up?

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A: Born and brought up in India. Was born in a small town but right now staying in the capital, New Delhi.

Q:  What life accomplishments are you proud of?

A: Winning the first prize in Indian Government Organized Montreal Protocol and getting a certificate of merit from Mr. Jairam Ramesh, Environment Minister, India. This was the achievement that led to my increased interests in the ozone layer.

Q:  Do you have a special motto, belief in life or quote; something you always keep in mind or live by?

A: After delivering my report for my Summer Internship in Hughes Systique Corporation and after saying the words, “It was a difficult task”, the manager of the team stood up and said something I would never forget.  “If others can do it, why not you!”

Q:  What are you most passionate about in your life?

A: Life is all about learning. The day you stop learning, is the day you stop living. This passion for learning has kept me alive.

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With friends in Manali

Q:  Do you have any traveling experiences you’d like to share, places you’ve visited, or favorite places?

A: I personally love traveling. I, along my DSLR, would love to go on a world tour. This is a recent picture from my latest trip to Manali, a hill station in India.

Q:  Are there any other places you’d like to visit?

A: There are two actually.

1.        Venice. A photographer’s paradise
2.        NASA Headquarters, Washington D.C.

Q:  What are your special interests, hobbies, or collections?

A: Photography. However, it would more likely be a passion than a hobby. I have the drug in my veins to carry the special moments in life on my shutter. Studying about Ozone has been another one. It gives me the feeling of being connected with nature.

Q:  What is the most daring thing you’ve ever done?

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River Rapelling

A: River Rappelling. The fact that I am scared of heights made it more daring.

Q:  How long have you been a member of Answers, and what do you like about out community?

A: I’ve been a member since 23rd November 2010. Completed my 4 year WikiVersery recently.  The fact that each member of the community encourages the others to perform well and contribute to the society is what makes it unique. Answers for its members it’s not just about the contributions, it’s something more.

Q:  Do you see the glass half full or half empty? Why?
A: Half Empty. Take it and fill it up to the rim. A half filled glass might leave you thirsty.

Meet the Winner of the Summer Sizzler 2014 AnswerThon: Bilal Tariq

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He was a first place winner of the Summer Sizzler 2014 AnswerThon, which is no wonder! He loves to answer new questions! Say hi to Bilal Tariq, also known on Answers as Jabirshah.

Hailing from Lahore, Pakistan, Bilal has been a member of Answers since 2007. A Floating Supervisor and Copy Assistant in the WikiReviewers program, he is a Silver Contributor with over two thousand answers under his belt!

In his offline time, Bilal enjoys reading the poetry of Mr. Allama Muhammad Iqbal, the national poet of Pakistan and listening to pop music.

An accountant by trade, Bilal can often be found on Answers plugging away in the Business Accounting and Bookkeeping, Accounts Payable, and Budgeting and Forecasting categories.

Answering, of course!

How about those WikiReviewers?

Close up of vintage typewriter machineWhen our WikiReviewers tackle a task, they do it with gusto! It’s amazing to see members of this program band together on missions and work hard to meet and even by-pass monthly program goals!

We’re saving the bulk of our brags for our end-of-the-year sound off, but we just can’t keep quiet about one of the  WikiReviewers‘ accomplishments this year. And boy are we proud of this one!  In April, WikiReviewers dove into the Uncategorized category with a goal of recategorizing 5,000 questions. We thought that would be a pretty tough task. Well, you’ll be amazed to know by the end of the month, we had recategorized an astronomical 425,988 questions!!  Turns out we set our sights a little low on that one, and as more WikiReviewers pitched in, we exceeded our goal far beyond what we expected!

In the past year, WikiReviewers have completed a walloping 14,978 missions, making hundreds of thousands of needed edits on the site!  We’ve also gained over 30 new members since the first of the year!

There are five divisions in the WikiReviewers Program, each with their own specific types of assignments.  Robin, the program coordinator, places newcomers to the program in the most suitable category for them, based on a review of their contributions to the site.

If you happen to meet up with a WikiReviewer on the site, give them a pat on the back.  They certainly deserve it!

 

It’s exciting to be part of the WikiReviewers Program!  If you would like to join us, message Robin, the program coordinator and let her know.

Meet Ironnica: Eclectic, Intelligent and Irish

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Friend with Ironnica on Graduation Day

Ironnica is one of our top Supervisors in the areas of Chemistry and Math. He has a special talent for chemistry in particular and is currently doing a PhD in the subject, and he is just 25 years old! To pay his way through school, he bartends and he also works with undergraduate students at University. On our site, he is an AnswerThon winner in Second Place, and a member of the Mentoring Program and Vandal Patrol. He is also a Category Supervisor in Math and Arithmetic and Chemistry and related areas. At over 26, 000 contributions, he is already a Gold Contributor. It is an honor to have Ironnica helping out on our site! Read more and get to know this young Irishman.

What is your first name?

My first name is Liam.

What is your occupation?

I am a PhD student in Dublin City University. My area of study is solar fuels generation in the Department of Chemistry.

What enticed you to join our community?

I asked a question about a guitar that I wanted to buy, the Jackson WRMG. It has a very unusual shape and I wanted to know if it would fit into a normal sized soft guitar bag. Somebody actually checked their guitar and let me know that it did. From there, I answered a few questions while in  my first year of college and later I was asked to join the Premier Answerers Facebook page. That was a very nice touch. Following that, the community of people on the site made it somewhere that I wanted to stay. There are a lot of lovely people here.

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

I like answering questions. I’ve recently been working through a few key words, mainly on unit conversions, as a means to clean the backlog up. I could try to guess alternative wording for answers in the hope of slotting an answer in, but for the majority of these questions, they require a one sentence answer, and it is far more efficient to just answer them. When I started,  I used to look up the answers to questions I had a vague idea about, and I learned a lot of random things myself through that method. I used reliable sources so I do not fear that the info was incorrect!

What is the most daring thing you’ve ever done?

The move from an institute of technology (IT Carlow) to university was daring. I didn’t come from a house with vast amounts of money, but I knew from my time in Carlow that chemistry was my calling and that I would have been at a disadvantage if I didn’t take the plunge.

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

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Andy McKee

I used to be into heavy metal and some power metal, hard rock, punk and a random mix aside from that. I have gone now drifted towards pop punk and listen to Less than Jake, The Offspring, Blink 182, Bad Religion, Lars Frederiksen, Bouncing Souls, Fight Like Apes and Dead Cat Bounce. Two legends of music that I’ll always hold very dear are Andy McKee (double hand tapping acoustic) and Ludovico Einaudi (Italian composer and pianist). I’ve been very lucky to see both and they gave incredible shows.

What makes you unique?

I am a very honest person, and if I’m not being honest, I have good reason not to be. I am not religious, but I do live by a loose idea of karma. I have been very lucky in life to get where I am, which encourages me to continue this way and to keep in mind who may be affected by my actions or lack of them.

What are you most passionate about in your life?

I am most passionate about chemistry, and as of late, inspiring younger minds by explaining things in ways that I wish had been told to me. I have always been passionate about my three nephews and my niece and I hope to be there for them whenever they need me in the future.

Who or what is your inspiration in life?

I don’t need to look far in my life for inspiration thankfully. My girlfriend, Andrea is a rock, and a very intelligent, capable and highly motivated individual, and to put up with me is something to be admired on its own.

My dad and sister have always offered me help. My dad has provided me with any tools that I have needed in life, and has done his level best for me. I have quite a few aunts and uncles who are there to give support whenever needed, in particular, my uncle Eamonn who is a Catholic priest. He (and others) has looked out for me and we get on remarkably well, considering I am an atheist. He respects that, and it goes unmentioned.

Do you view the glass ‘half full’ or ‘half empty’? Why?

I am a half empty type of person, a bad habit. Doing research is an absolute roller-coaster that has you picking yourself up a few times a week. That’s where the forced optimism comes in, and the “ah sure, it’ll be grand” line.

What life accomplishments are you proud of?

I won the 2009 Eurachem Analytical Measurement Competition in Ireland. I was selected as one of five IT students to represent Ireland at the 2008 London International Youth Science Forum. I got a side qualification in quality assurance while attending Carlow IT. I finished top of class in my undergraduate degree. Also, I never dreamed that I could have the opportunity to do a PhD, and for getting here (a long road to go yet) I am proud no matter what lies ahead in the future.

Anything else?

Not so much a question, but I have to thank the Answers team for the opportunity to enter the recent AnswersThon and for being the lovely people that they are. They have provided a platform of free education.  I am also thankful to Sal Khan of Khan Academy, Wikipedia, and the infinite amount of freely available educational resources on the Internet. We really live in a knowledge-rich environment with all these media available at our fingertips. With proper dedication, anyone can succeed, with the right tools already in place.

Check out some of Ironnica’s questions on Answers.com:

How do you find the answer to A girl counted 28 geese and horses on the farm all together and if there were 78 legs how many were geese?

What two factors most influence the chance a collision will occur between atoms of chemical reactions?

What are 5 ways to know that a chemical reaction has taken place?

How much water will a 25 millimeter by 100 millimeter pipe hold?

 

 

Meet Galileedawn: Honored Rabbi, Valued Contributor

GalileeDawnGalileedawn is our resident expert on all things related to Judaism. As a writer, educator and researcher, he is an expert who shares his vast knowledge on the site. He is also an active member of our Answers.com community as Category Supervisor, WikiReviewer Editor, Noble WikiGuide, Vandal Patrol Generalist and he has Gold Contributor status. Currently residing in Israel, Galileedawn was born in the United States. Read more and get to know Galileedawn.

What is your occupation?

I am a Rabbi, engaged in the study and teaching of  the Talmud, Tanakh, halakha (Jewish law) and other areas of Judaism. I also am a writer and proofreader.

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

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My handle is Galileedawn, since I live in the Galilee region of Israel. “Dawn” is a symbol of hope and beginnings.

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

I have dual citizenship, but I was “made in the U.S.A.”

What enticed you to join our community?

I noticed that many questions in the Judaism categories are either unanswered or have answers that are incomplete or inaccurate. I feel it is important that Judaism should be written about in a way that gives voice to our Torah heritage, replete with sources from Talmud, Tanakh (Hebrew Bible) and halakha (Torah-law), wherever applicable. I also feel that those who are posting questions are interested in seeing a traditional Jewish viewpoint in the answer, not a watered-down version.

What life accomplishments are you proud of?

I am proud of learning the Tanakh and several Talmud tractates (volumes) with their commentaries.

What accomplishments on Answers.com are you proud of?

I am proud of answering thousands of questions in the Judaism categories with what I hope are informative answers.

What is the most daring thing you’ve ever done?

Once I  jumped out of a second-story window.

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

My only wish is for closeness to God.

Do you view the glass ‘half full’ or ‘half empty’?  

Half full: Judaism is well-known for its optimism.

What are your special interests, hobbies, or collections?

I have a collection of several hundred books in Hebrew and English on Jewish topics. My hobby is Wikianswers.

What is your favorite quote and why?

“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the Earth.” That one brief quote answers reams of questions. It gives purpose to existence.

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Rashi

Who or what is your inspiration in life?

My inspiration is Rashi, a Talmud commentator who lived from 1040 to 1105.

Do you have any special talents?

I can write grammatically. That’s getting less common these days.

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

I can do quick math computations in my head.

Check out some of Galileedawn’s answers:

How does Judaism give life meaning and purpose?

What are the top ten facts about the Talmud?

What does the Jewish feast of Hanukkah celebrate?

Why is David important in the history of Judaism?