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

Friend with Ironnica on Graduation Day

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?

Andy McKee

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?

Galilee

Galilee

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.

Rashi

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?

Meet KrazE1: Lover of naps, coffee and fish

KrazE1 has been on the site for just about a year now and already she is making her mark! She was a Runner Up in the Sizzlin’ Summer AnswerThon, and she’s already a graduate of TIP, our premier program that trains members to become Supervisors on the site. Off the site, KrazE1 is an expert on freshwater fish. She loves coffee, and her naps…caffeine apparently doesn’t interfere with her sleep! Read more to learn about this Gold Contributor!

What is your first name? My first name is Kim.

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

My username is KrazE1 and it’s pronounced as “crazy” because sometimes I am. I thought it was just an interesting spelling.

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

I’m from Ontario, Canada. Our crazy weather makes it a special place.

How did you discover Answers.com?

I had been looking for a fish item online to purchase, and I noticed a question and answer for the site.

What enticed you to join our community?

When I first entered the site, the question I came upon had incorrect information regarding goldfish. I couldn’t possibly ignore it, so I just had to join to edit the response. Then I found even more questions about goldfish that needed answers, and I’ve been here ever since.

How did you become an expert on fish?

I’m certainly no expert, as there are always new things to learn, but after more than 15 years of keeping fish, and doing lots of research, it has helped me learn many things to keep my fish healthy.

What is your favorite fish?

That would have to be a Calico Ribbontail. It is a type of goldfish, but it has very long fins which exceed its body in length. It almost looks like Linus dragging along his comfort blanket when it swims.

What else can you tell us about goldfish?

5 year old Spot

5 year old Spot

Goldfish actually grow quite a bit when they are given the recommended amount of space and care. The fish in the picture is named Spot, and he is just over 5 years old. I am just barely holding him in my hand, so you can appreciate his size.

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

I would be a house cat. Cats can nap all day!

Do you have any pets?

Silly O

Silly O

I have two cats who are true brothers. One of them, named Oreo, frequently makes a point to stare me down when he wants me to give him attention, instead of sitting on my laptop.

What is your favorite type of music?  

My favourite types of music are heavy metal, hard rock, punk, and rock. My favourite band is Nirvana.

 

What was the last song you listened to?

Volbeat, about Lola Montez.

What is your favorite song?

It’s a tie between two songs for me: Metallica’s Fade to Black, and Judas Priest’s Before the Dawn.

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

It’s a challenge to merge the questions that are asked repeatedly when there are already answers for questions much the same, but just worded differently or misspelled.

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

I would visit Scotland because I absolutely love everything related to castles and medieval times and there is much to be seen there.

Check out some of KrazE1’s answers on the site:

What song is played in the closing credits of the movie Kurt Cobain about a son?

How do you tell if a goldfish is pregnant?

Can a viper fish drink coffee?

 

Meet Natural Val: From massage to mountain climbing

Natural Val is a knowledgeable health care professional who we are lucky to have on the site. His teaching background makes his answers easy to understand and he loves to share his knowledge. On the site, you will find him as a Mentor, Senior Supervisor and Silver Contributor.  Offsite, he is  a man of many talents: graphic artist, photographer and mountain climber – and he has some awesome stories about survival in the wilderness. Check out Valentin’s interview to learn more about this intelligent and dedicated contributor.

What is your first name?

My first name is Valentin, pronounced Valenteen. Most people call me Val because it’s easier to say. I would like to think that my parents named me after the three Roman Emperors named Valentinius, but since they were silent movie buffs, they were probably thinking of Rudolph Valentino.

What is your occupation?

Pantheistic Symmetry  by Valentin

Pantheistic Symmetry
by Valentin

I have had a few different careers associated with either photography and graphic arts or allied health care like massage therapy, and now nursing. And, since I am so much of a people person, I consider myself as being mostly a health sciences educator.

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

I have always loved nature and the great outdoors. I was teaching at a massage therapy school in North Carolina when I first joined Answers.com. The name of the school was the Natural Touch School of Massage. I liked the name so much that I incorporated the word ‘natural’ into many of my usernames. And so, for WikiAnswers Natural Val was a natural choice. Pun intended.

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

I come from what is now known as Serbia-Montenegro. When I was born there it was called Yugoslavia, but in Europe a person takes on ethnicity and cultural affiliation from one’s heritage and one’s parents, and not according to the borders where one is physically born. My father is Romanian and my mother, Hungarian so I was a misfit because that was considered a mixed marriage. Because of a difficult political situation, my family, which included my parents and my older sister, Ofelia, immigrated to the United States when I was five years old.

How did you discover Answers.com?

I was doing research for an anatomy and physiology class I was teaching, and found a link to a question that I could not resist answering myself on Answers. A week later, after I had answered a few more questions, a Supervisor invited me to join because she liked the way I answered questions.

What life accomplishments are you proud of?

My proudest accomplishment is being polyglottic and that means lots of glotts, which is the Latin word for tongues. I have learned to speak seven languages throughout my life. Five of those I learned to speak with native fluency by the time I was six years old. In order, they were: Hungarian, Romanian, Serbian, Italian, and American English. It was later that I learned conversational levels of French and American Sign Language (ASL); more like what people call their second language, only they were my sixth and seventh. I even taught ASL and English reading and writing skills to deaf adults at the Deaf Community Center of San Diego for a while. These were people that had been born deaf and had minimal, if any, communication skills and no formal education. They had family that brought them here after they, themselves, immigrated to the US from other parts of the world; places like Thailand, Vietnam, Colombia, Mexico, and Ethiopia. I consider being their teacher here in America as a sort of a coup d’état  considering my earlier situation when I was the foreigner without a clue as to what was going on.

What accomplishments on Answers.com are you proud of?

I am proudest for starting the category of Massage Therapy. I was not only its first Supervisor but, at the time there was no Alternative Health category, so it had to be added to make a place for Massage Therapy. I was also the first Human Anatomy Supervisor.

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

My three wishes are to end all wars, end all world hunger, and end all disease. If that ever happened we would probably overpopulate the world and that would make all three of those wishes impossible to attain as long as we all stayed on just this one planet. And so, since we haven’t started inhabiting Mars, yet, I have to take back all three wishes and choose another one, and only one. And that would have to be that we learn to share the Earth; not only sharing it with other human beings, but with all of life that has a home on this wet rock flying around a star in one of the 200 billion, or more, galaxies in this vast Universe. There may be enough room out there, but since we are all still here, let’s make the best of it.

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

I view it as half full. But you probably could have easily guessed that by now.

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

The most challenging thing is to figure out what the questioner is trying to learn. In other words, what is the question? I try to enter the mindset of the person who wrote it, and that means I try to guess the approximate age and level of knowledge or experience the person may have with the subject. I especially love the questions that children ask because they are usually from a perspective of either curiosity or just plain awe about the world around them.

What are you most passionate about in your life?

I am most passionate about my life. My definition of life is the period of time when a biological organism uses its will and intention to influence changes in its internal and external environments. So, life is about having opportunities to make changes.

Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein

What is your favorite quote and why?

“You should make things as simple as possible, but no simpler.” – Albert Einstein. After that it would have to be: “And don’t call me Shirley!” – Hollywood movie classic, Airplane.

Who is your inspiration in life?

My grandparents from the Hungarian village where I spent the first part of my life are the biggest inspiration for me. My grandmother was the village doctor, nurse, and midwife and my grandfather was the most skilled farmer, craftsman, and animal tender in their town. Everybody respected them both. My grandfather’s philosophy was to make friends and visit with everybody, but stay true to your own beliefs and ways while respecting others.

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

I would love to visit the Kalahari Desert in Southern Africa because I would love to be a guest of the native San people or the Bushmen, as they are also known.

Do you have any special talents?

One of my proudest achievements is solo camping in the Cascade Mountains of Northern California where I spent three days and nights with no tent, no sleeping bag, no flashlight, no matches, and no modern camping equipment. All I carried was a knife and blanket. During those three glorious days I explored the local plants and wildlife. Those three days and nights are burned deeply into my memory.

Check out these answers by Natural Val:

Why do you need habitats?

What is the principal role of protein in the body?

What is the last part of the brain to develop fully?

Meet Jackgin! Witty WIT member and great contributor

Jackgin is an outstanding member of our team: a WikiReviewer copy assistant, a Community Outreach WikiGuide, and a bronze contributor. He is also a member of Wiki Influential Teens (WIT) and just won the contest to describe the WIT program: Fun, Meaningful and Unique!  He loves computers, reading and WikiAnswers!  Read more and get to know Jack!

What is your first name? My first name is Jack.

What is your occupation?  I am a student.

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

I am from Singapore. I think what makes Singapore a special place is its huge diversity and the chance to meet and see people from other races living in harmony.

How did you discover Answers.com?

My teacher gave me an assignment to do research on the characteristics of the crab. When I asked a question in Google for the assignment, the first search result was a link to Answers.com. I thank my teacher for ‘helping’ me to discover Answers.com.

What enticed you to join our community?

I love to help people and thought that Answers.com was a good way to do this by answering other people’s questions. WikiAnswers was so addicting that wherever I went, I was thinking about Answers.com all the time, thus I joined.

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

I like doing everything on the site and it’s a  lot of fun. If I had to choose one thing, it would be categorising questions.

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

Well, the people on the site are very nice and you also get to learn new things in areas that you may be interested in.

What is your favorite song? gangnam-style

It has to be Gangnam Style by PSY because I think it’s very catchy and I love the dance moves. In fact that is one of the reasons why the song is so popular.

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

Firstly, I would wish for world peace because I feel that peace is very important and some places in the world are still in much chaos. Secondly, I would wish that I could have autographs from every famous person that I like because then I can show them off to all my friends! Finally, I wish that I could have tons of money! Even though money isn’t everything in the world, it can still get you (and me) some awesome stuff, don’t you agree?

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

I view it as both. It’s ‘half full’ because it shows that I have made progress and should be happy about that; it’s ‘half empty’ because it shows that I still have a long way to go before I achieve true success.

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

I’ll pick the butterfly since my mother and I both think that it is a fascinating creature.

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

I think making sure that my answers are accurate is the most challenging as an Answer.com contributor.

Who or what is your inspiration in life?

My inspiration is definitely my parents as they worked hard to raise me to be who I am now.

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

I would love to visit Japan as I have always thought that it is a very beautiful country with many different plants and animals.

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

My short-term memory is bad, but my long-term memory is surprisingly good.

Check out some of Jackgin’s intriguing answers:

How do you get Keynote on a Dell computer?

Is subtraction a short cut for addition?

What is a synonym for allure?

Creative, caring and cultured: Meet Bolognaking

With almost 39,000 contributions, Bolognaking is a Gold Contributor, Category Supervisor, and WikiReviewer copy editor on our site. He’s also a regular participant in our AnswerThons and the 2011 WAmmy Award winner for the Literature and Language Category. He uses his expertise about Shakespeare to contribute to the Literature categories. It is a pleasure to introduce the all around talented Bolognaking to our community!

What is your first name?

My first name is Mason, but I am better known as Bolognaking.

What is your occupation?

I am retired from full-time work and I am now am a substitute teacher and teacher of English as a Second Language.

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

I chose my username a long time ago. We had an Italian friend who used to complain about people pronouncing Bologna as Baloney. I think that had something to do with it.

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

I live in a small town (population about 1700) on the Canadian prairies. Some people don’t like small town life. I do.

How did you discover Answers.com?

I was going through some old Laurentian pencils and noticing that they used to have the most interesting names for the colours (Hollywood Cerise, Orchid Purple, Midnight Black etc.). There was one colour I couldn’t find and I asked on Answers. I didn’t get an answer, but it got me curious about the site. I looked at some of the questions and said “I know the answer to that!” and I was off.

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

Answering first. Editing and merging questions, second.

What life accomplishments are you proud of?

In the end it’s the simple things that matter. I am most proud of my children, who are good people with good values. I cannot take full credit for that, but I am still proud.

What accomplishments on Answers.com are you proud of?

I’m proud of some of my better answers, the ones which took a lot of research.

What is your favorite type of music?  

I’ll listen to anything except country music. And even that has its moments.

What was the last song you listened to?

Solitario Corazón by Fausto Miño.

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare

Who is your favorite poet?  

My favourite author, who was also a poet, is William Shakespeare. Plays and short stories are my favourite forms of literature; novels are my least favourite form.

What makes you unique?

Everyone is unique. It’s what makes life worth living. Diversity makes life better; uniformity crushes the soul.

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

If the glass is half empty, that means that there is an opportunity to fill it. If you look at it as half full, you are regretting that it was once completely full. I’ll take half empty.

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

Changes to the website mean that you have to go back and develop new procedures. This wastes time, and sometimes it is less than clear why the changes were made. As a Supervisor, the most annoying and challenging problem is that the people asking the questions often do not use proper spelling or grammar. In many cases the questioner could have easily received his answer if he had taken the time to phrase his question right. Unfortunately we are faced with a deluge of variant spellings and grammatically incorrect questions which have to be corrected.

Monopoly Man

Monopoly Man

What are your special interests, hobbies, or collections?  

I have a collection of recorded performances of Shakespeare’s plays (including movie adaptations) with about 150 titles. But I am a sucker for collections: I have collections of playing cards with non-standard shapes or facecards and of unusual Monopoly games.

What are you most passionate about in your life?

Truth. Kindness. Fairness. Diversity. Tolerance.

What is your favorite quote and why?

“We’re actors; we’re the opposite of people” Tom Stoppard, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. I think that would work for anyone who has been an actor.

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

Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat

I have been to a lot of them, but that only makes you hungrier for more. Angkor Wat, the Taj Mahal, Mecca, Dumfries, Abu Simbel, and Istanbul are on the list.

Do you have any special talents?  

I don’t know about talents, but I love to create. Painting, drawing, writing, performing and writing music, acting, directing, cooking, building – I love doing anything creative, including answering questions.

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

I’m a Freemason.

Check out some of Bolognaking’s Answers :

What was it like to be alive in 1517?

What is blank verse?

What prophecy did the witches give to Caesar?

Meet Kedar bc: Wisdom and Wit All in One

This long time contributor – he joined in 2008 – is a Bronze Contributor. He is most active in the Maharashtra Schools Colleges and Universities and Senior Secondary Certificate categories, both topics related to the school system in his native India. Recently Kedar bc has become a prominent participant in our AnswerThons, winning 4th place in the summer contest and 3rd in the spring contest. Valedictorian of his class, his passions include his native country and ghazal music. Read on to learn more about this very intelligent and wise contributor!

What is your first name?

My first name is Kedar.

What is your occupation?

I am a 17 year old student.

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

I am from Pune, India. It is one of the oldest cities in the country and its origins can be traced back to the 6th century. Pune is considered to be the cultural capital of India. Also it is turning into a major research and educational hub.

How did you discover Answers.com?

Once I googled a physics homework question. Imagine the joy when I found that the same question was already answered on Answers.com.

What enticed you to join our community?

I always wanted to do community service. I thought that a great way to do so, in my capacity, was to answer other people’s questions and in the process also increase my understanding of things.

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

I would be an eagle because it is the one who sees it all as a free and distant observer of the bigger picture. If you can be anything, why not be the free, king of the skies.

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

My favorite thing is to just browse through the questions asked in my favorite categories and answer as many as I can. The satisfaction of answering questions is indescribable. Many times, I come across a question about a topic I recently studied. Trying to answer that question helps me learn new things and also make my concepts clearer.

What life accomplishments are you proud of?

Off the top of my head, I am proud that I was the valedictorian of my school. I hope in the future I will have a very long list to answer this question.

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

I have to confess; one of the most daring things was asking my crush on a date. ;-)

What is your favorite type of music?  

I love Indian music but ghazals are my favorite, and Jagjit Singh is my favorite ghazal singer. I am a big fan of A R Rahman’s music, too.

What is your favorite song?

My favorite song changes every month or so. Currently it is ‘Let it Be’. I recently downloaded the Beatles box set and I love this song. Before that my favorite song was The A Team.

What is your favorite poem and why?

My favorite poem is “The Race” by D.H. Groberg. This is a simple yet very inspirational poem about perseverance and finishing something you have started, even though you may have downfalls along the way. It tells us that winning is nothing.  More important than winning, it is ‘to rise each time you fall’.

What makes you unique?

I try to look at things differently. For example, in the proverb:  ‘A rolling stone gathers no moss’, I think moss indicates lethargy and stagnancy. So in my eyes, being a rolling stone is a good thing as you soak up new experiences. And then there is always my DNA to prove my uniqueness.

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

I really want to say something like…saving the world, but if a genie really pops out and asks what I want, these are the things I will ask for.

  • Money…lots and lots of it.
  • Life till I decide to die.
  • And the ability to freeze time.

The only challenge would be to frame the requests such that the genie cannot trick me.

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

Definitely I view it half filled. I try to acknowledge the presence of something rather than its absence. At the same time, I remain aware that there is still a lot of space to be filled.

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

The most challenging thing is to answer vague questions. I have to try to interpret what the person is really asking or what he really wants to know and answer that. I try not to give vague or incomplete answers. This becomes challenging because, for this, you have to know a lot about a topic.

What are your special interests, hobbies, or collections?

I love debates and elocutions. I act in dramas. I am learning to play the Indian flute called the ‘bansuri.’

What are you most passionate about in your life?

I am most passionate about my country, India. I want India to be called a developed country.

What is your favorite quote and why?

I personally don’t think that quotes have to come from great personalities. A good thought is a good thought, no matter who says it, but in the real world, unless you become ‘Someone’, ‘No one’ is interested in what you have to say. So MY quote is:

‘Be so successful that you are quoted in other people’s quotations.’

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

Florence

Florence

Right now, I want to visit Italy, especially Florence because I am reading Dan Brown’s Inferno and I want to see all the piazzas and various paintings mentioned in his other books.

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

I don’t think it’s very interesting or uncommon, but whenever someone asks me something or in general conversation, I have a very funny (sometimes a bit sarcastic) remark ready in my mind, and sometimes I smile even when it’s not expected.

Check out some of Kedar bc’s answers:

What is the effect on the speed of light when temperatures rise in the medium?

What vitamins or herbs promote good circulation?

What are facts about Hubble?

What vitamins or herbs promote healthy lungs?

Meet His Powr4U: A Millionaire Club Contributor

Hispowr4U started out on Answers.com in 2007 and already had a WAmmy Lifetime Achievement Award by 2009. She is an honored member of the Millionaire’s Club many times over with more than 3 million contributions. She has 6,744 Trust Points, another sign that she is highly valued on our site. Her favorite categories include: Word and Phrase Origins, Definitions and Word Differences, and Synonyms and Antonyms. She is also active in the Music category. Check out B.J.s profile page to see beautiful portraits of Smokey, her kitty and many more accomplishments. She is an impressive and respected member of our community!

What is your first name? My real first name is Betty, but I go by BJ.

What is your occupation? I’m unemployed and disabled.

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

It is HisPowr4U (notice there’s no E in it!). I actually prayed that God would help me to think of a name that would point others to Him, and that’s what I believe He gave me.

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

I grew up in Missouri, but since 1984 I have lived in Western North Carolina. I love the mountains here, and the flowers in the spring.

How did you discover Answers.com?

I was asking a question on Google – I have no idea now what the question was – and one of the first “answers” was a link to WikiAnswers. I was lovestruck.

What enticed you to join our community?

Soon after I started contributing to the site, I was invited to become a Supervisor. I had so much fun on the site, I jumped right in.

Smokey: Powr4U's kitty!

Smokey: Powr4U’s kitty!

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

 I would be a kitten, because they are so precious and cuddly.

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

I love to re-categorize questions.

What reason would you give someone to join the Answers.com community?

It’s FUN! There are so many things available on the site now to do, and there are so many more groups than when I first found the site. If a person has special knowledge about any subject, he or she will be able to find a niche here.

What life accomplishments are you proud of?

I used to do short-term mission trips to Juarez, Mexico once a year with a friend of mine who had a youth group. I translated for the group sometimes because I was the only one who spoke Spanish. We did preaching, singing, and a lot of skits. I even taught the youth group how to sing “Jesus Loves Me” and “This Little Light of Mine” in Spanish.

I am proud of learning Spanish, although I’m not totally fluent. It comes in handy. Now I’m writing Bible questions in Spanish for the director of an orphanage in Guatemala. They do what they call “Bible Quizzing” in which the kids use questions to memorize Bible verses.

Check out some of HisPowr4U‘s contributions on the site:

How do computers make you lose the skill of writing?

What are the symptoms to know that a woman is asymptomatic?

Why were women not important in the Bible?

August AnswerThon: Win up to $300 for answering questions!

AnswerThon Online ContestHow many questions can you answer in 48 hours?

Take the challenge and find out! The Summer Scorcher AnswerThon is an Answers™ contest, rewarding the individuals who answer the most unanswered questions in a 2-day period.  It will be held August 17th-18th, and we’ve got $2,000 in Amazon gift cards to award 28 winners!

Winners who participate with a Facebook-connect account will receive a bonus gift card, and 5 lucky registrants will be chosen at RANDOM to win a gift card just for participating!

Sign up today!!

**Check Out Previous AnswerThon Winners’ Rewards!!**
1st place: $200 Amazon card (+$100 FB connect bonus)
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2nd place: $150 Amazon card (+50 FB connect bonus)
Supervisor – Xnicola (1214 answers) – $150 Amazon card
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3rd place: $100 Amazon card (+$25 FB connect bonus)
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Meet SummerMaple: Veterinarian from Nebraska!

SummerMaple, such a fitting name for this time of year!  She now has more than 27,000 contributions since starting on the Answers.com site in 2010 and she was an AnswerThon runner up.  This very knowledgeable contributor from Nebraska is a veterinarian who works for the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service. She is an excellent Category Supervisor for Veterinary Medicine who truly improves the quality of information on our site.  Not only does she work in the field, but SummerMaple also raises her own steer, pigs, chickens and turkeys!  Her hobbies include cross-stitching, quilting, and doing word and logic puzzles.  Read more and get to know SummerMaple.

What is your first name? My first name is Jessica.

foodinspectionWhat is your occupation?

 I am a public health veterinarian and food safety inspector.

How did you discover Answers.com?

I found the website through a random search result a couple of years ago. I started answering some of the questions in Veterinary Medicine and have been hooked ever since.

What enticed you to join our community?

I liked having the opportunity to really connect with people and have respectful conversations back and forth about topics.  By investing time in one category, I’m able to see how others update or view my answers, and I usually end up learning more about how non-veterinarians see issues and problems.

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

I like to finish reviewing a page of answers in my category (Veterinary Medicine) and feel comfortable that the questions belong in the category and the answers are accurate and balanced.  It takes 2-3 weeks for me to make it through one page, but I’ve managed to clean out a lot of bad answers.  That includes: gibberish, disrespectful posts, not answering the questions, wrong or outdated information and more.

What accomplishments on Answers.com are you proud of?

I’m getting very close to having 27,000 contributions which will make me very happy.  I also came in as a runner-up in a previous AnswerThon, which was a complete surprise.  I was just working on questions in my spare time during the AnswerThon.

Who is your favorite poet?   shel-silverstein

My favorite poet is Shel Silverstein because he has such a range of work published for young people and adults. Take a look at The Devil and Billy Markham, one of Silverstein’s books for grown-ups.

Raven3What is your favorite poem and why? 

My favorite poem is The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe because it’s such a powerful poem to hear recited aloud. A skilled orator could bring a room of teenagers on the last day before summer break to a respectful silence with this poem.

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

I view ‘the glass’ as having sufficient reserve capacity to be assured of handling the anticipated volume, mostly because I’m a government employee.

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

I would choose a babbling brook because I love the sound of running water and find it very soothing.

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

The hardest part to me is to find the balance between preserving credit for a good answer and merging questions that need to be merged.  I often find a really good answer to a poorly written question (bad grammar, misspellings, etc) and it’s hard to keep the author information intact for that good answer after cleaning up the question and merging it into another question.

What are your special interests, hobbies, or collections?  

Outside of Answers, I spend a lot of time on PowerPets.com.

It’s a virtual pet site with the added bonus of having accurate animal and health information and a mission to support animal rescue groups with their profits.  Shameless self-promotion: if someone makes an account on PowerPets, can you put me (SummerMaple) down as the person who recommended you?  It’ll get me closer to completing a conquest on the site.

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

In my professional life I tend to be very diplomatic and sensitive to others’ emotions and beliefs.  To vent my spleen after almost always being considerate, I play Diablo III and prefer the Barbarian and Monk because they are the toe-to-toe hack-and-slash characters.

Check out some of Summer Maple’s favorite answers:

Where would you buy vanilla extract to rub on a dog’s nose?

When should you put a pet to sleep?

What are the pros and cons of being a veterinarian?

Meet Jam499: Great Mom, Sister and NASCAR fan!

Jam499 and her son!

Jam499 and her son!

Jam499 has been on Answers.com for less than a year, yet she is already a Gold Contributor with over 77,000 contributions. She is active in the Community Outreach Program as a WikiGuide and on Vandal Patrol as a Senior Generalist. Her favorite categories range from Grammar and Parts of Speech to rock bands like Guns N’ Roses and Pink Floyd – quite a combo. She is proud to be from Rhode Island and loves NASCAR.  Her tastes and interests are diverse, but the center of her universe is her son!  Read more and get to know Jam499.

What is your first name?  My first name is Jody.

What is your occupation?  

My youngest sister has developmental delays, and I work with her providing direct care. I also manage the staff and coordinate her day program.

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

My username is Jam499. I needed something that I would remember, so I went with my initials and the month and year of my son’s birth.

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

I live in Rhode Island and have for most of my life. I am proud to call “The Biggest Little State in the Union” home.

How did you discover Answers.com

I was researching a grammar topic, and I found the answer on Answers.com.

What enticed you to join our community? 

After finding the answer that I was looking for, I started poking my nose around some of the English Language categories. I was very impressed by the dedicated group of contributors and Supervisors, as well as the quality of the answers. I suppose it was the community itself that enticed me to join.

What is your favorite thing to do on Answers.com

I like doing all of it. I have a short attention span, so when I get bored, I move on to something else.

What life accomplishments are you proud of? 

My son.

What accomplishments on Answers.com are you proud of?  

The Mentoring Program was a wonderfully challenging experience for me. I had an amazing mentor in Wildrosebeef, and she stood by me through all the ups and downs. I am quite proud of being a Mentoring Program Graduate.

What is your favorite type of music?  

I love many genres of music, but rock really does it for me. My favorite bands are Tool and Pink Floyd.

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

Definitely a butterfly. It’s my only tattoo, and I have a slight obsession with symmetry. If I were a butterfly, I could fly to the babbling brook and listen to the man playing his banjo.

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

The biggest challenge is to not lose my cool when dealing with someone insistent on arguing with me.

What are your special interests, hobbies, or collections? 

I am a die-hard NASCAR fan. I enjoy spending my Sunday afternoons on the edge of my couch screaming at the television. I’ve had the great pleasure of going to numerous races in New Hampshire, as well. There isn’t anything quite like being up against the fence and watching those cars come off Turn 2, on the brink of disaster!

What is your inspiration in life?  

Coffee, coffee, and more coffee!

You have two pets. Tell us about some of their antics!

Shadow

Shadow

There’s no shortage of personality in my pets. I wouldn’t have it any other way either.

My dog’s name is Shadow. She’s a bit rambunctious, and her previous owner couldn’t handle her. She was a little over a year old when I took her in, and she’s four now. Since becoming a dog owner, I’ve noticed a serious drop in the sock population. The funniest thing I have ever seen is my dog tiptoeing across the kitchen floor to sneak up on the cat.Jam's cat

My cat’s name is Pretty Kitty. A family member asked me to watch her for the weekend, and I decided against giving her back. That was eight years ago. In addition to my cat hiding in cupboards and walking on top of doors, she steals my make-up brushes and hair ties. She has this amusing version of hide-and-seek/peek-a-boo that she plays. I crawl around on the floor and ask, “Where’s the Pretty Kitty?” and she jumps out of wherever she’s hiding and swats at me a few times. She knocks ornaments off the Christmas tree and blames the dog, and she somehow manages to deposit cat litter in the dog’s water bowl several times a day.

Check out some of Jam499’s Q&A:

What comes after a direct object?

How do you know if a linking verb is a predicate adjective or noun?

 

Meet Soulcist: A Georgia Poet who Loves His Home and Family

 

Yusemi and Soulcist

Yusemi and Soulcist

Soulcist has been on the site for close to a year now, and he has certainly made his presence felt with over 54,000 contributions. He’s a Senior Mentor, a Vandal Patrol Generalist, a Community Outreach WikiGuide and a Category Supervisor in six categories! He is most active in Teen Dating and Xbox Live. In his free time he teaches himself to build software-based webites. He is devoted to a few very special people, including Yusemi and his grandmother, but get to know him and you will see he is sensitive and considerate of everyone in his life and on our site. To find out more about Soulcist, visit his profile where he shares some of his own beautiful poetry and more. We are lucky to have such a genuine person as a member of our community and we can only wish him the best. Continue reading

Meet Luvhistory: Lover of Nature and History!

Luvhistory

Luvhistory

Luvhistory is a midwestern gal. She majored in history in college – perhaps the reason for her username. Luvhistory is also a lover of nature and you can find many of her contributions on the site in the Endangered, Vulnerable and Threatened Species and Animal Life categories. Her descriptions of nature are sensitive and beautiful, as you will discover in the interview. She is not only knowledgeable, but she is also an active member of our community with over 104,000 contributions. Read more and get to know Luvhistory. Continue reading

Meet Mehtamatics: Wisdom and quality of life rolled into one!

MehtamaticsIt’s an honor to have Mehtamatics on our site. His total contributions exceed 113,00 and of those, 75,000 are original answers. Our community of members certainly appreciates and values Mehtamatics: he has over 4,000 Trust Points! His favorite category is Mathematics and he provides excellent answers to math-related questions. Originally from India, today he resides to the southwest of London, where he enjoys both nature and city life in this privileged location! He is a bit of a philosopher, in addition to being an excellent mathematician. Read more and get to know this thoughtful and interesting member of Answers.com. Continue reading

Meet C.Hainsaw: He’s out of this world!

Meet C.Hainsaw. He’s one of the most cherished and longstanding members of our Community. In trust points alone he’s over the 2600 mark. Overall, C.Hainsaw has almost 248,000 contributions! His knowledge is broad which qualifies him to supervise many categories, especially those related to the US Military, Law and Legal Issues, and Jobs and Education. He participates enthusiastically in our contests and programs, and has won many awards. Among them, he was the top Mentor for the Most Outstanding Performance Overall in the 2011 WAmmy and he won the Best How-To in the 2010 WAmmy. Read more to learn about this wise and thoughtful member of Answers.com who is also, by the way, passionate about his family! Continue reading

Skullcandy88: Just our cup of tea!

There’s almost nothing that he hasn’t done on the site: Category Supervisor, Senior Vandal Patrol, Special Project Assistant, Community Outreach, Mentoring Program Graduate and more than 68,000 contributions. He prides himself on using proper grammar and he loves tea. This intelligent young man from England is one of our top Supervisors who oversees a wide range of categories. He is truly a source of inspiration and knowledge. Check out his bio to learn all about Skullcandy88 and maybe, if we ask, he will share the secret to a perfect cup of tea! Continue reading

Meet Rhyfor: A Christmas Miracle!

Rhyfor is a Christmas miracle and we couldn’t resist featuring him this week in the Contributor Corner as we come to the end of 2012! Based in Scotland, he is a top Supervisor who has earned many badges: Senior Supervisor, Mentoring Program Mentor, Category Supervisor for the iPhone, the iPad 2 and Technology, SPA Active Alumni, WikiGuide for Community Outreach, Bug Catcher, Senior Generalist for Vandal Patrol and Gold Contributor with over 89.000 contributions! He is a valuable contributor on our site and we are pleased to present him to our community. Read more to get to know him and learn about his miracle! Continue reading

La RispostaTona di Answers.com Italiano

Signore e signori…vi presentiamo il primo concorso di Answers.com Italiano! La RispostaTona 2011 si svolgerà dal 13 al 16 Maggio, 2011. L’obiettivo del concorso è di rispondere a piú domande possibili nello spazio di 4 giorni. Ci saranno dei fantastici premi per i vincitori. Per partecipare, registrati qua.

Love your answers? A look at Valentine’s Q&A. [INFOGRAPHIC]

 

Flowers? Candy? Heart attack?

So… you’re still thinking about what to get your beloved for Valentine’s Day.

Check out our colorful take on the ultimate gift-giving question. Read on for ideas, especially if you’re stumped… or if you’re just wondering what kind of ‘heart attack‘ is appropriate for  Valentine’s Day.

Been there, done that? Here’s the full 9-yards: What should you get your girlfriend for Valentine’s Day? And if you don’t have a girlfriend – because you have a boyfriend – this answer is for you: What should you get your boyfriend for Valentine’s Day?

Click the infographic to view a larger image (and get some answers before it’s too late!):

For more ideas, insight and answers, check out Answers.com’s Valentine’s Day Q&A and Valentine’s Gift Giving Q&A. And of course, read up on the history of Valentine’s Day.