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 HisPowr4U

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 indication of how highly valued she is on the site. Her favorite categories include: Word and Phrase Origins, Definitions and Word Differences, and Synonyms and Antonyms. She is also very 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?

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.com – 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.

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

Smokey: Powr4U's kitty!

Smokey: Powr4U’s kitty!

 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.

If you were inviting someone to join Answers.com, what reason would you give that person to become a part of our 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 (Such as who, what, when, where, why, how?)  to memorize Bible verses.

Check out some of HisPowr4U’s contributions on the site!

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?

 

 

Fall Frenzy AnswerThon: Win up to $300 for showing off what you know!

Fall Frenzy AnswerThon Blog BannerHow many questions can you answer in 48 hours?

Join us and find out! The 2013 Fall Frenzy AnswerThon is an Answers™ contest, rewarding the individuals who answer the most unanswered questions in a 2-day period.  It will be held November 23rd-24th, and there are $2,000 in Amazon gift cards and merchandise to award to 28 winners!

It’s easy to win! In fact, if you answer just 10 questions, you’re automatically entered in a drawing to win an Amazon gift card.

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Check out previous AnswerThon winners rewards:

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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?

Meet Gralistair: Lover of travel and barbecues in the US!

 

Gralistair on vacation!

Gralistair on vacation!

Gralistair is a brilliant and trusted member of the Answers.com community. He humbly believes he has few contributions on the site: a mere 77, 476 contributions making him a Gold Contributor! He supervises many categories related to travel and airports, and he contributes most actively to the Plastics and Polymers, Chemistry and Metal and Alloys categories. Born and educated in the UK, this British chemist makes his home in Kansas City, Missouri and he loves the United States! Read on to learn more about Gralistair.

What is your first name? My name is Graham.

What is your occupation?

I am a research scientist in the fields of Chemistry and Materials Science.

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

It’s Gralistair. My first name is Graham and my middle name is Alistair. So my username is a contraction of those two. My father to this day calls me Graham Alistair.

Where are you from and what makes this place special?

I was born in Chester, an old Roman fort city on the River Dee, in England and then raised in Preston, Lancashire. I was educated in London, but I have lived most of the last 13 years in Kansas City, Missouri. The people from the midwest in the United States are wonderful – and of course the barbecue is outstanding. The climate is very different from what I was used to in the UK.

How did you discover Answers.com?

I was researching a chemical question in connection with my job. I came across this site. Incidentally the answer was wrong, but I said so and contributed to the discussion and suggested an edit.

What enticed you to join our community?

There are two reasons: I was actually a contributor on a rival site, but found Answers.com to be the best and livliest site. The main reason though is my age and time of life. Although I will always be committed to lifelong learning and I truly believe I can learn something from everyone, at 56 years old, I want to give something back. I like answering questions and editing the answers of other people, so the whole community can gain in knowledge and benefit from my expertise and experience.

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

I would choose the American Bald Eagle. I love the USA, so it seems appropriate. And I believe in freedom, something this bird truly has. Flying like a bird is the ultimate in freedom.

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

I like to answer questions and edit. As a Supervisor, I have the added privilege of merging multiple similar questions and answers and then doing a heavy edit and clean up. I get credit for this of course, but many have contributed to the final outcome. Let us all remember, everything is possible as long as we are not worried about who gets the credit.

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

The reasons to join are to be part of something good; to be part of the community; to learn; to contribute; and to help others.

Imperial College London

Imperial College London

What life accomplishments are you proud of?

I am proud of getting a Master of Science degree with distinction in Engineering. I’m also proud that I received the prize for Student of the Year from Imperial College London, a top 25 university. Given my education and experience, I regularly receive invitations to speak around the world on technical subjects.

Last, but not least, I have flown in and out of, slept in, driven in, photographed the “Welcome to” sign, and visited the capital city of all 50 states in the United States.

What accomplishments on Answers.com are you proud of?

None really, as I am not a huge contributor. I have only 80,000 contributions and there are many others that make far greater contributions than I do. Because I really am busy, I do not contribute as much as I would like to.

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

I was once trapped on the Brazilian side of Iguaçu Falls. We could not get back into Argentina because the Brazil/Argentine border was blocked by striking taxi drivers. To resolve the problem, my small tour party crossed illegally into Paraguay and navigated through the streets until arriving at  the river. We then charmed our way – with the help of our tour guide – through naval border security, boarded a very small fishing boat, and crossed the river back to Argentina.

What is your favorite type of music?

I like electric folk music and my favorite band is Steeleye Span.

What is your favorite song?

My favorite is Sebastian by Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel.

Who is your favorite poet?

My favorite poet is Wilfred Owen and my favorite poem is Dulce et Decorum Est by Owen. It does the exact opposite of glorifying war from the perspective of someone who had lived through World War I.

What makes you unique?

Every human being on the planet is unique. I am a human being – ‘nuff said.

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

1) World peace 2) That I could fly 3) That I could have enough money to retire and fly First Class all the time.

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

I am the eternal optimist. I do not believe in the Kobayashi Maru (to use a Star Trek analogy). There are infinite possibilities and I always look for the good in people, not the bad.

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

I find it frustrating to re-categorize answers that another Supervisor has moved to the wrong category, probably by batch recategorizing  100 answers or more at a time to get their organization contributions higher. Sorry if the frustration shows through.

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

It is a challenge to keep quality up and not worry about quantity.

What are you most passionate about in your life?

My passion is public speaking.

What is your favorite quote and why?

“If you bang your head against a brick wall it is not the wall that gets hurt.” I claim credit for inventing the quote, and it illustrates that it is best to move on rather than engaging in a futile exercise.

Who or what is your inspiration in life?

Without a shadow of a doubt, it is my father. He laboriously corrected my grammar and more, when I was a very young child. Therefore, if you lend to someone, you borrow from them.

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

I would like to visit Antarctica below the Antarctic circle. It is remote, barren and very few people on the planet have gone there.

Do you have any special talents?public-speaking

Well, I do not like blowing my own trumpet and slapping my own back, but I can stand up at about 10 seconds notice in front of a large crowd of people and give a speech about almost anything. I love public speaking.

 

 

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

Why is there a minimum age to have a frequent traveler card?

Why are some reactive metals corrosion-resistant?

How can you prevent galvanic corrosion between 304 stainless steel piping and galvanized saddle tap fittings?

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?

Meet Lindaloulou: Lass from Yorkshire

Yorkshire, England

Yorkshire, England

In one short year Lindaloulou has had some impressive accomplishments on our site: she became a Silver Contributor – though she is already on her way to becoming a Gold Contributor with over 15,000 contributions. She is a TIP graduate, having passed through all the TIP missions with flying colors. Her success with TIP made her a Supervisor. You will frequently find her sending out friendly greetings as a Community Outreach Wikiguide. This Yorkshire lass is proud of her English heritage and with her expertise in Nursing, she makes valuable and informative contributions to the site. Read more and get to know Lindaloulou!

What is your first name?  Linda

What is your occupation?

I am a Senior Nursing Health Care Assistant Practitioner working in Palliative Care.

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

My username is Lindaloulou. Whilst I was looking after my friend’s children, I made up a story and called one of the characters ‘ Loopy Lou’ The Rabbit. The next time I saw the children they came running up calling ‘Hello, Lindaloulou’ and asked for more stories. Although the children have grown, they still call me Auntie Loulou.

Where in the world do you hail from and what makes this place special?Beach huts on the North Yorkshire coast

I am a “Yorkshire Lass Born and Bred” and proud of it. Yorkshire, England is a county full of beautiful scenery and landscapes from rolling hills to sunny beaches. What makes it special to me is that it holds all my family history.

How did you discover Answers.com?

I found Answers.com like many other members. I was researching a project for work and the site kept coming up at the top of the Google search page. Eventually I had to take a look. I found an unanswered question I could answer, then another and I was hooked.

What enticed you to join our community?

Every time I switched the computer on I found myself checking out the site so I joined. It was addictive!

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

I love to answer questions. I enjoy researching the answers because it gives me an excuse to learn and update my knowledge and to provide informative and unbiased answers. I also love to help people.

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

You gain great satisfaction from answering questions and helping others. There are also many other things to do: for example supervising and mentoring. The site also gives you the chance to meet people from around the world.

What accomplishments on Answers.com are you proud of?

I have only been a member of the team for around a year and – in that space of time – I have reached 10,000 contributions and become a Supervisor with the expert tuition of my fantastic mentor Skullcandy88.

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

I went pot holing (a sport practiced by exploring local caves) in the Derbyshire Dales just to impress a boyfriend.

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

I view the glass as being “half full.” Why? Because I am an optimistic sort of person. I don’t believe I could do my job if I viewed things the other way round.

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

I would choose the babbling brook because I think that represents my life the best. As the sun shines, it is full of sparkle as it trickles and flows over the stony ground, but it also has its dark muddy times. It is forever gurgling as it meanders along its life path, or gushing as it forces its way past obstacles nature placed in its way.

What are your special interests, hobbies, or collections?

I love to read and will read anything and everything. At the moment I’m reading Revelation by C.J.Sansom. I believe a book should be a book not a ‘tablet.’ There is nothing like curling up with a good book,a mug of steaming coffee or tea and then turning the pages. I also think that once opened, the book should be read from cover to cover, not begun and left unfinished.

What are you most passionate about in your life?

My family and my two dogs: an Irish Setter called Murphy, and an Italian Spinone called Maximus.

Galápagos Islands

Galápagos Islands

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

I would love to visit the Galápagos Islands because they are one of the last unspoilt regions of the world. I would love to see their dramatic scenery and wildlife and explore the islands, just like Charles Darwin did when he first set foot there.

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

Once I start something I have to finish it – however long it takes, and it has got to be done well.

Meet Sukotto: Lover of languages and TV!

Since 2010 Sukotto has been enthusiastically contributing to the site. One of his biggest accomplishments was this year when he became a Supervisor. He has won numerous awards and badges: AnswerThon Runner Up, TIP graduate, Site Guardian for Vandal Patrol, Noble WikiGuide for Community Outreach and Mentoring Program Mentor! Sukotto has seen and done it all on the site. His favorite categories are in the Language and Music and Drama (Kpop) categories. He is a hardworking university student who is devoted to learning languages – especially Japanese – and psychology. He loves his native country, Australia, and he is an inspiration on the site. Read more to find out why!

What is your first name?

My name is Scott.

What is your occupation?

I’m currently studying at the university to become a psychologist. I’m also studying linguistics!

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

My username is Sukotto, which is the Japanese transliteration of my first name. It’s written as スコット in Japanese and is pretty much pronounced like “Scotto.”

Where in the world do you hail from and what makes this place special?Australia11

I’m a born and bred Aussie! I’ve lived in Sydney, Australia my whole life, apart from brief stints of travelling. There’s so much about Australia that makes it special and that’s why I love it! Australia is home to 20 of the 25 most venomous snakes in the world. (I hope that didn’t scare you away.) Our wildlife is incredible and so diverse. It’s truly a beautiful country, and that’s why I’m so happy to live here.

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

I’d be a fennec fox because they’re just so cute! Actually, no. I wanna be a sloth! They’re cute too, and they have the most appealing lifestyle ever! Who wouldn’t want to be a sloth for at least a day?

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

I have a pretty short attention span, so this varies from day to day. I mostly like to monitor Recent Site Activity and welcome new members. I used to enjoy answering questions, especially in the language categories, but I’ve recently discovered that I love the organisation side of Answers.com as well.

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

It’s because of the community, definitely. The people who use the site are an amazing group of people. They’ve all been nothing but friendly and helpful, which is why I’m so glad to be a part of this fantastic group. I would also sell the fact that you can enrich other people’s knowledge and understanding of the world by contributing to Answers.com. That would inspire anyone!

What accomplishments on Answers.com are you proud of?

I am proud of becoming a Supervisor, as well as graduating from TIP (The Initiates Program). I was also extremely happy to graduate from the Mentoring Program. I have an awesome mentor, Skullcandy88, to thank for the transition from ordinary contributor to Supervisor.

What is your favorite song?

Edith Piaf

Edith Piaf

This is a really hard question to answer because it changes almost daily. Some of my favourite songs would have to be “Happiness” by AI, “Love Story” by Namie Amuro, “National Anthem” by Lana Del Rey, “The A Team” by Ed Sheeran, “Non, je ne regrette rien” by Édith Piaf and “Sukiyaki” by Kyu Sakamoto.

What makes you unique?

I’m absolutely crazy about languages. My obsession shifts from one language to the next each week, too. For example, this month I’ve gone from Swedish to Greek and now to French. This cycle usually repeats itself all year long with a few random languages thrown in every so often. Once I even tried to learn Macedonian!

The only one of my lingual obsessions that I’ve always kept up with is Japanese, which I’ve been studying for quite a few years and still love.

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

  • Unlimited time and money to travel
  • Decisiveness
  • A world where Hogwarts was real!

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

I’d probably have to go with babbling brook. Why? Because it’s so much fun to say the words:  babbling brook, babbling brook, babbling brook, babbling brook…

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

The most challenging part of being a Supervisor would most definitely be dealing with people who are intentionally disruptive and rude, although, the opportunities to help truly appreciative users outweigh the former entirely. One of my biggest pet peeves on the site is answers that end with “durrr” and “duh”, so I’m usually more than happy to edit out those comments.

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

My biggest challenge is knowing when it’s time to log off. Seriously.

What are your special interests, hobbies, or collections? 

I wouldn’t really count it as a hobby, but I’m crazy about TV. When I’m not at the university (also referred to as uni), on Answers.com or with my friends, I’m watching TV. My all-time favourite TV show would have to be Friends, followed closely by The Big Bang Theory. I don’t like to show people my DVD collection because it shows just how much TV I actually watch.

Who or what is your inspiration in life?

The idea that each day I can better myself – and the world around me – has always inspired me.

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

I’ve always wanted to visit Greece because I find its extensive history fascinating. It also looks like such a beautiful and exotic country.

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

I have an odd fascination with physics, despite understanding very little about the subject!

Do you want to add anything?

皆様、ご愛読いただきありがとうございました

Thanks for reading, everyone!

Check out some of Sukotto’s contributions on the site!

What is the English word ‘and’ in Japanese?

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What does Otanjoubi Omedetou Gozaimasu mean in English?

Acts of Random Kindness: Meet Least Duck

A member of Answers.com since 2009, LeastDuck has over 132,000 contributions and of those, more than 15,800 answers and 4106 Trust Points – quite impressive. He wears many hats on the site: Supervisor, Noble WikiGuide, Senior Generalist on Vandal Patrol and Platinum Contributor. You will find him frequently in the Example Sentence category on in Animal Life. On a personal note, he loves to read to the elderly and to the young. Learn more about this respected and time-honored member of our community.

 

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

California Least Tern, endangered species

California Least Tern

My username LeastDuck came about in honor of the California Least Tern. It is an endangered subspecies that I’ve been fortunate enough to see nesting along the Pacific Flyway.

What is your occupation?

I am retired from partial careers in carpentry and customer service.

 

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

I was raised in the greater metropolitan area of Los Angeles, California where the ground itself occasionally rocks and rolls and we have 10,000-foot high mountains to the south and east, the deserts just past them, and the Pacific Ocean to the west. Case closed!

How did you discover Answers.com?

I came here looking for some answers, and found more questions!

What enticed you to join our community?

Like most people, I like to be of some help and this is a great way of building an ARK- that is: Acts of Random Kindness.

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

As a Supervisor, I merge redundant questions. As a Vandal Patrol member, I stop vandals in their tracks. As a WikiGuide, I welcome new users and steer them toward more meaningful participation.

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

I would tell them that WikiAnswers lets them tap into a worldwide network of information, and just possibly their answers will help someone that they may never meet.

What life accomplishments are you proud of?

I am mildly proud of having been in the right place at the right time so many times, and of just being myself. Life happens, if you let it.

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

While doing about 55 mph in the fast lane on the freeway, I once dodged a cartwheeling 4-foot by 4-foot panel of particle board, skidded, lost control of the skid, and then did a complete 360-degree spin while going under an overpass –effectively slowing a pack of about 15 cars. When I brought the car to a stop, I was safely in the shoulder lane. Shaken, not stirred! Whew; that was close! It’s a wonder we all missed it.

Atlantic CrossingWhat is the most daring thing you’ve ever done?

I crossed the Atlantic Ocean on a 10-meter motor-sailboat with my father, and my eldest brother. It took 44 days, 36 of which were without sight of land. Prior to embarkation, our last port of call was Ceuta, Spain on the African continent. We stopped there for a hull-scraping to remove barnacles.

What were some of the highlights of the trip?

According to ancient maritime tradition, if your ship is escorted at the beginning of your voyage by dolphins, your crew will survive the trip. The ship and the cargo may not make it, but the crew will survive. We were escorted out of the Mediterranean by seven pods of dolphins that were heading into the Mediterranean Sea. They changed direction to escort us a short way before continuing their journey eastward. That was quite moving.

Six days later we docked at Funchal in the Madeira Islands. After a brief visit, we headed west by southwest, running wing and wing all the way. We arrived at St. John’s Harbour in the British Virgin Islands 38 days later. It took me four days to get my land legs back!

Did you have any incidents along the way?

We were followed by a an unidentified, possibly dangerous amorous 35-foot long whale for a day and a half. Boats that get ‘whaled’ often go underwater within 30 seconds. Then, when we were 1,000 miles out we picked up a hitchhiker: a very winded small bird that rested for about 25 minutes before bravely heading eastward again.

Land ho! occurred 30 minutes before it was obscured by fog. Sombrero Island, with its highest point at 39 feet above sea level, was our landmark into the Caribbean Sea. The saying, “What a trip” has had special meaning for me ever since!

Do you have any advice for anyone who wants to undertake a similar trip?

The only advice I would proffer to other hardy souls who want to undertake a trip like this  is to choose a bigger boat and a larger crew.

What is your favorite type of music?  

There’s just something I like about a screaming guitar. Classical, Spanish, bass, steel, electric… they’re all good. And I am awed by the multiplicity of talents of the members of The Moody Blues.

What was the last song you listened to? (***Spoiler alert!)

The best part of the YouTube version of Act Naturally by Buck Owens and Ringo Starr is at the very end when Mr. Owens walks up and tells Mr. Starr that it’s time to go…

What is your favorite song?

Though there are many, I do like the lyrics to Collision of Worlds by Robbie Williams and Brad Paisley. Adele’s fantastic and she’s got some great songs. I’d love to see her in concert.

Who is your favorite poet?  

My ‘favorite poet’ is the good doctor himself, Dr. Seuss. His works inspired me (and a few others) to enjoy reading, from a very early age.

What is your favorite quote and why?

Be Helpful or Be Gone!

Who or what is your inspiration in life?

WikiAnswers Supervisor Lazarus has inspired me to keep smiling, and just keep rowing!

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

I would love to explore the depths of the Marianas Trench, because only a few people have ever been there.

Do you have any special talents?

I’ve had people tell me that I paint pictures inside of their head, so it must be true. I don’t know how, I just do.

 

Check out some of Least Duck’s Q&A on the site:

Why does Chicago mean wild onion?

What is a sentence using the word octopi?

Meet Woodman66: Spirit of Adventure in the Canadian Wilderness

Woodman66 at Kamloops

Woodman66 at Kamloops

Woodman66 has been on Answers.com since 2008! He has helped plenty of visitors to our site for almost five years now. He gives his expert advice in the categories of Home Electricity and Electrical Wiring, quite valuable for those brave Do It Yourselfers who make their own repairs and installations! He has truly earned his 2493 trust points. But that’s not all. Woodman66 also participates regularly in our AnswerThons, and he has many badges that highlight his knowledge and contributions. Though he lives in a remote area of British Columbia, Canada, he remains connected to our community. There is much to say about Woodman66, so read on to learn more.

What is your first name? My first name is David but most people just call me Dave.

What is your occupation? 

I am a journeyman electrician and I have been an electrical A class contractor for 41 years.

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

My user name is Woodman66. The wood part came from my last name, then, I am a man and I started answering questions when I was 66 years of age.

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

I live in Princeton, British Columbia, Canada. It’s a small town of 2500 people, with a surrounding area of 3500 people and not a traffic light in sight. I am one of the 3500 people living 5 kilometers from the town center.

What is special about living in your area?

There are no neighbors! My wife and I live on a 120 acre parcel that is located 5 kilometers from the town of Princeton, and what we have here is perfectly suited to our way of living.

Morning view from the deck of Woodman66's house.

Morning view from the deck of Woodman66’s house

Your location is remote, but you also seem to be connected to the world.

Yes, we have all of the amenities of the 21st century: wireless Internet and a TV signal by way of satellite.

What enticed you to join our community?

All my electrical life I have been asked questions regarding electrical installations or how electrical equipment operates. The Answers wiki format allows me to reach people that I don’t know and help them understand the often misunderstood world of electrical installations.

LEO SignIf you could be any animal, what would you be and why?

My zodiac sign is a Leo so there is no question as to what animal I would be. It was pre-ordained by the stars.

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

I distribute information to DIY electricians to try and keep them safe when doing their electrical installations. Most people will do it anyways, so I try to give them the best expert information that I can.

What life accomplishments are you proud of?

One of my accomplishments was to obtain my private pilot’s license when I turned 42. I have been flying ever since. 

That is a great accomplishment. Where do you fly?

I incorporate my flying into my work as an electrical contractor. In British Columbia, with all of the winding roads, it is easier to fly over the mountains than to drive between them. My wife and I have flown to Niagara Falls twice since 1984. I originally lived there and we go back to see relatives. I take small side trips to other local airports on weekends. Our trips to different airport restaurants are laughingly known as ‘going for a $100.00 hamburger and coffee.’

What is your favorite type of music?  

 I like the blues and the golden oldies.

What is your favorite song?

My favorite song is Sultans of Swing by Dire Straits.

Do you remember where you were when you first heard the song and what was going on around you?

Sultans of Swing came out in 1979. I first heard it on my drive home from work. I liked the lyrics because they told a story, and I especially like the guitar solo. At the same time, I remember the Canadian conversion from the imperial measurement system to the metric system was going on. To get used to the new temperature readings, we started out simply memorizing: 0 was freezing, 10 was cool, 20 was warm, 30 was hot and 40 was very hot. Funny how the Fahrenheit scale sounds so strange to us today. The other big thing that happened in 1979 was the Iranian hostage crisis. The Canadian Embassy was instrumental in saving the lives of six Americans that year. This is the story of the film, Argo. There is a lot more information about that historical event that the Canadian CBC has published

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

The glass is half full. Being an optimist, I like to think that things will always get better. Being negative will bring you and everyone around you down. That is not a good way of going through life.

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

I really want to help people get projects done correctly and safely when it comes to electricity. It takes effort to deliver that correctly, though I wouldn’t call it a challenge as much as I would call it my mission on the site.

Triumph TR6

What are your special interests?

In the summertime my wife and I tour Canada in our 1975 Triumph TR6.

Your summer trips sound interesting. What was your favorite road trip?

Each road trip is an adventure in itself. When we tour, the only rule is of course, the top must be down. Meeting new people from other small towns and locating eating establishments that the locals recommend is part of the adventure.

Where will you go this summer?

Thermal Hot Springs in Radium

Thermal Hot Springs in Radium

We are planning to go to the Kootenays, in eastern British Columbia. Small towns like Radium and Fairmont all have thermal hot springs and after a few hours of wind blown driving, these towns will be the places where we spend the night. 

What is your favorite quote and why?

Groucho Marx

Groucho Marx

It is by Groucho Marx when asked if he would become a member of a club, “I refuse to join any club that would have me as a member.”  As for why this quote, you would have to know me personally.

Check out some of Woodman66’s Q&A on the site:

Should solid copper or stranded copper be used with the pressure terminals of a duplex receptacle?

What are the procedures to synchronize generators in parallel?

How do you wire an air compressor?

Is your baseboard heater using power when a single pole thermostat is set to low?

Meet Prioktan918: Master StoryTeller and Seeker of Knowledge

Prioktan918 is a storyteller by nature and many will enjoy his interview for the sheer pleasure of reading a well-told story. He has broad knowledge, eclectic taste, and he specializes in the Middle East. Thanks to his attention, we now have organized categories for Middle Eastern History and related topics. He calls his sense of humor horrible, yet he is quite amusing. Though he is currently busy studying law, he still finds time to devote to Answers.com and we are lucky to have him! Since January of 2012, he has more than 120,000 contributions, making him a Platinum Contributor. He has already passed through the Special Project Assistant (SPA) Program and he is a Mentoring Program Graduate. Read more and get to know this intellectual and imaginative young man who will one day be a great lawyer and most likely, more than that!

What is your first name?  Richard.

What is your occupation?

I used to be a paralegal working in defense of liability insurers and reinsurers. Currently, I am at law school, studying to become a lawyer.

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

It is Prioktan918. The “918” is a personal thing. “Prioktan” comes from an exchange between my brother and me when we were younger. My brother used to have this imaginary friend “Johnny” who lived on Pluto and I would sit down and ask him very critical questions of Johnny and his surroundings. After asking all these questions, I began to imagine a world on Pluto populated with numerous different people. They were all led by a singularly gifted woman named Prioktan who made a valiant last stand against the invading and colonizing forces of Earth in the 2600s. In the “Internet Age” when every useful username is used, Prioktan has just the set of characters to avoid causing problems in making a username or email address. It has proven relatively successful. Perhaps, eventually, more people will learn about Prioktan, if I ever finish writing her story.

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

I come from everywhere, really. I lived the majority of my life in New York City and its environs, but I have also lived in Washington DC, London, Seville, Fez, and Tel Aviv: four continents, six cities, bloody nightmare. Each of those cities is special in its own way, but the general effect was to make me a Post-American, as my friends like to say. I am American, but I do not let that define my personality or outlook.

How did you discover Answers.com?

I was eating lunch at work one day and I figured that I could contribute to the overall good of the world by clarifying a few issues or answering a few questions. So, I registered and answered. What was nice was that as opposed to Wikipedia, I did not have to cite my information, meaning that I could address issues without painstakingly writing a research essay. So, I just kept at it, especially when it came to categories that I knew well, such as the Middle East, and that had few major contributors.

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

I was always enamored with the Pokémon “Ditto”, which is something like an animal. What I found interesting was that Ditto did not have a persona or identity, save when it stole one by copying another form. It was whatever it wished itself to be and had no remnant of itself when it copied. It creates this interesting question of whether a person’s will can truly exist outside of the manifest experience of living that life. I would find the experiment of being a Ditto to be a wonderful and exciting conundrum.

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

I enjoy answering a “why” question that seeks real analysis or exposes strongly held feelings. More often than not, people have serious questions that they cannot address with anyone in their life. This could be because communities are insular, or it could be because there is a stigma against asking certain questions of certain people. I feel that if I can clarify something that bothers or confuses someone, perhaps, that person might be able to pay it forward.

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

I am not a salesman. When I ask people to contribute, I ask them from the perspective that they have expertise in a subject and they should share it with those less knowledgeable. I have not been that successful as my friends are busier than I am.

What accomplishments on Answers.com are you proud of?

I am proud of having organized the Middle Eastern History Category, as well as submitting category requests for the Caliphate and Kurdistan categories that now exist. Prior to my arrival on Answers.com, the Middle East area was a mess; it is much tidier now.

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

A friend from the UK was visiting me in Morocco (while I lived in Fez), so I told him to meet me at the Casablanca train station. It was around midnight, and he had not slept for nearly 36 hours as a result of finishing finals. He arrived, barely lucid and completely exasperated. We boarded a 0:45 train to Tangier which takes about six hours. We packed into a train car (like in the Harry Potter movies) and because the hour was so late, we had the car to ourselves. I took watch and my friend went to sleep. At around 2:30, we were in the Sidi Qasem Junction where the train had to hold for about twenty minutes while the track was switched. A man then came  hobbling into our car and slurred out, “I…I…I…like…I don’t have a ticket. Is that OK?” I responded to him in French that I didn’t care and he should be fine. He proceeded to fall to the ground in a crumpled heap and clawed his way under the banquet. Just then a train conductor passed by the outside of the car and saw the drunken man’s legs peering out from under the banquet. He yanked the drunken man out from under the banquet, readjusted his grip so that he could haul the man upright, rotated the man 180 degrees and slammed him against the far side wall, before dragging the man out of the train altogether. The noise of the man colliding with the far side of the wall woke my good friend whose eyes widened immensely. I turned to him and said, “Welcome to Morocco, you should pay for your tickets here.”

What is your favorite type of music?  

I like music from the eastern Mediterranean, such as modern Greek (Paparizou and similar), modern Turkish (Tarkan and similar), Arab Pop (Ajram, Diab, and similar), and Israeli (Haza and similar).

Who is your favorite poet?  What is your favorite poem and why?

My favorite poem is Canción de Jinete (Song of the Rider) by Federico García Lorca. It’s the story of a patrolman who knows that he lacks the supplies to make it safely to Córdoba, which was his original destination. To me it represents the meaning of true heroism. In most films and literature, heroes die ceremonious deaths and are pined for, if they must die at all. In reality, many heroes give their lives without accolades, rotting namelessly in prison cells, dying without a hope that what little good they tried to achieve will progress to anything, and most importantly, they die without ceremony and without climactic cause. Lorca portrays this singular un-mourned loss in a way that makes us care about him, too. Additionally, it serves as a mirror to Lorca’s own life since he was killed by Fascist tyrants in 1936 for the crime of being gay. He was given no ceremony nor blessing in Spain for nearly forty years afterwards, dying as namelessly as the Rider.

What makes you unique?

I am absurdly honest and blunt.

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

Assuming that the wish-giver was not intentionally duplicitous and would grant the wishes as intended, as opposed to the common trope in literature where the wish granting agent grants the wish in a way that the wisher does not wish to receive the wish:

  • World Peace – A realistic peace that allows people to actually embrace each other and realize their rights and freedoms to self-determination. This does not require that people cease to argue, but it does demand a mental shift across the world that violence and hatred are not viable ways to do this.
  • Super-Teleport – I would like to be able to teleport myself, and anything I carry, to any point in the universe at any point in time. Additionally I would be able to teleport into works of both fiction and non-fiction with any “story” content in which I could acquire attributes of that world or even take over characters and play the story out differently. Any death caused by being outside of normal time would just revert me back to where I made the original jump from with the memories of everything that happened – like waking from a nightmare.
  • Investment in Space Colonization – I would like governments around the world to invest in building a space elevator and start building space colonies to reduce the strain on our planet as well as colonizing the moon and Mars. I wouldn’t wish that these things already existed but that there was the will the world-over to see these missions through.

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

I don’t waste my time with the glass. I evaluate the problem, pick the best viable solution and execute it by rationally evaluating all component parts and actors. Optimism and pessimism both distort a person’s ability to think critically.

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

It is most challenging to deal with irrational or problematic contributors who I need to reprimand for their conduct.

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

It can be a challenge to understand what the questions are that are being asked when people form their questions vaguely.

What is your favorite quote and why?

Tao PeopleContext: In 1890 in southern Tanganyika (current Tanzania), the German commander Hermann von Wissman was fighting against the Yao People, ruled by Chief Macemba. When Wissman demanded subordination by Macemba, the African ruler replied by way of a letter written in Kiswahili:

Translation of the Quote: I have listened to your words but can find no reason why I should obey you—I would rather die first… I look for some reason why I should obey you and find not the smallest. If it should be friendship that you desire, then I am ready for it, today and always; but not to be your slave, that I cannot be. If it should be war you desire, then I am ready, but never to be your slave. I do not fall at your feet, for you are God’s creature just as I am. I am sultan here in my land. You are sultan there in yours. Yet listen, I do not say to you that you should obey me; for I know that you are a free man. As for me, I will not come to you, and if you are strong enough, then come and fetch me. ~ Macemba

Reason: It’s my favorite quote because it shows Macemba’s willingness not to capitulate merely because defeat is inevitable. A person should be willing to defend everything they hold dear instead of forfeiting it for mere survival. A mind without a heart would make us no different than computers or animals.

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

I would like to visit Iran and Iraq to see where my family came from.

Do you have any special talents?

I can speak in a voice resembling Alvin from Alvin and the Chipmunks completely naturally. (It is not my natural voice, though; that would be a curse, not a talent.)

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

I have a horrible sense of humor. Some people get it, but most do not.

Meet Luvhistory: Lover of Nature and History!

Luvhistory

Luvhistory

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Sister, friend, lover of krokets and Makker: Meet Ireen22

The Netherlands

The Netherlands

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Born on the other side of the Atlantic in Scotland, he now makes his home in Canada. This very week Fixit895 (aka Charlie) reached 10,000 answers on the site! He supervises the Glue and Adhesives and Manufactured and Mobile Homes categories (a clue to his username) and he is also a WikiGuide for Community Outreach and a TIP member. He can figure out how to fix anything and loves to answer questions on the site. On a personal note, he has an admirable military background. We are proud to have him with us! Read on to learn more about this well-travelled and seasoned Supervisor. Continue reading