The May Marathon Expert AnswerThon is just around the corner!


Answers presents the May Marathon EXPERT AnswerThon!  Sign up today!

May 14th – 17th, 2015

What is the Expert AnswerThon?
The May Marathon Expert AnswerThon is a 4-day Answers contest for EXPERTS ONLY!

This Expert AnswerThon rewards Expert users who answer the most questions in a 4-day period. During the AnswerThon, Experts answer as many questions as they can, simultaneously spreading knowledge and winning prizes!

Only answers that are posted by approved Experts in the Expert box within this timeframe and in accordance with the contest rules will be counted as part of the contest. Be sure to read the rules before you begin. And of course, bots are not eligible.

Who can participate?
All users who are registered as Experts! Expert users must officially register for the AnswerThon contest.

Why should I become an Expert?
As an Expert:
Your answer is given priority, and appears at the top of the page above other answers.
Your tagline appears on every answer – everyone will know what you’ve accomplished!
Your answers can’t be edited by anyone but you.
There are perks, such as this Experts ONLY AnswerThon!

What is an Expert?
An Expert is a user who:
Has uploaded an approved profile photo
Has an approved tagline
Has a real name
Has declared himself/herself an Expert at least one (1) category
Has included an Expert statement in above stated category(ies)

How do I become an Expert so that I can participate?
1. Sign in, and go to your profile page.  Under the Settings tab:
a. Upload a photo of yourself.
b. Write your first and last name in the “Name” field.
c. Write a tagline – Include your experience, education, and interests!
d. Save changes!
2. Under the Following tab:
a. Click “Edit”, and choose category(ies) in which you’re an Expert.
b. Click “Next”, and choose click “Expert” for those category(ies) in which you’re an Expert.
c. Write a short statement about why you’re an Expert in that category (years experience? certification? etc.)

What Are The Prizes?
Over $2,000 in prizes will be awarded to AnswerThon winners, including 5 lucky RANDOM participants!

One 1st place winner
The top Expert user who gives 1200+ answers will win an Apple iPad Air

Three 2nd place winners
The top 3 Expert users who give 1000+ answers will win a $200 Amazon eGift card

Ten 3rd place winners
The top 10 Expert users who give 500+ answers will win a $100 Amazon eGift card

Ten 4th place winners
The top 10 Expert users who give 100+ answers will win a $25 Amazon eGift card

100+ winners
EVERY Expert user who gives 100+ answers will win an exclusive Answers Expert t-shirt!

Five random registrants
5 random registrants who give 10+ answers will win a $25 Amazon eGift card

All winners receive profile “AnswerThon Winner” badges!

Sign up today!

Say hi to Aitazaz, Answers contributor from Seattle!

Seattle born and raised, this undergraduate student in the field of networking also enjoys programming and graphic designing. Let’s get to know Answers contributor of nearly five years, Aitazaz!


Q: What is your first name?
A: Zane

Q: What is your username and how did it come about?
A: Aitazaz. It’s an anagram of my name.

Q: What influenced you in choosing your field(s) of study?
A: The way the modern world is evolving.

Q: Is there anything you feel sets you apart, something that makes you unique you’d like to mention?
A: I listen before I talk and think before I act.

Q: What are you most passionate about in your life?
A: My interests.

Q: Are there any traveling experiences you’d like to share?
A: I’ve been to 46 states in the US, and I sometimes travel to Italy.

Q: Where is one place in the world you would love to visit and why?
A: Library of Congress, it’s the largest library in the world.

Q: What are your special interests or hobbies?
A: I enjoy programming and graphic designing.

Q: What do you enjoy for recreation:
A: I like reading and playing tennis, and occasionally play violin as well.

Q: If you had three wishes, what would you wish for?
A: My three wishes would be to teleport, stop time, and ability to fly.

Q: How did you discover
A: I asked a question and needed an answer.

Q: What enticed you to join our community and what do you like best about the community?
A: I joined because I liked the relaxed community.

Q: What is your favorite thing to do on
A: Answering questions.

Q: What accomplishments on are you proud of? Do you have any goals you’d like to achieve on the site?
A: My goal at the moment is to become a supervisor, after that I’m not so sure.

Q: What is the most daring thing you’ve ever done?
A: Sky Diving.

Q: If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?
A: Chameleon, because I could blend in anywhere.

Q: Glass half full or half empty? Why?
A: Half empty, since it’s good to know what is there but better to know what isn’t.

Q: What are some of your favorites in life?
Music Genre – Classical or alternative rock
Band or Artist – Linkin Park
Song – Für Elise; it has sentimental value
Television show – House, because of its hilarious drama
Author – Christopher Paolini, because his works started my reading hobby
Book – Island on Bird Street; it has sentimental value
Subject in school – Web Design
Food – Pizza
Any other favorites you’d like to mention – Anime

Q: And last, but certainly not least, tell us about one interesting random fact about you that most people may not know?
A: I like online gaming

Loves music and met Tony the Tiger – Let’s say hi to Bobo192! He’s Grrreat!

Shrewsbury, England

We recently had a nice interview with Bobo192. With over 355,000 contributions on his side, Bobo192, aka Matthew, has got it going on! This Double Platinum Contributor has been a member at Answers since 2009 and has worked tirelessly to help out on the site. He’s a Supervisor and Mentor, helping new Supervisors learn the ropes, A Community Outreach WikiGuide, reaching out to the community, and a Site Investigator in the Vandal Patrol Program, on the lookout for vandalism.

Q:  Is there anything special about your username?

A:  Bobo has been a childhood nickname ever since I was around 21 months old. The 192 came about as, when I first attempted to register myself as Bobo on one Internet service, it was already taken and 192 came about as the first suggested alternative.

Q:  What can you tell us about your family and where you’re from?

A:  I live in Shrewsbury, England, and was born in Brighton. I live with my mother and father, and have two brothers, one sister, a sister-in-law, and one niece.

Q:  What life accomplishments are you proud of?

A:  I feel that our role in life is to achieve more than those around us believe is possible. As a young baby I wasn’t expected to live beyond three months, and in spite of my disabilities, I have overcome this and countless other difficulties in my life by refusing to say no.

Q:  Is there anything you feel sets you apart, something that makes you unique you’d like to mention?

A:  I have an acquired brain injury which inhibits both my short term and long term memory. In spite of this I am thankful that I was never closed off from any circles of friends I have made throughout my life, some of whom have now been friends for nearly 25 years. I am also grateful that this has never clashed with my musical ambitions.

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

A:  My favourite motto at present is from a song by Warren Zevon, entitled “Never Too Late for Love” – the last line of that song is “Don’t stop believing in tomorrow” – I have always believed this to be of paramount importance. Our tomorrow is others’ today.

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

A:  Music is my life, my soul, and my inspiration. Anyone who knows me well will testify that my musical taste is insanely wide, and that I have music for every mood, and all of my various states of mind. If I need calming down I will listen to music. If I need picking up, I will listen to music which puts me emotionally in the same place I was when I first listened to it.

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

A:  My main collection is my music. Having been involved in both the practical and theoretical sides of music for over 20 years, I will always foster the creation and interpretation of music from anyone of any level of self-belief who realizes they are keeping fresh the love of their life and not allowing it to go stale in the eyes of adversity fostered by today’s mass-marketing world.

Q:  What do you enjoy for recreation?

A:  I listen to music 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Music is my life and my world, without music in my life I would be empty. I enjoy exploring around the many hills of the local area, and I often go for walks of ten miles or more in the afternoon or evening outside of wintertime.

Q:  Do you have any special talents?

A:  I love to play the piano and guitar – I took up the guitar in around 2010, but have played the piano since early childhood – on the advice, and considerable cynicism, of my teacher, who didn’t believe I would be physically capable.

Q:  How did you discover

A:  The exact circumstances of discovering the site are something of a blur, I must have Googled a question rather than a search term and stumbled upon interactive Q&A. The community were immediately friendly, welcoming, and keen to help out anywhere they could. Five years later, many of those same people who welcomed me back then are still close to me.

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

A:  For me, the most important facet of Wikianswers is the ability to share our own knowledge, to build a database of knowledge for the whole world. As a child we are constantly wondering “why”, but something along the way stops us from asking that question for ourselves. Equally, we are capable of viewing the knowledge others have voluntarily passed along to us.

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

When I first joined the site, I was amazed at how quickly everyone became not just friends, but like family. And like every family, we have grown, shared in happiness, sadness, loss, gain, but mostly a world of knowledge and positive community spirit.

Q:  And last, but certainly not least, tell us about one quirky or interesting random fact about you that most people may not know?

A:  I have met Tony the Tiger. The man who does the voice of Tony the Tiger in the United Kingdom visited our college in 2004 and talked about his experience in the music industry.

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 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 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

 I was asking a question on – 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

 I love to re-categorize questions.

If you were inviting someone to join, 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

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

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.

Sign up today!!

Check out previous AnswerThon winners rewards:

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