Telling it straight! Lessons on life from a rock fan!


Clay knows what he likes. That includes rock music, the great Kentucky outdoors, and his five grandchildren. He is a fan of the Kentucky Wildcats and Answers.com. He joined the site in 2005 and the site has benefited from his expertise as a mechanic and from his love of automobiles. Check out his first car, a 1956 Studebaker Flight Hawk on his profile page!

He is an illustrious Senior Supervisor, Senior Mentor, Category Supervisor and Gold Contributor with over 37,000 contributions on the site. It is a real pleasure to introduce Gerald Clay.

What is your first name? Gerald

What is your occupation?

I’m retired. I work as a part-time electrician and part-time auto mechanic.

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

Clay, which is obvious (as it is my last name).

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

I live in Western Kentucky, near Kentucky and Barkley Lakes. It is special here because of the great weather, hunting, fishing, and friendly people. I would not want to live anyplace else.

How did you discover Answers.com?

I found it through a search engine in 2005. I joined and have been a member ever since.

What enticed you to join our community?

I love helping people and giving accurate answers to their questions.

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

I would be a big ole German Shepherd.

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

I like to answer questions and remove incorrect answers.

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

You can get a lot of satisfaction out of helping people and knowing you helped them free of charge.

What life accomplishments are you proud of?

I am very proud of my 2 children and 5 grandchildren. I hope that when I leave this earth I will be remembered as a man of honor.

What accomplishments on Answers.com are you proud of?

I am proud of the fact that I have close to 5,000 trust points. I strive to give nothing but accurate answers and my trust points show that I am doing a good job.

What is your favorite type of music?

My favorite is classic rock.

What is your favorite band or artist?

Dire Straits is my favorite group. My favorite artist is Neil Sedaka.

What was the last song you listened to?

I just listened to Hotel California by The Eagles.

What is your favorite song?

‘Money For Nothing.’

What makes you unique?

Everyone is unique and most people have good points and bad points. I guess I am unique because I am very curious.

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

To always be happy no matter what; to live to be 90 and be sound of mind and body; and to have 1 million dollars to help my family and friends.

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

I view the glass as half full. Every day is a new adventure and you make of it what you put into it.

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

A babbling brook. To sit by a babbling brook is one of life’s pleasures.

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

Removing bad answers and category editing is most challenging.

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

Answering questions with as much detail and accurate information as I can provide.

What are your special interests, hobbies, or collections?

I love to play golf, and spend countless hours watching my grandchildren play basketball, baseball, and softball. I also love to fish and spend time with friends and family. I am an avid Kentucky Wildcats basketball fan.

What are you most passionate about in your life?

I’m most passionate about my grandchildren.

What is your favorite quote and why?

“Youth is wasted on the Young.” As I have gotten older I have realized that quote is a truism and not just wasted words.

Who or what is your inspiration in life?

Paul the Apostle.

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

I would want to visit Jerusalem. To walk where Jesus walked and see this city is my dream.

Do you have any special talents?

I can fix just about anything that is broken if you can call that a talent. I am also a very fast learner.

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

I am very bad at matching my clothing. My wife chooses what I wear as I have no clue what does or does not go together.

Do you want to add anything?

I love helping people. Answers.com gives me the opportunity to do just that without ever leaving my home.

Snakester1962 is proud of his Answers.com obsession!

Meet Snakester1962! A contributor who has been breeding reptiles for 25 years! His collection includes boa constrictors, royal pythons and over twenty species of tarantulas. It is no surprise that he is most active in the reptile category. With over 38,000 contributions, he has earned both the Category Supervisor and Gold Contributor badges.

First Name:  David

Occupation: Reptile Breeder

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

My Answers.com username is Snakester1962. The name is a combination of my hobby and my year of birth.

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

I’m from Middlesbrough, in the Teesside area of North East England.

How did you discover Answers.com?

To be honest, I forgot how! It’s such a long time since I found this site, I can’t remember how I got here (someone please tell me where the exit is please!)

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

Answers.com is a brilliant place. Most of the natives are quite friendly and there is a wealth of information (both useful and useless) to be discovered.

What accomplishments on Answers.com are you proud of?

I’m proud of being asked to be a supervisor. I didn’t realize at the time that people actually took notice of the answers I was posting. It’s nice to be recognized.

What life accomplishments are you proud of?

I’m proud of running my own business. I’ve been involved with reptiles since 1985 – almost 30 years. Over this time I’ve successfully bred most of the species I keep.

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

I abseiled* down the side of a quarry during my college days. Although I’m not afraid of heights, they do scare me a little.  Stepping backwards into ‘thin air’ is not normal for us humans. (*For those of us who have never heard of the word abseil, it is a method of descent in which a mountain climber slides down a rope looped over or fastened to an overhead projection!)

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

I like all sorts of music from classical to heavy rock. My favorite band is Queen (R.I.P. Freddie) and my favorite artist is MeatLoaf.

What makes you unique?

I accept everyone as they are. I don’t care what color their skin is, what religion they are, whether they’re gay or straight. Everyone has a right to be who they are without fear of prejudice.

Do you see the glass as half full or half empty?  Why?

I see it as half full. I’ve not done everything I want to do with my life yet. I still have a long list of ‘things to do.’

Growing up, what was your favorite cartoon character and why?

Pepe le Pew! That poor skunk should have learned the difference between a cat and a lady skunk by now!

What are your special interests, hobbies, or collections?

Apart from my reptiles, I’m a bit of a computer nut. I’ve been using computers since 1981.  I also really enjoy long, leisurely walks, especially at the coast.

What is your favorite quote and why?

EASY… “You’re damned if you do, you’re damned if you don’t.” – Bart Simpson. Sometimes I feel as if it doesn’t make any difference whether I do something or not. Either way I’m going to get blamed!

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

Answers.com is amazing for the amount of information on almost any subject! I’m happy to be a ‘small cog in a big machine’. It’s like being part of one huge on-line family.

Nothing flukey about our Irish supervisor Flukey!

The dictionary says that the word flukey is something “obtained by chance rather than skill.”  The only thing “flukey” about our Flukey is the name.   He is a highly skilled Supervisor and an expert in Information Technology.  He is also a person with great initiative who is a genuine self-starter.  On Answers.com he has made more than 44,800 contributions and has earned badges as a Gold Contributor and a Category Supervisor.  We have nothing but admiration for this Irishman from Dublin!  We are proud of the work he does on our site. Read on to learn about Flukey’s love for his country, his wife and Answers.com!

What is your first name? Declan

What is your occupation?

I teach computer courses.  I teach a wide range of computing subjects including web design, applications, programming and many, many other subjects.  This is why I look in on some of the IT categories, particularly the Microsoft Excel category as it is my favorite application to use and teach.

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

Flukey is an old nickname that I got many years ago from my luck in using a pool cue in a staff recreation room.  I’ve used it on Answers.com since I joined.

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

I am from Dublin in Ireland, both being categories I supervise.  Ireland is a country that is very beautiful and very green — due to all the rain!  We are famous for our welcome to visitors, so visit any time.  We have a rich history in Ireland and it is a place that people seem to love.  We also have a unique culture, especially in dance, music, literature and sports.  As a Dubliner, I have a particular love for my home city.  I enjoy showing it to friends and relatives.  There is so much to see and do here and so many surprises and quirky facts about Dublin.  Come and see for yourself.

What enticed you to join our community?

As someone who teaches and enjoys sharing information and helping people, Answers.com seemed an ideal place, once I found it.  I saw some questions and started answering, and I’ve been doing so ever since.

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

I like to just get in there and start answering questions or organizing where necessary.  I look at my own categories, often from the e-mails I get, and then I stray into some of my favorites.  Sometimes I pick a category and go on a marathon session of answering and organizing.  As you all know, it can be very addictive once you get going.  I like to try different approaches.  I’ll often go first to much older questions and try to answer or merge some of those, rather than focusing on just the newest ones.  I’ll randomly jump around pages of unanswered questions.  It is good to have some variety in the approach to make my Answers.com experience a good one. By jumping around I am sure people get notifications of questions that they thought would never be answered but finally have been.  That is what we want: happy users. They will come back.

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

It is a great place to give and share knowledge.  You get a lot more out of it than you put in.  There is a good community of users on the site from a wide range of backgrounds.  The people looking after Answers.com manage it very well.  It is a well run site, and that makes it easy and more enjoyable to use.  Although it is a huge site in terms of users, there is a community feeling amongst the staff and supervisors and you feel valued.  There is always something more and new to do.  It is hard to drag yourself away.

What life accomplishments are you proud of?

I am proud of my various academic achievements.  I have lots of qualifications and I have managed to get some of them with little tuition.  I am good at teaching myself things.  I have passed exams in subjects that I have not studied formally, and I have also taught subjects that I never taken classes in.  My interest in computers makes me keen to learn about them and then pass that knowledge on.

In 2010 I traveled to Israel and did a walk through the countryside over 4 days, which was quite a challenge.  I got through it though.  I have what I describe as a stubborn determination at times and it helps drive me on to do things and keep going.  I am of course also proud to have been asked to be a Supervisor not long after starting to use Answers.com, and it is a great honor to be asked to be featured here.

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

I always find superlative questions hard to answer, and there are lots of strange things to pick from. Here is just one random coincidence that happened to me.  In 2007 I was planning a trip to Malawi to do some volunteer work.  I was telling my class of international students about this.  One student said she was from Malawi.  She then asked where in Malawi I was going.  I told her the place and she told me that she had grown up there.  I ended up briefly meeting some of her relatives when I went over and passed on some presents from her to them.

What is your favorite song?

Another superlative question, but I cannot name just one.  There are so many.  A random selection could include “I don’t like Mondays,” “Money for nothing,” “Dublin in the rare old times,” “The green fields of France” and many others.  My CD collection is quite varied.

Do you see the glass half full or half empty?  Why?

We have to try to be positive in life and there are many great things in this world, so the glass is half full.

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

The endless stream of questions that are always here.  No matter how much you do, there is always more.  The same questions keep arising and I do find a lot of the work is repetitive.  What I have done to help is to create a text file of the most common questions that occur in my favorite categories.  When they come up again, instead of having to search through Answers.com to merge with the older question, I copy the text from my file into the merge box.   This saves a lot of time.  I keep it in Google Docs associated with my e-mail, so it is accessible wherever I am working.

What are you most passionate about in your life?

Apart from family and friends, I love Ireland’s two national sports of Gaelic football and hurling.  Shortly after joining Answers.com I requested categories for them, which I now supervise.  This year was particularly special, as my team, Dublin, won the All-Ireland Final for Gaelic Football for the first time since 1995.  That is the biggest sporting event in Ireland.

Other interests I have include astronomy.  The night sky is fascinating, especially in the winter months.  It is one of the nice things to do in the long dark nights.  There is so much to see and enjoy, even if you don’t know what it is you are looking at.  Learning about it, and then recognizing things, makes it more interesting.

As I work teaching people about computers, I enjoy using them too.  There are so many things you can do with one.  Most people only use a tiny fraction of a computer’s functions.  They are missing out on a lot.  I have an interest in the internet and have created many simple web pages.  If you go to my profile and then to my homepage, there are links to many of them including astronomy, Dublin, Gaelic football and hurling.  Many of those have links to videos that I have created online.

Who or what is your inspiration in life?

My wife!

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

I can say the alphabet backwards just as easily and quickly as I can say it forwards.  It is something I taught myself after my mother told me she could do it.

A key man in the wiki world.

Today we’re celebrating Steven KeyMan, a longtime WikiAnswers contributor. How long, you ask? Steven reached the Ruby level in contributions and managed to grab a WAmmy award as ‘The Neat Freak’ for most category changes in 2008, as well as two honorable mentions.

But that’s not where it ends: The KeyMan is a Category Supervisor for Baseball Memorabilia (you’ll soon understand why) and a graduate of the Mentoring program. He’s hit over 500 Trust Points, over 500,000 contributions and has won 2nd place in a past AnswerThon.

How did you originally hear about WikiAnswers?

I first heard of WikiAnswers when the name was changed from FAQ Farm. (Rimshot – badum-CHING)  In fact, (or in ‘FAQ’, if you will) the link saved in my favorites still reads FAQ Farm, and has the original URL: Faqfarm.com. Always doing research on-line for baseball memorabilia, I often found myself being directed to FAQ Farm. Now as a member of WikiAnswers, I share the results of my past research with collectors looking for information.

Explain your username.

No, I am not the egotistical man that is the ‘Key’ to everything. My WikiAnswers username, Steven KeyMan, is a tribute to my childhood hero: Mickey Mantle (micKEY MANtle). My first name is Steven. Often, in the past, trying to use the name Mickey Mantle as a username with other forums, Mickey Mantle along with a thousand other combinations of numbers is usually taken. KeyMan – Key the last three letters of Mickey, and Man the first three letters of Mantle – is more unique.

What motivates you to volunteer your time to the WikiAnswers community?

I enjoy collecting baseball memorabilia, and love to help people with their questions. It’s kind of an extension of my hobby, and in helping people out I also learn in the process. The greatest part of memorabilia is the history behind the item. Regardless of value if a piece of memorabilia has a story behind it, it has my attention. If I do not know the answer I am compelled to find it. My motivation to volunteer my time is the love for the hobby, to pay my dues for the wealth WikiAnswers has given me and… to get Crystal off my back to become a Supervisor.

What are your areas of expertise?

Baseball Memorabilia would be my area of expertise but I do not consider myself to be an expert. I like to use the term knowledgeable. If I were an expert, I would know everything, and knowing everything would make it all very boring. I don’t know everything. You could ask my ex-wife.

What is your favorite WikiAnswers feature?

My favorite WikiAnswers feature is the ‘sign out’ feature. When I sign off it usually means I had enough, I can’t see anymore, and it’s time to go to bed.

My second favorite feature are the Trust Points. When I receive a trust point, it gives me a sense of accomplishment in that I have helped someone out.

What has been the funniest question you’ve seen or your funniest experience on WikiAnswers?

The funniest question I had to answer had to be when Crystal asked me to become a Supervisor. Thank you Crystal – I’m not laughing anymore!

In general, I find it amusing when a question is asked with too much detail, and the asker runs out of room to complete it. Such as: How much is a Mickey Mantle baseball signed for my fathers cousin given to me by my mothers brother in-laws friend three weeks before m…?

And last year’s WAmmy for funniest question winner: When Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart died did he start to decompose? That is genius!

Share a random fact (or two) about yourself.


I take great pride when I am asked for advice about historic memorabilia items. I have been interviewed by newspaper reporters on items like the value of Barry Bonds’ record-breaking home run baseball. TV shows such as ‘History Detectives’ have come to me a number of times for information.

I have had the pleasure of seeing some extraordinary pieces of history, providing advice, and information to museums, and authors of reference books. I am currently in contact with the Vatican about a group of baseballs signed by Joe DiMaggio, NL President Warren Giles, and baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn presented to Pope Paul VI when he held masse celebrated at Yankee Stadium on October 4, 1965. A plaque was dedicated to the Pope in center field in Yankee Stadium for this event.

An ongoing adventure.

Do you want to be interviewed for the Contributor corner? Just leave a comment below and we’ll get to work.

Putting the ‘community’ in ‘community Q&A’.

WikiAnswers takes its communities very seriously. That’s right, I said communities – plural. That’s because there are tons of different sub communities on WikiAnswers.

To start, check out the growing list of different types of community members. WikiAnswers contributors have a wide variety of ways they can choose to participate, fulfilling a diverse rainbow of roles.

Of course, you can be a plain old contributor if you like… Or if obsessive editing is your thing, you can jazz up your experience by joining as a Premier Editor; same goes for Premier Answerers.

If you like to change it up, consider becoming a Special Projects Assistant and working on what needs to be done most.

If you enjoy the nit picking type of activity, the Exterminators‘ hunt for site bugs and irregularities could be your calling.

Or, join a program:

The Supervisor Community is the group of hundreds of Supervisors whose job it is to keep watch of categories, and make sure the site stays clean and organized. Supervisors come in all different sizes, shapes and colors… Or, at least their badges do. Learn more about Floating Supervisors, Category Supervisors and Senior Supervisors.

The Community Outreach Program hosts several kinds of opportunities for being involved in community efforts. Join and become a WikiGuide, Talent Scout or Forum Fanatic. Welcome and interact with new members.

The Mentoring Program is designed to offer guidance and support for brand new Supervisors (or those who want a brush up on WikiAnswers protocol). Mentors are friendly WikiAnswers folks who have been around the wiki-block quite a few times.

Wiki Influential Teens, or WIT, is a fairly new initiative to give teens on WikiAnswers their own group with which to come up wit ideas, create new projects and participate in contests for prizes.

The Vandal Patrol is a sector of Supers who keep watch for vandals, spammers and general no-good doers. The goal of the patrol is to clean up the vandalism as fast as possible, while swiftly taking care to make sure the perps don’t try it again.