Meet Nicola: A purrfect role model from Scotland!

Xnicola is a star at Answers.com! Just one look at her bio page and it is clear: Senior Supervisor, Mentoring Program Mentor, Copy Editor for WikiReviewers, Imperial WikiGuide for Community Outreach, Senior Site Guardian for Vandal Patrol and TIP Supervisor. The long list of accomplishments makes her an expert on the site and a great role model. It’s not surprising that she is also a Category Supervisor for Literature and Language. She is currently finishing a Masters Degree in the English language. If you have ever received a greeting from Xnicola on the site, you know that she is a warm and welcoming person, too! Read more to learn more about this outstanding young lady from Scotland. Continue reading

Meet Fixit895: Crossover from Scotland!

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

A Man of Few Words and Many Actions: Meet Mystery Mania

Mystery Mania is a man of few words. However, he is a man full of action. In a little over a year, he has made more than 10,000 contributions to Answers.com. But that’s not all! He is a WikiGuide in the Community Outreach Program, a Special Project Assistant, and a Floating Supervisor. Using his technical expertise, Justin designed his very own unofficial site known as Answers.fans where members are invited to socialize with each other. One more interesting fact about Justin: he knows Chinese and greets you with NiHao, Huan Ying (Hello, welcome!) on his profile!

What is your first name?

My name is Justin.

What is your occupation?

I am a student.

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

My username is Mystery Mania because my friend said this about me: “Well Justin, I have to say, you’re always full of surprises.”

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

I live in Northern California, specifically the Bay Area.

How did you discover Answers.com?

Like most people, I found Answers.com through a Google search. I eventually got hooked and decided to create an account.

What enticed you to join our community?

I joined the Answers.com community because I like to answer questions and I thought this would be a great place to show off my answers.

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

My favorite thing to do on Answers.com is answer questions! I also like to help other contributors use the site.

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

I would tell them that this site is not like any other Q&A site that exists. Here at Answers.com, everyone is treated as part of a family. I would tell them about the various things they can do on the site besides just asking questions. This is their chance to share their own knowledge.

What accomplishments on Answers.com are you proud of?

I am proud to have become a Floating Supervisor on Answers.com.

What was the last song you listened to?

Rolling In The Deep, by Adele.

What makes you unique?

I have my own fan site. It is called Answers Fans.

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

The most challenging thing on Answers.com is dealing with vandals and people who decide to write dumb answers that don’t answer the question.

What are your special interests, hobbies, or collections?

I created a fan site for Answers.com. It’s called Answers Fans.

Answers.com (and more!) on Facebook

We love social media here at Answers.com. And with 33,000+ fans on our Facebook page, we’re pretty sure you do too. But did you know we have Facebook pages set up for every language and community group on Answers.com? This week we added two new ones to the list: WikiAnswers Influential Teens (WIT) and Answers.com Tagalog.

You can find our main Answers.com Facebook page here and follow our Twitter feed of titillating trivia here. Here is a full list of our Facebook pages and a sample of what you will find there. Go ahead, tell us you like us!

 

Answers.com Facebook Pages

Vandal Patrol and Community Outreach celebrate two years.

Spread the kudos around! Two of Answers.com’s community programs deserve a congrats for reaching their two-year anniversaries today: Vandal Patrol and Community Outreach.

A word from their coordinators, please!

From Apryl, Vandal Patrol Coordinator:

Happy 2 Year Anniversary to the Vandal Patrol and all of its wonderful members! Vandals Beware!

From Robin, Community Outreach Coordinator:

Much thanks to everyone for their support of Community Outreach and to our awesome WikiGuides for their efforts in spreading inspiration, goodwill and happiness throughout the Answers.com community we all know and love so well. It’s been a wonderful two years and we’re looking forward to even better times ahead. Let’s keep on keeping on!

Thank you to all the dedicated contributors who volunteer their time and effort to make those programs the wild successes they are.

So, interested in joining? Click the name of the coordinator above and get in touch.

More on Answers.com’s 5 million-strong community.

Last week we mentioned here that the Answers.com community has grown to over 5 million members. The growth is encouraging, and not just to us no.stupid.answers bloggers. Answers.com’s Director of Community Development, Scott Moore, shared his thoughts in yesterday’s press release:

“Q&A sites have become a very popular means for getting answers to everyday questions, as well as sharing knowledge on topics close to people’s hearts, and Answers.com is at the forefront of this trend,” said Scott Moore, Director of Community Development.

“Whether it is the BP oil spill disaster, the latest on the iPhone 4 release, or excitement surrounding the FIFA World Cup games, our dedicated community is asking, answering and conversing across a vast collection of categories. Our community programs – Community Outreach, WikiReviewers, Mentoring and Vandal Patrol, to name a few, are delivering on the opportunity to expand our user-base, our data-base and our brand. As we fast approach 9 million answers in our community answer database, it’s clear that, without the wonderful, diverse and knowledgeable members of our community, we wouldn’t have one of the fastest-growing Q&A communities on the Web.”

Here are some other fun facts about Answers.com’s recent growth:

  • Answers.com’s U.S. audience size in May 2010 was 45.4 million unique visitors…
  • …this ranked the site #21 on the comScore charts.
  • Globally, monthly unique visitors were 72 million…
  • …which makes Answers.com the 37th highest ranked site worldwide.

WikiGuides: Our very own welcoming committee.

WikiGuides, or WikiAnswers Community Outreach members, perform activities geared toward fostering a positive community experience. They welcome new contributors, invite them to participate in special events, offer guidance, and help where they are needed.

Other opportunities for WikiGuides include sending special occasion greetings, contacting MIA supervisors, and offering congratulations for special achievements.

Recently, we added some awesome new WikiGuide badges. Oh, the levels you can achieve!

WikiGuide
WikiGuide (program participant)
Noble WikiGuide
Noble WikiGuide (5,000 credits achieved)
Imperial WikiGuide
Royal WikiGuide (25,000 credits)
Royal WikiGuide
Imperial WikiGuide (50,000 credits)
Do you like welcoming new people? Become a WikiGuide! For information about the Community Outreach program or on how to become a WikiGuide, please contact CommunityOutreach @ WikiAnswers.com. To participate in the Community Outreach program as a Wikiguide, you must be at least 13 years of age or older.

Calling all friendly contributors!

You’re browsing WikiAnswers. You come across a question. It’s answered by a brand new contributor… and they haven’t been formally welcomed to the community yet. Who are you gonna call? The Community Outreach team!

An initiative set up and run by Robin, the Community Outreach program is a dedicated task force of both Supervisors and contributors. It’s got a few main objectives, covered by four roles:

  • WikiGuides welcome new contributors, invite them to participate in special events, offer guidance, and help where they are needed.
  • Talent Scouts are WikiGuides who specialize in finding and recommending outstanding contributors in various areas of participation on the site, including Premier Answerers and Editors.
  • Wiki Greeters are well-wishers who are always on the lookout for contributors’ birthdays, anniversaries, new babies, graduations, or any notable event in our contributors’ lives.
  • Forum Fanatics are WikiGuides who enjoy meeting and visiting with members of the community through frequenting the discussion forums.

Interested in joining the team? Get in touch by writing to CommunityOutreach @ WikiAnswers.com (no spaces). Don’t forget to include your WikiAnswers username in your message.

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.