Meet Jackgin! Witty WIT member and great contributor

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

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

What is your occupation?  I am a student.

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

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

How did you discover Answers.com?

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

What enticed you to join our community?

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

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

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

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

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

What is your favorite song? gangnam-style

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Who or what is your inspiration in life?

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

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

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

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

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

Check out some of Jackgin’s intriguing answers:

How do you get Keynote on a Dell computer?

Is subtraction a short cut for addition?

What is a synonym for allure?

Creative, caring and cultured: Meet Bolognaking

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

What is your first name?

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

What is your occupation?

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

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

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

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

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

How did you discover Answers.com?

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

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

Answering first. Editing and merging questions, second.

What life accomplishments are you proud of?

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

What accomplishments on Answers.com are you proud of?

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

What is your favorite type of music?  

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

What was the last song you listened to?

Solitario Corazón by Fausto Miño.

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare

Who is your favorite poet?  

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

What makes you unique?

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

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

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

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

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

Monopoly Man

Monopoly Man

What are your special interests, hobbies, or collections?  

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

What are you most passionate about in your life?

Truth. Kindness. Fairness. Diversity. Tolerance.

What is your favorite quote and why?

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

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

Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat

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

Do you have any special talents?  

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

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

I’m a Freemason.

Check out some of Bolognaking’s Answers :

What was it like to be alive in 1517?

What is blank verse?

What prophecy did the witches give to Caesar?

Meet Kedar bc: Wisdom and Wit All in One

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

What is your first name?

My first name is Kedar.

What is your occupation?

I am a 17 year old student.

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

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

How did you discover Answers.com?

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

What enticed you to join our community?

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

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

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

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

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

What life accomplishments are you proud of?

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

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

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

What is your favorite type of music?  

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

What is your favorite song?

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

What is your favorite poem and why?

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

What makes you unique?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What are your special interests, hobbies, or collections?

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

What are you most passionate about in your life?

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

What is your favorite quote and why?

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

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

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

Florence

Florence

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

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

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

Check out some of Kedar bc’s answers:

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

What vitamins or herbs promote good circulation?

What are facts about Hubble?

What vitamins or herbs promote healthy lungs?

Meet 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 SummerMaple: Veterinarian from Nebraska!

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

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

foodinspectionWhat is your occupation?

 I am a public health veterinarian and food safety inspector.

How did you discover Answers.com?

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

What enticed you to join our community?

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

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

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

What accomplishments on Answers.com are you proud of?

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

Who is your favorite poet?   shel-silverstein

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

Raven3What is your favorite poem and why? 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What are your special interests, hobbies, or collections?  

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

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

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

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

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