2014 WAmmy Awards!

Congratulations to the 2014 WAmmy Award winners (for questions and answers posted in 2013)! These questions, answers, and contributions are outstanding, and I’m so proud to work with this community!  Thank you for your nominations and votes!

Answer of the Year

Winner/Question:
Holiday guy
Why is saving money a good idea?

Acceptance Speech:
Wow, what an honour this is. Firstly I’d like to thank all of you that voted for me but in all honesty this award goes out to everyone who works hard to answer questions on the site. Without all of you this site wouldn’t be where it is today and I really mean that. I’m humbled by this award and it has encouraged me to go for even bigger goals in this coming year (both on the site and in real life). I’d also like to say that my answer is one of many quality answers which are submitted on the site everyday. I constantly find myself on the homepage looking at the recently answered page and seeing all the amazing contributions by all of you. It just reminds me that we are a special type of community on here which help each other out in a variety of ways. I believe that this is one of the main reasons to why I keep coming back to this site. Now I don’t want to keep you for too long so I’ll quickly explain why I decided to answer the question.

If you didn’t already know, I’m 17. When I was younger I used to spend a lot of money on pointless things which I would eventually not care about or lose. All this money added up and over time I realised how much I was wasting and what that money could of gone towards. If I had some guidance earlier on I could of saved myself a lot more money. This is the main reason which motivated me to answer this question. I hope you all find it somewhat useful, I even find myself looking over it if I’m ever deliberating over buying something.

I urge you all to read my answer (if you haven’t already) and let me know what you think about it.

When I was younger I was told a quote: “look after the pennies and the pounds will look after themselves”. It’s true, if you save a decent amount of the money you receive from your job you can put that towards greater things. One thing I have definitely set my sights on for when I’m an adult is purchasing my own house/flat as I know how important owning property is in the UK.

I wish you all the best for 2014 and I hope you enjoyed reading my answer.

Have a great day and thank you once again!

 

Honorable Mention:
Lifesnadir
Do people on welfare ever stop needing it?

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Lifetime Achievement Award

Winner:
Keats

Acceptance Speech:
If I may, I would like to nominate this Answers Lifetime Achievement Award to my beloved husband who passed away last year. We knew each other since we young, almost forty years, Later we were married for many, many years. I am devastated by his loss. I miss him so, so much. Each day is still unbearable. So my Answers Lifetime Achievement Award is for you my beloved D and the love and life you shared with me. I love you.

 

Honorable Mention:
Jadeacres

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Most Answers

Winner:
4Jays
Acceptance Speech:  
I am honored to receive this award.  I consider myself part of a great team and I am happy and proud to be able to contribute to the mission of Answers!

 

Honorable Mention:
Ericbarnes

 

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Most Contributions

Winner:
Lifesnadir

Acceptance Speech:
With so many dedicated contributors, I’m truly surprised to receive this award.  Thank you.  I suppose WA is a little like that potato chip: Few people can do just one Q or only a couple.  Once you get started with Questions, Answers, Editing/Spelling Fixes, or Categorizing, you just can’t stop!  Unlike potato chips, though, WikiAnswers doesn’t add useless calories.  Instead it revs up the brain’s metabolism, infuses energy, and makes ‘exercising’ the brain fun!!

 

Honorable Mention:
HisPowr4U

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Premier Answerer of the Year

Winner: David Gambell

Acceptance Speech:
On behalf of David Gambell, we accept this award and thank you for your votes.

 

Honorable Mention:
Alcohen2006

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Most Trust Points Earned

Winner:
Dabac

Acceptance Speech:
Wow, that came out of the blue.

I do enjoy it here. I like the concept of being represented by thought and text only, almost entirely untainted by any other feature.

I like the sharing of knowledge, as knowledge – as love – is one of the few things you can both share and keep at the same time.

While I’ll readily admit that I write for my own immediate enjoyment, it does bring a warm fuzzy feeling to know that my efforts are appreciated. It’s the icing on the cake. And it’s quite a cake. And a delicious, inch-thick icing.

So, thanks to those providing this site. It’s the best pastime I’ve come across since I learned to read.

Thanks to other Supers who nudge me in the right direction when the urge to merge dissimilar questions leading to the same answer gets too strong.

Or any other issue when eagerness gets the better of me.

Thanks to all the posters who provide me with so much excellent fodder for memory exercises.

I’ll do my best to continue in the same manner.

Cheers,
Dabac

 

Honorable Mention:
C.Hainsaw

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Most Vandals Blocked

Winner:  C.Hainsaw

Acceptance Speech:
Thank you. I mean that for everyone who votes, everyone who views, and everyone who contributes to WikiAnswers. I have enjoyed this little corner of the Internet for the past few years, and I’ve met a lot of great people. Those are who should be honored; they are the ones who inspire me, on those rare occasional moments when I demonstrate any form of brightness through my contributions. All of you, keep making WikiAnswers the community it is.

 

Honorable Mention:
Woodman66

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Most Category Changes

Winner:  
Lifesnadir

Acceptance Speech:
This award needs to be shared with all the people who gave me tips about how the site works.  It took me a while to figure out the best ways to use WikiAnswer’s Search tool, but when I did, I could plunge into the Uncategorized Qs without getting too lost. Thank you to my peers and my old mentor for all you taught me.  Thank you also to all the Category Supervisors who welcomed getting Qs into the right categories despite already being overloaded with unanswered questions; many of you helped me know differences and subtle nuances in the broad topics and categories WikiAnswers hosts and I very much appreciated your help.

 

Honorable Mention:
HisPowr4U

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Most Questions Improved

Winner:
SiriWarbreaker

Acceptance Speech:
On behalf of SiriWarbreaker, we accept this award and thank you for your votes.

Honorable Mention:
Peakaytea

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Most Reverts

Winner:
Fish247

Acceptance Speech:
Wow I am shocked that I made the most reverts this year and am very honored to receive this award. I want to say thank you to everyone that donates their time to contribute to this amazing website and community. Thank you to all the members of the Vandal Patrol and any user that takes the time to remove vandalism and improve the quality on this site. The Supervisors here are truly amazing and I really enjoy contributing and helping out where I can. I look forward to continuing to help out and watching WikiAnswers grow and continue to be the best Q & A website!

 

Honorable Mention:
C.Hainsaw

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Most Contributions by New Supervisor

Winner:
KrazE1

Acceptance Speech:  
Wow, this was very unexpected, and very much appreciated. I want to thank everyone who voted for me! I have certainly enjoyed being a part of the community, and will continue to contribute in whatever way I can to make the site as best as it can be.

Thank you again!

 

Honorable Mention:
Kamstkurf

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Most Trust Points by New Supervisor

Winner:
KrazE1

Acceptance Speech:
Wow, this was very unexpected, and very much appreciated. I want to thank everyone who voted for me! I have certainly enjoyed being a part of the community, and will continue to contribute in whatever way I can to make the site as best as it can be.

Thank you again!

 

Honorable Mention:
Margaret.mehaffie

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Best Profile

Winner:  
IncaBlue

Acceptance Speech:  
Thank you very much for your votes, as you may know my profile is dedicated to Inca a beautiful blue Burmese, next time he visits my dreams I’ll be sure to tell him he won a WAmmy :)

 

Honorable Mention:
Rathnashikamani

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Best Advice Answer

Winner/Question:  
Guy_Henry
What makes an effective father, and why?

Acceptance Speech:
Wow! First- a big, huge “Thank you” to each person who voted for this answer.

I participate on WikiAnswers because I believe that a useful and actionable answer is the only answer worth giving. We see around us a cultural crisis of too much data and choices, not enough insight and discernment. It is my great hope that each of you will forward this question and answer to everyone you know. If we want a stronger, healthier and happier world, we have to start with the kids. Thank you once again. Hooray!

 

Honorable Mention:
Skullcandy88
What is best to say in a job interview concerning your termination from your last job?

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Best How-To Answer

Winner/Question:
JoyceP
How do you build trust with an infant?

Acceptance Speech:
This award means a lot to me, and I want to thank all who voted for this answer.  Since both the long and short-term well being of infants depends on the care they receive from their parents and caregivers, it was important to me to provide the best, most comprehensive answer possible.

Again, thank you to all who voted for this answer.  It is truly an honor to accept this award.

 

Honorable Mention:
RoboDag
What are the basic rules in playing chess?

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Best Researched Answer

Winner/Question:
Skullcandy88
What was unusual about the attack on Pearl Harbor?

Acceptance Speech:
Thank you to all who voted for this contribution to win the Best Researched Answer 2013 WAmmy.

I am pleasantly surprised to win this WAmmy because there were some really good nominations this year. I am glad that others have found the answer interesting and/or informative, I personally enjoyed the research that was required to provide that answer.

Research is the recipe for a good answer, which means checking multiple sources and cross-referencing different findings and evidences. The problem with information online these days is that so much of it is exaggerated or false, the ease of access to this information means that many unfortunate people end up believing in the exaggerated content. With this particular question, it took a bit of time to research properly via multiple sources because this historical event is surrounded by many conspiracy theories. I had to sift through the information to separate the true facts from the unproven (and some downright idiotic) conspiracy theories to provide a balanced and neutral historical answer, rather than a conspiracy rant. Again, thank you for voting for me, I am happy that many have enjoyed this researched answer and I hope the majority of you will continue to research thoroughly to provide fantastic, interesting and, most importantly, accurate answers.

 

Honorable Mention:
Jadeacres
Is a gluten free diet good for everyone?

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Best Answer in a Team Effort

Winners/Question:
Lifesnadir and Darksyde
What are some good science projects for school?

Acceptance Speeches:
Lifesnadir: I love the aspect of ‘teamwork’ at WikiAnswers, like with Darksyde on this answer.  From working with a Mentor, to seeking or giving help with other supervisors, and working within the community, ‘team support’ and ‘team work’ invigorates the site.  Thank you to the countless people who helped me with learning and doing tasks on WikiAnswers.  Congrats, Darksyde!

Darksyde: I’d like to thank all the little people who made this award possible. No, seriously, I’d like to thank the little orange Wiki-Guys who really run things when none of us are looking.
I love researching answers, so I’m quite happy one of the ones I put a lot of work into has won an award. It’s a nice feeling being able to help someone with their questions. Being a WikiAnswers supervisor is a great job and I love doing it.

 

Honorable Mention:  
Liasdaughter and D4est
How do you overcome frustration caused by the wife?

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Funniest Answer

Winner/Question:
C.Hainsaw
How do you keep strangers out?

Acceptance Speech:  
Thank you. I mean that for everyone who votes, everyone who views, and everyone who contributes to WikiAnswers. I have enjoyed this little corner of the Internet for the past few years, and I’ve met a lot of great people. Those are who should be honored; they are the ones who inspire me, on those rare occasional moments when I demonstrate any form of brightness through my contributions. All of you, keep making WikiAnswers the community it is.

 

Honorable Mention:
IncaBlue
Where can you buy a 500 lb bomb?

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Funniest Question

Winner/Question:
Lakeshia_Plum
What are the dangers of being active on WikiAnswers while intoxicated?

Acceptance Speech:
Thank you everyone who voted me for a WAmmy. It is quite an honor. I’ve had a good time since joining WikiAnswers, and enjoy the opportunity of helping as a supervisor. There are many wonderful contributors, supervisors, and staff here. I look forward to more years of service to the WikiAnswers community and wish everyone the best throughout this year.

 

Honorable Mention:
IncaBlue
What subject should you study to take a blood test?

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Top Category Answerers

Animal Life
Winner: On the Wallaby
Honorable Mention: Wildrosebeef

Business & Finance
Winner: Wildrosebeef
Honorable Mention: Fixit895

Cars & Vehicles
Winner: Rdrsh
Honorable Mention: Helpfull

Entertainment & Arts
Winner: WNY007
Honorable Mention: Ericbarnes

Food & Cooking
Winner: Fixit895
Honorable Mention: Salette Ann Andrews

Health
Winner: Eclair39
Honorable Mention: Peakaytea

History, Politics & Society
Winner: William Howe
Honorable Mention:  Manlio Fahrni

Hobbies & Collectibles
Winner: Ndbbm
Honorable Mention: C3shooter

Home & Garden
Winner: Fixit895
Honorable Mention: Woodman66

Humor & Amusement Corner
Winner: Lakeshia Plum
Honorable Mention:  Quietman

Jobs & Education
Winner:  4Jays
Honorable Mention: Mehtamatics

Law & Legal Issues
Winner:  Aggie80
Honorable Mention:  Eclair39

Literature & Language
Winner:  Dfoofnik
Honorable Mention: Notyouraveragedummy

Relationships
Winner:  Eclair39
Honorable Mention: Aggie80

Religion & Spirituality
Winner:  William Howe
Honorable Mention: Galileedawn

Science
Winner:  4Jays
Honorable Mention: Mehtamatics

Shopping
Winner:  WNY007
Honorable Mention: Dfoofnik

Sports
Winner:  Bringingthewood
Honorable Mention: Ndbbm

Technology
Winner:  Dfoofnik
Honorable Mention: Flukey

Travel & Places
Winner:  Dfoofnik
Honorable Mention: Notyouraveragedummy

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

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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:

1st place: $200 Amazon card (+$100 FB connect bonus)
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2nd place: $150 Amazon card (+50 FB connect bonus)
Supervisor – Aggie80 (980 answers) – $200 Amazon card [FB connect bonus]
Contributor – Quizzical Mind (859 answers) – $200 Amazon card [FB connect bonus]

3rd place: $100 Amazon card (+$25 FB connect bonus)
Supervisor – Skullcandy88 (685 answers) – $125 Amazon card [FB connect bonus]
Supervisor – Fixit895 (442 answers) – $100 Amazon card
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Meet Soulcist: A Georgia Poet who Loves His Home and Family

 

Yusemi and Soulcist

Yusemi and Soulcist

Soulcist has been on the site for close to a year now, and he has certainly made his presence felt with over 54,000 contributions. He’s a Senior Mentor, a Vandal Patrol Generalist, a Community Outreach WikiGuide and a Category Supervisor in six categories! He is most active in Teen Dating and Xbox Live. In his free time he teaches himself to build software-based webites. He is devoted to a few very special people, including Yusemi and his grandmother, but get to know him and you will see he is sensitive and considerate of everyone in his life and on our site. To find out more about Soulcist, visit his profile where he shares some of his own beautiful poetry and more. We are lucky to have such a genuine person as a member of our community and we can only wish him the best. Continue reading

Meet Garethfx: Proud Welshman and Trusted Supervisor

Meet Garethfx: a proud Welshman from the Cardiff area. He knows his history, loves his family and has quite a creative bent. He is also a valued Supervisor on the site who strives to give clear and accurate answers as a service to the community. For that he has earned over 2000 trust points. He is most active in the Rugby category, one of his favorite sports. Read on and get to know Gareth! Continue reading

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

The Netherlands

The Netherlands

It’s hard to stop bragging about our contributor from the Netherlands, Ireen22! She is outstanding as a person, accomplished in many areas, including equestrian sports and photography, and she’s a real star on Answers.com! Irene gives all she has to her missions, having completed 50 for WikiAnswers Influential Teens (WIT) and 50 for Special Project Assistant (SPA). She holds badges as a Category Supervisor, a WikiReviewer, a Noble WikiGuide, a Vandal Patrol Generalist and she has more than 38,000 contributions. She never forgets her friends on the site and she views life with an open mind and heart. Read more to learn about this very special young woman from the Netherlands. Continue reading

Judy Olmsted: a woman to be reckoned with!

It is a real pleasure to introduce Judy Olmsted, our first TIP graduate, who now excels at splitting alternates, re-categorization and, of course, answering questions on the site, among other features! Though Judy joined our online community recently, she has already become a bronze contributor with her over 2800 contributions in the Health, Human Anatomy and Biology categories. A former teacher, she is much loved by her students who voted her the Teacher of the Year three times – not to mention her own college who awarded her the honor of Educator of the Year! We are lucky to have Judy on our team, and soon she will be an Answers.com Supervisor, too! Read more and get to know her and her sense of humor… Continue reading

Meet Norvell Wisdom: Fan of Springsteen, Dylan and Joel and passionate about comfort!

Traveling Man

NorvellWisdom has been around the block and then some!  He has lived in at least different 14 places throughout the United States.  As a chemical patent attorney he has more than 350 US patents!  We are privileged to have this knowledgeable and seasoned contributor on the site.  We can just imagine him listening to “Jungleland,” his favorite song, while answering questions about stoichiometry!  Read on to learn more about Norvell.

What is your first name?  Norvell

What is your occupation?

I am currently retired but acting as an unpaid officer of a small company that some of my friends founded. My last full time job was as a chemical patent attorney.

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

It’s just my first and last name run together: NorvellWisdom.

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

I have lived in many places: Oklahoma City, Muskogee, and Nowata, Oklahoma; Palestine (Texas), Houston, Harleton, Austin, and, most recently, Longview, Texas; Elizabeth, New Jersey; Watervliet and Albany, New York; Horsham and Blue Bell, Pennsylvania; and Warren, Michigan.

How did you discover Answers.com?

I discovered the site when I was doing a Google® search.

What enticed you to join our community?

I liked the idea of having an opportunity to review some things I am in danger of forgetting for lack of use.

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

I like to answer questions about stoichiometry.

What life accomplishments are you proud of?

I have written more than 350 U. S. Patents!

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

I listen to folk or rock and roll with socially conscious lyrics: Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, and Billy Joel are all good.

What is your favorite song?images

My favorite song is “Jungleland”, by Springsteen.

Who is your favorite poet?  

Shakespeare, Robert Frost, and Edwin Arlington Robinson are all very good.

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

I view it as “half empty,” because in the words of some medieval poet, “Indeed the world contains much good, yet still more ill than good” and of Edward Gibbon, “History is largely the record of the vices, crimes, and follies of mankind.”

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

It is challenging to guess the intention behind a poorly phrased question.

What are you most passionate about in your life?

Comfort. (I am 75 years old now!)

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

I am very interested in the schedules of passenger railroads, especially US ones before 1960.