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:

1st place: $200 Amazon card (+$100 FB connect bonus)
Xnicola (1120 answers) – $200 Amazon card

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
Supervisor – Natural Val (440 answers) – $125 Amazon card [FB connect bonus]
Supervisor – Peakaytea (375 answers) – $100 Amazon card
Contributor – Radioactivesmurf (694 answers) – $125 Amazon card [FB connect bonus]
Contributor – JayJayVay (442 answers) – $125 Amazon card [FB connect bonus]
Contributor – Janitha Hashan (406 answers) – $125 Amazon card [FB connect bonus]

4th place: $50 Amazon card (+$25 FB connect bonus)
Supervisor – Mannydlr (258 answers) – $75 Amazon card [FB connect bonus]
Supervisor – Dfoofnik (256 answers) – $50 Amazon card
Contributor – Kedar bc (249 answers) – $75 Amazon card [FB connect bonus]
Contributor – Desdichado (246 answers) – $50 Amazon card

Runner-ups: Answers Merchandise
Elosery
KrazE
Nurudeen Ahmed
Lakeshia Plum
MattApril
LincMad
Ahjteam
DrAshok Deshmukh
Elizabeth.corbell.9
Msaeed77
Fivejeagle

RANDOM WINNERS who won Amazon gift cards by answering at least 10 questions:
Cyberchief (132 answers)- $50 Amazon card [$25 FB connect bonus]
Whistlejacket (24 answers) – $50 Amazon card [$25 FB connect bonus]
Basstrom18 (10 answers) – $25 Amazon card
SummerMaple (121 answers) – $25 Amazon card
Azurite (18 answers) – $50 Amazon card [$25 FB connect bonus]

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.

The 2010 WAmmy Awards announced!

In this season of somewhat superficial (but deliciously addictive) entertainment awards, we may forget the folks who truly make a difference in our local communities… one of those communities being your online community of contributors on Answers.com.

Millions of people contribute all year, and the annual WAmmy Awards are a chance to give a shout and badge of honor to the community’s nominees in dozens of categories.

Some of my personal favorites for 2010:

Check ‘em all out here.

Feel free to personally congratulate winners on their message boards! Positive feedback makes the world go ’round…

You can start collecting and promoting your nominations for the 2011 WAmmys by posting them on the Community Forum, in the Kontributor Kudos section under the relevant WAmmy 2011 threads.

Missing Thornita on Answers.com.

While reading some poetry online the other day, I happened upon this amazing quote: “Life without its thorns could weaken the stem which beauty grows.” Although I could not determine its exact origins, it made me smile and wonder what the writer must have been thinking and feeling at the time.

It also reminded me of this week’s Featured Contributor, Thornita (Ceri). A self-proclaimed dog whisperer with a love for German Shepherds, Ceri has been busy working on several important programs related to canine training and rehabilitation – so she hasn’t been as active on Answers.com in recent months. But like the thorn that anchors its precious rose, we hope that Thornita finds her way back to the community that supports her every endeavor and wishes her a blossoming, beautiful future.

What is your Answers.com user name and the history behind it?

Thornita, and I presume why I chose the name is because no one else has the name but me. It’s original and creative so I chose it.

Would you care to tell us about your family?

I have a mum, and two cats… Dad deceased and grandparents deceased.

Do you have any pets?

Two cats :)

Where do you live, how long have you lived there and why do you like the area?

Newmarket, and I like the fact that it’s a horse racing town. I have lived here all my life.

Where did you grow up and do you have any special memories of your childhood?

Nope, pretty boring one actually…

What educational information would you like to share?

Still at the Upper School and about to do my mocks…

What are some of your past or present occupations?

Worked in a vets and now am a dog walker/trainer/groomer

What is your key area of knowledge, interest or expertise?

Dogs, period. I get on with them a LOT better than people… I connect better.

Do you have any collections or hobbies?

Dog walking

What are a few random facts about yourself?

I’m crazy and have a fetish with fire!

Do you have any special talents you’d like to share?

I’m a dog whisperer (nah jokes!)… but I get on with them well!

What are your special goals or dreams?

To open a dog rehabilitation centre and help out the ones that have been mistreated. I also want to open a no kill shelter for German Shepherds.

How would you describe yourself or personality?

Creative, Fiery, Easily Annoyed, Secretive.

What brought you to Answers.com?

I wanted to join something similar to Y!A but without the thumbs down option, because that annoyed me a lot.

Are you a Floating or Category Supervisor?

Category Supervisor for German Shepherds, English Bull Terriers, West Highland Terriers, Peer Pressure, Rottweilers, Dog Breeding, Werewolves and Shetland Sheepdogs

What keeps you coming back to Answers.com?

The nice people and my love of answering questions…

What is your favorite Answers.com activity?

GERMAN SHEPHERD SECTION!!

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

Tell us: What’s the first thing you do on Answers.com?

New day, new answers. Or maybe it’s: new day, new questions. Then again, it might be: new day, new category.

Hey, I don’t know what the first thing you do is when you get to Answers.com – that’s why I’m asking it here!

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Let us know more of your thoughts in the comments. It helps us to know what your experience is like – so we can make it even better.

Thanks for sharing!

Curious? Nine million answers help with that.

Answers.com surpassed 9 million community-collaborated answers in the last couple days.

Go on, meet number 9 million and friends:

Thanks to all the community members, whose collective knowledge and collaboration make answers happen!

New milestone – millionstone? – for Moobot.

Cow-gratulations!

Moobot, the community tool created by the talented Mr. Moobler, helps staff merge, answer, and edit questions on Answers.com – and has a new milestone to mooooo-ntion:  It has now helped accomplish over one million contributions.

You can post ideas for categories and projects for Moobot to work on here or on Moobot’s message board.

Thanks Moobot – keep up the mooo-tiful work!

Dedicated to LeftCoastMom.

(band starts to play)

From shore to shore and points far beyond,
We have amazing contributors on Answers.com.
They’re merging magicians and category pros,
Answering wonders and true editing maestros.
But today it’s all about one dedicated gal,
A contributor who is simply superfantasterifical.
So please be seated and try to remain calm,
Say hello to our Featured Contributor, LeftCoastMom.

(drum roll fades into background)

What is your Answers.com user name and the history behind it?

I have lived in California for much of my life and using LeftCoastMom makes people have to think about it for a second.

What is your first name?

Cath.

What is your age?

Half a century; wow that sounds old when put that way. How did that happen?

Would you care to tell us about your family?

I am married and have three kids; the youngest is in college working on a culinary degree, as she wants to be a chef. In the middle is my only son. He works for a company that tests soil and is getting married this summer to a lovely young lady who works with at-risk teens. My firstborn works for non-profit organizations. Currently she is a troop organizer for Girl Scouts of America. She is married to a police officer, and they are having my first grandchild in July.

Do you have any pets?

Max the Wonder Dog is my 6-year-old pit bull; he is amazing and the sweetest dog you’ll ever meet. He is wonderful with children. We also have two cats: Spot (who is a cranky old lady) and Wednesday who is a 1-year-old who thinks she is a dog. She and Max make us laugh all the time with their crazy antics.

Where do you live, how long have you lived there and why do you like the area?

I currently live in the High Desert, Arizona. We moved here five years ago. Now we are working on returning to Southern California.

Where did you grow up and do you have any special memories of your childhood?

We moved frequently when I was young. The first time was when I was 3-weeks-old; to the capital of our nation, Washington DC. My only memory of DC is the park my mother used to take us to at the DC Zoo. We also lived in Massachusetts (where I was born and returned to when I was two and a half), New Hampshire, Virginia Beach, Virginia and finally to California where we settled. I have lived in about ten different places in Southern California, between Los Angeles and Ventura County, until coming to the desert five years ago.

What educational information would you like to share?

I went to Mount St Mary’s College in Los Angeles for a degree in Nursing and Valley Medical in the LA basin (the campus has since moved to the main campus), where I studied optics, later becoming a licensed optician.

What are some of your past and present occupations?

I started out working in maternal health, either the new born nursery or obstetrics. I had planned on becoming a Certified Nurse Midwife, but plans changed and instead I returned to school and became an optician. Since moving to Arizona, I have not worked outside the home. Rather, I started following the Caylee Anthony story and have since written for several online news sites, reporting crimes against children and a series on animal abuse in Pennsylvania.

What are your key area(s) of knowledge, interests or expertise?

I answer a lot of questions in Womens Health, Teens and Sex. Also the questions in Pregnancy, but I kinda bounce around a bit.

Do you have any collections or hobbies?

Reading for pleasure and research
Photography
Water painting, is a newer activity I am learning.

What do you like to do for recreation?

Camping, traveling, watching my kids participate in sports, playing cribbage and backgammon

What are a few random facts about yourself?

I drive a Mini Cooper. I love 2-year-olds! They are without ego and, since they don’t have an edit button yet, they are completely honest. I used to help out occasionally at a friend’s balloon shop. One day a lady came in and hired all of us to deliver a cake, gifts and balloons to her husband who worked on a submarine at the local military base. Dressed up as Smurfettes (those little blue cartoon characters with long white hair)!

I was a Girl Scout for almost 25 years; first as a Brownie when I was six, then as a leader or co-leader for both of my daughters. They are ten years apart in age, so I was able to really spread it out.

Do you have any special talents you’d like to share?

I once put on a spaghetti dinner for 700 or 800 people! It began as a Family Fun Nite at my kids elementary school and ended up being a fundraiser after I was able to get of all the food, dinnerware and cooking donated in addition to all the ticket sales; so we were able to present the school with a chunk of change as well as having a great time. So I guess that talent is begging money from people for a good cause.

I also practiced Guided Imagery, a method of relaxation; when my kids were young I made some relaxation tapes for my daughters to use.

What accomplishments are you proud of?

All three of my kids are incredible people. I would never try to claim full responsibility for this, but I figure I had something to do with it. I have always made time for volunteer work, usually something to do with children.

What brought you to Answers.com?

A question I think….

What keeps you coming back to Answers.com?

The feeling of working on a project with so many incredible people, from all over the world and because I finally have the title Super (LC) Mom and being able to tell my (grownup) kids and friends that I am a Sexpert just to watch the looks they immediately pass back and forth.

What is your favorite Answers.com activity?

Answering questions and I do some occasional cleaning up.

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

Who mentors the Mentors?

WikiAnswers is a big place. Starting out on the site can be like the first day in a really big new school. Nothing and no one is familiar. You can get lost going from one place to the next, and have no idea how to return. Not to mention, just when you think you’re getting the hang of it… if you’re an accomplished contributor, you might be faced with the whole new world of Supervisorship. So many tools! And so many privileges.

Enter the Mentor.

These guys and gals have a lot of experience on WikiAnswers, and more importantly, they have experience teaching others – proteges – how to use the site. Whether you’re in need of an introduction to supervising or a refresher course, Mentors are here to be your guide along the way.

But who mentors the mentors?

Mentors are mentored by Senior Mentors, Mentors who have graduated proteges from the program and have committed to providing support and guidance to a new Mentor who has just joined the program. The idea is to give the new members of the Volunteer Mentoring Program someone specific to rely on for answers to their Mentoring questions, just as a Mentor does this for a Supervisor who has just joined our community.

If you would like to volunteer as a mentor or request a mentor of your own, send an email to MentoringProgram @ WikiAnswers.com.

Announcing a new way of looking at contributions

Shiny new answers. Perfectionistic edits. Categorization after categorization after categorization. Contributions are the pulse of our Q&A community. We record them, search them, filter them, revert them, reward for them and – sometimes – block for them.

There are dozens of ways to contribute on WikiAnswers, and until recently, they were all bundled together into one big contribution total, which looked like this box here.

(This is my stats box, by the way. And I like that number, 22,353. It’s not like Steven Keyman or HisPowr4U, but it’s still something to be proud of.)

What if you could see the breakdown of your contributions, and where you stand within the community in each grouping? Yeah, that’s what we thought, too. So the boys in the back room did some magic, and today we are rolling out a new contribution system that will let you shine in five new ways:

  • Answers: first answers
  • Edits: edits to questions, answers, alternates, related questions and related links
  • Organization: categorization, flags, features, merges, splits, protects and more…
  • Questions: questions asked
  • Community: messages, discussion posts and bio page edits

Read on to find out where you’ll see the changes.

Bio pages: more transparency

Visit your bio page to see your current stats. Check out the new features:

  • If you’re in this month’s top 100 for a specific contribution type, you’ll see a little starburst next to it. Click on the starburst to see the top 100 list.
  • Hover over a contribution title (e.g., “Organization”) to see what type of action is included in that group.
  • Click “Total” to see all of the user’s contributions.

Category pages: getting to the heart of matters

It takes a lot to keep a category clean, organized and full of good answers. And it takes a lot of curious people to fill it with the questions that keep our minds buzzing.

We now recognize all types of category contributions on a monthly basis, so whether you’re an intrepid new contributor rising through the ranks or a community leader watching from the sidelines hoping to recruit a supervisor, this page has it all.

Missing the forest for the trees? Click the Hall of Fame link to return to the sitewide leaderboards…

Check it out by visiting your favorite category homepage, or see Animal Life for an example.

Leaderboards: being #1 never looked so good

It seemed like a shame to upgrade the contribution system and then send it down the red carpet on the arm of an old leaderboard. A little like being presented at the Inaugural Ball in an Armani suit… and ratty Converse All-Stars from 1977. So we gave the leaderboards a makeover, and there are oh, so many sweet new ways to be #1. See for yourself:

Click the arrows to see the top 100.

You’re probably wondering…

Testimonials

“This feature ROCKS!” – Ganderton

“I want to cuddle it.” – Eliesheva

“It will make me want to answer more, and that’s a good thing.” – Kmac

“I don’t know how I lived without it before.” – Brave3

“That’s hawt.” – Anonymous

“Split contributions makes me want to be a cheerleader again! Go SCs!” – Crystal

“It looks so pretty and shiny that I could stare at it all day!” – Stupid Little Genius

“The engineers have surpassed themselves… Possibly the best feature I have seen with my time on site.” – Mike 2

“I’m so excited about split contribs that my OCD is going to go into hyperdrive!” – An8thg

What do you think of the new contributions system? Add your own testimonial in the comments section below!

Stay tuned for the 2009 WAmmy Awards.

Voting is now underway for the 2009 WikiAnswers Awards, otherwise known as the WAmmys.

The WAmmys is an annual event recognizing the excellence of contributors on WikiAnswers. While voting by the Supervisor community is completed this week, I can disclose a few of the answers nominated for best answer this year:

So what do you think? Stay tuned for the winners… In the meantime, you can review last year’s Hall of Fame.

WAmmy Awards

Now celebrating the 3 millionth answer.

3 millionth answer!It’s WikiAnswers Wednesday, which means we’re taking a look at a question on WikiAnswers that has caught our eye. But today’s question is more than just another one of the millions of questions on WikiAnswers; it’s a milestone: the question containing the 3 millionth answer!

Here’s the Q&A that can boast the honor:

Will every solid with the same dimension have the same density?

Now, physics might not be your game, but it is for others, including Emdrgreg, who provided the – if I may say so – very well-written answer. I’m no science  buff myself, so here’s an excerpt in case we’d all like to learn a thing or two about the density of solids with the same dimensions:

“No. Density is a property of a given material, regardless of how much or how little you have. Density is mass divided by volume. These statements are not contradictory…”

Glad at least one of us out there knows the answer! It’s also very encouraging to see the Q&A community in action, with their millions of contributions. Keep up the quality work, Emdrgreg.

This is also a great opportunity to thank the millions of contributors – members and anonymous – who have asked, answered and edited on WikiAnswers.

Now, let’s get moving with the next million…

Fun, farms and friendships: Part II.

Picking up where we left off last week: After getting to know a bit more about Jadeacres, it’s time to learn more about his partner-in-WikiCrime and that would be… ThatwouldBme (or Shell).

On her bio page, Shell says:

I can tell you that I’m an artist. The pencil/pen/paintbrush/canvas kind of artist. I don’t remember a time I didn’t draw or paint. When I talk to clients & friends, wait in airports & doctors’ offices, make plans & even keep a diary, I do it in images.

…And artist she is. Shell sometimes uses t-shirts as a billboard, or her neighbor’s eggs as a canvas, or WikiAnswers question as an open space to paint the perfect answer. With whatever she does, she displays her dedication to helping people as vividly as she does her artwork.

But more about Shell’s artwork (and James’ eggs!) next week… For now, a word (or more) with ThatwouldBme:

How did you originally hear about WikiAnswers?

My next-door neighbour came over for coffee one morning and said he’d encountered a Paganism question on the new site he was visiting. He admitted it was something a bit more than he felt qualified to answer and asked my input. After a lengthy conversation he suggested I log on and check out the site…

I did, with the intention of answering one or two questions and then just fading away. But the question was complex, and while working on it I found another question that although it had a simple enough Pagan answer, had been “bashed” by someone whose opinions differed widely from my own. I got involved with that one, then another, and another, and finally did my first dispute resolution before I even got my Super Powers.

After that, as they say, “the rest was history…”

Explain your username.

My parents are snowbirds, have been for 20+ years.  I don’t get down to Florida to visit them as often as my sisters. They have the added incentive of Canadian winters to make the trip down.  I lived 10 years in Arizona so my winters were wonderful, which translates out to… I visited them in Canada during Arizona‘s crazy hot summers.

My folks have long-standing neighbours and friends in their winter home, and they have all heard about me, but very few have ever met me.  This past winter Daddy bought himself a little sports car, claims he only wanted it because of the gas mileage, but I have my suspicions otherwise.  Bringing a car through the American/Canadian customs is not exactly a stroll in the park, and as I’d done it before, (when I returned to Canada five years ago) they asked me to come along and make sure everything went smoothly.

That put me in Florida for two weeks, and in a position to meet an awful lot of people who knew me, or at least knew of me.  Seemed every time I met someone they would say, “So you’re the artist daughter.” or “So you’re the daughter from Arizona” or “Oh, so you’re the oldest girl…” My standard answer became, “That would be me.”

It sort of stuck.

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

The dissemination of information is a grand ambition and a personal passion for me. I hate to admit it, but what initially drew me to this was finding a “loop hole” in a gees placed on me by my shaman when I was in my teens.

As with most teens, convinced they know it all, I was so sure of my path I spent a lot of time arguing theology with very nearly anyone I encountered.  To bring me back to practicing as opposed to preaching, he told me I was not allowed to give anyone answers unless and until they asked.

Now, I give one afternoon a week and an hour every night I can to answering what questions I can.

I grew up looking for my answers in libraries and obscure books and at the knees of wise men and women wherever I could find them.  The whole e-universe is still a wonder and a challenge for me. But now I can put my years of gathering facts and notes and bit of information to a use that transcends my little 500 book library in my small corner of the world.

What are your areas of expertise?

Being a Leo, I can honestly say I don’t do anything I don’t do well.  Now before you go considering me the most arrogant person you have ever met, you need to understand, that also means there are things I don’t do at all.  The best motto for a Leo is: “If at first you don’t succeed, destroy all evidence you ever tried.”

That said, I’m a self taught artist who learned everything the hard way (trial & error).  I have worked in construction, in one form or another, since before it had a place for women. I learned my pagan path from a Native American Shaman, and my Scottish-Celtic grandmother at a very tender age. Then put it to use first in my solitary practice and eventually with my eclectic circle in Arizona, and now I total over 50 years of accumulated learning and teaching of a spiritual way.

I love to cook, garden, read, write, tell tall tales, and if I have one thing I do better than anything else, I make a fantastic friend, because I accept everyone exactly as they are, and never try to turn them into someone else.

What is your favorite WikiAnswers feature?

The bio pages. I get a glimpse into what others want me to know about themselves.
Sometimes I get a picture to go with a name, sometimes I get an insight into the mind behind the answers.  Even a blank page tells me something. I always come away from a bio page knowing something I didn’t when I got there.

What has been your funniest question/experience on WikiAnswers?

Since I have become a Supervisor, I have been spending WikiWednesdays with my neighbour, mentor and really good friend, James of Jade Acres. He works with his head in a closet (that’s a whole other story) and I work at the dining room table on my lap top. On any given Wednesday we will usually bump into one another on the WikiAnswers page repeatedly, it has come to the point where we advise one another where we are going to be so that we don’t keep stepping on one another’s toes.

However, the funniest experience I can think of was a couple of weeks ago, James and I were so busy working on a collaborative effort at WikiAnswers that we lost track of the time.  In the door walked WikiWidow (James’ wife, Deb). She walked over to him, placed a large coffee next to him, said “Hi, Hon,” and kissed him on the top of the head, then turned around, put a large tea next to me, kissed me on the top of the head and said, “Hi, Other Hon,” and went on into the kitchen.

I swear it took James and I a full minute to realise what she’d done, and the odd thing… I was half way through typing a message on his board about it before it dawned on me I could simply speak to him, he was sitting six feet away.

Share a random fact (or two) about yourself.

I debated this one a long time, couldn’t make up my mind if I should tell you that I have been struck by two cars (once walking across the street in Ottawa and once when I was on the back of a friend’s motorcycle). Both were major accidents, both times the car actually struck me (not a vehicle I was in or on) and I survived both, more or less intact.

…Or if I should tell you I have moved diagonally across the continent of North America twice.  Once moving from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada to Apache Junction Arizona, USA and then, ten years later, back from Apache Junction, Arizona USA to Camden East, Ontario, Canada.  Both trips were done in a car, with my husband, Galad (Quicksilver11), my most prized material possessions and our cat (Foley, he was five years old on the way down and 15 on the way back). And I arrived at both destinations more or less sane. (You try five days in a moving vehicle with an unrepentant old hippie and 15 pounds of grumpy cat, and see how your sanity does!)

…But I settled on telling you that Galad and I bought the house and property we now call Snugglefoot Hollow (after Miss Snugglefoot, a pet name Galad used to call me) while we were still living in Arizona.

We did it, sight unseen, (we did get a dozen photos via e-mail) on the advice of my parents and with an electronic handshake.

Papers weren’t drawn up until the old owners had built a new house and we had moved into this one. Which goes to show you there are still some trusting and honourable people in this world.

Stay tuned for next week, when we explore the third part of the series, a tale of two neighbors.

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Takamo: jack of a whole lotta trades… and more.

Happy Takamo...

I am definitely seeing a trend developing with the diverse crowd of contributors being interviewed here… Yes, they are diverse, but they all seem to classify as “jacks of all trades” and helpful souls. This week’s star, Takamo, is no exception – and perhaps one of the most impressive at time-juggling I’ve seen yet.

Takamo spends his wiki-time on serving as a Community Outreach Talent Scout, Vandal Patrol Site Guardian and Category Supervisor. He has also graduated the Mentoring program and reached Silver Contributor status. So when has he had time to be a pastry chef, Army specialist, father and grandfather? Not to mention his hobbies of hunting, fishing, camping, and inventing?

Well, somehow he figures it out. And boy, can we be glad for that!

How did you originally hear about WikiAnswers?

I was doing some research for a client regarding a hardware issue. During my, ahem, Google search, WikiAnswers kept popping up as the first one or two answers during several searches. I made a mental note to go back and check them out. Upon completing my research, I went back to WikiAnswers and saw that there were others that needed the same answers I discovered, and I started answering the questions. I spent 9 hours my first time on WikiAnswers… and it took!

Explain your username.

I served in the US Army off and on, for 16 years. I was in the first Gulf War and Afghanistan, and served for a short time preparing for the second incursion into Iraq. It was during the first Gulf war that I served as a Forward Observer.

I was on a short-range patrol with my REO (radio equipment operator) approximately 8 miles in front of a US armor company when we discovered a platoon of Iraqi tanks converging on a probable ambush site. They were close to a small group of hills and a gully, so they didn’t show up on normal radar. A Navy TACAMO aircraft was on station maintaining surveillance of the area, and didn’t detect the Iraqis on radar. I called in for CAS and two A-10 Warthogs made short work of the armor, and a few well placed artillery barrages cleared the ingress.

Later, upon my return to out forward base, members of the column that I protected, hugged me, thanked me, and changed my call-sign to “Takamo”. (a play on the TACAMO aircraft) My CO thought it was appropriate and from then forward, until I was injured and returned home, they called me Takamo.

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

I own a PCB re-manufacturing company, currently based in Texas. We are re-locating to New Hampshire by January 2009. We completed all contracts we had in September, and suspended operations until after the move. While waiting for the building construction to be completed, I developed a pinched nerve in my neck that required surgery to correct, and I have been “home-ridden” for the next 6-8 weeks. With nothing better to do, I spend a lot of time on WikiAnswers… And all my employees are contributors (names withheld!).

What are your areas of expertise?

Too may to list! I am a card holding certified chef, I am an ASE certified mechanic, and currently I am a Hardware Failure Analyst/small business owner… to name a few. My parents were hard on the idea of education… education… education! (check out my bio!)

What is your favorite WikiAnswers feature?

I don’t have any favorites. All the tools available are excellent. There are a few things I would change, too.

What is the funniest question/funniest experience on WikiAnswers?

There are quite a few of these! The one that comes to mind is one I answered, “How many miles tall is 4 foot 11?”

Share a random fact (or two) about yourself.

1. I, along with two of my employees, had a hand in the development/repair of the modem drivers package in Windows 2000  after it was released, and the patch to repair them in the original release of 2000, were added to SP1.

2. I had lunch with then-Vice President Bush after winning Soldier of the Year 1981 (Regan/Bush).

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A WikiAnswers release means new features.

I love the ‘R’ word. That’s right: release. There’s just nothing like waking up in the morning, stretching, opening a browser to WikiAnswers and noticing that the WikiAnswers team has put out a release of new features and site updates while I was sleeping.

  • The WikiAnswers homepage got a minor face lift with this new release, including a listing of recent questions with their category and time of asking.
  • Check out the holiday-themed tag cloud on the homepage and Browse Categories.
  • More reasons to log in! The blue Tools Menu has been completely revamped in a more organized style.
  • Think you’ve reached the limit of contributor-level badges? They no longer top out at Platinum: start working towards becoming a Ruby contributor.
  • There is now a spell checker in the answer form; before you post your answer, click the ABC button at the end of the menu and make your answer even more perfect.
  • Feel the love, share the love: Join the Community Outreach program and reach a whole new level of participation.
  • Cleaning up clearly: A new warning feature for Supervisors allows for organized and effective vandal patrol.