For quite some time now you have been asking that we feature some of the folks working behind the scenes and in the community here on No Stupid Answers (NSA). And, as you know, when you ask, we do everything in our power to deliver.
So in the first of what we hope is to become many interviews, Myrab51 – our amazing Associate Quality Coordinator – shares with us her experiences “meeting” Answers.com for the first time and where the journey has led.
This is actually her second NSA interview; the first way back in 2008 when Liz was shocked by the number of badges this woman had (Really. She was literally freakin’ out!). Although the shock factor has worn off, we are still constantly amazed by Myra’s awesomeness and level of dedication to our community (Thanks for that, Myra!).
Here’s the recent, unedited (because it was perfect) interview:
What is your user name on Answers.com?
Myrab51. It is my first name, last initial, and my old number from when I worked at the police department. It is kind of a boring name, but I have used it so many places for so long, it is kind of part of me now.
How did you first learn about the site? When?
My daughters both home school. We use the Internet to supplement a lot of lessons. I would get online to search with them, and questions from WikiAnswers would always pop up in my search results. I didn’t know what it was, so it actually annoyed me a little. Finally, I figured out what it was all about, and decided to ask a question. I think it was something about frogs. I browsed around a little, and I was hooked. Within a few days, I was asking Crystal if I could be a super. That was in 2007. I have been on almost every day since. The day that I realized I actually stood a chance of working for the company, I was jumping up and down with excitement. I was spending the night at my parent’s house, while my husband was out on a late night fishing trip. I went running out into the yard at 3 am, when they got in, to tell everyone. They were still unloading the boat, but I got a lot of fishy hugs. They all knew how big of a thing it was for me.
What is your role on Answers.com and what does it entail?
Officially, I am the Associate Quality Coordinator. I coordinate the WikiReviewers program. That is my first priority, and takes up the majority of my time. I have an awesome group, and some great people in it. There are a lot of other things to the side. I am one of the people on the quality team that assist with category creation. I do runs of Moobot, our editing bot, and whatever else comes along that needs to be done. There is a lot of editing, and a lot of community interaction involved. I also do some other occasional things, like take care of the Orange Guy Fans page on Facebook.
What is your favorite activity on the site? Least favorite?
One of my favorite things to do is to edit. I absolutely love to find a question and answer that is a huge mess, and dive in. It feels really good to hit save, and have a beautiful question and answer in the end. I also really enjoy helping people out. People are always like, “I hate to bother you, I know you are busy, but…” By all means, bother me! Bothering me really does not bother me at all. I am glad to have the opportunity to help out. It is always a little bright spot when I see a request, and I know that it is something that I can do for someone. As far as my least favorite thing to do, I hate cleaning up after vandals and spammers. It needs to be done, and when I come across it, I take care of it. I totally do not enjoy it though. Thank goodness for Vandal Patrol.
Do you have a favorite category? Most despised category?
My favorite category is Harry Potter Books. I will always have a home there. Beyond that, Books and Literature in general. I am an avid reader, and if I did not have other responsibilities, I would spend all of my WikiTime in that area. My favorites are the young adult and fantasy genres. My least favorite areas are in relationships. I stay away from there as much as I can. I often wonder how some folks would figure out what to do behind closed doors if they couldn’t ask online first. Tee hee…to each their own I guess.
Aside from Answers.com, what do you like to do for fun? Hobbies?
When not on Answers.com, I home school both of my kids, and I lead a Girl Scout troop. I have a small vegetable garden most of the year, go to the beach, the state park, do artsy craftsy stuff, and I am a gamer. I spend way too much time on the Xbox 360 and the Wii. The people up at Game Stop know me when I walk in.
Name one thing not many people know about you.
I love turtles. It is one of the only things I collect.
What is the craziest thing you have ever done?
I have done a lot of crazy things. I think having kids was really good for me. It is what settled me down, and made me start being responsible. I guess as far as could of gotten hurt crazy, I used to have a side job at a rodeo when I was in my late teens. One of my friends was riding a bull, and when he fell off, the bull came down with his hind feet into my friend’s chest. It punctured his lungs, and I could see he was really hurt. I jumped the fence and helped pull him over to the side while they were trying to get the bull away from him. It didn’t seem like anything at the time. I was just worried about getting him to where the medics could get to him, but later at the hospital when everyone started talking about how close it all was, I felt a bit ill. Looking back, it was a bit crazy.
Any final words about the site? Your role? The community?
Even after being here a while, I still do really love our site. It has so many little bits of everyone in it. I have seen a lot of people come and go, but they always leave their mark. It needs so many different people to work, and the diversity is awesome. Sometimes, I get going in a little corner, and it seems like a small place. Other times, the scale of our site and community blows me away. I have seen an amazing amount of growth the last few years. I am excited to see where it all goes in the next few years!
Do you want to be interviewed for the Contributor corner? Just leave a comment below and we’ll get to work.