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
Nurudeen Ahmed
Lakeshia Plum
DrAshok Deshmukh

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]

Down Under with On the Wallaby

australia_flagOver at WikiAnswers.com, we are extremely proud of our large and growing community of folks who hail from Down Under. For all you young ‘uns out there, Down Under is a colloquialism affectionately used to refer to Australia. One of the brightest shining stars from this land of magic and beauty is our very own On the Wallaby, who watches over a gazillion unique categories including Platypuses and Echidnas; Possums; Ludwig van Beethoven; and Bass and Flinders. She also happens to be the Category Supervisor of all things Australia and New Zealand.

If you’re curious how this amazing lady thunk up the name On the Wallaby, wonder no more. Direct from her bio: “In 1891, Australian poet Henry Lawson penned a now-famous poem entitled ‘Freedom on the Wallaby.’ ‘On the wallaby track’ is an Australian term meaning someone is out wandering and exploring the country. One of my favourite pastimes is driving and exploring with my husband (and my dog).” Dying to know more? Read on!

Where do you hail from?

I live in Australia and have always lived there. I grew up in Queensland, but was born in South Australia, living in small country towns until I was five. I now live in the southeastern region of Queensland near beautiful Moreton Bay, where there are hundreds of islands.

What is your current occupation and what have you done in the past?

I am a teacher and have been for over twenty years. My favorite past job was spending time on my uncle’s native fauna park on the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia, cleaning out the pens of the native animals. (The Tasmanian devils were a bit scary when it came to feeding time.) I learnt a lot about Australian native animals during that time, but I have learnt a lot more since, and am constantly amazed by how much more there is to learn. My uncle used to regularly come to Queensland to trade Australian native fauna with other fauna sanctuaries. I distinctly remember how careful he had to be the day he released a wedgetail eagle.

Another favourite job was being a cleaner at a motel at the base of Ayers Rock-Uluru. The motels are no longer there, having all been replaced by the Yulara resort, but in my spare time I was free to climb the Rock whenever I wanted, and I explored right around the circumference of Uluru. I was there in summer, though – very hot for cleaning and because the motel operated on generators, we weren’t allowed to put on the air conditioners while we cleaned.

I have also picked oranges in Mildura – also in summer and forty-degree heat! (That’s Celsius.)

What is your key area of knowledge or expertise?

I just love anything to do with Australiana. I grew up with my father’s passion for Australian history and geography, and many childhood trips through Australia’s outback gave ample opportunity to learn more.

Do you have any special interests or hobbies?

Walking and exploring. I love to explore, whether on foot or in the car. Even my dog has become an explorer. When we’re out walking, if she sees an area of bushland or a pathway diverting off the main footpath, she heads straight for it. When I’m driving with my husband, we rarely go straight from “A” to “B”, but divert to “X,Y and Z” along the way. A simple excursion to the other side of town invariably ends up taking all day.

What do you like to do for recreation?

Walk. Drive. Read. Play a variety of musical instruments. Answer questions on WikiAnswers!

Please share a few random facts about yourself, special thoughts, etc.

Nothing exceptional. I am annoyingly pedantic when it comes to spelling, grammar and punctuation, so I get especially annoyed when I make “typos” myself!

What are some accomplishments that you are proud of?

Although Americans are probably not familiar with the Australian author Colin Thiele – “Storm Boy”, “Blue Fin”, etc, – he was my second cousin. I’m proud of that. Some years ago I contacted an American author – Bonnie Leon – regarding a book she had written, set in Australia. One thing led to another, and she asked for my assistance in researching for her new “Sydney Cove” series, a project I enjoyed immensely. I am especially proud of the personal mention and acknowledgment she gave me in the published copy of her first book in the series.

Do you have any special goals or dreams?

I would love to have time to spend traveling wherever I wanted to in Australia, in a motorhome; to explore places I haven’t yet seen. Then I’d like to do the same thing over in New Zealand! And after that, I’d like to explore the United Kingdom, and see some real history, because my husband’s roots go back to England.

What brought you to WikiAnswers.com?

I was looking for an answer for the students I teach, and when I asked a question in WA, I came across an unpleasant answer submitted by a vandal which I did not want my students to experience. I signed in to fix it, and that was it – I was hooked! I found numerous Australian questions which needed fixing and editing, so my interest just developed from there. Now, I keep getting caught up with all the new categories that appear. There’s usually something there that piques my interest and spurs me to learn!

What keeps you coming back to WikiAnswers.com?

WikiAnswers was a platform from which I could indulge my passion for all things Australian, and it was good to know my work was appreciated by others.

What is your favorite WikiAnswers.com activity?

Probably just answering questions. I like recategorizing; I like fixing alternates; I need to fix people’s spelling and punctuation (!) but I especially like answering questions.

How would you describe yourself or your personality?

A positive thinker! I can find the good in any situation, no matter how inconvenient the circumstances may seem at the time. I love knowledge and learning, and I love to convey that knowledge to the students I teach. I love to encourage creative thinking in my students. And I loathe hearing anyone describe something as “boring,” because I figure that there is always something of interest to be found – you just have to be prepared to look for it.

DavidCary and his Wiki Haikus

haiku in JapaneseSo what exactly is a haiku? I’m glad you asked! According to the American Heritage dictionary on Answers.com it can be defined as “a Japanese lyric verse form having three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables, traditionally invoking an aspect of nature or the seasons.”

Learn more about the haiku and its history in our new category of Haiku Q&A on WikiAnswers.com!

WikiAnswers supervisor DavidCary was kind enough to share some wiki-oriented haikus he authored on June 10th in our Poetry Corner this week. Read them below…

A beautiful page.
A vandal scribbles on it.
Undo. Beautiful.

First post not perfect.
Slow improvement is OK.
Some day — convergence.

Keep out the vandals.
That sounds good, but better to:
Let in helpful ones.

So many questions.
Some of them are life-changing.
Others not so much.

The Nitty Gritty of NookieRookie

NookieRookieOne of WikiAnswers.com’s greatest attributes is the wide range of user names that contributors select or more appropriately, ‘creatively pull out of the dark confines of their minds’. People often choose the names of their favorite pets; names that resonate with how they view themselves in the context of the world; and even the names of special places, hobbies or passions. Then there are those who simply like to wing it; you know, folks who choose names because they are fun, weird or simply, “sound cool when I made it up 10 years ago.” That last ‘top reasons for selecting a WikiAnswers.com user name’ describes our contributor of the week here on NSA. Although his given name is Mike, we know him as NookieRookie — who has a most interesting and colorful life story. On WikiAnswers.com he’s a Bronze Contributor and one of our great Supervisors or Stupervisor as he likes to fondly call himself (“until I master all the tools and how and when to use them”). Off WikiAnswers.com, he’s anything but ordinary.

In addition to being the proud pet parent of “One deaf dog, one neurotic dog, one three-legged dog and one dog that looks like a shark when it smiles,” NookieRookie is a Steelers fan (originally from Pennsylvania), bought $1,200 worth of drums last year (“I played them once and realized, just because you own an instrument, doesn’t mean you know how to use it.”), enjoys playing WWII first-person video games, collects New Age albums (and dust) and once sold cars for three months….until he crashed a customer’s trade-in. Here’s more on this fascinating individual known as NookieRookie:

What is your key area of knowledge or expertise?

I gravitate towards Astronomy (pun intended), Human Resources, Hiring and Retention, Medical Terminology and English Language. I’m a person who enjoys sharing what I know through knowledge and experience.

What do you like to do for recreation?

I use to be an avid volleyball player. Then I got a “real” job. Now my “recreation” is repairing the house. Are shots of rum considered recreation? I need a vacation.

Any educational information you’d like to share?

I graduated Magna Cum Lousy with a Bachelors degree in Management.

Please share some random facts about yourself, special thoughts, etc.

I’m a product of the 80’s. It was the absolute best decade of music, TV and clothing. I’m a published poet; of course, I had to pay $60 to get it published in a book of 1,000 other poems. I once tried out for the Weakest Link. I think what ended it for me was doing a rendition of Dr. Evil when they asked me to tell them a little about myself.

Do you have any special talents?

I have a very special talent for coming up with lots of ideas for new products, doing nothing about it and watching as someone else becomes wealthy several years later because they had the same idea and knew how to sell it.

Do you have any special goals or dreams?

To actually pursue one of my “inventions” and have it be available to the public. Oh yeah, and I make the best chicken corn soup and whoopie pies this side of the Atlantic.

What brought you to WikiAnswers.com?

I Googled a question to which I was looking for an answer and clicked on a link that took me to WA.

What keeps you coming back to WikiAnswers.com?

Knowing the answers to some of the questions users are asking.

What is your favorite WikiAnswers.com activity?

It’s hard to say, as it depends on my mood and whether or not I’m traveling for business. I tend to be more involved when I’m on the road as it helps me wind down at the end of the day. Overall, I’d have to say I enjoy answering questions that don’t require research; hmm, maybe that’s an oxymoron.

How would you describe yourself or personality?

As a young lad, I was often labeled as “weird’ by my peers and I was always hurt by that. I now take pride in that label as I realized I was called that name because of my sense of creativity. I’m only serious when I need to be. I try to find humor in most things and am quite philosophical and inquisitive; like, it’s not whether the chicken or the egg came first, it’s about who was the first person to think cooking a chicken embryo would be tasty?

What is your favorite WikiAnswers.com feature?

I haven’t really learned all the ins and outs of the features yet; so, right now, it’s my backspace key when editing answers and questions.

What has been the funniest question you’ve seen or your funniest experience on WikiAnswers.com?

Funniest experience – Laughing at myself when I’m the oxymoron. This is a site where people often research answers, and I still ask questions in the forums about how features work, etc when I could find the answer myself in the  Help Center if I just…..researched the answer.

Rootin’ Tootin’ Rudiful!

This woodworking, motorcycling racing, contributor extraordinaire has been called Rudalicious and Ruderific – but around the site we like to call WikiAnswers.com he’s appropriately known as Rudiful2! Fueled by his love of helping others, Rudy enjoys sharing his knowledge with the WikiAnswers.com community and taking an active role in the various programs on the site. A Senior Supervisor, Mentor, WikiGuide and Site Investigator – this Double Platinum contributor is a rootin’ tootin’ Rudiful!


Here’s more from Rudiful2 himself:

How did you originally hear about WikiAnswers.com?

I was researching camera information and after many hours I still didn’t have the answers I was looking for. That’s when I came across WikiAnswers.com. I discovered that I could ask my question and someone would give me the answer. So after posting, I began roaming around the site out of curiosity, and that’s when I came across the Wood Crafts category. Woodworking is one of my passions so I started answering questions that I knew something about and did research for the questions where I had limited knowledge. I was eventually asked to Supervise that category. At first I declined, but finally accepted with some coaxing from some very wonderful people at WikiAnswers.com. I will forever be grateful.

Explain your user name.

Rudy is a nickname the people I worked with gave me, because I like to have fun, joke around and make light of most anything. For me “Humor, a smile and laughter make up the Nectar of Life” and from that my workmates started giving or adding to my name such as Rotorudy, Rudedog, Rudalicious, Ruderific and, of course, the least offensive Rudiful. I added the # 2.

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

I have several passions in life including helping, teaching and/or sharing what I know. WikiAnswers.com is somewhat or in part like Christmas (gift giving) because knowledge shared or given is a gift. WikiAnswers allows me to fulfill this passion by helping and giving the gift of knowledge. Also the people that I have come to know are like-minded and have the same passion as I do. They have become my brothers and sisters on WikiAnswers, in which I hold them in high regard. They are an amazing group of people and I can only hope to aspire to inspire as they do.

What are your areas of expertise?

Actually nothing. I know a lot about a little and a little about a lot. >>LOL<< I have been an artist most of my life in no specific medium. I do try to create or make most anything and have paintings, carvings and wood-turnings all over the US. I have raced motorcycles, automobiles (stock cars) and have or had family in Nascar and the top levels of Motocross. I have three journeyman cards with many other job exposures. From these experiences I have the honor of Supervising Hobbies and Collectibles and most of the Racing categories.

What is your favorite WikiAnswers.com feature?

This question is a hard one to answer. I guess you could say it’s the basic principal of WikiAnswers – being able to help someone with the knowledge or life experiences you have had. However, Vandal Patrol is very gratifying because you can eliminate those people who are only there to soil the purity of the site. Meeting like-minded people ranks way up there, but in the end it would have to be helping people.

What is the funniest question/funniest experience on WikiAnswers.com?

I learned that the most dedicated actually have a sense of humor. My Mentor taught me this important fact. I always thought the dedicated were too serious and lacked the fun side of life, but he proved this to be a fallacy. He is a multi-talented individual with many facets to his personality, the best of which is his humor. When WikiAnswers appointed him to train/teach me my world opened up. He has this innate ability to know when to be serious and when to be funny and through him I have met a bevy of people who make this site tons of fun.

Share a random fact (or two) about yourself.

I can, at times, be obsessive. When I first became a Supervisor I purposed to have the best kept category on WikiAnswers. For awhile I answered all questions by way of knowledge or research in Wood Crafts. I was quite proud of myself until I learned there were Wood Craft questions all over the site. They were simply categorized incorrectly or not categorized at all. So my little category went from a few hundred to several thousand. This coupled with being a Vandal Patrol Site Investigator, WikiGuide, Mentor, Senior Supervisor, a multi-category Supervisor and greeting new people for WikiGuides – my obsession has now become the purity and quality of WikiAnswers. As far as my artwork, I like making or creating one-of-a-kind things that are different than most things you see. I like to stretch the norm, so to speak.

Three Cheers for the Catch-All King: Mezzra

SupervisorHip-hip-hooray! Hip-hip-hooray! Hip-hip-hooray! There’s no denying that WikiAnswers.com’s has a lot of dedicated contributors. But sometimes there are those who shine so brightly, they could be mistaken for royalty! One person who really, honestly and truly deserves more than three cheers is our fantabulous Mezzra. On the site since only December 2008, this force to be reckoned with has already accomplished the impossible: just under 90,000 contributions, 50 hours as a Vandal Patrol Site Guardian and winning a 2008 Honorable Mention WAmmy. All this, while simultaneously volunteering as a mentor, WIT Adult Advisor and Wikiguide. And if that doesn’t keep him busy enough, he’s also an avid Category Supervisor – carefully watching over the dire and dangerous Catch-Alls.

What can I say? All hail Mezzra! Here’s more from the Wiki-King himself: How did you originally hear about WikiAnswers.com?

Hmm…Well, it’s nothing as exciting as I have seen others post on this blog. It’s not even very complicated. Basically, one day whilst Googling something (“what” totally evades my memory), I saw a WikiAnswers.com link. Upon opening the link, I was faced with two things; a good answer, but terrible grammar. So I got stuck right in and signed up! Checking grammar (my personal pet peeve) soon earned by around 1,000 Contribution Points in a period of a few days, and on Christmas Eve, I had the Super powers!

Explain your username.

My username is just something I saw one day on another site and nicked. Don’t know the origins or if it actually means anything, but thought it had a pretty awesome sound.🙂

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

Basically, helping others out. It really gives me a kick and brings me back here day-after-day. That and the fact there are tons of questions that are just…urgh. So I fix those up!

What are your areas of expertise?

Without wanting to sound big-headed, the Catch-alls. I spend 90 percent of my time in there, and it’s my true love on site. Without the category I would go absolutely mad!

What is your favorite WikiAnswers.com feature?

Reverting has always been of interest to me. I just love the fact that the system remembers all of the previous answers and with two clicks you can have an old, excellent answer that has been vandalized. I can’t wait until we get the batch-revert feature…

What has been the funniest question you’ve seen or your funniest experience on WikiAnswers.com?

The question “What is Governmentium?” made me totally LOL. Even a few days after I was still laughing at the thought😛

Share a random fact (or two) about yourself.

Well, there isn’t much of interest about me. Other than the fact that I love English, both language and literature. As you may have known by reading this all, grammar is my absolute “thing.”

For the Love of Answers

What do you call a genuinely all-around extraordinary human being who has a sincere love for all things ANSWERS? Delltechie – who had this to say about our beloved Answers.com and WikiAnswers.com:

“This is what makes them unique: they appreciate the people on their site(s),
which is a definite unique selling proposition.”


Thanks DT! We love you, too!