Magnificent March

Here at WikiAnswers, we’re gearing up for a month of magnificence.

Even though we don’t all celebrate Lent (March 1-April 13), the ideal of the 40 day challenge of practicing self control, giving things up that aren’t good for us, and decluttering our lives can apply to everyone.  I’m planning on taking the time to gather all the things that I don’t need in my life and and giving them away to people who *do* need them.  Call it Lent, call it Spring Cleaning… the idea is that we’re all working together to make our lives better and help others.

Daylight Saving Time is coming up on March 12.  Those people living in areas that practice Daylight Saving Time (ignore this you Arizonans) should “Spring Forward” at 2:00 am.

If you are into men’s college basketball, the NCAA March Madness is March 12-26 this year (Final Four April 1 and 3).

Saint Patrick’s Day is coming up on March 17, and right after that is the First Day of Spring on March 20.

We also found some other interesting things to celebrate this month:

March is also a month where severe weather can pick up, so be prepared.  The end of March (on various dates) is Tsunami Preparedness Week in Alaska, California, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  There are also various Flood Safety weeks this month in many areas.  Be careful out there!

Celebrate February With Us

It’s cold outside, and sometimes we wish that Spring would come a little faster. But really, what would we do without February? We would be missing out on so much:

Today is Groundhog Day, adopted in the United States because of a Pennsylvania Dutch tradition, which in turn was carried over from the European tradition of Candlemas. Apparently, if the groundhog sees his shadow today we are in for 6 more weeks of winter. Personally, I hope he doesn’t notice.

Did you know that Elmo from Sesame Street has a birthday on February 3rd?

This weekend is Super Bowl 51 (LI in Roman Numerals). This year it will be a contest between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons.

Over 111 million people will be watching. Many people watch the game for the football, and others watch for the commercials.

Nintendo is fielding a commercial for its new console out in March: the Nintendo Switch. Google will be showing us Google Home. Comedian Melissa McCarthy will star in a commercial for Kia, and Justin Timberlake will be advertising for Bai drinks… in addition to many, many others, of course. After the game, let us know in the comments what your favorite one was.

Other exciting things that have happened in February:

  • The Monopoly board game originally went on sale on February 6th, 1935.
  • Hershey’s Chocolate was founded on February 9th, 1894.
  • February 14th is Valentine’s Day, which is quite a popular day to get married. And if you, like many others, prefer not to celebrate that holiday, the 14th is also Ferris Wheel day, and Ferris Wheels aren’t prone to public displays of affection, so that would be a pretty safe one to look forward to.
  • The toothpick was patented on February 20th, and hey, if you don’t like toothpicks, you could also celebrate President’s Day.
  • On February 26, people in South America and Africa will get to see an Annular Solar Eclipse (the moon will pass in front of the sun, but a “ring of fire” will still show around it).
  • Finally, February 27th is International Polar Bear day.

So, hey… let’s forget the cold and get out there and celebrate.  And if you want to know more, drop by WikiAnswers for some nice, toasty answers.

WIT – The WikiAnswers Influential Teens Program

You’ve probably seen the acronym and badges all around the site, but let me introduce you fully to the Answers.com WIT program.

WIT stands for The WikiAnswers Influential Teens. This program provides a safe place for teens to hang out online, ask and answer questions, and even gain the skills to assist the Answers’ Q&A community through special projects!  WIT is a great opportunity for teens to learn cooperation, understanding, and leadership skills.  It’s a fun program, a unique experience, and a terrific resume/college application builder!

WIT is divided into 4 divisions, allowing members to choose which tasks they enjoy most:

Keep an eye out for WIT Explorers! This division is for those members who would like to participate in all facets of the site rather than focus on one particular aspect. To name a few, missions may include answering questions, recategorizing, featuring, and working on flagged questions.

Our fearless WIT Warriors focus on new categories and unsupervised categories. Tasks include seeding new questions, recategorizing questions, cleaning up unsupervised categories, and jumping in to assist with categories that need extra help.

Watch out for those WIT Trailblazers! The Trailblazers focus specifically on answering questions. Their focus could be on newer categories, current event categories, specific categories of interest and featured categories.

Meep! Beep! Here come the WIT Roadrunners! They tackle special projects assigned to their division, clean up alternates and merges of various questions, help Supervisors clean up problem areas in their categories as necessary, remove personal information from answers, and various category clean-up.

And these awesome teens have been busy this year! So far in 2014, they have answered 460 questions, done 5,330 recategorizations, 1,410 edits, and edited and unflagged 250 questions flagged questions.  Membership has grown 20%, with 178 awesome teens in the program, and the number of missions completed is up 100% since August 2013.

The WIT program coordinator is Melissa aka Melbrown2013. WIT is currently open to teens between the ages of 13 and 18, have a few quality contributions on Answers.com, are in good standing on the site, and complete the WIT Membership Application.  The number of contributions isn’t as important as the quality, and desire to be involved in WIT!

If you’re a teen and would like to become a part of this amazing program, contact Gregg at: Ganderton at wikianswers.com. Replace “at” with “@” and omit the spaces.

2014 WAmmy Award Winners!

Congratulations to the 2014 WAmmy Award winners (for questions and answers posted in 2014)!  The WAmmy Awards are a fun way to recognize questions, answers, contributions, and hard work.  This community is truly amazing – and these awards are just a small token of our appreciation!!

Lifetime Achievement Award

Winner:
Skullcandy88

Acceptance Speech:
This WAmmy award came as a massive surprise. Thank you very much to those who felt I am worthy of this award and for voting for me.

I enjoy giving back to the Answers community in many ways. From assisting the contributors, helping fellow Supervisors, co-running The Initiates Program alongside Xnicola and Jsarino, mentoring new Supervisors and TIP members, kicking those vandals back out the door and so on.

I am proud of The Initiates Program, the work it does and the members of the program. Myself and Xnicola helped to build the program up from scratch, alongside a former Community Assistant, into the amazing program it is today. I am also proud of the community itself, especially the Supervisor community which puts so much work into making Answers the brilliant place it is. Kudos to every Supervisor on Answers.com, this community would not be possible without our awesome team of volunteers.

Special thanks goes to Stupid Little Genius for inspiring and encouraging me to become a Supervisor, Ganderton for inviting me onto the Supervisor team and Xnicola for mentoring (and putting up with) me.

The Lifetime Achievement is a big honour and one I didn’t expect to get, considering there are many fantastic Supervisors who deserve this award. Thank you again to everyone who voted.

Honorable Mention:

JoyceP

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Most Answers

Winner:

4Jays

Acceptance Speech:  

On behalf of 4Jays, we accept this award and thank you for your votes.

Honorable Mention:

Ericbarnes

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Most Expert Answers

Winner:

Flukey

Acceptance Speech:  

Thank you all for this totally unexpected award.  Answering questions is a reward in itself, as it is great to spread knowledge.  To be noticed by your peers is an honour.  Everyone here deserves acknowledgement for what they do. So thanks for nominating me and thanks for all you do.  You are all winners.

Honorable Mention:

Mehtamatics

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Most Contributions

Winner:

Lifesnadir

Acceptance Speech:

Speech?  I’m wordless (quite unusual)– and a bit confused (not so unusual anymore LOL).  My wordless confusion is because I truly don’t keep track of how many or how much I contribute.  I even forget to turn in numbers to Robin for WikiReviewers’ missions.   I’m just not much into ‘keeping count’.  So any award for most contributions is extremely surprising—to me!

When visiting Answers, I just ‘do’ what I see needs done. One edit, one merge, checking one alt, leads me to another… and another.   I love tidying up and organizing.  But, there are always more edits to do!  I keep hoping to make even a small dent in one area…(temporarily, I forget how massive the Answers site has become).

I suppose I’m sort of like my cat when he endlessly chases his tail.  There’s a great satisfaction after a long round ‘n round ‘twirl’ through a chain of edits or alts.  Like my cat, I find myself doing another ‘twirl’…just because it’s there to do!   It’s hard to give an exact name to the feeling ‘twirling’ gives.  Looking at my cat after one of his blitzkrieg twirling dances, it’s very apparent that chasing one’s tail is simply quite pleasurable, for no other reason than the enjoyment of doing it.  Somehow the expenditure of thought and energy brings more than just tiredness at the end; it rejuvenates, before finding a soft spot to curl up and take a well-deserved nap.

Maybe Answers for the human brain is like catnip to a cat’s brain?  Or a mix of energizing epinephrine and soothing dopamine?  I asked my cat to share his wisdom on this, but he doesn’t seem to have any interest in answering “Why does chasing my tail ‘feel good’ to me?”  Perhaps like explaining a cat’s ‘midnight crazies’, there is no need to wax philosophical about why twirling on Answers produces this pleasurable effect.

I must say, though, I’m very glad that others focus on providing answers.  That gives me time for another editing ‘twirl’… and another…

I’d offer you a pinch of coveted catnip, but I think everyone deserves to have their own ‘stash’ so we can each do whatever kind of ‘twirling’ we most enjoy doing.  Come join me for the ‘midnight crazies’ or a long twirl on Answers.com!

Honorable Mention:

Jam499

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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:

Keith Blair

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Most Trust Points Earned

Winner:

Dabac

Acceptance Speech:

What, a year gone by already – nah, can’t be.
And me, again – now that really can’t be.
On the other hand, who am I to doubt the collected wisdom of Answers.com participants?
Or it just goes to show what a bit of restlessness can do for you – particularly when it sets in within wi-fi coverage…
Anyhow, thank you all for this vote of confidence.
I’ll do my best to continue in the same manner.

Cheers,
Dabac

Honorable Mention:

RajivK

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Most Vandals Blocked

Winner:  

Skullcandy88

Acceptance Speech:

Thank you very much for awarding me this WAmmy.

I would like to shout out to all the members of Vandal Patrol, an excellent anti-vandal team on Answers which is coordinated by An8thg. Every Vandal Patroller in the Answers community does an excellent job in identifying vandalism, cleaning up the vandalism, educating the vandals in the correct etiquette and permanently removing vandals from our fantastic community when they fail to take the education on board. Dealing with the bad apples that Vandal Patrol comes across requires a lot of patience and professionalism as well as the ability to work in a team. And everyone in the program does that brilliantly.

For some reason, certain immature individuals like to turn up and rain down on this fantastic community. Certain others believe they can do whatever they like in other people’s communities and blindly spam them with unwanted material. But they will very soon realise that Answers.com has the best anti-vandalism team in the online world. Hats off to my fellow Vandal Patrollers.

Watch out vandals.

Honorable Mention:

Emrey35

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Most Category Changes

Winner:  

Jam499

Acceptance Speech:

On behalf of Jam499, we accept this award and thank you for your votes.

Honorable Mention:

4Jays

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Most Questions Improved

Winner:

Peakaytea

Acceptance Speech:

On behalf of Peakaytea, we accept this award and thank you for your votes.

Honorable Mention:

William Howe

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Most Reverts

Winner:

Dfoofnik

Acceptance Speech:

The hardest thing about reverting some answers is finding the best answer, as the answer to a popular or controversial question may have been vandalized multiple times. Fortunately, the vast majority of reverts were to new questions, or were first answers by IP’s. Unfortunately, some IP’s made a LOT of bad answers- I found more than most people ever want to find. I appreciate the somewhat belated award.

Honorable Mention:

Theprismgroup

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Most Contributions by New Supervisor

Winner:

Anjana Narayanan

Acceptance Speech:  

Thank you!! I am deeply honored to receive this award. Also, I am really proud to be a part of the WikiAnswers community.

Honorable Mention:

Lugia2453

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Most Trust Points by New Supervisor

Winner:

Sarahsastro

Acceptance Speech:

It’s genuinely a surprise to be nominated never mind winning the 2015 Answers WAmmy Award for Most Trust Points by New Supervisor. Thank you to all those who nominated and voted for me. It’s nice to be appreciated!

Honorable Mention:

Kanika.khattar.52.3831

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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:

Awaketonight

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Best Advice Answer

Winner/Question:  

Darksyde

How can you make life better?

Acceptance Speech:

I’d like to thank all the little people … no, seriously, the little orange fellows really do help me with my answers!

I’m honored to be chosen for a WAmmy award, and will strive to keep representing WikiAnswers to the best of my ability. We’ve got a great little community here, and I love working with all of you. Thanks for your votes and your support.

No Honorable Mention

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Best How-To Answer

Winner/Question:

Doditov

How do you become great?

Acceptance Speech:

To all those who voted for this answer, my grateful thanks. While I do not contribute as much these days, I do enjoy answering the unusual and quirky questions…and sometimes it pays off. To the inquiring mind, “how to” always leads to greater understanding of a subject, even philosophy!  Always keep questing for excellence, tilting at windmills, and occasionally…very occasionally…the wild and wonderful happens. Strive for greatness!!

Honorable Mention:

Darksyde

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Best Researched Answer

Winner/Question:

Skullcandy88

Why are a majority of ancient swords found in river beds?

Acceptance Speech:

Thank you very much for nominating me for the Best Researched Answer WAmmy.

I am glad that people have found the answer helpful. I enjoy researching topics to provide an accurate-as-possible answer, especially with history topics, which is difficult these days with so much outdated, conflicting and incorrect information floating about.

Thank you again.

Honorable Mention:

Darksyde

What body systems are being used while doing your homework?

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Funniest Answer

Winner/Question:

Skullcandy88

What does it mean when a British person says “bite your arm off”?

Acceptance Speech:  

Wow, I am gobsmacked (in awe). I was not expecting to win this WAmmy as I am usually an unfunny person, so that was very jammy (lucky). But now I am so excited to have won it that I could bite your arm off!

Thank you to everyone who voted for me in this nomination. You must be off your trolley (crazy/nuts), but thank you. I hope it at least put a jolly good smile on the faces of some people.

Any road (anyway), I’ll let you go. Pip pip cheerio (goodbye).

Honorable Mention:

Lakeshia_Plum

What might racists on other planets say?

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Funniest Question

Winner/Question:

IncaBlue

When the compiler of crossword puzzles dies would he be buried six down and three across?

Acceptance Speech:

Thank you very much for your votes, this is the second WAmmy I’ve won for funniest question (I won in 2007 too!) I guess my funny bone must be connected to my chuckle muscle 🙂

No Honorable Mention

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Top Category Answerers

Animal Life

Winner:  Fwmh

Honorable Mention:  Cycling-rod

Business & Finance

Winner:  4Jays

Honorable Mention:  Robmixon

Cars & Vehicles

Winner:  Helpfull

Honorable Mention:  Sidewaysrob

Entertainment & Arts

Winner:  WNY007

Honorable Mention:  Dfoofnik

Food & Cooking

Winner:  Fixit895

Honorable Mention:  4Jays

Health

Winner:  Dabac

Honorable Mention:  4Jays

History, Politics & Society

Winner:  Manlio Fahrni

Honorable Mention:  Dr.Q

Hobbies & Collectibles

Winner:  JayKay

Honorable Mention:  Uwecbrass09

Home & Garden

Winner:  Historikeren

Honorable Mention:  Topbuilder

Humor & Amusement Corner

Winner:  FiOS-Dave

Honorable Mention:  Snart Gurk

Jobs & Education

Winner:  4Jays

Honorable Mention:  CuddlesnHugs Bear

Law & Legal Issues

Winner:  Reyn562

Honorable Mention:  Kluss

Literature & Language

Winner:  Notyouraveragedummy

Honorable Mention:  Dfoofnik

Relationships

Winner:  ErinRess12

Honorable Mention:  Adamlance

Religion & Spirituality

Winner:  Splashen

Honorable Mention:  Dick Harfield

Science

Winner:  4Jays

Honorable Mention:  Ericbarnes

Shopping

Winner:  SterlingHelperOne

Honorable Mention:  WNY007

Sports

Winner:  Fish247

Honorable Mention:  Harsh.Lahiri.gp2625

Technology

Winner:  PCForrest

Honorable Mention:  Eccles-Jordan Trigger

Travel & Places

Winner:  Ericbarnes

Honorable Mention:  4Jays

Look! Up in the sky! It’s Algolthedemonstar!

Her favorite food is cake and her favorite book is always the next good one. After discovering Answers in 2008, she’s been very active this past year. With over 26,000 contributions, this Floating Supervisor and recent AnswerThon winner is an Editor at Large in the WikiReviewers program and a Vandal Patrol Generalist. Allow me to introduce you to Answers contributor Algolthedemonstar, known to friends and family as Chris.

Q: Many of us here at Answers have stories behind our usernames. Is there anything special about yours?
A: I’ve always been interested in astronomy and it’s suitably anarchic.

Q: What can you tell us about your family pets?
A: In the family we have three dogs, a cat, a budgie, a bearded dragon and a tank of fish. The dogs are two young, boisterous labradors and a very old demented Yorkie.

Q: Where did you attend school, and do you hold any degrees?
A: My degree is in chemistry, I graduated from the University of Wales a long time ago. I then did a Postgraduate Certificate in Education.

Q: What were your influences in choosing your field of study?
A: Science is endlessly fascinating and never lets you down.

Q: What is your occupation, and what do you find most meaningful about your job?
A: I am a retired teacher of nearly 40 years’ experience. I chose education because I’m more interested in the ideas than the lab work, and I wanted to pass them on.

Wensleydale
Wensleydale, in Yorkshire, England

Q: From what part of the world are you hailing to us?
A: Liverpool, just down the road from Penny Lane.

Q: What life accomplishments are you proud of?
A: Surviving!

Q: Do you have a special motto or belief in life?
A: Science is not a subject, it’s a philosophy.

Q: Do you have any traveling experiences you’d like to share?
A: I’ve travelled widely in Britain and seen some fantastic places. I love Wales, Northumberland, Kent, Yorkshire and Shropshire, as well as my native
Lancashire. The most beautiful place I can think of is Wensleydale. Abroad, I’ve been to Paris, the west and south of France, Spain, Portugal, Budapest, Prague, Salzburg and Vienna. I also went to Jordan and Israel, but that was a very long time ago.

Q: Where is one place in the world you would love to visit and why?
A: Petra in Jordan. That famous description: ‘That rose red city half as old as time’

Q: What are your special interests, hobbies, or collections? What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
A: I’m a crochet addict though I also enjoy other needlecrafts such as needlepoint. I read mostly science fiction and fantasy but I also enjoy mysteries and occasional lighter novels. My TV interests are similar and also include medical dramas and some sitcoms. I don’t cook as much as I used to but still enjoy it if there’s no time pressure. I am completely lacking in the sporting gene and neither take part nor watch, a fact that limits my conversation in most company.

Q: Any other favorites you’d like to share with our readers?
A:
Band or Artist: Leonard Cohen
Television shows: Grey’s Anatomy, Criminal Minds, Forever, Star Trek in all its incarnations, Stargate SG1, Law and Order SVU, Critical, Mrs. Brown’s Boys, QI, Have I Got News For You, and Pointless.
Movies: Trading Places; just brilliantly funny. Groundhog Day; an allegory without being preachy. About Time; sad and glorious together. The Holiday; pure escapism.
Poet: James Elroy Flecker. He just transports me to wherever he wrote about.
Poem: The Secret People by G.K. Chesterton: so real after so much time.
Authors: Too many to count: Kathy Reichs, Alexander McCall Smith, Ben Aaronovitch, Sheri S. Tepper, Anne McCaffrey

Q: What accomplishments on Answers.com are you proud of and any goals you’d
like to achieve on the site?
A: Being part of Vandal Patrol and WikiReviewers. I intend to learn about writing articles.

Say hi to the girl with three names: Annora, Gabrielle or Mjkluio789

 

Q: What is your first name?
A: Annora, but some people also know me by my middle name which is Gabrielle.

Q: What is your Answers.com username?
A: mjkluio789

Q: Is there a special meaning for your username?
A: When I joined Answers.com, I was on my grandfather’s laptop. Since I wasn’t feeling very creative, I went with mjkluio789 as those keys were also used as 0123456789. It was a great decision since it’s very fun to type in!

grenoble france at night near lake
Grenoble, France

Q: From what part of the world are you coming to us?
A: I live in Canada. And no, we don’t say “aboot.” Sorry!

Q: Is there anything you feel sets you apart, something that makes you unique you’d like to mention?
A: I’ve been bilingual in French and English since I was young. English is technically my second language.

Q: Do you have a special motto, quote or belief you always keep in mind or live by?
A: “We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” ― Anaïs Nin

Q: Do you have a favorite place you’ve visited?
A: One of my favourite places would be Grenoble, France. It’s such a beautiful place and you’ll always have a great view of the mountains.

Q: Where is one place in the world you would love to visit and why?
A: I really want to visit Scotland and it may or may not be because of Outlander.

Q: What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
A: When I’m home, I can usually be found reading or watching a documentary. I can also be found traveling during my breaks off school.

Q: What is the most daring thing you’ve ever done?
A: I ate foie gras, which is duck or goose liver. Let’s just say I won’t ever be doing that again!

Q: Do you have a favorite television show?
A: My favourites are Downton Abbey, Outlander and the Cosmos. I’m also in the middle of watching the Borgia, but some episodes can be hard to watch.

Q: What do you enjoy studying most in school?
A: I love history! I think it would be so cool to travel back in time and see how everyone lived back then.

Q: What is one quirky or interesting random fact about you that most people may not know?
A: I would love to teach in South Korea for a year or two.

Q: How did you discover Answers.com?
A: If I remember correctly, it was by random. I was bored and somehow landed on this site, so to pass the time, I made an account. Obviously, I don’t regret that moment one bit as I’m still an active member four years later.

Q: So, how long have you been a member of Answers?
A: Since 20 February 2011.

Q: What is your favorite thing to do on Answers.com?
A: I love organization even if it’s more of a behind the scene job. I like feeling that I’m getting questions to their proper category so they can be found and answered.

Q: What accomplishments on Answers.com are you proud of and are there any goals you’d like to achieve on the site?
A: I just passed the 50,000 Contributions mark this week! Most of it was organization, but I hope to answer more questions in the future.

Community Outreach Summer Run contest coming soon! Win an iPad Air!

Answers Community Outreach

presents

Summer Run 2015

SummerRun

Who wouldn’t love to have an iPad Air?!

The Answers Community Outreach program is offering you a chance to win an iPad Air, simply for greeting new contributors via their Answers message boards in a contest called Community Outreach Summer Run!

The Community Outreach Summer Run is a two month long contest, rewarding participants who greet the most new contributors, with a 1st place minimum of 1200 greets, during the months of June and July 2015, spreading community awareness while winning prizes at the same time!

Summer Run Prizes

1st Place Prize:
iPad Air
(totally awesome!)
CO or Answers tee (your choice!)
Summer Run 2015 1st Place badge

2nd Place Prize
Cozy Sherpa Blanket with Answers logo (soft!)
CO or Answers tee (your choice!)
Summer Run 2015 2nd Place Badge

3rd Place Prize
Answers Leather Portfolio (nice!)
CO or Answers tee (your choice!)
Summer Run 2015 3rd Place Badge

4th Place Prize
Answers Light-up Computer Mouse (cool!)
CO or Answers tee (your choice!)
Summer Run 2015 4th Place Badge

5th Place Prize
CO or Answers tee (your choice!)
Summer Run 2015 5th Place Badge

Runners Up
10 Extra Missions Credits
Summer Run 2015 Runner-Up Badge

  • Registration is easy!
  • To join Community Outreach, just contact Robin on her message board HERE and say,  

“I Want To Win An iPad!”

You will have a running list of new contributors to greet, and all you have to do is message them via their message boards on the Answers website.

Summer Run begins at midnight June 1st EST and ends at midnight July 28th EST.

Come join us, meet new people, make new friends, and have lots of fun for a chance to win fabulous prizes!!

Hope to see you in the Summer Run!

All participants must be at least 13 years old and will receive a Community Outreach Summer Run 2015 participation badge on their Answers profiles.