Happy froggin’ new year!

It’s a New Year edition of the WikiAnswers Contributor Corner. Today, we’ll take a look at LauraFrog, who hails from the land down under. Out where she is…it’s already 2008! The rest of us still have a few hours to go…

LauraFrog is one of our youngest Supervisors and so we just HAD to find out what she’s all about…besides her affinity for frogs.

How did you originally hear about WikiAnswers?

Doing homework. I got frustrated and typed basically an entire question into Google – and somebody had already asked it on WikiAnswers. I hit the link, used some of the keywords in the answer to find the info I needed and went straight back to WikiAnswers because I thought it was interesting. There were a few REALLY STUPID questions in there that I could possibly have answered at age four. So I answered them. For about an hour. Suffice it to say, I got hooked — like everyone else who ended up a supervisor!

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

Search me! Ok ok…it’s probably because ignorance is the single most irritating thing to me. I go to school where people constantly diss me because I don’t care that last weekend [popular girl] split up with [hot boy] and called him [profanity] in [chat room] and [school gossip] saw the screen and told [tart] who spread notes around [class] in [subject] and pissed off [hot boy’s mate]. I missed the conversation because at the time I was practicing with the choir in the music block, ignoring [popular boys] playing electric guitars with the amps on full volume, barely visible through the crowd of females. Not including me.

I get sick of the rumours, and people who think they know me because they put a label on me and say they know all there is to know about nerds. There’s always something more to learn, something hiding, something to find out. I like helping other people to find out more instead of sitting around saying ‘why do I care anyway?’ I love the way that everybody adds to the answer, so you might write down a few sentences and come back a month later and learn more than you gave to the person who asked the question.

What is your area of expertise?

I love animals. I live in a rural area of Australia so I’ve grown up with them. My landlord’s bull is as much my pet as my cat is. If I call out ‘Henry!’ he sidles up to the fence, rubs his head on me and eats mangoes out of my hand. The possums that live in our roof are tame, and we used to have a kangaroo rat that hopped inside every night, often with her offspring, to eat oats out of a dish that we always left in the kitchen for her. I spend most of my WikiAnswers time on Animal Life because I have a science brain and lots of practical experience with animals.

So what about your screenname?

Frogs are my favourites. I trained my frog, Gargantua, based on his instincts – he would move away from pressure, towards food etc. Frogs instinctively climb up, so I would put him on my hand and aim my elbow at the roof, and he would climb along my arm. He would also jump if I touched him in the right place. I’ve dedicated a fair bit of my life to ‘frog activism’. It annoys me that people stick up for anything cute and cuddly but are scared or revolted by frogs. At age 10 I was emailing local politicians demanding that they reinstate funding to frog-related conservation projects. I’ve also appeared on the TV quiz show The Einstein Factor – special subject Wet Tropics Frogs.

What is the funniest question/funniest experience as a Supervisor on WikiAnswers?

There are a few. Before I became a supervisor, I was trawling the Computers topic and I came across a question: “What does the new function do?” (I refrained from answering ‘you tell me since you presumably know what it is!’)

Next…I was online when I got a message on my board from somebody saying they loved my contribs, so I was really flattered and I replied. Then one of their friends came online and started having a real time conversation about one of their boyfriends on MY MESSAGE BOARD! I didn’t know what to do so I waited until one of them logged off and deleted the posts…

Share a random fact about yourself.

Random? I am random…Standard issue answer to this one, I was born six weeks premature, got operated on when I was 2 days old, and was given a 60% chance of surviving.

…I did!

Cleaning Up After A Vandal Strikes WikiAnswers

At one time or another, we’ve all caught a vandal on WikiAnswers – you know the guy that stops by to post “Up yours” as the answer to 50 or so questions. Unlike other contributors who make honest mistakes, these types are usually not candidates for ‘reform’ and unfortunately need to be blocked in order to stop their wake of destruction.

But once gone, what do you do about the mess they left behind? They’ve destroyed perfectly good answers and caused many previously unanswered questions to be removed from the list. Each and every one is now screaming, “Up yours.” To quickly clean-up the nonsense, select one of the vandalized questions and utilize the Revert tool located on the blue menu bar. Reversion enables us to undo the damage done by a vandal without editing line-by-line.

Typically you should only revert back to the last version (highest numbered on the list). If you’re uncertain, click to view a side-by-side comparison between the one you have selected and the current version. The answer on the left that appears in yellow under “Reversion as of X” will be what you end up with after a reversion. Follow these steps for each vandalized question.

Oh… Coming soon… the Vandal Zapper! Guaranteed to stop goofballs in their tracks! (Not really, but a girl can dream…)

Why are Kuwaiti dinars the highest valued currency?

Today I’d like to introduce you to our special WikiAnswers Wednesday guest blogger: Jim.

Jim will be taking care of today’s Money and Credit question. Give it up for Jim, everybody:

Why are Kuwaiti dinars the highest valued currency?

The Kuwaiti dinar is the highest valued currency for three both important yet different reasons.

1. In 1679 the war between Latvia and France waged on into it’s 43rd year. People from all over the globe were placing bets on who would win, how long the war would last, and on how awful Latvian food could become given time to truly develop as a country. The result of this drove up speculation in the Yen market causing essentially the process of reverse osmosis to occur in Kuwait.

2. Green beans are really tasty if cooked correctly. I suggest sauteing with white wine, a little soy sauce and some tomatoes. delicious. The Kuwaitis do this well.

3. Have you ever seen Zoolander. If you have than all I have to say is “snap!” . The snap Zoolander sensation also helps explain Kuwait’s teenage pregnancy epidemic.

I hope this helps.


My all-time favorite Christmas questions.

For years, as I watch the Christmas specials on TV and sing along to the carols on the radio, I’ve pondered and wondered about certain things the holiday season brings. Since today is the culmination of that intense questioning, I have compiled a list of my most burning queries hoping that someone – if not Santa himself – will present me with answers:

Merry holidays, WikiAnswerers!

apples in porks mouths

(I’m not suggesting we’re pigs or anything…)

2007 News in Review: The flip side.

Last week we brought you the WikiAnswers Year in Review: The questions behind the news of 2007.

But what about the news we didn’t necessarily hear about in the mainstream? What about… the flip side?

Like elves around the North in December, our staff at Answers has been busy running around collecting bits of odd, bizarre news from the past year to bring you: 2007 News in Review: The flip side.

Here’s a quick look at what we’ve learned at Answers.com this crazy year:

  • Anger helps you make better decisions…
  • The appendix does have a purpose!
  • Chinese researchers have (finally!) created fluorescent green pigs, using jellyfish DNA.
  • A photographer created art from 18,000 naked people at a plaza in Mexico City.

Read the rest of the year’s wacky news reviewed: 2007 News in Review: The flip side

Help Grow Our Community!

Nominate your favorite contributors!

We have many new and existing contributors helping to grow our community. Some pop in every now and then to ask a question or two, while others take a more proactive approach – visiting regularly to improve upon things, sending messages via the discussion boards and so on. These are the folks that might turn out to be great Supervisors, a status given to only the most trustworthy, experienced WikiAnswers contributors.

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Who have you noticed that would be a possibility? Nominate your favorite contributors!

WikiAnswers Year in Review 2007

The year 2007 brought us twelve months of gadgets, celebrities, boy wizards, and plenty of nature’s wrath. We took the liberty of reviewing the past year on WikiAnswers in the form of Q&A inspired by the biggest – and sometimes quite bizarre – news stories of the year.

We were curious what questions were asked throughout the year’s events and how the community answered them. For the full list, see the WikiAnswers Year in Review.

WikiAnswers Year in Review

What are your questions from this past year?