The King of Contributions: All hail RoyR!

Through a whopping 123,700 – and rapidly rising – contributions, RoyR has been reigning as king of the Top 100 WikiAnswers Contributors list for a while now… Maybe it’s because he’s also been contributing since just about the beginning of the Q&A site’s history.

His Majesty, ever-generous with his time and knowledge, contributes in various ways: he is the Supervisor of the Hobbies and Collectibles category and a Community Assistant across the site.

We take an inside look at what makes RoyR, the number #1 WikiAnswers contributor, tick:

How did you originally hear about WikiAnswers?

WikiAnswers came to me while searching for information about an old firearm. In a Q&A forum, one question about “New York Arms Co.” had attracted hundreds of other questions about old shotguns and I started answering some of them. Then one day there was a notice that the forum was being discontinued and a link to the then-new ‘FaqFarm’ site. I followed the link and have been here ever since.

When Chris, the founder of FaqFarm, put up a ‘help wanted’ ad, I became the first “editor” on the site. At first there were only three choices: Accept, Edit, or Delete. It wasn’t too hard to keep up with a few hundred entries a night even working from a dial-up internet connection and we actually tried to correct all the spelling and grammar in each question.

I managed to survive the transition from FaqFarm to WikiAnswers and here I am.

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

It can’t be the pay. Must be the perks – a parking space right by the office door, frequent smoke breaks, all the coffee I can drink (and a bathroom right next to my office). Maybe there’s a clue there. I’m addicted to caffeine and nicotine and Wiki-tene.

What is your area of expertise?

I’ve managed to learn a bit about numismatics in 40+ years of collecting coins and several years ago I started researching some firearms that are family hand-me-downs. I now have a ton of reference books on both subjects. I am also a repository of half-remembered useless information. I don’t necessarily know a lot about any subject, but I know where to look for the answers, often right on WikiAnswers or

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

Some of the best questions are the ones I have to delete because of the “adult” content. But there was “What were Lewis and Clark’s last names?”

A couple of WA answers made me chuckle:

Q: “Who made old shotguns?”

A: “No one. But lots of people made new shotguns a long time ago.”

And the classic (I hope it hasn’t been deleted again):

Q: “How do you get past the blocks at school”?

A: “Step over them. If they’re stacked really high, throw your crayons at them.”

Share a random fact about yourself.

Here are a few that come to mind:

  • Eight years in the US Navy. Vietnam era, but not a Vietnam vet.
  • Computer programmer, hoping to retire in another year or two.
  • Father of two, grandfather of four with the latest arriving just last week. All living close enough to spoil, but far enough away that a weekly or monthly visit is still something special.

2 thoughts on “The King of Contributions: All hail RoyR!”

  1. Hail to the King! We love you, your majesty! Thanks so much for keeping WikiAnswers in tip top shape… And thanks for making sure the question about school blocks is still alive and kicking. It’s a classic!


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