WAmmys 2008: the who’s who of WikiAnswers this year.

Sure, Slumdog Millionaire and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button are getting a lot of attention at the Oscars. Sure, you’ll probably grab some popcorn and watch intently to see which celebs are wearing whose gowns on February 22nd.

But none of that awards-watching will inform you of who racked up the most WAmmys this year. How else will you know which two contributors had the Answers of the Year or the Most Contributions? How will you learn which New Supervisors are this year’s stars? And what about Best How-To Answer, Best Advice Answer and Funniest Answer?

The 2008 WAmmy Awards have been voted on and doled out… And WikiAnswers is the only place to find out the who, what, and most importantly – which questions – are winners this year.

Yes, last year’s WAmmys were such a big hit that they’ve done it again… So start brushing up on your answering skills for next year! In the meantime, check out the full listing of the winners

WikiAnswers: 2008’s fastest-growing U.S. domain

Well, this sure is a ‘WikiAnswers Wednesday’ because there is some pretty cool news to come out of Answers Corp today: WikiAnswers has been declared the fastest-growing domain in 2008 out of the top 200 U.S. domains. That means WikiAnswers has managed to rake in some impressive stats two years in a row!

Here’s the lowdown from the Answers Corp press release:

“…according to analysis using comScore data (comScore, US Top 200 Web Domains Report, December 2007 vs. December 2008, ranked by % change), WikiAnswers’ unique monthly visitor count in the U.S. grew 154%, to nearly 16.5 million. This ranks WikiAnswers as the fastest growing domain in 2008, of the top 200 in the U.S. as measured by unique monthly visitors.”

Go ahead and check out a list of the top 20.

And what would a happy occasion be without a word from Bob Rosenschein, Answers Chairman and CEO?

“We continue to be excited by the rate at which the community contributes content to our unique wiki-Q&A platform… Our goal is to build the world’s largest and most useful Q&A database. We aim to cultivate a vibrant community and invest in the quality of answers generated by its members.”

Congrats to all the dedicated contributors and back-end team members who make the WikiAnswers world go ’round! You’ve done it again.

Good day for the Eastern hemisphere.

Today we’d like to wish everyone a very festive Chinese New Year and a very happy Australia Day! Oh sure, even if you aren’t Chinese or Australian, you can still have fun learning about these two holidays and even attempting to answer a question or two once you’ve read up about them.

Below are some trivia facts and popular Q&As about each of today’s Eastern hemisphere celebrations.

In China…

Meanwhile, over in Australia…

  • Today is the national day chosen to commemorate the establishment of the first British settlement on the continent of Australia. January 26th is actually the date when the first penal colony was founded in New South Wales in 1788. So that’s where all those Australian ex-con jokes come from…
  • Bake your own Lamingtons! The spongy, buttery cake is an Australian treat traditionally handed out on Australia Day. Here’s a recipe.
  • Barbecues, citizenship ceremonies and the beach: This is how Australians celebrate the day.

A look into the teen wiki-world with Smartart.

The WikiAnswers community is proud to claim their share of wonderful, dedicated and brilliant teenage contributors. Take for instance: Smartart, or Sarah. Smartart volunteers for the WIT (Wiki Influential Teens) program and has actually moved up to WIT Team leader. No surprises there; she’s also a Silver contributor, a member of the Vandal Patrol and a WikiGuide, not to mention a Category Supervisor.

When offline, Sarah enjoys photography, reading novels and art (of course). She also plays soccer and writes short stories. Read up on what else Smartart likes to do, finds funny and enjoys sharing:

How did you originally hear about WikiAnswers?

I remember hearing about WikiAnswers when I was in grade 8. It was about in September when we had a history research and I heard my friend say “I got all the answers for the research from WikiAnswers”. That night I went home, Googled WikiAnswers, found everything I needed for the history project, and never stopped using it since.

Explain your username.

My username is quite simple (or maybe not). It is a combination of the word ‘smart’ and ‘art’. I created it using my friend’s help in drama class when she picked the word ‘smart’ since it is the same letter that my name starts with. And I picked something I love, art. We then joined them together to be ‘smartart.’ I later discovered that 4 letters of my name are present in my username: the underlined ones except without an ‘h’: smartart.

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

Everything I like to do is present at WikiAnswers like learning new things, meeting new people and enjoying my time on a great web.

What are your areas of expertise?

My area of expertise is working hard and participating to achieve WIT goals as I usually succeed in doing so.

What is your favorite WikiAnswers feature?

My favorite WikiAnswers feature is splitting alternates. Once I started splitting alternates, I found it helpful and easy to understand.

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

If you need to laugh a little more than a bit then this is the funniest question on WikiAnswers I’ve ever seen: “What are the dumbest questions asked by passengers on a cruise ship?” The answers are the key if you want to laugh.

Share a random fact (or two) about yourself.

I was 2 years and 10 months old the first time I went to school or kindergarten. This was the first day of school for me in which I spent it crying.

Do you want to be interviewed for the Contributor corner? Just leave a comment below and we’ll get to work.

Happy birthday to Answers!

Happy birthday Answers!

Ten years ago this month, the company that would eventually become known as Answers Corporation was born. Over the years, Gurunet-Atomica-Answers has undergone an evolution of information-sharing (and company names). As we all know, these days the product is a collection of reference and user-generated answers via Answers.com and WikiAnswers. Happy birthday Atomica!

The office held a small celebration for the occasion this week, where longtime employees shared memories of the first-ever company email, recalled first-time meetings with famous CEOs, and of course, ate some ‘past company-name’ themed cakes.Happy birthday Gurunet!

Congratulations, Answers Corp!

P.S. – Reports are in that the cakes were delicious.

Inauguration Day: Plenty of presidential Q&A!

It’s January 20th, which means there are plenty of questions (and answers) regarding the presidential inauguration of Barack Obama. Luckily, WikiAnswers contributors have been speedily whipping up answers to some of the most popular questions:

…And even some history trivia for some inaugurations of the past:

Check out more Inauguration Q&A.

Kodiakcathy: our ‘Jackie’ of all trades…

Kodiakcathy's dog, Baby

Now here’s a WikiAnswers contributor with a flare for diversity. Kodiakcathy can claim a wide variety of experience, from cooking to astronomy, animal care to car mechanics… A mother, a grandmother, a great grandmother…

And most of all, this Silver-contributing, Floating Supervisor is always glad to help.

How did you originally hear about WikiAnswers?

I stumbled on to WikiAnswers one day just surfing the web. I couldn’t believe that you could ask any question and it would be answered.

Explain your username.

My username is just a reflection on me, living in the northwest… Kodiak bear… You get it?

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

Ah, motivation. Well…I know a lot of stuff… I have a lot of time… and I have a computer…I love to help people… What could stop me?

What are your areas of expertise?

Kodiakcathy's dog, Tinker.I have done a lot of things most women would not waste their time with. I coached a high school football team one season. I married a car mechanic, so I know a lot about older cars. I love animals and researched how to doctor them because I never had a lot of money to spend on vets. I was a chef for a long time. I guess you can say I’m a ‘Jackie of all trades but a master of none.’

What is your favorite WikiAnswers feature?

My favorite feature is adding a link to an answer.

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

The funniest I have answered was: What animal has four tusks has bad eyesight and has hair on its knees? My granddaughter answered: “Grandpa!!!” We laughed for 10 minutes.

Share a random fact (or two) about yourself.

I have a lot of wisdom to share. I never stop learning.

Do you want to be interviewed for the Contributor corner? Just leave a comment below and we’ll get to work.