WikiGuides: Our very own welcoming committee.

WikiGuides, or WikiAnswers Community Outreach members, perform activities geared toward fostering a positive community experience. They welcome new contributors, invite them to participate in special events, offer guidance, and help where they are needed.

Other opportunities for WikiGuides include sending special occasion greetings, contacting MIA supervisors, and offering congratulations for special achievements.

Recently, we added some awesome new WikiGuide badges. Oh, the levels you can achieve!

WikiGuide (program participant)
Noble WikiGuide
Noble WikiGuide (5,000 credits achieved)
Imperial WikiGuide
Royal WikiGuide (25,000 credits)
Royal WikiGuide
Imperial WikiGuide (50,000 credits)
Do you like welcoming new people? Become a WikiGuide! For information about the Community Outreach program or on how to become a WikiGuide, please contact CommunityOutreach @ To participate in the Community Outreach program as a Wikiguide, you must be at least 13 years of age or older.

Filtering for hidden risks.

You’re probably familiar by now with the action filter on the recent site activity page that lets you see all new answers by guests so that you can go straight to work on those high-risk answers. (If not, you can read more about it here.)

What about risky answers by users who are registered, but are very new to WikiAnswers?

Well folks, there’s a new tool in town, and it’s a powerful one. Recently, we added a noob filter (officially called “new members” – those who have registered in the last 2 weeks), so now you can see all first answers by new members. Or, since these folks can also edit questions, answers and alternates, you might want to keep an eye on them by filtering for edits by new members.

These filters work on the international sites too. In the URL, just replace “wiki” with the country code. For an example, check out answers by new members on the French site.

Have fun and edit responsibly 🙂


New Apple iPad, new Q&A category.

Extra, extra!

As Steve Jobs and Apple turn the speculation into reality, releasing their latest and, arguably, greatest product into the technological wild, the questions are quickly being answered…

…on, of course.

The iPad Q&A category has been set up and is being filled with questions that are being complimented with answers – as I type this.

Visit the category or start here:

So… Are you going to rush to buy one? Or ride out the wave and wait for 2.0?

WikiAnswers: Seven million answers served.

The 7th million answer was added on WikiAnswers this week. The answer is – drum roll, please…

If nail polish remover went down the sink what would happen?

Answer by Wolfgang schwartzschild: “It will float on top of the trap and stink-up the room until it has all evaporated and dispersed. You could try heavy flushing in hopes of washing it down in the current, or open up the trap and pour it into a bucket.”

Let’s not forget to mention that there were plenty of good answers coming in at numbers like 6,999,998 or 7,000,001:

I’d also like to take the opportunity to point out that great community answers aren’t always the first answer added. Take another look at the prickly hedgehog answer. Two contributors made that answer great; one addressed the question in a functional way while the other addressed it on another level. Q&A the wiki way, where answers grow and evolve and deepen with collaboration.

See you at 8 million!

Happy Community Manager Appreciation Day – #CMAD!

For Community Gurus around the globe the fourth Monday in January marks a very special date. It’s Community Manager Appreciation Day! This is the day when we get to say “Thanks!”, “You Rock!” or simply “Woot!” to those who spend their days on the front lines of online communities.

As Jeremiah Owyang (Community Genius and Web Strategist Extraordinaire) points out, we love what we do and will keep fighting the good fight – but man there are days when it’s just not easy. Like the Energizer Bunny, we take some serious hits but keep on running. That’s why it’s important to stop and acknowledge those who advocate for the people, by the people and truly are, of the people.

Have you thanked your Community Guru today?

(Thanks to the Managers, Coordinators, Assistants and everyone else willing to take a hit in the name of Community. We appreciate all that you do.)

DLD ’10: Getting inspired in Munich.

DLD’s Bob Rosenschein is in Munich attending DLD this week, and there is nothing like a Digital, Life, Design conference to get us inspired.

A few such inspired moments were captured on digital film and are shared below.

First, ‘Disruptive,’ a panel with guests all involved in disruptive technologies that changed their respective industries.

Vardi, Wales, Zennstrom and Baker at DLD in Munich

This panel was moderated by Yossi Vardi, the father of Israeli high-tech and an angel investor The speakers included Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia, Niklas Zennström, founder of Skype, and Mitchell Baker, founder of Mozilla.

Another noteworthy moment was when Mitchell Baker received the Aenne Burda award for outstanding female entrepreneur from last year’s winner, Esther Dyson.

Mitchell Baker receiving award at DLD in Munich.

Bob sat with Sharona Justman, who runs the annual Israel Conference in Los Angeles.

A quick chat between sessions… Hey, Bob, are you using Mobile Answers?

Does Mathdoc have a prescription for Wikidiction?

Is there a cure for wikiholicism? For that strong wikidiction that keeps you up at night and leaves you longing for more? C’mon. You know what I’m talking about… The urge to recategorize, revert and edit when you should be working, eating, sleeping or spending time with your significant other. So is there a remedy? My guess is probably not because even our resident M.D.s have found the insatiable appetite for sharing knowledge incurable. Our Featured Contributor of the week knows all too well what I’m talking about. He’s Mathdoc – contributorship at its finest. But like the rest of us, he is verifiably addicted. Don’t believe me? Read on to discover the name of his daughter’s dog… (and other interesting tidbits and noteworthy accomplishments!)

What is your user name and the history behind it?

My user name is Mathdoc. I am a pediatrician and also a college math teacher. Put them together and you have me, MATHDOC.

What other badges do you hold on

I have my gold badge, my runner-up AnswerThon badge and my 10,000 contributions badge. I hope to get 1,000 trust points! I am also a mentor.

What is your first name?

My first name is Charles, but I go by Chuck. Charles was what my parents called me when I was in trouble, so I avoid it.

What is your age?

I am 51.

Would you like to tell us about your family?

I have two wonderful kids, a 24-year-old (Justin), who lives in San Diego, and a 21-year-old (Melanie), who lives at home. My 21-year-old named her dog, YES! YOU GUESSED IT, WIKI! (Wiki is Weimaraner). Melanie is working on her English credential. I have a wonderful wife named Judy who loves to bake. I am working on getting her to answer more baking questions.

Do you have any pets?

I have a dog named Echo. We call her that because she is kind of hyper and bounces off the walls. My wife has a dog name Hunter and, of course, now you know about Wiki, my daughter’s dog. Echo and Hunter are Springer Spaniels.

Where do you live, how long have you lived there and why do you like the area?

I live in Southern California, Northridge to be specific. Many people know it for the large Northridge Earthquake. (January 17, 1994 at 4:31 AM)

Where did you grow up and do you have any special memories of your childhood?

I grew up in Southern California (born in Los Angeles). I have always loved math and science. One of my favorite things I did growing up was rock collecting.

What educational information would you like to share?

I went to (undergrad) college at U.C. San Diego in California. Then I went to Med School at the George Washington University in Washington D.C. I got my Masters in Science in Mathematics at California State University Northridge.

What are some of your past and/or present occupations?

I am a pediatrician (medical doctor) and a mathematician. I teach math at Moorpark Community College.

What are your key areas of knowledge, interests or expertise?

I love math, science, medicine and trivia. Love to watch Jeopardy.

Do you have any collections or hobbies?

A long time ago, I collected Beanie Babies. I still have them since they are worth just about nothing now. I collected pennies to and have all the US pennies. I also collect rocks.

What do you like to do for recreation?

I have a 220-gallon salt water reef tank filled with corals and fish. It takes tons of work almost every day, but I love it and it looks amazing!

What are a few random facts about yourself?

I am pretty much tone deaf. When I sing you better RUN, but I love music and I do try. I love the movie The Wizard of Oz. It is my all-time favorite. I also love country and oldies music.

Do you have any special talents you’d like to share?

Keeping my salt water reef tank with many rare corals from all over the world.

What accomplishments are you proud of?

I am proud of my masters in math and proud to be able to help people learn and understand it. Also, as a doctor, I saw some problems with the HMO system, and I actually wrote legislation which was passed and signed into law by the Governor of California. I am a member of a union for doctors. Here is a quote from them:

“Charles D. Goodman, M.D., a pediatrician from Los Angeles County, was elected as the UAPD Secretary. During the past few years, Dr. Goodman helped to write and pass state legislation protecting the interests of HMO patients and doctors. He is an effective advocate for the rights of doctors. ”

I am no longer Secretary, but still an active Union member!

I was also a PADI dive instructor for many years. I don’t do it anymore, but I love SCUBA.

What are your special goals or dreams?

I would love to help more people love and understand math.

How would you describe yourself or personality?

I am very outgoing, often loud. I am a GIANT practical joker. I consider myself a very fun person; often people say I am very “childlike”. Probably a good thing for a pediatrician!

What brought you to

I was looking up something and found the answer on I knew right away it was a great place and a “class act.”

What keeps you coming back to

I love the questions. They are always fun and interesting. Also, I love getting feedback. The other Supers especially Matthew (Brave3) have always been good to me. In fact, I have ENORMOUS respect for all the Supervisors here. They are a dedicated, great group and, I always enjoy talking to them, each and every one!

What is your favorite activity?

Answering questions. I love the math questions, but sometimes I just love to look at the main page and answer some of the random unanswered questions.