Spring Cleaning contest results are in

We came…  We saw…  We edited…  To the tune of over 23,500 unanswered question edits this past weekend!  Thanks to all who participated in the 2010 Spring Cleaning contest.  The winners in each tier were HisPowr4U (with an amazing 3,855 edits!) and Fourthfrench.  They will each receive a $300 Amazon.com gift card.

The 2nd place finishers included Fuzzy Logic, Wonderful Wanda, Yourchasehelpers, Cotton C Doyle and Em1989 who have each earned a $200 gift card.  A full list of all top finishers and runners up is now available.

Preparation is underway for our next fun contest so watch this space for details about it in the near future!

Re723phyl Rhymes With…?

I learned a surprising fact today. I am one of the millions of people around the world who cannot spell chlorophyll. Yep. Moi. I discovered this little known fact while doing a search on Answers.com for words that rhyme with this obscurely spelled dictionary enigma. It started off with much confidence…cloraphyl (negative), quickly morphed to chloraphyl (yeah right) and escalated to an embarrassing caloraphil (at this point the search bar was begging me to leave). Now you might be wondering why I was so interested this particular search. It actually had to do with this week’s Featured Contributor, Re723phyl. I thought I would get quirky and rhyme out an intro. And the only word that came to mind was chlorophyll (which has two “L’s”, not one – shame on me). But enough dwelling on my spelling inadequacies – here is more on this week’s awesome, super intelligent and all around great Featured Cloraphyl – I mean Contributor. Introducing the wickedly cool Re723phyl!

What is your Answers.com user name and the history behind it?

Re723phyl – We had a small, Fiat X-19. Because of its’ mileage, we had a personalized plate, REPHYL (1st 2 letters of mine and 1st 4 letters of my wife, Phyllis’ names) as phonetically similar to REFILL (the gas tank).

Are you a Floating or Category Supervisor (which categories)?

I’m the Category Supervisor of Unemployment.

What is your first name?


What is your age?

72 years young

Would you care to tell us about your family?

I’ve been married over 51 years to my wonderful wife, Phyllis. We had 6 children, 10 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

Do you have any pets?

We have 2 Yorkies, 4 cats, a parrot and pond full of Choi fish.

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

We have lived in Las Vegas the past 49 years. It’s vibrant (grown from 50,000 when we moved here, to 2 million) and very diversified. The weather is perfect with no calamities suffered by elsewhere.

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

I grew up in Washington. I loved school and would have been a professional student, if there had been such a thing.

What educational information would you like to share?

I received my Bachelor of Science (Business & Economics) and MBA at UNLV and later became president of the Alumni Association.

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

I was the first Commissioner of Consumer Affairs for the state, taught Real Estate at the University and Money and Banking at the community college. I’ve sold real estate, insurance, investments and been in law enforcement, a lab technician and in electronics (US Navy). Retired for the last 4 years.

What are your key area(s) of knowledge, interests or expertise?

Business, math, economics, authored “The Problem: Unemployment or Underemployment?” for WICHE. I saw no future in the work I was doing before starting college (a security guard raising 6 children) and had an aptitude for the subjects I took. I finished both degrees in 3 1/2 years while working full time.

Do you have any collections or hobbies?

I have thousands of books on all non-fiction topics (I’m an “information junky”). Before my eyesight started failing, I built model sailing ships.

What do you like to do for recreation?

I love debating, solving problems, working puzzles, and doing Answers.com Supervisor functions.

What are a few random facts about yourself?

I’m learning to be a fair cook.

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

Practical and methodical problem solving, efficiency.

What accomplishments are you proud of?

I helped create and enforce many of the state’s consumer protection laws and was one of the founding fathers of the local non-profit Consumer Credit Counseling Service.

What are your special goals or dreams?

To make the world a better place by helping people solve their problems through education, information, motivation and the means to do so.

How would you describe yourself or personality?

A stickler for details, results oriented, unwilling to compromise on honesty and fair play.

What brought you to Answers.com?

Surfing the ‘Net’ at Wikipedia and Google for answers to a question. I became acquainted with a wonderful Mentor, Stupid little Genius (“the rest is history” as they say).

What kept you coming back to Answers.com?

I saw an opportunity for improving its already huge potential for helping people all over the world through voluntary (the best) means of addressing vital issues of our times.

What is your favorite Answers.com activity?

Researching answers to very good questions, improving challenging and very interesting questions and improving their mostly good, but sometimes confusing answers.

JoyceP’s contributions make headlines!

Newsflash! Answers.com’s very own JoyceP, a star Supervisor, Senior Mentor and WIT Advisor, had a write-up about her in The Franklin Sun, a Winnsboro, LA, newspaper. A bit of the feature about Joyce is below:

[Joyce] Parker joined the Wiki family in 2008 where she was quickly promoted through the ranks to become a supervisor and mentor to other contributors. Parker received two WAmmy Awards for Best Answer of the Year and Best Advice Answer of the Year during her first year.

In 2009, she won Answer of the Year to the question: “What are the signs of child abuse and how can you help the abused child to overcome the harm it has caused?” She also received a WAmmy Award for Best Advice Answer to the question: “How do you explain to young children that their parents are getting divorced to make the transition as easy on them as possible?”

Parker resides in Winnsboro with her husband and two pugs, Sadie Mei and Sophie Linh; and two boxers, Ben and Maddy. When she's not researching for WikiAnswers.com, Parker enjoys cake decorating, photography and going to the movies. (source)

The awards the article is alluding to are the WAmmys, and you can see the complete listing of 2009’s winners here.

JoyceP in The Franklin Sun.

Last chance to apply for the Answers.com scholarship.

Have you answered 50 questions for your Answers.com Scholarship application?

You have until Wednesday (March 31) to submit your completed application and apply to win a $5,000 scholarship. Thirteen scholarships in total are available for students in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Ireland, India, Australia, and New Zealand. Applicants must be enrolling in undergraduate university studies for the 2010-2011 academic year.

Read more and apply now.

Start Spring cleaning tonight – for Amazon cash!

The Answers.com Spring Cleaning contest starts tonight, at 12 am EST (and runs for a full 48 hours). Edit as many unanswered questions as you can and be a winner – and get some incredible prizes:

The FIRST PLACE winner in each tier will receive a $300 Amazon.com gift card.

Two SECOND PLACE winners in each tier will each receive a $200 Amazon gift card.

Three THIRD PLACE winners in each tier will each receive their choice of an Answers.com blanket, chess/backgammon set, or other pre-specified merchandise.

Twenty runners up will receive Answers.com merchandise.

There are tiers for both supervisors and other contributors.

Learn how to edit questions before you start. You must be logged in to Answers.com when you edit questions for them to count towards your total. Make sure to review the rules.

Good luck!

Coming soon to an inbox near you!

Email notifications have long been an integral part of WikiAnswers participation. They are without doubt the fastest way to get word of an updated answer or new message on your board. And now, after a major overhaul, we hope you’ll find them even more useful, efficient and convenient.

If you’re already subscribed to the Watchlist or Message Board emails, you may have already noticed the changes.

“You’ve got an updated answer”

When you receive email notification about an updated answer, the email now includes a snippet of the answer, as well as information about who edited the answer and tools to view the changes or edit the answer yourself.

As you can see here, Demoguy – a contributor with 18 trust points – did a good job answering the question, but there’s a little typo I want to fix immediately. No problemo, I can click on the “Edit answer” link and correct the spelling.

“You’ve got a message!”

The message board notification email was similarly upgraded, and now you can view your messages right there in the email, without clicking through to the site. To reply, simply click Reply (surprise!) and you’ll be taken straight to the sender’s message board, where you can leave your response.

You've got mail!

We hope the new design makes it easier for you to keep tabs on updates and correspond with fellow wikiers. Tell us what you think in the comments section below!

Game on! Question editing contest this weekend

Straighten up that spelling, give that grammar an upgrade and correct that capitalization! We’re having an Answers.com Spring Cleaning contest for editing unanswered questions this weekend: March 27th and 28th. First prizes are $300 Amazon.com gift cards and 2nd place winners receive $200 gift cards as well. There are over 25 other great prizes too.

The aim of the game is to improve the most questions (only unanswered questions count!) in 48 hours. Learn more about how to edit questions properly. Keep in mind question edits will be reviewed for compliance with the rules and the questionable strategies highlighted there may cause you to be disqualified.

The question editing contest begins at 12:00 am (EST) on Saturday (late Friday night), March 27, 2010. The event ends 48 hours later, at 11:59 pm (EST) on Sunday, March 28, 2010. Only edits made within this time frame will be counted as part of the contest. Be sure to read through the rules before you start.

Good luck and game on!