A Pokemon addict and multitalented teen: Meet Pokesardinemaniac!

With a name like Pokesardinemaniac, it is clear that this Answers.com contributor likes Pokemon and sardines. But Jessica is an expert on more than Pokemon.  On Answers.com she is a Bronze Contributor and a Windclan Wikiwarrior.  Check out her contributions in the Greek and Roman Mythologies category.  This creative contributor loves to learn about the world around her and to write her own stories.  She is full of energy and dreams and we hope they all come true.

First Name:  My name is Jessica.

Occupation:  I am a middle school student.

What is your Answers.com username and how did it come about?

My username is Pokesardinemaniac.  When I first made my e-mail, I wanted it to represent my life in a nutshell.  I loved Pokemon and sardines (in olive oil), so I came up with Pokesardinemaniac.  Now every other account I have is either Pokesardinemaniac or Sardinemaniac.

Where in the world do you hail from and what makes this place special?

I live in the southeastern part of the United States and it’s awesome!  There are many landmarks and historical sites here.  There are also great people and friends!  Just don’t call us rednecks!

How did you discover Answers.com?

I found it a few years ago when I needed an answer to a homework question.  A few years later, I wanted to help contribute to Answers.com because it helped me so many times!

Do you have a favorite category? Least favorite?

I love to answer questions about Pokemon, Greek and Roman mythologies, and so much more.  I don’t have a least favorite though.  I try to answer every question I know the answer to.  I also like to edit them.

If you were inviting someone to join Answers.com, what reason(s) would you give them to convince them they would love being a part of our community?

I would tell them it’s really fun and awesome! It’s a place where you can find new knowledge, talk, and speak your opinions!

What accomplishments on Answers.com are you proud of?

I’m proud that I try to give good answers to questions and I became a WindClan WikiWarrior.

What was the last song you listened to?

It was probably a really stupid song or a Christmas song.

What makes you unique?

I love to write stories for my secret e-mail club and I think I’m really creative! I like to try new things and learn about different cultures. I’ll try ANY food, as long as it won’t kill me. I’m one of the few girls that plays Pokemon. I also love to read.

What are your special interests, hobbies, or collections?

I love Pokemon, food, reading, writing, and being myself! I love animals a lot. I like to collect old coins and money from other countries.

Who or what is your inspiration in life?

There are many people that inspire me!  Some of them are famous and some of them not so much.  Some inspiration comes from written things, like quotes or books.

Where is one place in the world you would love to visit and why?

I would love to visit Alaska! I love the cold, nature, and wide open spaces! I’m so tired of living in the city and hope that one day I will be able to see the true wilderness.

What is one quirky or interesting random fact about you that most people may not know?

Most people don’t know that I have a secret e-mail club.

From the Land Down Under, meet DeeLee!

This week, read about DeeLee, an Australian student and one of Answers.com’s most accomplished teens!  She is a Bronze Contributor, a Wiki Guide, a Special Project Assistant, a Wiki Greens and WIT member, and much more!  Check outher many badges and read about her adorable cat, Ellie, on her profile page!  You can also learn about her special interest in the Australian Military!

First Name:  That’s a good question, mmm…

Occupation: I am a student in 10th grade and I am also a “checkout chick” at a local supermarket. But at school, I usually finish my work fast so I can have more time to do the more important things (Answers.com!)

What is your Answers.com username and how did it come about?

My first name starts with a D (a clue to my first name!) and my middle name is Lee so that is how DeeLee came about. I had another username on Answers.com which was Star Dotti that came after my Dad suggested Star Dot.  I tweaked it a little to Star Dotty and finally to Star Dotti!

Where in the world do you hail from and what makes this place special?

I hail from the great state of South Australia! The area that I live in is well known for its wine grapes and wineries. Overall this is an awesome place to live. Before I lived in South Australia, I traveled down from the east side of Australia in a green bus after living in the northern territory for my first three years of life.

How did you discover Answers.com?

Like most people, I was doing just another Google search for a school project and I got hooked from then!

What is your favorite activity on the site? Least favorite?

I love answering and editing questions in my favorite categories. I also love talking and helping in the Community Forum!  But I don’t like seeing vandalism, spam or incorrect answers. I just don’t understand a vandal’s way of thinking.  For example, they think the question ‘How do you make pasta?’ would be funny if it you answered it with ‘poo.’ Seriously? Grow up!

Do you have a favorite category? Most despised category?

I don’t really have a despised category, but my favorite categories are Australia, Australia Military (I have knowledge of this topic because I participate in Australian Air Force Cadets and I would love to become an officer in the Royal Australian Air Force when I am older), Scattergories and Most Amusing Questions Ever Asked on WikiAnswers.

What enticed you to join our community?

Just the people I have met. Most people I have talked to on Answers.com are just plain amazing! I don’t want to list everyone I met because, first, there are too many, and  second, I don’t want to miss someone and hurt feelings!  And like most people I love to share my knowledge and opinions about any topic I can.  Because it is a “wiki!”

What accomplishments on Answers.com are you proud of?

Well…I spent a half an hour on a question which was “Who wants pizza? (I know it is kinda pointless answering a question like that, but I could not resist.)  Also I was very excited when I reached my Bronze Contributor status while I was doing a Special Project Assistant task.
Oh, I almost forgot creating and getting my unofficial WikiMilitary group up and running and getting my first member. It’s still only us two so anyone is welcome to submit an application to join! And of course, joining the Special Project Assistants, Wiki Influential Teens and the user-created unofficial group called Wiki Greens!

What is your favorite type of music? Favorite band or artist?

My favorite kind of music is Classic Australian (I don’t think that is a genre but you kinda get the picture) I love Midnight Oil and my favorite song by them is Truganini.  The group also has the best music video! I also love Solid Rock by Goanna and Muse!  My favorite songs by Muse are Assassin, Exo-Politics, Knights of Cydonia, Neutron Star Collision and Uprising!  But my favorite song of all time is Great Southern Land by Icehouse.  This song is in my favorite movie, Young Einstein!  Many people my age have not heard of my favorite songs because they are “so old!”

What is your favorite holiday and why?

I love Christmas! The reason for that is I love to see the reaction that people get when they open gifts from me.  Oh, and I also like receiving gifts as well!  I also love Easter with all the chocolate. Oh, forget it! I love all the holidays because it makes the year interesting. Imagine a year without holidays? No Christmas, no Easter, no birthdays. That would be pretty boring!

Are you a candy, cake, or pie person? What is your favorite?

I am leaning more towards candy (no mint!) But I love chocolate!  Can I be a chocolate person?  M&M’s Crispy all the way!

How do you most enjoy using your creativity and why?

I love drawing and computer artwork.  I made the WikiMilitary pictures on Photoshop from a picture of the orange guy for the badges and I also made personalized banners with the WikiAnswers badges!  I also love writing and knitting, but I have a short attention span and I never finish anything!

What did you enjoy doing as a child that you still love to do?

When I was a child I absolutely loved finger painting and drawing, even though I don’t have time to finger paint anymore, I still love to draw!  Also when I was a child I loved to watch The Teletubbies, The Wiggles (until Greg left due to illness!) and The Hooleys Dooley’s.  To the people from overseas won’t know these shows, Google them!

What is one quirky or interesting random fact about you that most people may not know?

My first word was uh-oh, I love Wallace and Gromit, and I did Kindy (early school) by correspondence because I was traveling around Australia in a bus when I was 3 and 4.   I did karate in reception (the grade before grade one) but did not make it to white belt!  In the Australian Air Force Cadets, I love doing drill (marching) when no one else does and like most cadets I love fieldcraft (camping and learning stealth skills)!   I have a habit of typing “!” anywhere I can and also I love putting side comments in brackets!  (You have probably already realized this!)  And last, but definitely not least, (I know you have heard that saying millions of times) I am a confirmed WikiHolic. (That’s no secret!)  Proof?  I relate to most of the symptoms on the list!  (I just realized the question said one fact…whoops!)

A Native New Yorker That’s “Not Your Average Dummy”

This week’s featured contributor, Notyouraveragedummy, is a native New Yorker and is a deeply thoughtful and well-rounded person.  Her wisdom comes from her life’s lessons and her background.  She has 88,000 plus contributions and counting!  We value her approach to building knowledge on the site.  She is a real asset to Answers.com. Read on to learn more about Notyouraveragedummy.

First Name: Sorry, I don’t share my real name on the internet.

Occupation: I am currently retired.  I am a former homemaker, clerk typist for a trucking company, administrative manager for an international copier/photography company and an administrative assistant for a social services agency.

What is your Answers.com username and how did it come about?

My user name ‘Notyouraveragedummy’ was a term that my father used. My father believed in strict discipline.  He spoke to you, never with you. However, every now and then, in the same stern tone he always used, you would hear these words and you would know that you did something good. My father had been gone for 46 years, but the day I was signing in to Answers.com, those were the words that instantly came to mind.

Where in the world do you hail from and what makes this place special?

I was born and raised in upstate New York, and except for a six-year period living in DC and Maryland, I have lived in the same town. I really loved living in DC but when kids came into the picture it became too difficult (and expensive) to dash here and there on crowded buses or by taxi. I fondly call New York ‘The Tax State.’ I’ve always wanted to write that on the signs that say ‘Welcome to New York.’ But it is a special place for me.  Besides the fact that it’s home, I truly enjoy the change in seasons. All four seasons are distinctive and have each has its own character and beauty (and tribulations). When you say New York, most people think New York City, but one of the state’s major industries is agriculture. You don’t have to travel far from any city here to see farmland. And when you’ve had your fill of mountains, lakes, and rivers, New York City is a day trip from most areas in the state. I’ve visited the city many times but never get to see all I want.

How did you discover Answers.com?

I came here much the same as everyone else, I was searching the internet for something and boom, there it was. I poked around a bit and thought, “Aha, you’ve spent a lifetime reading, researching, and peeking under rocks.  This is the place where all that information belongs.” I use a number of Q&A sites, but this is the one that does it best. Answers.com has so much going for it.  I really appreciate the interaction with other contributors, the seemingly endless lists of categories, the variety of skill levels of the information contributed, and the efforts to maintain high standards. I love chatting with folks on topics of mutual interest and learning one more thing about something I thought I knew all about!

Do you have a favorite category? Most despised category?

I like too many to choose a favorite: a different day, a different subject. I don’t despise any but there are some that I know nothing about. I will still correct the grammar or capitalization for topics even if I’m totally clueless about the question or answer.

If you were inviting someone to join Answers.com, what reason(s) would you give them to convince them they would love being a part of our community?

Most of the people that I know don’t have the luxury of spending a lot of time on the internet. But when I see new contributors that don’t quite get the rules or think they don’t need no stinkin’ rules, I often make an effort to show them that even they can find something of real interest here and enjoy being a real contributor. I have even mentioned to some that learning to follow the rules and, in particular, practicing good grammar here will benefit their own future. You never know, someone just might get it.

What accomplishments on Answers.com are you proud of?

That’s for others to tell me. I think all my work is brilliant but that’s just my personal opinion.

What life accomplishments are you proud of?

I am proud of having successfully raised three children, none of whom has ever been arrested and all of whom support themselves.

Growing up, what was your favorite cartoon character and why?

There wasn’t much in the way of cartoons when I was growing up. Does Howdy Doody count?

What are your special talents, interests, hobbies, or collections?

Well, let me see. I’ve done so many things over the years. Since I was knee high, I’ve been reading everything in sight. As a child, I read all of the age appropriate books, plus all of my parents reading material from Arthur Conan Doyle, Isaac Asimov, and Norah Lofts, to Popular Mechanics, Ladies Home Journal, or an occasional Model Railroader Magazine. When I was a stay-at-home mom, I made a lot of things myself. I made clothes and sweaters, crocheted doilies and embroidered tablecloths, baked pies and cookies, refinished furniture, and painted anything that sat still long enough. My special talent was repurposing and making anything from what I had on hand.  That is a good thing when you don’t have much money. Then came the day I had to return to work.  I turned my jelly making bag into my pantyhose washing bag and never looked back. There wasn’t much time for hobbies or projects then, but I still kept reading. About twenty years ago, I discovered the world of nonfiction:  science and investigation, history and human stories and that became my real passion. That’s where you find me today.

Who or what is your inspiration in life?

My parents have always been my inspiration. The most important thing that I learned from them was to teach by example. It was not something they told me, it was what they did. If you believe in something that you feel others should believe and when you live those beliefs, you will have much less ‘splainin’ to do. This works especially well when raising children. My inspiration has also come from the people and world around me, the world I read about and the people I read about. No matter how badly things turn in my life, I know of people who have had so much worse, people who endure much more than is required of me.

What is one quirky or interesting random fact about you that most people may not know?

I have no idea. I have difficulty seeing myself because I know all of my shortcomings so intimately and struggle with them every day. I know that I have talents and abilities, but for those I thank my ancestors for passing them on to me. I remember stories my mother told me of family members long ago whose antics, accomplishments, and peculiarities are reflected in what I do and how I do it. One fortunate trait, for which I am grateful, is the ability to see things (people, issues, the world) from a number of perspectives at once. I hope this is reflected in many of my answers.  I don’t always succeed but I always try to be objective.

One of the things that I’ve learned on my own is to question what you believe to be true. Perhaps it’s because I found so many of my youthful ideals did not live up to reality, perhaps it’s because of the influence of living through the 60s era, perhaps it’s because I had the opportunity to meet people from so many different places and societies. It’s not easy to see this in some of my answers because, without interaction with the person who asks, the answer can only be one dimensional when I know the three dimensional answer. That’s why I keep the scientific equation on my bio page, in hopes that anyone stopping by will think about it. That’s one of my favorite things, when someone thinks about something in a way they haven’t thought of before!

Nothing flukey about our Irish supervisor Flukey!

The dictionary says that the word flukey is something “obtained by chance rather than skill.”  The only thing “flukey” about our Flukey is the name.   He is a highly skilled Supervisor and an expert in Information Technology.  He is also a person with great initiative who is a genuine self-starter.  On Answers.com he has made more than 44,800 contributions and has earned badges as a Gold Contributor and a Category Supervisor.  We have nothing but admiration for this Irishman from Dublin!  We are proud of the work he does on our site. Read on to learn about Flukey’s love for his country, his wife and Answers.com!

What is your first name? Declan

What is your occupation?

I teach computer courses.  I teach a wide range of computing subjects including web design, applications, programming and many, many other subjects.  This is why I look in on some of the IT categories, particularly the Microsoft Excel category as it is my favorite application to use and teach.

What is your Answers.com username and how did it come about?

Flukey is an old nickname that I got many years ago from my luck in using a pool cue in a staff recreation room.  I’ve used it on Answers.com since I joined.

Where in the world do you hail from and what makes this place special?

I am from Dublin in Ireland, both being categories I supervise.  Ireland is a country that is very beautiful and very green — due to all the rain!  We are famous for our welcome to visitors, so visit any time.  We have a rich history in Ireland and it is a place that people seem to love.  We also have a unique culture, especially in dance, music, literature and sports.  As a Dubliner, I have a particular love for my home city.  I enjoy showing it to friends and relatives.  There is so much to see and do here and so many surprises and quirky facts about Dublin.  Come and see for yourself.

What enticed you to join our community?

As someone who teaches and enjoys sharing information and helping people, Answers.com seemed an ideal place, once I found it.  I saw some questions and started answering, and I’ve been doing so ever since.

What is your favorite thing to do on Answers.com?

I like to just get in there and start answering questions or organizing where necessary.  I look at my own categories, often from the e-mails I get, and then I stray into some of my favorites.  Sometimes I pick a category and go on a marathon session of answering and organizing.  As you all know, it can be very addictive once you get going.  I like to try different approaches.  I’ll often go first to much older questions and try to answer or merge some of those, rather than focusing on just the newest ones.  I’ll randomly jump around pages of unanswered questions.  It is good to have some variety in the approach to make my Answers.com experience a good one. By jumping around I am sure people get notifications of questions that they thought would never be answered but finally have been.  That is what we want: happy users. They will come back.

If you were inviting someone to join Answers.com, what reason would you give them to convince them they would love being part of our community?

It is a great place to give and share knowledge.  You get a lot more out of it than you put in.  There is a good community of users on the site from a wide range of backgrounds.  The people looking after Answers.com manage it very well.  It is a well run site, and that makes it easy and more enjoyable to use.  Although it is a huge site in terms of users, there is a community feeling amongst the staff and supervisors and you feel valued.  There is always something more and new to do.  It is hard to drag yourself away.

What life accomplishments are you proud of?

I am proud of my various academic achievements.  I have lots of qualifications and I have managed to get some of them with little tuition.  I am good at teaching myself things.  I have passed exams in subjects that I have not studied formally, and I have also taught subjects that I never taken classes in.  My interest in computers makes me keen to learn about them and then pass that knowledge on.

In 2010 I traveled to Israel and did a walk through the countryside over 4 days, which was quite a challenge.  I got through it though.  I have what I describe as a stubborn determination at times and it helps drive me on to do things and keep going.  I am of course also proud to have been asked to be a Supervisor not long after starting to use Answers.com, and it is a great honor to be asked to be featured here.

What is the craziest thing that has ever happened to you?

I always find superlative questions hard to answer, and there are lots of strange things to pick from. Here is just one random coincidence that happened to me.  In 2007 I was planning a trip to Malawi to do some volunteer work.  I was telling my class of international students about this.  One student said she was from Malawi.  She then asked where in Malawi I was going.  I told her the place and she told me that she had grown up there.  I ended up briefly meeting some of her relatives when I went over and passed on some presents from her to them.

What is your favorite song?

Another superlative question, but I cannot name just one.  There are so many.  A random selection could include “I don’t like Mondays,” “Money for nothing,” “Dublin in the rare old times,” “The green fields of France” and many others.  My CD collection is quite varied.

Do you see the glass half full or half empty?  Why?

We have to try to be positive in life and there are many great things in this world, so the glass is half full.

What do you find most challenging as an Answers.com Supervisor?

The endless stream of questions that are always here.  No matter how much you do, there is always more.  The same questions keep arising and I do find a lot of the work is repetitive.  What I have done to help is to create a text file of the most common questions that occur in my favorite categories.  When they come up again, instead of having to search through Answers.com to merge with the older question, I copy the text from my file into the merge box.   This saves a lot of time.  I keep it in Google Docs associated with my e-mail, so it is accessible wherever I am working.

What are you most passionate about in your life?

Apart from family and friends, I love Ireland’s two national sports of Gaelic football and hurling.  Shortly after joining Answers.com I requested categories for them, which I now supervise.  This year was particularly special, as my team, Dublin, won the All-Ireland Final for Gaelic Football for the first time since 1995.  That is the biggest sporting event in Ireland.

Other interests I have include astronomy.  The night sky is fascinating, especially in the winter months.  It is one of the nice things to do in the long dark nights.  There is so much to see and enjoy, even if you don’t know what it is you are looking at.  Learning about it, and then recognizing things, makes it more interesting.

As I work teaching people about computers, I enjoy using them too.  There are so many things you can do with one.  Most people only use a tiny fraction of a computer’s functions.  They are missing out on a lot.  I have an interest in the internet and have created many simple web pages.  If you go to my profile and then to my homepage, there are links to many of them including astronomy, Dublin, Gaelic football and hurling.  Many of those have links to videos that I have created online.

Who or what is your inspiration in life?

My wife!

What is one quirky or interesting random fact about you that most people may not know?

I can say the alphabet backwards just as easily and quickly as I can say it forwards.  It is something I taught myself after my mother told me she could do it.