Since 2007, Answers.com has been holding the annual WAmmy awards to honor the top questions on the site and to show our appreciation for all the contributions made by our members and 1025 Supervisors. The name WAmmy is based on the well known Grammy Awards and was inspired by the 1980’s TV game show, ‘Press Your Luck,’ that featured a mischievous cartoon character draped in a cape and known as a Whammy. From the Answer of the Year to the Funniest Question to the Lifetime Achievement Award, the 22 awards reflect the best in each category and are chosen by the community.
This year, out of a total of 14 billionanswers that came from a community of 150 million users, the top response was made by Wildrosebeef. The question: Are cows happy to be killed? The quality of the reply was both thoughtful and thorough and came from someone who has plenty of experience around animals and farms. “I guess you can say that I put a bit of [my] knowledge of Life and Death into that answer to make it have character and a colorful nature. Many think that people who live on a farm are indifferent to these sort of things, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth,” reported Wildrosebeef.
There are winners based on the quality of their answers, and others who prefer to stand out behind the scenes, like ThePrismGroup who won the Most Vandals Blocked award. The zeal he shows as a Vandal Patrol member is simple: “I like everyone to have a good experience when they visit us.” Some win awards from the sheer volume of contributions they make on the site. This year, Stupid Little Genius received the Lifetime Achievement Award. In just under five years, she has made 539,145 contributions. One can find her everywhere on the site. She is active with questions, answers, edits, organization, community, and more. Have a look at her profile page and you will see that her favorite categories are related to insects, wildlife, and sea animals, and she is most active in Math and Arithmetic. Her expertise on such a variety of topics is truly remarkable and she is most deserving of this award this year.
The WAmmys for 2012 are already underway as users nominate members throughout the year for their valuable contributions. If you want to nominate someone for a specific WAmmy category, go to the Kontributor Kudos thread in the Community Forum, or the Supervisor Forum under WAmmy. If you have any questions about this award, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.