WIT – The WikiAnswers Influential Teens Program

You’ve probably seen the acronym and badges all around the site, but let me introduce you fully to the Answers.com WIT program.

WIT stands for The WikiAnswers Influential Teens. This program provides a safe place for teens to hang out online, ask and answer questions, and even gain the skills to assist the Answers’ Q&A community through special projects!  WIT is a great opportunity for teens to learn cooperation, understanding, and leadership skills.  It’s a fun program, a unique experience, and a terrific resume/college application builder!

WIT is divided into 4 divisions, allowing members to choose which tasks they enjoy most:

Keep an eye out for WIT Explorers! This division is for those members who would like to participate in all facets of the site rather than focus on one particular aspect. To name a few, missions may include answering questions, recategorizing, featuring, and working on flagged questions.

Our fearless WIT Warriors focus on new categories and unsupervised categories. Tasks include seeding new questions, recategorizing questions, cleaning up unsupervised categories, and jumping in to assist with categories that need extra help.

Watch out for those WIT Trailblazers! The Trailblazers focus specifically on answering questions. Their focus could be on newer categories, current event categories, specific categories of interest and featured categories.

Meep! Beep! Here come the WIT Roadrunners! They tackle special projects assigned to their division, clean up alternates and merges of various questions, help Supervisors clean up problem areas in their categories as necessary, remove personal information from answers, and various category clean-up.

And these awesome teens have been busy this year! So far in 2014, they have answered 460 questions, done 5,330 recategorizations, 1,410 edits, and edited and unflagged 250 questions flagged questions.  Membership has grown 20%, with 178 awesome teens in the program, and the number of missions completed is up 100% since August 2013.

The WIT program coordinator is Melissa aka Melbrown2013. WIT is currently open to teens between the ages of 13 and 18, have a few quality contributions on Answers.com, are in good standing on the site, and complete the WIT Membership Application.  The number of contributions isn’t as important as the quality, and desire to be involved in WIT!

If you’re a teen and would like to become a part of this amazing program, contact Gregg at: Ganderton at wikianswers.com. Replace “at” with “@” and omit the spaces.

Community Outreach Summer Run contest coming soon! Win an iPad Air!

Answers Community Outreach

presents

Summer Run 2015

SummerRun

Who wouldn’t love to have an iPad Air?!

The Answers Community Outreach program is offering you a chance to win an iPad Air, simply for greeting new contributors via their Answers message boards in a contest called Community Outreach Summer Run!

The Community Outreach Summer Run is a two month long contest, rewarding participants who greet the most new contributors, with a 1st place minimum of 1200 greets, during the months of June and July 2015, spreading community awareness while winning prizes at the same time!

Summer Run Prizes

1st Place Prize:
iPad Air
(totally awesome!)
CO or Answers tee (your choice!)
Summer Run 2015 1st Place badge

2nd Place Prize
Cozy Sherpa Blanket with Answers logo (soft!)
CO or Answers tee (your choice!)
Summer Run 2015 2nd Place Badge

3rd Place Prize
Answers Leather Portfolio (nice!)
CO or Answers tee (your choice!)
Summer Run 2015 3rd Place Badge

4th Place Prize
Answers Light-up Computer Mouse (cool!)
CO or Answers tee (your choice!)
Summer Run 2015 4th Place Badge

5th Place Prize
CO or Answers tee (your choice!)
Summer Run 2015 5th Place Badge

Runners Up
10 Extra Missions Credits
Summer Run 2015 Runner-Up Badge

  • Registration is easy!
  • To join Community Outreach, just contact Robin on her message board HERE and say,  

“I Want To Win An iPad!”

You will have a running list of new contributors to greet, and all you have to do is message them via their message boards on the Answers website.

Summer Run begins at midnight June 1st EST and ends at midnight July 28th EST.

Come join us, meet new people, make new friends, and have lots of fun for a chance to win fabulous prizes!!

Hope to see you in the Summer Run!

All participants must be at least 13 years old and will receive a Community Outreach Summer Run 2015 participation badge on their Answers profiles.

Announcing Answers’ top five Community Outreach WikiGuides in 2014!

We had an awesome year in Community Outreach in 2014. WikiGuides were busy greeting new contributors, inviting former contributors and supervisors to return, delivering well-wishes and congratulating members of the community for their accomplishments.

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These top five WikiGuides for the year will receive shiny new badges on their profiles and Answers merchandise for their outstanding efforts:

1st place – ChuckSiata
2nd place – Fish247
3rd place – Darksyde
4th place – Xnicola
5th place – Skullcandy88

For 2015, we have a program goal of completing 3000 missions, and WikiGuides are off to a great start!

If you are interested in joining the Community Outreach program, reaching out to the community by completing fun missions, earning badges and receiving Answers and program swag, email Robin at communityoutreach@wikianswers.com.

2014 WAmmy Awards!

Congratulations to the 2014 WAmmy Award winners (for questions and answers posted in 2013)! These questions, answers, and contributions are outstanding, and I’m so proud to work with this community!  Thank you for your nominations and votes!

Answer of the Year

Winner/Question:
Holiday guy
Why is saving money a good idea?

Acceptance Speech:
Wow, what an honour this is. Firstly I’d like to thank all of you that voted for me but in all honesty this award goes out to everyone who works hard to answer questions on the site. Without all of you this site wouldn’t be where it is today and I really mean that. I’m humbled by this award and it has encouraged me to go for even bigger goals in this coming year (both on the site and in real life). I’d also like to say that my answer is one of many quality answers which are submitted on the site everyday. I constantly find myself on the homepage looking at the recently answered page and seeing all the amazing contributions by all of you. It just reminds me that we are a special type of community on here which help each other out in a variety of ways. I believe that this is one of the main reasons to why I keep coming back to this site. Now I don’t want to keep you for too long so I’ll quickly explain why I decided to answer the question.

If you didn’t already know, I’m 17. When I was younger I used to spend a lot of money on pointless things which I would eventually not care about or lose. All this money added up and over time I realised how much I was wasting and what that money could of gone towards. If I had some guidance earlier on I could of saved myself a lot more money. This is the main reason which motivated me to answer this question. I hope you all find it somewhat useful, I even find myself looking over it if I’m ever deliberating over buying something.

I urge you all to read my answer (if you haven’t already) and let me know what you think about it.

When I was younger I was told a quote: “look after the pennies and the pounds will look after themselves”. It’s true, if you save a decent amount of the money you receive from your job you can put that towards greater things. One thing I have definitely set my sights on for when I’m an adult is purchasing my own house/flat as I know how important owning property is in the UK.

I wish you all the best for 2014 and I hope you enjoyed reading my answer.

Have a great day and thank you once again!

 

Honorable Mention:
Lifesnadir
Do people on welfare ever stop needing it?

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Lifetime Achievement Award

Winner:
Keats

Acceptance Speech:
If I may, I would like to nominate this Answers Lifetime Achievement Award to my beloved husband who passed away last year. We knew each other since we young, almost forty years, Later we were married for many, many years. I am devastated by his loss. I miss him so, so much. Each day is still unbearable. So my Answers Lifetime Achievement Award is for you my beloved D and the love and life you shared with me. I love you.

 

Honorable Mention:
Jadeacres

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Most Answers

Winner:
4Jays
Acceptance Speech:  
I am honored to receive this award.  I consider myself part of a great team and I am happy and proud to be able to contribute to the mission of Answers!

 

Honorable Mention:
Ericbarnes

 

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Most Contributions

Winner:
Lifesnadir

Acceptance Speech:
With so many dedicated contributors, I’m truly surprised to receive this award.  Thank you.  I suppose WA is a little like that potato chip: Few people can do just one Q or only a couple.  Once you get started with Questions, Answers, Editing/Spelling Fixes, or Categorizing, you just can’t stop!  Unlike potato chips, though, WikiAnswers doesn’t add useless calories.  Instead it revs up the brain’s metabolism, infuses energy, and makes ‘exercising’ the brain fun!!

 

Honorable Mention:
HisPowr4U

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Premier Answerer of the Year

Winner: David Gambell

Acceptance Speech:
On behalf of David Gambell, we accept this award and thank you for your votes.

 

Honorable Mention:
Alcohen2006

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Most Trust Points Earned

Winner:
Dabac

Acceptance Speech:
Wow, that came out of the blue.

I do enjoy it here. I like the concept of being represented by thought and text only, almost entirely untainted by any other feature.

I like the sharing of knowledge, as knowledge – as love – is one of the few things you can both share and keep at the same time.

While I’ll readily admit that I write for my own immediate enjoyment, it does bring a warm fuzzy feeling to know that my efforts are appreciated. It’s the icing on the cake. And it’s quite a cake. And a delicious, inch-thick icing.

So, thanks to those providing this site. It’s the best pastime I’ve come across since I learned to read.

Thanks to other Supers who nudge me in the right direction when the urge to merge dissimilar questions leading to the same answer gets too strong.

Or any other issue when eagerness gets the better of me.

Thanks to all the posters who provide me with so much excellent fodder for memory exercises.

I’ll do my best to continue in the same manner.

Cheers,
Dabac

 

Honorable Mention:
C.Hainsaw

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Most Vandals Blocked

Winner:  C.Hainsaw

Acceptance Speech:
Thank you. I mean that for everyone who votes, everyone who views, and everyone who contributes to WikiAnswers. I have enjoyed this little corner of the Internet for the past few years, and I’ve met a lot of great people. Those are who should be honored; they are the ones who inspire me, on those rare occasional moments when I demonstrate any form of brightness through my contributions. All of you, keep making WikiAnswers the community it is.

 

Honorable Mention:
Woodman66

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Most Category Changes

Winner:  
Lifesnadir

Acceptance Speech:
This award needs to be shared with all the people who gave me tips about how the site works.  It took me a while to figure out the best ways to use WikiAnswer’s Search tool, but when I did, I could plunge into the Uncategorized Qs without getting too lost. Thank you to my peers and my old mentor for all you taught me.  Thank you also to all the Category Supervisors who welcomed getting Qs into the right categories despite already being overloaded with unanswered questions; many of you helped me know differences and subtle nuances in the broad topics and categories WikiAnswers hosts and I very much appreciated your help.

 

Honorable Mention:
HisPowr4U

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Most Questions Improved

Winner:
SiriWarbreaker

Acceptance Speech:
On behalf of SiriWarbreaker, we accept this award and thank you for your votes.

Honorable Mention:
Peakaytea

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Most Reverts

Winner:
Fish247

Acceptance Speech:
Wow I am shocked that I made the most reverts this year and am very honored to receive this award. I want to say thank you to everyone that donates their time to contribute to this amazing website and community. Thank you to all the members of the Vandal Patrol and any user that takes the time to remove vandalism and improve the quality on this site. The Supervisors here are truly amazing and I really enjoy contributing and helping out where I can. I look forward to continuing to help out and watching WikiAnswers grow and continue to be the best Q & A website!

 

Honorable Mention:
C.Hainsaw

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Most Contributions by New Supervisor

Winner:
KrazE1

Acceptance Speech:  
Wow, this was very unexpected, and very much appreciated. I want to thank everyone who voted for me! I have certainly enjoyed being a part of the community, and will continue to contribute in whatever way I can to make the site as best as it can be.

Thank you again!

 

Honorable Mention:
Kamstkurf

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Most Trust Points by New Supervisor

Winner:
KrazE1

Acceptance Speech:
Wow, this was very unexpected, and very much appreciated. I want to thank everyone who voted for me! I have certainly enjoyed being a part of the community, and will continue to contribute in whatever way I can to make the site as best as it can be.

Thank you again!

 

Honorable Mention:
Margaret.mehaffie

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Best Profile

Winner:  
IncaBlue

Acceptance Speech:  
Thank you very much for your votes, as you may know my profile is dedicated to Inca a beautiful blue Burmese, next time he visits my dreams I’ll be sure to tell him he won a WAmmy 🙂

 

Honorable Mention:
Rathnashikamani

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Best Advice Answer

Winner/Question:  
Guy_Henry
What makes an effective father, and why?

Acceptance Speech:
Wow! First- a big, huge “Thank you” to each person who voted for this answer.

I participate on WikiAnswers because I believe that a useful and actionable answer is the only answer worth giving. We see around us a cultural crisis of too much data and choices, not enough insight and discernment. It is my great hope that each of you will forward this question and answer to everyone you know. If we want a stronger, healthier and happier world, we have to start with the kids. Thank you once again. Hooray!

 

Honorable Mention:
Skullcandy88
What is best to say in a job interview concerning your termination from your last job?

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Best How-To Answer

Winner/Question:
JoyceP
How do you build trust with an infant?

Acceptance Speech:
This award means a lot to me, and I want to thank all who voted for this answer.  Since both the long and short-term well being of infants depends on the care they receive from their parents and caregivers, it was important to me to provide the best, most comprehensive answer possible.

Again, thank you to all who voted for this answer.  It is truly an honor to accept this award.

 

Honorable Mention:
RoboDag
What are the basic rules in playing chess?

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Best Researched Answer

Winner/Question:
Skullcandy88
What was unusual about the attack on Pearl Harbor?

Acceptance Speech:
Thank you to all who voted for this contribution to win the Best Researched Answer 2013 WAmmy.

I am pleasantly surprised to win this WAmmy because there were some really good nominations this year. I am glad that others have found the answer interesting and/or informative, I personally enjoyed the research that was required to provide that answer.

Research is the recipe for a good answer, which means checking multiple sources and cross-referencing different findings and evidences. The problem with information online these days is that so much of it is exaggerated or false, the ease of access to this information means that many unfortunate people end up believing in the exaggerated content. With this particular question, it took a bit of time to research properly via multiple sources because this historical event is surrounded by many conspiracy theories. I had to sift through the information to separate the true facts from the unproven (and some downright idiotic) conspiracy theories to provide a balanced and neutral historical answer, rather than a conspiracy rant. Again, thank you for voting for me, I am happy that many have enjoyed this researched answer and I hope the majority of you will continue to research thoroughly to provide fantastic, interesting and, most importantly, accurate answers.

 

Honorable Mention:
Jadeacres
Is a gluten free diet good for everyone?

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Best Answer in a Team Effort

Winners/Question:
Lifesnadir and Darksyde
What are some good science projects for school?

Acceptance Speeches:
Lifesnadir: I love the aspect of ‘teamwork’ at WikiAnswers, like with Darksyde on this answer.  From working with a Mentor, to seeking or giving help with other supervisors, and working within the community, ‘team support’ and ‘team work’ invigorates the site.  Thank you to the countless people who helped me with learning and doing tasks on WikiAnswers.  Congrats, Darksyde!

Darksyde: I’d like to thank all the little people who made this award possible. No, seriously, I’d like to thank the little orange Wiki-Guys who really run things when none of us are looking.
I love researching answers, so I’m quite happy one of the ones I put a lot of work into has won an award. It’s a nice feeling being able to help someone with their questions. Being a WikiAnswers supervisor is a great job and I love doing it.

 

Honorable Mention:  
Liasdaughter and D4est
How do you overcome frustration caused by the wife?

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Funniest Answer

Winner/Question:
C.Hainsaw
How do you keep strangers out?

Acceptance Speech:  
Thank you. I mean that for everyone who votes, everyone who views, and everyone who contributes to WikiAnswers. I have enjoyed this little corner of the Internet for the past few years, and I’ve met a lot of great people. Those are who should be honored; they are the ones who inspire me, on those rare occasional moments when I demonstrate any form of brightness through my contributions. All of you, keep making WikiAnswers the community it is.

 

Honorable Mention:
IncaBlue
Where can you buy a 500 lb bomb?

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Funniest Question

Winner/Question:
Lakeshia_Plum
What are the dangers of being active on WikiAnswers while intoxicated?

Acceptance Speech:
Thank you everyone who voted me for a WAmmy. It is quite an honor. I’ve had a good time since joining WikiAnswers, and enjoy the opportunity of helping as a supervisor. There are many wonderful contributors, supervisors, and staff here. I look forward to more years of service to the WikiAnswers community and wish everyone the best throughout this year.

 

Honorable Mention:
IncaBlue
What subject should you study to take a blood test?

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Top Category Answerers

Animal Life
Winner: On the Wallaby
Honorable Mention: Wildrosebeef

Business & Finance
Winner: Wildrosebeef
Honorable Mention: Fixit895

Cars & Vehicles
Winner: Rdrsh
Honorable Mention: Helpfull

Entertainment & Arts
Winner: WNY007
Honorable Mention: Ericbarnes

Food & Cooking
Winner: Fixit895
Honorable Mention: Salette Ann Andrews

Health
Winner: Eclair39
Honorable Mention: Peakaytea

History, Politics & Society
Winner: William Howe
Honorable Mention:  Manlio Fahrni

Hobbies & Collectibles
Winner: Ndbbm
Honorable Mention: C3shooter

Home & Garden
Winner: Fixit895
Honorable Mention: Woodman66

Humor & Amusement Corner
Winner: Lakeshia Plum
Honorable Mention:  Quietman

Jobs & Education
Winner:  4Jays
Honorable Mention: Mehtamatics

Law & Legal Issues
Winner:  Aggie80
Honorable Mention:  Eclair39

Literature & Language
Winner:  Dfoofnik
Honorable Mention: Notyouraveragedummy

Relationships
Winner:  Eclair39
Honorable Mention: Aggie80

Religion & Spirituality
Winner:  William Howe
Honorable Mention: Galileedawn

Science
Winner:  4Jays
Honorable Mention: Mehtamatics

Shopping
Winner:  WNY007
Honorable Mention: Dfoofnik

Sports
Winner:  Bringingthewood
Honorable Mention: Ndbbm

Technology
Winner:  Dfoofnik
Honorable Mention: Flukey

Travel & Places
Winner:  Dfoofnik
Honorable Mention: Notyouraveragedummy

WIT – where the teens hang out on Answers.com

Teens2You’ve probably seen the acronym and badges all around the site, but let me introduce you fully to the Answers.com WIT program.

WIT stands for The WikiAnswers Influential Teens. This program provides a safe place for teens to hang out online, ask and answer questions, and even gain the skills to assist the Answers’ Q&A community through special projects!  WIT is a great opportunity for teens to learn cooperation, understanding, and leadership skills.  It’s a fun program, a unique experience, and a terrific resume/college application builder!

WIT is divided into 4 divisions, allowing members to choose which tasks they enjoy most:

Keep an eye out for WIT Explorers! This division is for those members who would like to participate in all facets of the site rather than focus on one particular aspect. To name a few, missions may include answering questions, recategorizing, featuring, and working on flagged questions.

Our fearless WIT Warriors focus on new categories and unsupervised categories. Tasks include seeding new questions, recategorizing questions, cleaning up unsupervised categories, and jumping in to assist with categories that need extra help.

Watch out for those WIT Trailblazers! The Trailblazers focus specifically on answering questions. Their focus could be on newer categories, current event categories, specific categories of interest and featured categories.

Teens1  Meep! Beep! Here come the WIT Roadrunners! They tackle special projects assigned to their division, clean up alternates and merges of  various questions, help Supervisors clean up problem areas in their categories as necessary, remove personal information from answers,  and  various category clean-up.

And these awesome teens have been busy this year! So far in 2014, they have answered 460 questions, done 5,330 recategorizations, 1,410  edits, and edited and unflagged 250 flagged questions.  Membership has grown 20%, with 178 awesome teens in the program, and the  number of missions completed is up 100% since August 2013.

The WIT program coordinator is Melissa aka Melbrown2013.  WIT is currently open to teens between the ages of 13 and 18, have a few  quality contributions on Answers.com, are in good standing on the site, and complete the WIT Membership Application.  The number of  contributions isn’t as important as the quality, and desire to be involved in WIT!

 

If you’re a teen and would like to become a part of this amazing program, contact Melissa at: melbrown2013 at wikianswers.com. Replace “at” with “@” and omit the spaces.

How about those WikiReviewers?

Close up of vintage typewriter machineWhen our WikiReviewers tackle a task, they do it with gusto! It’s amazing to see members of this program band together on missions and work hard to meet and even by-pass monthly program goals!

We’re saving the bulk of our brags for our end-of-the-year sound off, but we just can’t keep quiet about one of the  WikiReviewers‘ accomplishments this year. And boy are we proud of this one!  In April, WikiReviewers dove into the Uncategorized category with a goal of recategorizing 5,000 questions. We thought that would be a pretty tough task. Well, you’ll be amazed to know by the end of the month, we had recategorized an astronomical 425,988 questions!!  Turns out we set our sights a little low on that one, and as more WikiReviewers pitched in, we exceeded our goal far beyond what we expected!

In the past year, WikiReviewers have completed a walloping 14,978 missions, making hundreds of thousands of needed edits on the site!  We’ve also gained over 30 new members since the first of the year!

There are five divisions in the WikiReviewers Program, each with their own specific types of assignments.  Robin, the program coordinator, places newcomers to the program in the most suitable category for them, based on a review of their contributions to the site.

If you happen to meet up with a WikiReviewer on the site, give them a pat on the back.  They certainly deserve it!

 

It’s exciting to be part of the WikiReviewers Program!  If you would like to join us, message Robin, the program coordinator and let her know.