Sister, friend, lover of krokets and Makker: Meet Ireen22

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The Netherlands

It’s hard to stop bragging about our contributor from the Netherlands, Ireen22! She is outstanding as a person, accomplished in many areas, including equestrian sports and photography, and she’s a real star on Answers.com! Irene gives all she has to her missions, having completed 50 for WikiAnswers Influential Teens (WIT) and 50 for Special Project Assistant (SPA). She holds badges as a Category Supervisor, a WikiReviewer, a Noble WikiGuide, a Vandal Patrol Generalist and she has more than 38,000 contributions. She never forgets her friends on the site and she views life with an open mind and heart. Read more to learn about this very special young woman from the Netherlands. Continue reading “Sister, friend, lover of krokets and Makker: Meet Ireen22”

DaughterofGod9498: The Girl With Many Names!


DaughterofGod9498, is a multi-talented teen who plays the piano, knows Chinese, and is a very active member on Answers.com.  She has completed 100 WIT missions and has made over 100,000 contributions on the site. She is a a mentor and a Special Project Assistant. Samantha was born in China and now raises rabbits for a 4-H club in the United States. She enjoys Coca Cola, Cheez-It crackers and her dream destination is Paris.

What is your first name?

Samantha, or Sammy.

What is your occupation?

I’m a homeschooled student.

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

DaughterofGod9498. I copied DaughterofGod off a user on another site, and then 9498 was the first number that came to mind.

How did you discover Answers.com?

I found Answers.com through Google.

What enticed you to join our community?

Well, one day I was bored and what first was a simple task of answering-and-improving some questions later turned into an addiction!

If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?

I’m not quite sure. I enjoy being human!

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

My favorite thing is to work in my categories, definitely.

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

Answers.com is for anyone who has spare time on their hands, or loves teaching people.

What life accomplishments are you proud of?

I am proud of being homeschooled.  I am also proud of being able to play the piano.

What accomplishments on Answers.com are you proud of?

I’m definitely proud of becoming a mentor, reaching 100 WIT missions, and reaching 100K contributions.

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

Christian music is definitely my favorite. I also enjoy Beethoven, Bach, Mozart and Chopin. Casting Crowns is my favorite band, hands-down!

What was the last song you listened to?

I listened to a Christian remix of Eminem’s song Not Afraid.

What is your favorite song?

My favorite song changes every week or so. Currently, it would be Strong Enough to Save by Tenth Avenue North or You Love Me Anyways by Sidewalk Prophets.

What makes you unique?

I am an adopted Chinese-American! I am a Coca-Cola girl (not Pepsi!) I’d take Coca-Cola products any day. I do not like frosting or chocolate (with the exception of chocolate chip cookies and brownies). I enjoy Cheez-Its and ice cream. I’m not a fan of Mexican food.

If you had three wishes, what would you wish for?

Ohh!! Good question. I would want to meet my biological parents, spread Gospel worldwide, and to be able to play the piano perfectly by ear!

What are your special interests, hobbies, or collections?

I enjoy listening to music, watching movies and Answers.com. I show 14 mini-lop rabbits in the 4-H fair. Seven are mine and I just take care of and show the other seven.

What are you most passionate about in your life?

My passions are my future, my family and Jesus.

What is your favorite quote and why?

My favorite quote is, “Yesterday is history, tomorrow’s a mystery, today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present.”

Who or what is your inspiration in life?

My Dad is the biggest inspiration in my life.

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

I would like to visit ParisFrance. It sounds elegant and beautiful!

Do you have any special talents?

I play the piano. I know sign-language (well, more accurately, used to… I am pretty rusty) and I’m learning to speak Chinese. I can speak the alphabet backward as fluently as I can forward.

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

I was born in Yue-Yang, Hunan, China. My Chinese name is Yue-tzi Ting and my Chinese nickname is Ting-ting. Everything is pronounced just like it sounds.

Meet Saurabh, our teen contributor from India!

From the fascinating country of India, I am pleased to introduce Saurabh, an outstanding teen who is a great Q&A contributor on Answers.com.  Saurabh loves to learn and finds she gains knowledge by asking and answering questions on our site!  In fact, in a year and a half on Answers.com, Saurabh has written more than 1,200 answers! Keep reading to find out more about Saurabh.

First Name: My name is Saurabh.

Occupation: I am 14 years old and I’m still in school. I repair appliances for my neighbors and I draw and paint art on weekends. I also babysit sometimes.

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

My username is Saurabh mukherjee. I just typed my name and it was accepted. I was lucky that there wasn’t any other person with my username.

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

I live in Darbhanga (India) which has been an education center for decades in this region.   Students have always travelled to Darbhanga to study, not only from our own District but also from nearby areas. Education is a fast growing industry in Darbhanga and as a result it has hundreds of primary and secondary level schools.

What enticed you to join our community?Answering and asking more questions.

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

My favorite activity on Answers.com is to ask and answer questions.

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?

My reason would be that anyone can share and gain knowledge in the form of Q and A.

What life accomplishments are you proud of?

Well, I am not really proud of anything yet, but it was a wonderful moment when I received an offer of admission to FIIT-JEE for free.

What is the most daring thing you’ve ever done?

Until now the most daring thing I did was to rescue a boy in my neighborhood whose home was partly destroyed during an earthquake that recently occurred in Darbhanga.

You can only pick one:  banjo, butterfly, or babbling brook.  Which would you choose and why?

I’d choose a babbling brook because nature attracts me.

What are you most passionate about in your life?

I am passionate about my future career and my family.

Who or what is your inspiration in life?

My inspiration is my father who encourages me to achieve goals by struggling to reach a major dream.

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

I would like to visit Burj Khalifa because visiting that place costs a lot of money.  My dream is to earn more than the money required to visit the place so I can help my country and its citizens to walk on the path of development.

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

I become witty when I’m in trouble.

Neila222: Charismatic, Caffeinated, WAY Cool!

Here’s a riddle for you: What goes goo goo for human-sized dolls, spends starloads of bucks on yummy java concoctions and has more charisma than a Wal-Mart Greeter on New Year’s Day? It’s not a what, it’s a who! It’s Neila222!

If you haven’t had an opportunity to meet this dynamo of a lady, Neila is a member of the Answers.com Community Development Team. Part of the time, she is a diehard Community Assistant and the other part she is totally rockin’ it as the WIT Program Coordinator. When she’s not busy on Answers.com, Neila can be found supporting her favorite band, the Goo Goo Dolls, spending time with her beautiful children or picking up her favorite coffee-inspired drink at Starbucks.

Check out the interview we did back in 2007… and read on to learn more about this charismatic, caffeinated, way cool chicky-poo…

What is your user name on Answers.com?

Neila222 – It’s my first name plus my birthday (February 22). I should take this opportunity to mention that cash and Starbucks gift cards always make great birthday gifts.

How did you first learn about the site? When?

I learned about the site in 2004 back when it was FAQ Farm, before it joined the Answers.com family. Does this make me an old-timer? 🙂 I was pregnant with my daughter at the time so I couldn’t move around much. RoyR, my father-in-law (and Senior Supervisor on WikiAnswers), talked so much about FAQ Farm that I decided to check it out. Luckily for me, they were in need of assistance. Supervising and editing several categories kept my mind and fingers active!

What is your role on Answers.com and what does it entail?

I am lucky enough to have a double role at Answers.com. I am a Community Assistant as well as the WIT Program Coordinator.

In my role as Community Assistant, I do whatever is necessary to keep the site in tip-top shape. A few of my daily tasks include tracking analytics of popular questions to make sure the most viewed questions have the best answers; seeding and answering current events questions; vandal monitoring; and evaluating merge requests. I’m also ready to tackle whatever comes my way, whether it is helping with category creation or assisting in judging contests.

As WIT Program Coordinator, I work with teens on the site to find productive ways to channel their knowledge and energy. Currently, the WIT Program has almost 300 members, and it is continuously growing! I work with each WIT member on an individual basis to find missions that interest them and help improve Answers.com.

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

My favorite activity is answering questions on some of my favorite topics. If I need a “break” during the day, I’ll head over to Music, Movies, Soap Operas or Scattergories and answer a few questions. My least favorite activity is dealing with vandals on the site. It just bugs me that people can’t find more productive ways to contribute. It bugs me more that I can’t cyber-smack them.

Do you have a favorite category? Most despised category?

My favorite category is Bands and Recording Artists. I love music, as you can probably tell by several of the categories I supervise (Goo Goo Dolls, Lifehouse, The Fray, Pink, Bon Jovi). My least favorite categories are Football and Justin Bieber. Sorry, for you sports fans and Bieber-lovers. I don’t know much about football. I like sports, but basketball is more my thing. I have tried to get into football, but I just don’t find it interesting.

And what is there to say about the Biebs? I’m just not a fan. It doesn’t help that he has been way too overexposed. I can’t turn on the TV without seeing the teenage moppet!

Aside from Answers.com, what do you like to do for fun? Hobbies?

I love music! My favorite thing to do in my spare time is attend concerts of my favorite bands. I attended 10 concerts last year and traveled to three of them. I took my children to their first two concerts last year, and we all got to hang out with our favorite band. (Hopefully, this increases mom’s coolness factor.) When I’m not attending concerts, I love mystery novels (when I have time to read) and scary movies!

Name one thing not many people know about you.

I have a birthmark shaped like Justin Bieber on my right hip . . . no, I’m just kidding. 🙂 I love to write, and I used to have a mommy blog! I blogged every day for more than three years. I started the blog after my daughter was born. It was very therapeutic! I stopped blogging when I went back to work full time (and the kids got older) because I got too busy to keep it up, but I am still friends with a lot of other bloggers whom I met during that time.

You’ve just been hired to a promotions position at a major food manufacturer. What would you put in a new breakfast cereal box as a gimmick?

My first thought to attract adults was cold hard cash. That’s right, put money in the box. It can be anything from a penny to $100 bill! Kids, however, might think a little differently. As the mom of two young kids, I have found that my children are fascinated with things that light up or glow in the dark. So, I’m going with a light-up spoon. The spoons would be available in several colors so you can collect them all. It would also help if the spoons have popular characters on them. I’m thinking SpongeBob and Disney Princesses!

What article of clothing most closely describes your personality?

Definitely my “concert” jeans. I have a pair of jeans that I love to wear to concerts. They’re a little bit stretchy, so they’re extremely comfortable. They’re strategically ripped, so they look cool, but they also have – dare I say it – flare! They’re adorned with sparkles and sequins! They’re awesome! Comfortable, cool, awesome, with flare! Does that describe me? Hmmm. . .

Any final words about the site? Your role? The community?

I’ve been on the site (FAQ Farm, then Answers.com) for more than six years now, and I have really enjoyed seeing how much it has grown. I think we have such an awesome community of wonderful people who are extremely intelligent and very friendly. I have made a lot of great friends over the years through Answers.com. Plus, I believe our site is the greatest information resource on the Web. My favorite thing is that I learn something new every single day! (I recently learned that the ‘G’ in the Green Bay Packers logo stands for ‘Greatness.’ Who knew?

Do you want to be interviewed for the Contributor corner? Just leave a comment below and we’ll get to work.

Shevy1103: Blazing Trails and More.

If you look up trailblazer in the dictionary, you’re bound to see the username Shevy1103 mentioned somewhere – well, maybe. But if you don’t find it there, you can definitely find it here, here and here! You see over on the world’s most wonderful Q&A site, Shevy1103 is helping to create new paths by venturing into the unexplored depths of answering questions on Answers.com. That’s right. He’s a WIT Trailblazer and we are proud to have him on board.

What is your Answers.com user name? And how did you come up with it?

My user name is Shevy1103, and if you Google it, you’ll find that I use it on a lot of other sites as well. I guess it’s always stuck with me. I don’t know how I came up with it. I was most likely registering for a site, probably a music site, and I could NOT come up with ANY user name that I was happy with or that matched the demands. After awhile (and about 20 user names) I just started typing, without thinking of what I was typing, and suddenly there it was “Account successfully created”. And I’ve used it ever since. One day I realized it’s based on the pronunciation of my name (Jonny Skjevik). It’s the “Skjev” in Skjevik and the “y” in Jonny. Anywho, that’s it, nothing fancy.

What brought you to Answers.com?

What brought me to Answers.com was, as many others I presume, the search of an answer. I had a report to do, but I was missing some important fact. I looked trough encyclopedias, biographies and other books, until I decided to try the World Wide Web. So I Googled my question, and voila! After an hour and a half (give or take) there it was – the answer I had been searching for. Thank you, Answers.com!

What are some of your hobbies?

My hobbies? Well, I love hiking, and I usually bring my camera so I can take photos of the beauty of nature. And I play both volleyball and basketball. And of course, I sing. I sing every day of every week of every month. You get the point, right? I sing, if not good, at least I sing. And I sing with no care in the world of how badly I actually sing. I listen to music of course, all kinds of it. I believe that everything has both positive and negative sides to it, and that goes for all the genres of music as well. And when we talk about hobbies we can’t avoid running into the fact that I love being on Answers.com and helping other people with all kinds of problems and questions.

What is one goal you’d like to accomplish during your lifetime?

I have many a goal on my “to do before I die” list, but the one on the top has to be to learn Japanese. The Japanese language is so colorful and rich! I would love to be able to speak and write Japanese. Another goal of mine is to move to New Zealand for at least a year. I don’t know why actually. I’ve just developed this over-the-top impression of New Zealand, and so I made it a goal.

Tell us about a unique or quirky habit of yours.

I don’t really know. Well, I’m not shy at all, and I never get socially awkward; plus nothing in the world is/are capable of making me embarrassed of myself, who I am or anything at all really! I can’t think of anything quirky at all.

What is your favorite Answers.com activity?

My favorite activity? Eh, well, I love just being on the site, and I find everything, every piece of it, perfect. I have to say I am a fan of helping people by providing information they need (in other words: answering questions). There is a reason I’m a WIT Trailblazer.

Do you want to be interviewed for the Contributor corner? Just leave a comment below and we’ll get to work.

Stop Cyberbullying in its Tracks

Our tireless WIT coordinator, Neila222, has an exciting announcement this week:


WikiAnswers Influential Teens (WIT) is taking a stance against cyberbullying with a new anti-cyberbullying initiative. Cyberbullying occurs any time a person is harassed, threatened, embarrassed or willfully targeted by someone else through any type of electronic technology. It is just as dangerous as a physical schoolyard bullying, if not more so, because cyberbullying can have far-reaching and devastating consequences.

Today’s teens have seen the effects of cyberbullying firsthand and are prepared to take a stand in keeping cyberbullies off of WikiAnswers. WIT members interested in joining the anti-cyberbullying initiative have been researching WikiAnswers to find instances of cyberbullying, and submitting them along with reasons why they believe cyberbullying is wrong. Since the anti-cyberbullying initiative was launched last week, 25 WIT teens so far have taken a stand against cyberbullying.

In addition to receiving an anti-cyberbullying badge on their bio pages, WIT teens are seizing this opportunity to take an active role in reporting cyberbullies on WikiAnswers so they can be removed from the site, along with any derogatory, harassing or insulting posts. This initiative is growing every day, with more WIT members joining the fight against cyberbullying, and striving to keep WikiAnswers a safe place for teens and adults.

To read more about WikiAnswers’ policy on cyberbullying, you can visit the WikiAnswers Help Center. To learn more about WIT, visit the WIT Home Page. If you are between the ages of 13 and 18, and are interested in becoming a WIT member and joining the fight against cyberbullying, send an email to joinWIT @ wikianswers.com (no spaces), and include your user name, date of birth, and tell us how you heard about WIT.

Thank you Neila and all the teens involved for their efforts to make WikiAnswers.com a safe and welcoming environment!