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  1. stewey

    stewey Registered User

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    Hello;
    On many threads I see links to interesting and informative "Encyclopedia Articles"; however, when I click on the "Encyclopedia" heading at the top of the Forum page I cannot access any information. All I get is something that says Special Page with Encyclopedia, Help, Image, Book, Template, and Category on it. How can I actually read articles in the encyclopedia?
     
  2. doug sinclair

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    That's odd! I tried it and it worked fine. So I logged out and tried it again, and it worked fine. I have no clue.
     
  3. harold bain

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    Once you get this far, click on encyclopedia again, then find a category you are interested in. Just keep opening pages til you find what you want.
     
  4. stewey

    stewey Registered User

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    Wow; do I feel stupid:) I guess, being old-fashioned, I was expecting a table of contents or an index as in, well, an Encyclopedia! Thanks, Harold.
     
  5. Tom McIntyre

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    Imagine you walked into a room with several labeled doors. The doors relate to activities you may want to try. If you click on category, you can browse the information by a hierarchy of categories. If you click on Book, you can select a book with many related articles in it. If you click on Images, you can select from the gallery of images and follow links to articles about them or using them. In the simplest case, you can just open all the articles by clicking on Encyclopedia as suggested.

    These structures are not yet fully developed. The Encyclopedia is at least a 10 year project and we are only about 3 years into it at this time.
     
  6. stewey

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    Thanks, Tom. It would appear that when I first entered that room, I was a trifle reluctant to pry behind any of the closed doors:)
     
  7. Tom McIntyre

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    One of the difficulties in designing a site like this is that people are reluctant to click on anything they do not understand. As a result they rarely learn about features that were put there to help them.

    You have my pledge that it is safe to click on anything on this site with the possible exception of the ads which are clearly marked as advertising and are under the control of the advertisers.

    When I visit a new site, I systematically explore all clickable links to see what treasures the site might hold. :)
     

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