General Help Topics
- Forum basics
- Forum accounts
- Browsing topics and signs
- Commenting and rating
- Contributing signs
Browsing topics and signs
- How can I browse the Forum's topics?
- How can I find a specific topic?
- Why does the same topic appear in multiple places?
- What is on each topic page?
- How do I look at sign videos for a topic?
- How can I tell what a sign's rating is?
- How can I see the discussion surrounding a topic?
NOTE: make sure that you are already looking at topics before trying anything mentioned on this page. Do that by click the "Topics" link towards the top of the page.
On the left of your screen, you will see a box titled "Navigate." It has two tabs, "Index" and "Search." If "Index" is selected, you will see a portion of the topic hierarchy (tree) below. If you are currently viewing a particular topic, its listing will be boldfaced and dark, and you will be able to see its "child" sub-topics. You can also see the "sibling" topics that are at the same level as the currently selected topic. To return to higher levels of the hierarchy (i.e. parent topics), you can click the parent topic on top listed next to the icon.
If you'd like a more detailed look at the sub-topics of a particular topic, you can click the "sub-topics" button in the upper-right of the topic page.
Next to "Index" in the left-hand navigation box is a tab named "Search." If you click it, you will be presented with a small text box. As you type, it will show you a drop-down box of topics which match your entry. If what you want doesn't show up after a few letters, type a few more to narrow your search. Once the topic you want appears in the drop-down box, you can either click on it with your mouse, or navigate to it using the up and down arrows on your keyboard, after which you simply press the "Enter" or "Return" key.
This can happen for two reasons: legitimate, and otherwise.
It is possible to have multiple entries for the term "Network," for instance. In Computer Science, the term means one thing, in Telecommunications, another, etc. This sort of duplication is not really duplication at all, but rather an example of polysemy (i.e. words with more than one sense).
It is also possible, however, that we have allowed different entries for the same term and concept to exist in multiple places erroniously. If you find an example of this sort of duplication, please and give us the details.
On each topic page you will find the following:
- a link to the parent topic (top-center)
- a definition (top-center)
- an example of the term in use (top-center)
- a button to view all sub-topics of the topic(top-right)
- suggested signs for the term, if any exist (top-right, and mid-center)
- other users' comments regarding these signs and the term in general (bottom)
While on a topic's page, the highest user-rated sign will always appear in the top-right corner of the page. You can view it in the embedded YouTube player, or you can click the "enlarge" link below it to see its dedicated page. Be careful not to click on the image of the video itself, as that will take you to YouTube and away from the Forum.
Other highly-rated signs for the term are displayed immediately below the definition. Click on these to see them on their dedicated pages.
Finally, to see all signs that have been suggested for a topic, you can click the "See all signs" link below the highest rated sign on the page.
We use a five-star rating system to rate suggested signs. This five-star rating will appear everywhere that the sign video does, usually immediately underneath. The total number of ratings is also displayed, either below the sign or on its dedicated page. You can reach any sign's dedicated page by clicking the "enlarge" link below it.
For instance, this is a sign of 3.5/5 stars:
The mini-rating is displayed differently:
On each topic page, the discussion for that topic can be found towards the bottom of the page. It is organized in reverse chronological order (most recent first), but can be re-sorted by click the various "sort by" links at the top and bottom of each comment section. If there are multiple pages of comments, you can view them sequentially by clicking the "previous"/"next" links, or by jumping to a specific page number.
Do note that the comments displayed for a given page number are not fixed, and will change depending on what you sort by, and whether or not new comments have been posted since your last viewing.