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Terminology index? Dictionary?

Discussion in 'Newbie Forum' started by wannabe, May 20, 2007.

  1. wannabe

    wannabe Member

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    When I search the site for specific info, ie; Pen Plotter, outdoor digital printer, because I lack the proper wordage I end up skimming hundreds of posts/threads zeroing in on the red highlighted parts of my search. Of course wading through so much info while seeking my topic creates even MORE questions to search. It's like being in a verbal labyrinth and the harder I look for my answer, the more questions I have. Ok, so there are no magic bullets, easy buttons, etc. Is there a Signs101 dictionary or terminology index for newbies?
     
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  2. Fred Weiss

    Fred Weiss Merchant Member

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    No.

    The nature of the world of online forums is really based on questions, answers and discussion with lots of opinions and a certain amount of bad information mixed in with the good.

    Researching is a good thing and to be encouraged. It will help you to form better questions and receive better answers. But questions, at any point in your self education are also a good thing. Most of us are here to help one another and to be helped when needed.
     
  3. odecom

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    well for really basic basics, you might try reading the stuff here:

    http://www.signweb.com/index.php/channel/5/id/1654

    or just go throug hand read all of signweb. i love the signage business. i could spend hours every day just reading about this stuff.
     
  4. iSign

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    Fred, this reminds me of the wikipedia-style link to various word definitions on other sites like printingdigital.net I imagine you are quite familiar with them & would have formulated opinions already on whether that concept has merit here, so I'm curious what you think.
     
  5. bob

    bob Major Contributor

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    Resist the temptation to implement this annoyance. It can only be useful to any reader one time, the first time it encounters some term with which it's not familiar. From then on it's useless and annoying. even if you don't cursor on top of one of these links, the change in font/color/format/whatever denoting such a link is sufficient to disturb the wah of most civilized beings.

    Moreover learning the nomenclature through contextual usage rather than a fusillade of arbitrary definitions gives broader and longer lasting results. If you figure something out all by yourself it has meaning beyond a mere rote memorization of someone else's concept of a definition of some term or another.
     
  6. Fred Weiss

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    The forum software has an encyclopedia which currently has no content. It can be turned on and members would be able to add articles to it. The key to it being an endeavor which would be fruitful is one articulate, motivated and highly organized individual to take charge of it and to make it fly.

    Are you volunteering?
     
  7. Craig Sjoquist

    Craig Sjoquist Major Contributor

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    wonders what your looking for ...proper names for plotters that we use or as a whole sign, advertising, graphics, printing industry terminology....
    freedom is not free
     
  8. odecom

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    actually, i'd love to volunteer :D
     
  9. wannabe

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    "actually, i'd love to volunteer :D"

    So are you gonna start a poll requesting words and terms to be defined/explained? I'll be making my list. lol
     
  10. flat rock stan

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    I know right before I found this thread I did a site search for “coro” and found reference to coroplast then googled it. Very basic sign material but being a newbie I have been calling it plastic cardboard! I think the encyclopedia is a great idea.
    Stan
    www.autowindowtinting.com
     
  11. Pro Signs & Graphix

    Pro Signs & Graphix Very Active Member

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    An encyclopedia is not really required. Post your list of "terms" or "laymen definitions" and we are sure that people here will respond with the proper terms and/or definitions.

    I am sure that Fred could make a "sticky" out of later.
     
  12. Fred Weiss

    Fred Weiss Merchant Member

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    The Encyclopedia module has been turned on. It has no meaningful articles or definitions. there are a few starters to get an idea of format in the Computer Terms encyclopedia. Sign making Terms is empty. The way it is setup, any articles or definitions must be inserted through the Admin Control panel, so if you have entries you would like placed in it, copy and paste them into a PM to me and we'll see how it goes.

    I would suggest that brand names and generic names for the hardware, software and materials that we use is a good place to start.

    The Encyclopedia module can be accessed from the Module Jump menu and also has a block in the left margin of most pages.
     
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