Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is an attempt to answer the common TI Story related questions that people ask. Many of the questions are related to each other, so it is recommended that you read through the whole list. If you have any questions that aren't mentioned on the list, please post them in the forum or leave a comment at the bottom of the page.

Q: Why isn't [contribution] or [contributor] included?
A: Due to the fact that there are simply too many contributions and contributors in the TI community to list everyone, the decision has been made to only list the most notable ones. In practical terms, that means the people and sites and products that were instrumental in making the TI community what it is today. See the notability page for more information.

Q: Where do you get your information about a contribution or contributor?
A: The three main sources we use for information are the Wayback Machine, the community forums, mailing lists, and IRC logs, and ticalc.org. In particular, ticalc.org is the best resource because of its longevity, having been a part of the TI community since 1996. See the research page for more information.

Q: What should I do if I see something wrong or missing?
A: Edit it, of course! This is a wiki, so anybody can add content and edit pages. You just need to create a Wikidot account and then become a member of TI-Basic Developer. It is a quick and painless process, and should take no more than a couple minutes. See the membership page for more information.

Q: Do you have any stats about contributions or contributors?
A: We don't have any stats right at the moment because the focus is on getting more of the content started and written. That is the main priority right now, and we are always looking for help (especially if you have personal knowledge about the subject).

Q: Do you have a page about [contributor/contribution]?
A: The best way to find out is to use the search box. If you don't find what you are looking for, leave a comment in the forum and one of us will try to help you. We won't guarantee that you will find everything on this wiki that you are looking for, since it is a constant work in progress and there are simply too many to cover. If you would like to make a suggestion, you can add it to the to-do list.

Q: Why are some of the pages unfinished?
A: Since this is a wiki, and anyone can contribute, our policy is that we will post any legitimate content that contains some useful information. Even if the person who started the page doesn't finish it, there is a good likelihood that someone else will stumble upon it, and can improve or add on to it until it is finished. If you ever see a page that could be improved in some way, we encourage you to just go ahead and change it.

Q: Where did the TI Story name come from?
A: We wanted a name that reflected the magnitude and scope of the project, and felt that TI Story was quite appropriate. The TI community has had a long, illustrious journey since the release of the first TI graphing calculator in 1990 (the TI-81), with an amazing number of contributors and contributions along the way.

Q: What is the ultimate goal of the site?
A: As listed on the home page, our ultimate goal is to present the notable contributors and contributions that have been a part of the TI community in a connected format with accuracy and completeness. Of course, this is a rather challenging project due to the sheer volume of people, sites, and products involved.