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= '''Welcome to Pipedia!''' =
'''Note:''' ''We are currently working on a French Translation of Pipedia. This page is available in French here: [[Special:MyLanguage/Main Page/fr|Main Page/fr]]'' The scope of '''Pipedia''' is continually expanding through its contributors. It has become an extensive repository of information on tobacco pipes and their makers. Knowledgeable enthusiasts, collectors, pipe makers, and tobacconists are welcome and encouraged to explore and contribute to Pipedia. '''''Pipe smoking is allowed, encouraged, and facilitated on this site.'''''[[Special:MyLanguage/Image:Kent Rasmussen Pipe05.jpg|thumb|300px|Featured Pipe, [[Kent Rasmussen|Kent Rasmussen]], courtesy Lars Kiel]][[Special:MyLanguage/Image:JAlan.jpg‎|thumb|300px|Featured Pipe, [[J. Alan Pipes|J. Alan Pipes]], 2009 Best of Show]]
The scope of '''Pipedia''' is continually expanding through its contributors. It has become an extensive repository of information on tobacco pipes and their makers. Knowledgeable enthusiasts, collectors, pipe makers, and tobacconists are welcome and encouraged to explore and contribute to Pipedia. '''''Pipe smoking is allowed, encouraged, and facilitated on this site.'''''[[Image:Kent Rasmussen Pipe05.jpg|thumb|300px|Featured Pipe, [[Kent Rasmussen]], courtesy Lars Kiel]][[Image:JAlan.jpg‎|thumb|300px|Featured Pipe, [[J. Alan Pipes]], 2009 Best of Show]]
== '''Become a Contributor''' ==
 
Pipedia brings MediaWiki's powerful collaborative environment to the World of pipes, thus providing a way to mine the vast brain trust we enjoy in the pipe community, and fine tuning the results into accurate easy to access articles. But we need more help! There is still so much work to do! If you have a particular collection focus or an area of expertise, we would love to have your help with creating and editing articles. You can do that directly, by registering, or if you are uncomfortable with adding the information yourself, you can contribute by sending your information and photos to one of our active contributors to add for you.
Once we receive your request an account will be created and a random password emailed to you. When you log in as a registered user you can start editing or adding information yourself. Or if you prefer, you can send information, photos, other materials, or suggested edits to [mailto:sethile.pipes@gmail.com Scott Thile], and we can add them for you. Either way, please consider joining us in the effort to preserve the vast wealth of information we have available to us now before it is lost, or becomes much more difficult to find!
 
== '''Basic Layout''' ==
Links to articles on Pipe Makers and Brands has its own dedicated article (see [[Pipe Brands / Makers]]). [[Materials and Construction]] has a dedicated article.
Links to articles on Pipe Makers and Brands has its own dedicated article (see [[Special:MyLanguage/Pipe Brands / Makers|Pipe Brands / Makers]]). [[Special:MyLanguage/Materials and Construction|Materials and Construction]] has a dedicated article. The '''off-site links''' (related to pipe smoking) can be found at [[Special:MyLanguage/Pipedia Links|Pipedia Links]].
The article on [[Special:MyLanguage/Pipe Making|Pipe Making]] includes a great deal of information as well as an extensive list of pipe making suppliers.
We now have a new and ever expanding [[Special:MyLanguage/Glossary|Glossary]] of pipe and tobacco related terms.
These and other main subsections are also linked in the navigation bar on the left. You will also find the '''''search function''''', an excellent way to find information on Pipedia, in the upper right corner.
 
== '''© Copyright Notice''' ==
 
Pipedia content is a mix of public domain and copyrighted materials used by permission. It is imperative that copyrighted material be used by permission only, and the use of that material be properly cited with the source indicated in the article. See
[[Pipedia:Copyrights|Pipedia:Copyrights]] for additional information.
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file:JodyDavisBlowfish2.jpg‎|Saint- Halo grade Long Shanked Blowfish, [[Special:MyLanguage/J. Davis Pipes|J. Davis Pipes]]
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