<a href="http://kongming.net/encyclopedia/"><img src="http://kongming.net/i/m/holiday/encyclopedia.png" alt="Three Kingdoms Encyclopedia!" title="Romance of the Three Kingdoms Officer Encyclopedia!" class="fr szhidden" height="32" width="50" /></a>Today I’m introducing something very special, very cool. It took us over a year to get here from when the idea was originally conceived and at times I wondered how long it would really take for it to launch. But there is no need to wonder any longer.
Introducing the <a href="http://kongming.net/encyclopedia/">Romance of the Three Kingdoms Officer Encyclopedia</a>!
I’m sure you will discover, upon viewing it, that this is truly an excellent piece of work filled with useful information and links. You can search through our database of over 1,000 officers to view all the information we have recorded on them along with other handy bits like links to articles and biographies, differences between history and fiction, family relations, introductory biographies and more. Like most database-based sections of this site you can also search by custom text, category, or kingdom. You can also click on an officer’s name to hide most of the navigation tools and display only that entry—ideal for sharing links to specific information.
But here’s what makes the <a href="http://kongming.net/encyclopedia/">encyclopedia</a> so special. It isn’t just a small project maintained by me—it is based on the upcoming Kongming’s Archives Development Project. Anyone in the Three Kingdoms community, having requested authorization (we’re not Wikipedia—standards and accuracy will be maintained) can update and edit information viewed through this tool (and elsewhere across the site)! When complete, this encyclopedia, while already very useful, will continue to grow at a steady pace until it becomes a truly phenomenal resource for Three Kingdoms information!
Would you like to participate in this project? Please <a href="/viewtopic.php?t=14111">read about it</a> at our forum (no registration necessary to view) and, if you want to share your knowledge, all you have to do is thoughtfully <a href="http://kongming.net/email/?function=devkma">fill out our Development Project Participation Form</a>. A number of people in our community are already participating (in some cases for over a year now) and it is with great thanks to them that you can already enjoy what you see in the <a href="http://kongming.net/encyclopedia/">encyclopedia</a>. Soon we will flesh this process out into a much more user-friendly explanation and introduction and we will re-announce it when the time comes.
Oh, and one more thing. Mozilla and Firefox users, as you may know we’ve already created a <a href="http://kongming.net/search-plugins/">Kongming’s Archives search plugin</a> which you can use to search our site directly from your browser. Well, we’ve now created a <a href="http://kongming.net/search-plugins/"><i>second</i> plugin specifically for this Three Kingdoms Encyclopedia</a>! Need some information on an officer? Enter their name into your browser and read up in only a few clicks!
We’ve also got several other goodies to introduce. Member Dong Zhuo has prepared new <a href="http://kongming.net/novel/bios/type.php#sgyy"><i>Sanguo Yanyi</i> Biographies</a> for <a href="http://kongming.net/novel/sgyy/zhangren.php">Zhang Ren</a> and <a href="http://kongming.net/novel/sgyy/jiangxu.php">Jiang Xu (Boyi)</a>. Moses Kong (aka Jiang Zhi) has also shared with us <a href="http://kongming.net/novel/writings/jiangzhi/long_united_must_divide.php">his essay on the Rise and Fall of the Han Dynasty</a>, now added to our <a href="http://kongming.net/novel/writings/">Three Kingdoms Writings page</a>. We’ve got other things we want to do, that people are looking forward to, and want to announce, but time is short. We hope to get around to them soon.
We hope you are as excited about this as we are!