# Points of information for lowly members

I'm looking at this page, which includes an R expression (for the gam function in the mgcv package). The R expression includes two elements (functions?) which do not appear on the help page for that function ('te' and 'bs').

R, of course, almost glories in its perverse unsearchability - a Google search on "te" brings up 4.6bn results!

The obvious resort would be to comment on the answer, asking for clarification.

However, as I understand it, those with fewer than 50 points in the bank are barred from doing this, and needs must remain in ignorance.

Is this a bug or a feature?

• In the meantime are you familiar with RSeek? With it you can quickly find the mgcv manual where gam and te are documented. – whuber Apr 25 '13 at 19:04