Anthony Watts' Watts Up With That? blog is hosted by Wordpress, a blog host that works best for bloggers who post a few articles each week. Anthony and his crew post several articles per day, and trying to hunt down old articles is a bit frustrating. There is a search mechanism, but that seems limited to keywords in the original article. You can also look at a day's posts, but that's an inefficient way to browse through old articles.
People making comments have no hints as to how to format them. There used to be the barest of hints below the comment box, but it was a poor list, even wrong in places, and no longer displays. See the bottom of this document for better guidance.
The top bar (with labels from "Home" to "WUWT stuff" goes to permanent posts that are updated frequently, sometimes automatically, sometimes manually. The most important label is "Resource Pages". When you hover the cursor over it, a submenu appears listing the the various domains WUWT covers. The most popular of these is the Sea Ice Reference Page. Many readers like to follow the progression of Arctic sea ice extent each summer because of the frequent handwringing from Al Gore and the NSIDC about how soon we'll have an ice free Arctic. Given that we've only had good data for this since polar satellites started returning images of ice cover, no one can make authoritative predictions for the current season, let alone the next.
The right side nav bar is a potpourri of information and links to internal and external sites. The search box searches the content WUWT posts but not the comments. It's a good way to hunt down some post on a subject you remember reading about. Some links go to Anthony's business, Weather Shop (please buy stuff there!), some have current images of a subject and a link to more information. Anthony's lists of other blogs is unique in that he links to blogs that are major detractors of WUWT, most of which disparage WUWT but don't link to it.
Everything else is pretty much self explanatory. It changes frequently enough so a periodic check is worthwhile to see what's new and what you've forgotten about.
Monthly - This is good to check if you know approximately when something happened and want to look for relevant posts. Even better, this is a good way to see what else was happening then.
Categories - This is good to check if you are interested in particular topics. Even better, if you are looking for topics to be interested in, check out the list.
You can also use the right side nav bar to find the same information displayed as WordPress see fit. This includes some text at the beginning of each post. My pages only have the title, and everything is in a single web page. They both have their merits.
However, WUWT Nation is full of people who've learned chemistry the fun way, from 1960's chemical sets to making their own rocket fuel. They (we!) hijacked the thread to reminisce about all the chemistry that society (and Homeland Security) frown upon today. Enjoy! BTW, the link goes to the first comment, if you want to read about depressing chemistry sets, you'll have to scroll up.
Guest poster Willis Eschenbach always comes up with fascinating posts. Even his autobiographical posts are remarkable. He's collected An Index to Willis's Writings up to May 2011 and deserves this special entry here.
|Daily summary||Total WUWT
views to date
|WUWT index page for 2015 Jul 6||237,124,820|
|Claim: British Isles getting “stormier”||52||52|
|Have Fossil Fuels Diminished the World’s Sustainability and Resilience?||109||109|
|Whew! Climate change not likely to cause ‘grolar bears’||97||97|
|Slime and Punishment – How AGW believers have made their own Faustian Bargain||126||126|
|First Peoples: The warming alarm-dog that didn’t bark||94||94|
|WUWT index page for 2015 Jul 5||237,014,295|
|Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup #186||8||6|
|The Pope’s Encyclical Exposes Real Agenda Behind Global Warming||181||72|
|Climate concerns fading, despite Paris hype||129||23|
|WUWT index page for 2015 Jul 4||236,934,859|
|2°C or not 2°C–that is the question||253||20|
|An Ecologist’s Perspective on Pope Francis’s Encyclical Letter||144||4|
|WUWT index page for 2015 Jul 3||236,858,698|
|Oddly, ‘Nobel prize winner’ Michael Mann was not invited to sign The Mainau Declaration for climate protection||190||2|
|A sad commentary on global warming alarmism: Science says one thing, scientists another||140||10|
|That Didn’t Take Long: North & South Carolina Shark Attacks Blamed on Global Warming||141||2|
|New Pew Center study finds global warming to be a mostly political issue||54||4|
|WUWT index page for 2015 Jul 2||236,762,371|
|El Niño begins to curtail the Pause||183||7|
|When EPA worries about regulating puddles, it has gone too far||99||1|
|About the Fourth of July and ISIS – from a friend who is a police officer, and a ‘spook’||276||16|
|One-sided science ignores the fact that ‘Sea ice is not a stable habitat for polar bears’||50||0|
|A Physician’s Perspective on the EPA’s “Data Derangement Syndrome”||43||1|
|Claim: Universe to end with a ‘big rip’ where ‘atoms are ripped apart’||251||2|
|WUWT index page for 2015 Jul 1||236,645,021|
|With Pollution Levels Dropping, is Small Particle Air Pollution Really Killing Americans?||117||2|
|Meet the Mutants – the latest Government effort to defeat Climate Change||130||0|
|Climate Craziness of the Week: Center for Biological Diversity petitions EPA to list CO2 as a ‘toxic substance’||165||0|
|Climate change & ocean acidification set to cause global seafood crisis by 2050||93||0|
|Hump Day Hilarity – more hilarious hate mail||198||1|
|A Way To Calculate Effective N||181||5|
|WUWT index page for 2015 Jun 30||236,529,106|
|The Pope and Chemistry Errors at ClimateProgress||85||0|
|Debunking Bloomberg’s ‘alarming’ climate graph: Are we really on track for 4°C global warming by 2100?||61||0|
|More pointless worrying from NOAA: July 4th fireworks cause a spike in particulate matter for a day||79||0|
|Good news: posited global warming won’t kill off ocean phytoplankton||36||0|
|The Conclusions of a Press Release Should Match the Scientific Study, Don’t Ya Think?||105||0|
|Did green madness help create the Greek debt crisis?||152||0|
|WUWT index page for 2015 Jun 29||236,416,116|
|Study: Arctic sea ice retreat is creating ocean circulation changes||189||0|
|New findings on sprite formation above thunderstorms||62||0|
|Generalization, Specialization And Climatology||122||0|
|WUWT index page for 2015 Jun 28||236,305,861|
|Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup #185||7||0|
|Pope recruits Naomi Klein to fight Climate Change and Capitalism||303||0|
|WUWT index page for 2015 Jun 27||236,220,602|
|I only ask because I want to know||489||3|
|Bloomberg’s made-up climate widget||141||0|
|Weekend Open Thread||122||0|
|The Problem of the Electorate||141||0|
|Repeated Trials, Autocorrelation, and Albedo||342||0|
|WUWT index page for 2015 Jun 26||236,127,901|
|Nature Rebounds – the world is getting better, not worse||148||0|
|Climate Model Inadequacies for Sea Ice||50||0|
|Claim: Credit Agencies are miscalculating climate risk||84||0|
|June 2015 ENSO Update – Tropical Pacific Approaching the Threshold of a Strong El Niño||136||0|
|Friday funny – a very PC prayer for our times||149||0|
|WUWT index page for 2015 Jun 25||236,029,717|
|The 2014/15 El Niño Was Not Focused on the Region Used By NOAA for their Oceanic NINO Index||50||0|
|New transparency and reproducibility initiative for science||49||0|
|Analyzing ocean mixing reveals insight on climate||125||0|
|Apocalyptic Fear-mongering: Sometimes Rush Limbaugh is Right!||261||0|
|WUWT index page for 2015 Jun 24||235,916,699|
|Green Energy ‘steals’ from the Biosphere||134||0|
|More methane seeps discovered in the deep ocean||205||0|
|UK MET Office: Fastest decline in solar activity since the last ice age||470||0|
|Weak El Niños and La Niñas Come and Go from NOAA’s Oceanic NINO Index (ONI) with Each SST Dataset Revision||91||0|
|Can heat be controlled as waves?||59||0|
|Aussie government slashes renewable target||97||0|
|WUWT index page for 2015 Jun 23||235,793,375|
|Tuesday toon – Mont Doom||90||0|
|A shift in climate ‘forcing’ led to demise of Laurentide ice sheet 9000 years ago||183||0|
|Dr. Willie Soon on the Vatican’s repeat of its Galileo debacle||177||2|
A typical HTML formatting command has start and end pieces and has general form of <name>text to be formatted</name>. A common mistake is to forget the ending. Until WordPress gets a preview function, we have to live with it.
N.B. WordPress handles some formatting very differently than web browsers do. A post of mine shows these and less useful commands in action at WUWT.
|b (bold)||This is <b>bold</b> text||This is bold text||Command strong does the same|
|i (italics)||This is <i>italicized</i> text||This is italicized text||Command em (emphasize) does the same|
|a (anchor)||See <a href=http://wermenh.com>My home page</a>||See My home page||A URL by itself (with a space on either side) is often adequate in WordPress, e.g. See http://wermenh.com|
|blockquote (indent text)||My text
More of my text
quoted textMore of my text
|Quoted text can be many paragraphs long. WordPress italicizes quoted text (and the <i> command enters normal text).|
|strike||This is <strike>text with strike</strike>||This is
|pre ("preformatted" - use for monospace display)||<pre>These lines are bracketed<br>with <pre> and </pre>||
These lines are bracketed
|Preformatted text, generally done right. Use it when you have a table or something else that will look best in monospace. Each space is displayed, something that <code> (next) doesn't do.|
|code (use for monospace display)||<code>Wordpress handles this very differently</code>||
||See http://wattsupwiththat.com/resources/#comment-65319 to see what this really does.|
|iframe||<iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/yaBNjTtCxd4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>||Useful for including Youtube videos, see below.|
The following commands appear to work only in replies to comments or in block quotes. There seems to be no explanation of why or how WordPress does this. I assume it's a bug, I assume they meant to prevent these commands from passing through at all. It may be that they let almost anything else through too. Oh my, these only work for me if I'm logged into my WordPress account (they don't work if I use my FaceBook account). It may be they work only because I have the ability to post new articles.
Bottom line: don't expect the following to work....
|u (underline)||This is <u>underlined</u> text||This is underlined text||Why, WordPress, why?|
|hr (horizontal rule)||<hr>This has hr commands before and after the text<hr>||
This has hr commands before and after the text
|There's no ending command. You're expected to use <hr /> commands.|
|h1||<h1>Header size 1</h1>||
Header size 1
|These are used for section headers in long web pages, so may not be all that useful or welcome on WUWT. On my browser they display large blue sans-serif text.|
|h2||<h2>Header size 2</h2>||
Header size 2
|h3||<h3>Header size 3</h3>||
Header size 3
|h4||<h4>Header size 4</h4>||
Header size 4
|Levels 4, 5, and 6 all seem to do the same thing. They display small black text, subsequent text is normal size and hence bigger. In a reply, the header is in a serif font, in a block quote, it's a sans serif font like the rest of the quote.|
|h5||<h5>Header size 5</h5>||
Header size 5
|h6||<h6>Header size 6</h6>||
Header size 6
<iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/yaBNjTtCxd4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> </iframe>
You can change the size of the frame to display by selecting one in the "Video size" menu below, I suggest not copying the width and height attributes, WordPress should choose a large size.
Copy and paste the HTML into your comment and it WordPress will generate something like:
Nevertheless, there are very useful characters that are most reliably entered as HTML character entities:
|Type this||To get||Notes|
|<||<||Less than sign|
Left angle bracket
|°||°||Degree (Use with C and F, but not K (kelvins))|
|Superscripts (use 8304, 185, 178-179, 8308-8313 for digits 0-9)|
|Subscripts (use 8320-8329 for digits 0-9)|
|ñ||ñ||For La Niña & El Niño|
|±||±||Plus or minus|
| ||Like a space, with no special processing (i.e. word wrapping or multiple space discarding)|
|>||>||Greater than sign|
Right angle bracket
Generally not needed
The "#<label>" at the end of the URL tells a browser where to start the page view. It reads the page from the Web, searches for the label and starts the page view there. As noted above, Wordpress will create a link for you, you don't need to add an <a> command around it.
Contact Ric Werme or return to his home page.
Written 2009 Dec 5, last updated 2014 December 28.