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 Jan 24||217,978,918|
|An Unexpected Admission from Dana Nuccitelli at SkepticalScience||146||146|
|State of the Sea Ice – January 2015||91||91|
|The Icebox Heats Up||32||32|
|WUWT index page for 2015 Jan 23||217,884,601|
|Friday not so funny – ‘off with their heads’ !||187||73|
|Super-Heated Air from Climate Science on NOAA’s “Hottest” Year||158||29|
|Into and Out of the Icebox||275||46|
|WUWT index page for 2015 Jan 22||217,777,224|
|Ocean ‘Global Warming’ is not actually ‘global’ at all||167||6|
|MCID: Minimal Climatically Important Difference||113||8|
|Study: climate change accounts for only 1/3 of crop yield variation||109||2|
|Learning From The Argonauts||179||2|
|WUWT index page for 2015 Jan 21||217,672,937|
|Cornell University’s Greenland ice melt hype||125||4|
|Penn State researchers miss obvious visual clues on “glacier melt” – black carbon and sublimation||95||0|
|2014: Among the 3 percent Coldest Years in 10,000 years?||333||3|
|Climate change falling so far off the public radar, a major polling house didn’t even bother asking about it this year||135||0|
|WUWT index page for 2015 Jan 20||217,556,940|
|Stemming ice loss, giant atmospheric rivers add mass to Antarctica’s ice sheet||179||0|
|2014: The Most Dishonest Year on Record||387||0|
|WUWT index page for 2015 Jan 19|
|Claim: Melting glaciers have big carbon impact||227||0|
|GISS & NCDC Need to Be More Open with the Public when Making Proclamations about Global Warming Records||170||1|
|Bigger problems than global warming – NASA discovers 8 new dangerous near Earth asteroids||192||0|
|Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup #164||14||0|
|WUWT index page for 2015 Jan 18||217,317,861|
|December 2014 Global Surface (Land+Ocean) and Lower Troposphere Temperature Anomaly & Model-Data Difference Update||51||0|
|The Merchants of Smear||138||1|
|Four Stories, Two Worlds||190||0|
|WUWT index page for 2015 Jan 17||217,209,346|
|Saturday silliness – it’s the Warmist Year Evah!||140||0|
|On the Biases Caused by Omissions in the 2014 NOAA State of the Climate Report||198||0|
|WUWT index page for 2015 Jan 16||217,095,808|
|Does the Uptick in Global Surface Temperatures in 2014 Help the Growing Difference between Climate Models and Reality?||324||0|
|Peer-reviewed pocket-calculator climate model exposes serious errors in complex computer models and reveals that Man’s influence on the climate is negligible||830||2|
|Aussie Green plans to kayak to Paris, to ‘deliver a message’ – could it be “greens go by air”?||190||0|
|Breaking science news: Yak dung burning pollutes indoor air of Tibetan households||129||4|
|A Taxonomy of Science Blogs||173||0|
|WUWT index page for 2015 Jan 15||216,942,489|
|Forgive Us Our Transgressions||144||0|
|On Migrating Moose and Migrating Temperature Trends||99||0|
|Faux polar bear figures||99||0|
|Status and last chance for Josh 2015 Climate Skeptic Calendars||21||0|
|WUWT index page for 2015 Jan 14||216,813,731|
|Climate Risk Map – Mainly Countries Hostile to the USA||179||0|
|Cool high speed video: Rainfall can release aerosols, study finds||96||0|
|Claim: Acceleration in sea level rise ‘worse than we thought’||344||0|
|1 million tons of pressurised CO2 stored beneath Decatur, Illinois||369||1|
|WUWT index page for 2015 Jan 13||216,685,420|
|Al Gore, wrong again – Polar ice continues to thrive||184||0|
|Claim: Social cost of climate change too low, Stanford scientists say||266||0|
|Cold kills: Summer no sweat for Aussies but winter freeze fatal||118||0|
|WUWT index page for 2015 Jan 12||216,557,417|
|Another bias in temperature measurements discovered||195||0|
|Charlie Hebdo, Climate Skepticism & Free Speech||176||0|
|Monday Mirthiness – More ‘skeptical science’ kids scienz||94||0|
|WUWT index page for 2015 Jan 11||216,426,782|
|Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup #163||23||0|
|32,757 year old survey participant skews Lewandowsky paper – Defective data, demonstrably defective conclusion||211||0|
|Alarmists Bizarrely Claim “Just what AGW predicts” about the Record High Global Sea Surface Temperatures in 2014||147||0|
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.