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 2017 Feb 20||303,336,306|
|Fresh Congressional Probe into Flawed Karl “Pausebuster” Scandal||45||45|
|Risk and Nuclear Power Plants||345||345|
|Short Selling Skeptic Cashing In On Solar Company Collapses||113||113|
|Climate Science and Climatology; Specialization and Generalization; Forest and Trees||155||155|
|WUWT index page for 2017 Feb 19||303,205,213|
|Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup #259||11||10|
|Storm: 10 trillion gallons over next 7 days for CA #LakeOroville watershed to get massive amounts of rain||293||89|
|NASA to Focus on Space Science: Senate Passes the NASA Transition Act||297||60|
|How Imminent is the UAH Pause? (Now Includes Some January Data)||236||56|
|Green Panic: Supreme Court Nominee Thinks Government “Experts” Should Sometimes Lose||120||15|
|WUWT index page for 2017 Feb 18||303,072,665|
|Five Trillion Dollar Plan to Save the Arctic Ice||187||11|
|New 1918 Style Flu Pandemic Fear||115||15|
|Seminar for a term describing a non-existent problem: “Climagration”||70||4|
|Silly PR: Communications expert explains how science should respond to fake news||87||4|
|Oil – Where did it come from?||375||44|
|Stokes and the “somehow” theory of ocean heat||240||22|
|Happiness: Coal CEO Celebrates Trump Repeal of Unfair Anti-Coal Rule||128||1|
|WUWT index page for 2017 Feb 17||302,957,274|
|Heads are exploding – Senate confirms Pruitt to Lead EPA||309||4|
|Oil – Will we run out?||278||6|
|Fake News: Fukushima Edition||346||14|
|California’s past megafloods – and the coming ARkStorm||142||0|
|WUWT index page for 2017 Feb 16||302,817,202|
|Vast Lake of Molten Carbonate Discovered Under the Continental USA||167||2|
|USGS records small Earthquakes near #OrovilleDam||143||0|
|“Energy Storage Set To Boom In 2017″… Yawn.||173||0|
|William Happer on Climate Science: “They’re glassy-eyed and they chant”||392||1|
|Claim: Same Sex Marriage The Model for Climate Action||173||0|
|WUWT index page for 2017 Feb 15||302,583,233|
|Trump Scaling Back EPA Climate Efforts||230||0|
|Super-soaker: Atmospheric River taking aim on beleaguered #OrovilleDam||328||0|
|More rain & snow forecast for California – will damaged #Oroville dam spillway weather the storm?||220||0|
|Study: Advancing glaciers in New Zealand are a sign of ‘regional cooling’||215||0|
|Claim: ‘The blob’ in the Pacific boosted Western US ozone levels||62||0|
|WUWT index page for 2017 Feb 14||302,427,650|
|Climate activists’ final act, as they move into the last stage of grief||396||20|
|Petition: Help Climate Scientists Avoid Personal CO2 Emissions||117||0|
|Wild claim: Climate change impacts on endangered wildlife massively under reported||141||0|
|An oddity in the Karl et al. 2015 buoy data adjustments||123||0|
|WUWT index page for 2017 Feb 13||302,307,294|
|14 Reasons Why Silicon Valley Embraced Climate Alarmism||415||0|
|Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup #258||17||0|
|Quotes of the Week: Met Office vs NOAA||133||0|
|Bloomberg: Green Energy “Prisoner’s Dilemma”||146||0|
|Claim: 0.7C / Century is Exceptional||149||0|
|A Reverse Greenhouse Effect||274||0|
|WUWT index page for 2017 Feb 12||302,149,717|
|Oroville dam spillway expected to collapse||432||1|
|French Socialist Presidential Candidate Offers Asylum To US Climate Scientists||250||0|
|WUWT index page for 2017 Feb 11||302,029,373|
|Lessons learned from the end of California’s “permanent drought”||191||0|
|WUWT index page for 2017 Feb 10||301,937,878|
|Claim: New “Green” Danish Facebook Data Centre Will Increase CO2 Emissions||158||0|
|Damaged Lake #OrovilleDam spillway being sacrificed with high releases – now about 4 feet to top||413||0|
|Climate science solution: bread made with cockroaches||140||0|
|Friday Funny: In California, ‘children just aren’t going to know what drought is’||157||0|
|Claim: climate change made the modern horse, of course||94||0|
|Good news: Methane hydrate breakdown unlikely to cause massive greenhouse gas release||52||0|
|Oceans Melting Greenland campaign (OMG)||185||0|
|WUWT index page for 2017 Feb 9||301,808,065|
|Green Group Urges Activists to Apply for Coal Jobs, to Infiltrate the Carmichael Coal Mine.||153||0|
|Oroville Dam Spillway collapse may be due to missing REBAR||244||0|
|Scientists discover star with building blocks of life in it||104||0|
|Dr. Judith Curry speaks out on climate science’s fatal flaw – the failure to explore and understand uncertainty||196||0|
|Bespoke Climate Science: Temperature and CO2 Data Made to Order||171||1|
|South Australia Heatwave Wind Power Collapse, Rolling Blackouts||240||0|
|The hidden agendas of sustainability illusions||223||0|
|WUWT index page for 2017 Feb 8||301,676,191|
|Hilarious: Renewables Won’t Work – Even If Climate Claims are True||169||0|
|Where did the 2016 El Niño’s heat come from?||305||0|
|Hump Day Hilarity – actual study: ‘diesel trains may expose passengers to diesel exhaust’||163||0|
|Dr. Neil Frank on Climate and Caring for Creation: A Book of Good Intentions but Poor Science||254||0|
|WUWT index page for 2017 Feb 7||301,557,017|
|The New Maunder Minimum? Vegetable Shortages Strike London||358||0|
|Even more on the David Rose bombshell article: How NOAA Software Spins the AGW Game||323||0|
|More on the Bombshell David Rose Article: Instability in the Global Historical Climate Network||314||0|
|Aussie Federal Senator Resigns, States Climate Policy Influenced His Decision||102||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
N.B. this is 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.