WUWT operational note

I and other moderators get tired of fixing this in comments daily, so I’m going to make a simple post on how to put links into your comment messages here. It’s dirt simple.

1. DON’T try to edit HTML to put in links in comments by hand. If you must, use an external HTML editor and test it first, then paste the HTML in. We also have a test page in the menu where you can try out comments and embedding beforehand.

2. KISS (keep it simple stupid):

There’s really no need to embed links and connect them to words, just type/paste in the URL with a short description. WordPress will automatically generate a link!

For example, here’s an AP story on climate talks that I posted in 5 seconds simply using cut and paste of topic and URL and no HTML editing. WordPress generated the link automatically.

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Analysis: Climate talks stumble

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5grWZrI1QCVpRj8N1hZtEKzKduVXAD9HF7O400

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You can try this out in comments below. Please be considerate of us overworked authors and moderators and follow KISS.

Thanks, Anthony

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70 thoughts on “WUWT operational note

  1. Leif Svalgaard says:
    August 8, 2010 at 11:58 am
    then paste the HTML in
    Works most of the time, but on occasion WordPress mangles the link, e.g.

    Sorry, my example was bad. But it does happen…

  2. Just trying…
    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gtm0wjRfng&color1=0x234900&color2=0x4e9e00&hl=en_US&feature=player_embedded&fs=1]

  3. Another tip for anyone doing links anywhere you can shorten links if they are big ones that run on like the one Dr. Svalgaard posted.
    just go to this website: http://tiny.cc/
    Then you copy and paste the big URL into the box provided and hit the “Tiny!” button and it creates a shortened link for you which you can copy and paste into posts.
    Continuing to use the above example you get get this after shortening Dr. Svalgaard’s example:
    http://tiny.cc/3010e

  4. It’s also a safety feature to be able to read the whole URL.
    I seldom click on links that just says “here” or something like it.

  5. testing 1 2 3
    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gtm0wjRfng&color1=0xb1b1b1&color2=0xd0d0d0&hl=en_US&feature=player_embedded&fs=1]

  6. That’s all very well, but you haven’t explained how you can quote one bit from one link and then seamlessly add another bit from another site and so make ONE LINK!
    I believe there’s a chap at Penn State U who can explain how to do this.

  7. As time passes, more and more internet users are becoming familiar with writing BBCode. It’s what most people use on internet forums, it’s more secure than allowing and then parsing HTML input, and it’s easier for users to understand than HTML tags. Maybe you’d consider offering a BBCode editor someday, Anthony?

  8. John Silver says:
    August 8, 2010 at 12:18 pm
    It’s also a safety feature to be able to read the whole URL.
    I seldom click on links that just says “here” or something like it.

    Same here, but if you place mouse pointer on “here” or whatever
    the full link should appear on the task bar at bottom of browser page.
    Then, and only then, click it.

  9. There’s really no need to embed links and connect them to words, just type/paste in the URL with a short description. WordPress will automatically generate a link!
    FAIR ENOUGH BUT HOW DO I TURN OFF CAPS LOCK?

  10. MartinGAtkins says:
    FAIR ENOUGH BUT HOW DO I TURN OFF CAPS LOCK?
    Lol! For some, there is quite a bit of training required.

  11. Only thing I can add is to be leary of, darn, what the word, entity or encoded apostrophes in the address itself. That one threw myself and the mods once. Don’t know if now fixed. Had to encode as ' for using ' didn’t even work.
    ( Hope this comment itself codes right 🙂 )

  12. wayne says:
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    August 8, 2010 at 1:25 pm
    See, that didn’t code itself correct either. The ‘apos’ is correct but the ‘#39’ changed to an actual apostrophe and they were both coded in exactly the same manner with the leading ‘amp’ encoded as an entity to prevent encoding. I give. The mods gave up the last time too.
    So watch out if apostrophes are unencoded in address !!!

  13. John Silver says:
    “It’s also a safety feature to be able to read the whole URL.
    I seldom click on links that just says “here” or something like it.”
    John, there are ways around that, too:
    http://wattsupwiththat.com

  14. One fix for overlong URLs is to put the pointed brackets at each end thus:
    This apparently causes the URL reader to read it in one piece. It used to work, haven’t had to use it lately.
    YMMV

  15. Smokey: August 8, 2010 at 1:32 pm
    John, there are ways around that, too
    And there are ways around *that*, too — scroll your cursor over the link and read where it’s going to send you on your desktop’s footer.
    Yeah, I found that out the hard way…

  16. I seldom click on links that just says “here” or something like it.”

    Actually that is how hypertext is supposed to work :p. You can view the destination in your browser status bar (in most browsers).

  17. Smokey says:
    August 8, 2010 at 1:32 pm
    John Silver says:
    “It’s also a safety feature to be able to read the whole URL.
    I seldom click on links that just says “here” or something like it.”
    John, there are ways around that, too:
    http://wattsupwiththat.com

    Good one!

  18. Testing a bit with a clip that contains a suggestion for solving Global Warming.
    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=00y3gV0dJow&hl=sv_SE&fs=1]

  19. Anthony & Team,
    OK, I use the test page often especially to see if I get links correctly.
    John

  20. George M says:
    August 8, 2010 at 1:42 pm
    > [Missing link left out because it was missing.]
    > Well, that didn’t work, WordPress interprets those brackets differently.
    WP interpreted the contents <as HTML&rt; and treated the entire URL as a HTML command, didn’t recognize it, and discarded it.
    I have several notes on Word Press vs HTML, including the base point about URLs on my WUWT Guide at http://home.comcast.net/~ewerme/wuwt/
    Or I could say my WUWT Guide. Some times the <<a href=…&rt; is useful here. Usually not.
    So, I hear Climate talk stumble. Wow – who’da thunk it? 🙂

  21. > Or I could say my WUWT Guide. Some times the <<a href=…&rt; is useful here. Usually not.
    And even if you think you know what you're doing, you're probably mistaken. Let me try that again. Mods, please don’t fix my stupid mistakes here. 🙂
    Some times the <a href=…> is useful here. Usually not.

  22. John says: August 8, 2010 at 12:30 pm
    That’s all very well, but you haven’t explained how you can quote one bit from one link and then seamlessly add another bit from another site and so make ONE LINK!
    I believe there’s a chap at Penn State U who can explain how to do this.

    Yes, there’s a real trick to doing it.

  23. Dear Mr Anthony Watts:
    Congratulations on reaching 50 million UNIQUE visits! That is superb and extremely impressive! You run the world number 1 climate science blog and maybe even the number 1 science blog.
    I think you hold a unique position in mankind history: It is pretty clear today that politics corrupts science and that, for instance, climate science and macroeconomics have been turned into pseudosciences by politics. It is pretty clear that academia, media and bureaucracy often spectacularily fail in providing science when politicians, media and bureaucracy are into corrupting that science.
    I think that you have a UNIQUE position in mankind history because you are the absolute world leader blog in climate science and the defeat of the alarmist climate pseudoscience will be total and unquestionable. We will see photos of millions square kilometers increasing sea ice and hard winters and it will be unquestionably obvious that their theories were pseudoscience.
    There are so many pseudoscience there but I cannot think of another pseudoscience where the victory will be so total as your victory over the climate pseudoscience will be. For insance in macroeconomics they know very well how to lie and a total victory as you will have probably never exists. You -and thousands others- are using the internet quasi-miracoulous information spreading power to destroy psudoscience and turn it into actual science.
    What you do here is much much bigger than your daily job, your business and your state. What you do goes beyond the USA and beyond our epoch. You are witing the book on how the defeat, using the web marvelous information spreading capability, the pseudoscience that we have been fed for milleniums whenever science was corrupted by politicians.
    You said that you have trouble running your daily business and running this blog and that you receive no funds from NGOs. I think you got to world No 1 because of your intellectual honesty, your rigor and because you have a natural talent for posting interesting stuff in an interesting and clear way!.
    What we people care about is your intellectual honesty, rigor and clarity. It does not matter for us where the funds to pay for your work come from as long as you maintain those qualities that made you great.
    I think there is no problem in accepting funds from NGOs since you will not be corrupted by those funds. It is the easily corruptible that allege that the procedence of funds matter so much. I think there are thousands of NGOs that would like to contribute just to allow you to make real science.
    Of course, maybe your heroic way of doing this with no funding and volunteer moderation is what it makes you so great and receiving funds would destroy that unique quality, but for me the qualities that made you so big are your rigor, intellectual honesty, clarity and you being able to generate interesting posts.
    Thanks for reading!
    Best regards

  24. The title of this thread, “WUWT operational note,” [yawn] needs to be more direct and authoritative. In line with the theme of ‘dirt simple,’ I’d suggest something like:
    DIRT BAGS, LISTEN UP!

  25. You want your freakin’ “Preview” button? Then go get CA Assistant.
    I preview EVERYTHING, so I know my links are set up right. Also helps find any HTML “quote” issues, as well as others, before you post.

  26. Thanks Anthony but I feel much more confortable by personally writing the html code. First, because I am familiar enough with it as to not make mistakes. Second, because I have never tried what you suggest with KISS, I don’t know how it works or whether the result will be exactly what I expect. With html tags I know the output, with WP’s interpretation of what I write I don’t know it. It would be different if there was a preview button available though.

  27. Smokey: August 8, 2010 at 3:08 pm
    You’re right. I was just having some HTML fun.
    Heh. You’d have fit right in when we did our SFOR gig in Bosnia…

  28. Robinson says:
    August 8, 2010 at 2:30 pm
    I seldom click on links that just says “here” or something like it.”
    Actually that is how hypertext is supposed to work :p. You can view the destination in your browser status bar (in most browsers).
    Ted Nelson invented hypertext a long, long time before Tim Berners-Lee invented the Interweb.
    There was no evil then, you know; only kittens, bunnies and hugs.

  29. kadaka (KD Knoebel) says:
    August 8, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    You want your freakin’ “Preview” button? Then go get CA Assistant.

    Awesome. Everyone should get this greasemonkey thing. Well, everyone with firefox at least. No more manual typing of the URLs.
    I’m going to test its subscript function here: CO2.

  30. Ken Finney says:
    August 8, 2010 at 2:21 pm
    Test link post, and promoting my son’s Zakk Wylde shred contest video, both at the same time, only more so!
    —–
    What a nice dad, to buy your son a Jackson Randy Rhodes guitar! Very impressive, off-topic and nicely done! Kid’s got the stuff, thanks for sharing!
    Question: What are the tags to insert a YouTube clip as you did? I can’t seem to get that down!

  31. For those interested in learning some html:
    How to make links
    Here is how you make permalinks:
    <a href=”url“>text to display</a>
    replace url with:
    http://powerandcontrol.blogspot.com/
    leave the quote marks
    replace text to display
    with: Power and Control
    Power and Control
    If you keep a cheat sheet (text file) up of your most commonly used forms it is really easy.

  32. M. Simon says:
    August 9, 2010 at 2:35 pm
    For those interested in learning some html:
    —–
    Thanks, great tips & I like your suggestion of keeping a text file handy! Much appreciated!

  33. CRS, Dr.P.H.: August 9, 2010 at 10:09 am
    Question: What are the tags to insert a YouTube clip as you did? I can’t seem to get that down!
    It’s dirt simple — YouTube will generate the code for you. Drop down just below the description of the vid and click the link. Highlight, cut, paste.

  34. Pasted links fail when they are directly abutted to some non-link text. So don’t do things like have quote marks or parenthesis right up against the links. Give them a space…
    They also fail if there is gratuitous white space in the link, so watch out for having a line feed / return in the middle of a link. Just let the link wrap and it’s all OK.

  35. This is a test!!
    I shot this video at a dairy farm near Torreon, Mexico about 5 years ago, when I was consulting to a leading European carbon credit aggregator seeking to develop projects under the Kyoto Clean Development Mechanism (CDM). Throw a geotextile cover over this manure pond & you will obtain some very high-quality biogas, suitable for electrical generation (or filling up the poop mobile)!
    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFaneq3Xvo8&hl=en_US&fs=1]

  36. Bill Tuttle says:
    August 10, 2010 at 1:52 am
    %$#@!
    “Drop down just below the description of the vid and click the Embed link.”
    —–
    Thanks, Bill, that worked like a charm!!

  37. Surely if this is “WordPress” software thinggy,
    then “BB code” can already be used on this site ?
    Ok maybe you must add this plugin, but did you do it already ?
    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/bbcode/
    Let me try the “official” WordPress Test below:
    ———————————————–
    Bold: [b]bold[/b]
    Italics: [i]italics[/i]
    Underline: [u]underline[/u]
    URL: [url]http://wordpress.org/[/url] [url=”http://wordpress.org/”]WordPress[/url]
    Image: [img]http://s.wordpress.org/style/images/codeispoetry.png[/img]
    Quote:
    [quote]Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit, sed diam nonummy nibh euismod tincidunt ut laoreet dolore magna aliquam erat volutpat. Ut wisi enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exerci tation ullamcorper suscipit lobortis nisl ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis autem vel eum iriure dolor in hendrerit in vulputate velit esse molestie consequat, vel illum dolore eu feugiat nulla facilisis at vero eros et accumsan et iusto odio dignissim qui blandit praesent luptatum zzril delenit augue duis dolore te feugait nulla facilisi.[/quote]
    Bold Italics: [b][i]Test text[/i][/b]
    ——————————-
    Did that all Work ?

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