Some WUWT milestones and some housekeeping

Recently, this blog passed a few milestones that I thought would be worth sharing with readers. For all of our critics and the vitriol all they throw our way, I challenge any of them to find a climate related blog that even comes close to the level of readership we enjoy here. We recently passed 300 million views and 2 million approved comments (more on that later).Here are screen grabs from the WUWT dashboard showing the numbers:

We also recently passed 40,000 email subscribers.

Given these events, I thought it might be time to refresh some of our readers on the most contentious part of operating this blog and that is the comments section. One of the downsides of being number one is that you’re also the biggest target. And being the biggest target we have a plethora of “anonymous cowards” who try to post comments here that are either wildly off-topic, inappropriate, angry, hateful, or otherwise uncivil. Some of the serial offenders use fake IDs, fake e-mail addresses, and even fake IP addresses to try to get their unwelcome point of view or hate-mongering across.

Because of that I’ve had to implement a strong filter to catch a lot of these people so that such inappropriate comments are not published. Occasionally some get through but fortunately readers tend to point them out and they get deleted by moderators or myself because they don’t adhere to site policy. This would be a good opportunity for all readers to review the site policy which you can view here.

Some of our critics say that we should allow for some of the other points of view to be discussed here such as barycentrism, atmospheric pressure theories, chemtrails, electric universe, geo-engineering theories, etc. etc. etc. In the earlier days we did some of that, and quite frankly a lot of that stuff proved to be nothing more than nonsense, and turned into food fights in the comment section. Been there, done that, not going to do it again. There are other venues and blogs to discuss those things, feel free to go there but don’t ask for them to be discussed here or make comments about those topics. They will be deleted. I don’t allow those topics here for the same reason I don’t share my home with a honey-badger; it’s not productive, it’s noisy, and somebody gets hurt in the end. And like a honey-badger meme, I just don’t care. ;-)

For those of you that have wondered why some comments may disappear that contain what you seem to think are very innocuous words, this is the reason; some of the most persistent fake commenters use particular word combinations or phrases that are part of their writing style that we have identified, and sometimes regular commenters fall into that trap accidentally. Bear in mind that each comment is reviewed and if it meets the site policy it will be published. Occasionally there are some comments that may not fit into the categories defined by the site policy but don’t get published. That’s why we have a clause for “on an event basis” to cover such instances. There’s no need to e-mail us to say my comment disappeared! We will find it and recover it if it meets site policy, if you don’t see it after a few hours, you can consider it out of bound for site policy.

There is also no need to keep posting the same identical comment dozens of times hoping that if you just keep trying it will somehow get through. All that does is just create extra work for the moderation staff to clean out duplicate comments. Speaking of extra work, we cannot move comments between threads if you somehow accidentally commented on the wrong thread, and generally we don’t have time to edit people’s comments when they request such things. It would be better if you would just post a new comment directly below it saying the previous comment had an error and fix it, or just simply repost the appropriate comment in the appropriate thread.

Some of our critics say that we should publish all comments because otherwise we’re engaging in censorship. To that I say, bollocks. We wouldn’t have reached 2 million comments in my opinion if this blog allowed a Wild West policy for commentators, and I think the success speaks for itself in the numbers. I challenge any other blog that covers climate to show me their numbers.

I’d also like to make a note about e-mail subscribers. We don’t have a management tool for e-mail subscribers because the entire system is run by WordPress.com and it is designed to be self maintaining by the end-user. Therefore if you want to unsubscribe you have to do that yourself. Each e-mail that comes from each blog post contains a link that will allow you to unsubscribe if you look carefully.

Finally, I’d like to mention that occasionally some of the ads here cause some readers problems due to the ads injecting inappropriate code or badly formed code. Over the past year I have worked very closely with WordPress.com to help them weed out some of the advertisers that have done stupid things with their ads like injecting code that causes the scrolling the jump right back to the ad every 5 seconds. Largely as a result of complaints from our readers about these problems and due to the efforts I put into troubleshooting and relaying the information to WordPress.com staff, I’m happy to announce that about two months ago they implemented a “predatory code filter” that weeds out these kinds of advertiser tricks. I’m happy to report that since this has been done the number of complaints I received has dropped to near zero.

That said, I still occasionally get complaints from readers about pages being slow or pages not loading completely, etc. a lot of this has to do with browsers and the state of the computer hosting their web browser. I have noted a common theme in many complaints like this which is: fear of upgrade. The Internet is an evolving animal and if you don’t keep your web browser updated and most importantly your computer updated you may find that you get left behind at the back of the herd. For those that are interested, I consider the best browser for viewing this website is Chrome with at least 4 GB of memory and processor that’s running at least 1.5 GHz. About two years ago Firefox was my browser of choice but it had become buggy and unstable and I abandoned it. If you are still using Firefox you might want to consider downloading Chrome for a better experience.

As always, I thank you the reader for making the success of WUWT possible. I also thank the many moderators and guest contributors that keep this blog running smoothly and make the wide variety of content available here.

My best regards to all – Anthony Watts

[note: about 10 minutes after publication, a number of typos were corrected that came from voice recognition dictation imperfections]

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266 thoughts on “Some WUWT milestones and some housekeeping

    • Well done Anthony. WUWT has always loaded pretty quickly for me and the ads are no great problem. There is an awful lot of stuff in the side bar these days . Might it be time to cull some of it or at the least rearrange the running order?

      tonyb

      • Thankyou Anthony for being a part of my life for the last several years. On the subject of adverts, I used to find wuwt impossibly slow to load, until I started using an ad-blocker. I appreciate that you get an income from the adverts, and that the ad-blocker deprives you of that, for which I apologise, but unless I upgrade my ancient laptop I don’t see an alternative.

      • @Bloke down the pub
        I use Chrome with AdBlocker and still get a few ads on WUWT — not annoying and keying on a product I’ve recently searched. I wrote of HRC’s Granddaughter Charlotte a few days ago and a pushed ad came for a piece of women’s clothing.
        I’ve only used ABP for a couple of years and the current counts says 272,679 total ads.

        When WUWT first had ads, I clicked through many hoping some of them would go to the bottom line. About that time very annoying ads began in great number. I covered them with an onscreen calculator or something similar. Then, about 2 years ago came ABP. I consider it self defense.

      • WUWT does have rather a lot of ads, but I have my blocker set to allow everything there because (1) WUWT is the sort of blog we want to encourage, and (2) the ads are relatively well-behaved (none of the annoying pop-ups you get at legacy-news-media sites). If that ever stopped being true I would block those.

      • I had to install AdBlocker specifically so that WUWT pages would actually load using IE browser. I considered this a shame, since WUWT is one of the few sites I’d support the use of advertising, in return for valuable content. However, I won’t jump on that treadmill of continually updating my browser, simply because advertising “technology” keeps finding new ways of messing up existing browsers. I’ll give them an inch, but shut them out if they want to take a mile.

    • WUWT is my favorite site. Kudos, kudos, kudos on the work all you folks do for us, and without doubt, all humanity.

  1. Anthony — Thanks for all that you do. Your work and this site are very important in the fight against the bad science on politics of climate change.

    • Oops — made an error.

      “bad science ON politics of climate change” should read “bad science AND politics of climate change”

  2. I’ve noticed for the past few weeks that WUWT pages never seem to stop loading and I have to manually stop loading (“Connecting…” at bottom left of screen on Chrome 57, latest Mac Sierra). Site ads are not disabled in any way. Firefox same issue, but it eventually does finish loading.

    Thanks for everything you do, Anthony.

      • Here’s a capture of all the loading (on FF52 – Chrome just displays ‘Connecting…’ forever), hopefully it will be just a link and not the animated GIF itself (just delete it if it is):

        http://gph.is/2mzqMjB

        Thanks again.

      • A.W.,
        It keeps my system using about 0.4% of the CPU or less. That’s not an issue for my CPU, but it might be for others. My sister still has a machine with Windows Vista (~2006). I’ve offered to pay for a new system so she can visit, with ease, all the WUWT posts I suggest.

        I know I do not say this often enough: THANK YOU! for this site.

      • @John F. Hultquist
        My home machine is the same vintage as your sister’s, same operating system, and Firefox. Seems to work just fine for me.

        Also, thanks to Anthony for a great site and terrific resource.

    • My guess is that some ad is refreshing itself so the vendor is getting some idea about how long people may be having their ad on display.

      However, I tended to have several WUWT pages open at once and deemed all that activity annoying. Sometimes a page (like the home page, like right now) will do that frequent reload trick, some times a refresh stops it. I assume the random ad rotation explains that.

      So I have a lot fewer pages open these days.

    • On those occasions when I’ve noticed that the loading arrow is sticking around for a long time, I’ve also noticed a message in the bottom left corner about waiting for a proxy tunnel.

  3. Congrats to WUWT on a great track record.

    I come here at least once every day because there is always something new and intriguing at WUWT

    And I have found WUWT very useful when I recommend it to others who have not studied “climate issues” very much, and thus are too susceptible to ingesting the manufactured “climate news” that abounds.

    WUWT is a force for rational examination of natural phenomena, and a lively forum for debating and dismissing bad science

  4. Thanks, and no need to explain anything that you do, the results speak for themselves.

  5. My congratulations Anthony. Wishing you as well as as a further bright future. Our blog is also very successful but by far not as much like yours. All the best
    Michael Limburg
    EIKE

  6. Thanks, Anthony!!!

    And I want to say that I am always grateful that this is NOT one of those sites that has screaming popups, videos playing, and all kinds of nonsense trying to activate my computer anytime I log on. WAY too much of that stuff going on these days, it drives me crazy.

  7. Thanks for maintaining this important blog.

    Neither Firefox nor Chrome browsers will support older MSFT Windows operating systems like XP or Vista after September, IIRC. I hate the newer Windows OSs, one of which I suffer through on my Spanish language laptop.

    I’m reluctant to join the Google Borg, so I still use Firefox. IMO whatever problems I encounter are because of my outdated MSFT OS, rather than the much-updated browser.

    I’m also not keen on the Apple Borg, although I use their phones and tablets. Which pretty much leaves Linux, as the least Borgy operating system. I used to use Opera browser, but it’s now owned by Chinese investors, so suspect.

    • … pretty much leaves Linux …

      I love Linux because I love freedom.

      If you’re running an older PC with limited hardware or a dead OS, or if you’re irked at some of Microsoft’s recent decisions around Windows 10, there’s no reason not to give Linux a try. link

      You can try Linux without actually installing it on your system. (You copy it onto a USB dongle or a CD. It’s a free download.) If you do want to install it, but don’t want to lose your existing stuff, you can install it alongside Windows. (That’s called dual boot.)

      • That’s called dual boot.

        Yes good idea as long as you work with XP, but I lost lots of work due to Win 7 having erased the Linux info off the master boot block at the end of an automatic update…

      • @ Bindidon
        March 12, 2017 at 11:40 am

        That’s called dual boot.

        Yes good idea as long as you work with XP, but I lost lots of work due to Win 7 having erased the Linux info off the master boot block at the end of an automatic update…¨,

        I do not think you did loose any data, you just could not start the still existing linux from MBR any more, an easy repair with a boot cd or usb to reboot your linux again could have fixed things. Once you start dual booting, this is basic stuff, and creating a regular backup of your data anyway also.

    • Yes thank you Mr Watts for this wonderful breath of fresh air.
      Mr Chimp – have a look at Duckduck dot com. Does not track you and is not owned by any of the global warming freaks like google or their ilk. It works a treat for me.

    • Firstly, many thanks to Anthony, Mods and contributors for all you do.

      Yes, Firefox was becoming somewhat problematic for me also.

      For anyone interested, I’ve been using SRWare Iron (Mac version) for many months now.

      It’s based on the free Chrome source but without the objectionable tracking habits of Chrome and seems to work without issue . . sort of like the Donald Trump of browsers. ;)
      There’s the usual MacOS, Linux, Windows and Android versions and the Chrome extensions I use also appear to work fine with Iron.

  8. Thanks for the tip on Chrome and Firefox. Meanwhile, I found a couple tricks to make
    Firefox less buggy:

    1) Reduce the reloading frequency by the Session Restore feature. Type about:config into the address bar, and scroll down to the item browser.sessionstore.interval, and change the value from 15000 (15 seconds) to something greater such as 900000 (15 minutes).

    Or, disable session restore loading by changing these in about:config:
    browser.sessionstore.max_resumed_crashes from 1 to 0
    browser.sessionstore.max_tabs_undo from 10 to 0
    browser.sessionstore.max_windows_undo from 3 to 0
    browser.sessionstore.restore_on_demand from true to false
    browser.sessionstore.resume_from_crash from true to false

    Another thing to do is go to Bookmarks, Bookmarks Toolbar, and delete Latest Headlines. Yet another is to pare down any RSS feed loading that you have installed.

    If things get buggy anyway, I found it helps to flush the cache, which is an option in deleting history.

  9. Clearly world class blog, contributors, and commentators (in the main). A genuine asset to society worlD wide. Thank you.

  10. I’ve become an obsessive about ‘climate change’ over the last year and always visit WUWT first. When an alarmist accuses ‘deniers’ of having only an echo chamber, I say, golly, of a billion- some chamber, some neck!

  11. Anthony, I think the most valuable service provided here is the moderation of the comments and, most importantly, moderation that has allowed coherent arguments from all sides. This is the only site that has a comment section that actually engages in real debate regarding the data and the theories. Yes, the comment section has its gadflies that add next to nothing to the debate, but on the whole the comment section debates help educate a reader as to the strengths and weaknesses in all the positions.

    Thank you for your efforts.

    • Well! ;) … I think this would be the perfect place to post this:

      Thank you, Anthony and M o d e r a t o r s, for your patient, faithful, generous-spirited, management!

      Some of us (ahem) are especialllygrateful…

      “Ooops! Wrong thread!”
      “Where’s my post??? I didn’t use ANY bad words!”
      “I have no idea where my post went. Shrug.”

      M0derator! M0derater!! M0DERATORRRRR!!! Please edit my comment.

      Squawk.
      Squawk.
      Squawk.

      #(:))

      • Corrections:

        — “especially”

        — missing quotes on “M0derator… comment.”

        *blush* :)

      • HEY!!
        I don’t see any cats in that picture, Janice!
        What does this site have against felons?
        /sarc etc.

        Anthony and mods, thanks for the site and, to the best of all of your abilities, honestly keeping it open and civil yet “uncensored”.

      • That’s right, GDin. lol The bird murderers are all over at the ___ blog snarling and spitting and wiping science realist’s comments off the board. Cats. Head shake. Say, that reminds me — sure hope Mark (with 2 cats) is okay. Rats, it sure is hard getting to “know” so many kind people around here …. they disappear….. Andres Valencia is another one. :(

      • Hi, Ron. GeeGam is the WUWTer (among other folks here, too, no doubt) with the Golden Retriever. I have a German Shepherd. They like birds, too,

        Hey. Lutina. Like, you’ve been talking non-stop since food, TWO HOURS AGO. Waddya say we take a nap. *sigh*

        but, they are more into troll control.

        …. Is……. that………a……………TROLL???? grrr, sohelpmeifit’sthelastthingIdo

        #(:))

      • Hi, Clipe,

        For the same reason Latitude did? That’s my guess. Shrug.

        I’m sorry, but, I don’t get the joke involving the gif of the secretary in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” Yes, yes, lol, it IS funny, per se (and thanks for the chuckle), but, why you posted it here: ????

        Looking forward to hearing from you so I can laugh, too (at more than just at that excellent comedian, Edie McClurg, I mean).

        Janice

      • Err Janice, Now do click on the Test Page link. When it loads, scroll up one post. It was you that tried to upload the GIF.

      • Oh, Clipe, LOL. Well! :) The story behind that gif is this. There was a thread about Secretary of State Tillerson not returning a call from some woman from the U.N. climate brigade. Her fatuous title is “Executive Secretary” (of something, something about climate).

        “It is unfortunate that Secretary Tillerson was unwilling to meet with Executive Secretary Espinosa,”

        So, I posted the above secretary from FB’s Day Off to mock her. Just because you are a secretary… . It COULD mean, all you do is sit around pulling out for inspection all the pencils you stored in your hair-do.

        Here’s the link to one of my comments (I forgot to put my caption into it, so posted a second one just below it): https://wattsupwiththat.com/2017/03/03/trump-administration-not-returning-calls-from-the-un-climate-boss/#comment-2441538 .

        I used a still photo because, well, lol, as you saw, my attempt at the gif didn’t work.

        I needed you, THEN, Clipe! :) Thanks for making the gif thing happen.

        And thank you for taking the time to help me “get it.”

        Bye for now!

        Janice

    • I am deeply grateful for the comments and am deeply grateful for the work it entails for Anthony and the moderators.

  12. Here is my bottom line for alarmists:

    There are well qualified scientists on both sides of the issue. How do you pick the view of one MIT professor over another?

    RealClimate bans virtually all dissent.
    WUWT does not have to. They can debate the facts openly and defend their case.

    • this many times over. point me to any pro agw forums that allow uncensored debate on the issue. the klist will be very short.

  13. If only I had time to read everything on this site…Sadly, I have to work and put food on the table.

  14. Respect to you Anthony. As you know I am pretty critical of right wing politics and challenge sceptical views that I think are mistaken. But you tolerate me when many of the posters here would love to see me blocked. I have always used my real name, I don’t see the point of discussing yourself if you truly believe in what you say.
    I get pretty rough treatment at times, but hopefully I give as good as I get ! You have influenced me (Installing Solar power systems and getting decent hearing aids) so i always think that one day with patience and facts I may be able to influence you or others. Thanks for putting up with me !

    • Climate science shouldn’t be a question of left or right wing politics. It should be based on facts. Unfortunately most of left wings representatives are defenders of the AGW thesis.

      To Anthony – many thanks for WUWT, presenting papers not following the mainstream in climate science and politics !

  15. Anthony,
    You and your staff do a superb job. Recently one of the trolls decided to impersonate me in order to discredit me. Once I pointed out the issue, most of the offending postings were deleted and the have been further incidences. I know you can’t completely prevent these kind of things from happening, but I want to thank you for quickly stopping it when it happens and making it difficult for the miscreants to continue with their infantile misdeeds.

  16. All I have to add to that are my profound thanks to you and the moderators for the tireless work you’ve all put in to make this site the outstanding success that it is.

    Well done, kudos to all,

    w.

  17. Congrats! And OT: the comment form is missing on your Tips and notes page. Here’s something potentially interesting. I have been checking the Skeptical Science trend calculator now and then. It uses Foster and Rahmstorf 2011 methodology to calculate error margins for temperature trends in various datasets. Despite the ENSO peak in the end, almost all of the available datasets continue to show a “pause” (no warming exceeding the uncertainty margin, using the calculator’s default settings) during the last 12 to 25 years.

    This month, the Berkeley land-only dataset disappeared from calculator. It was the longest dataset available, starting in 1752. It indicated a “pause” of about 20 years, the longest pause in the non-satellite datasets. The NOAA land-only dataset was removed too. It had a pause of over 15 years. It seems likely that their trendless periods would have extended with the El Nino waning.

    At the same time HadCRUT4 and NOAA land+ocean were labelled “non-global”. Here the calculator seems to disagree with its data sources. The CRU describes HadCRUT4 as “a global temperature dataset”. NOAA’s respective wording is “global surface temperature dataset”. UAH 5.6 which is still getting monthly updates was labeled “non-current”.

    The only datasets without a >10y pause (as defined above) at the moment are NOAA land+ocean and GISTEMP.

    The calculator was written by Dr. Kevin Cowtan. The data is mirrored on his personal web page. Wayback machine has archived versions before and after the change: http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.ysbl.york.ac.uk/~cowtan/applets/trend/tempdata.xml

    Has Trump’s administration started the long-feared erasure of climate data? Are his dark agents literally twisting Kevin Cowtan’s arm and threatening the Skeptical Science team? I mean, what other reason could they have for hiding some of the longest datasets showing a continuing 15 to 20 year global warming pause. The guys need our support!

  18. Mr. Watts,

    Thank you. Thus far your instincts have been superlative. …..And also, monumental thanks to moderators of past and present.

  19. Thank you Anthony for this exceptional source of information, wisdom, open debate and humour (there are usually a few coffee/beer-spilling comments on most days!).
    To me and many of my colleagues who enjoy your outstanding site on a regular basis, it is a source of wonderment and joy that, from our seemingly remote locations in Africa and other distant corners of our planet, we can communicate from hour to hour, and often within minutes, with anyone in the world.
    When I started my career as a medical entomologist over fifty years ago, I used to write letters on a typewriter from South Africa to my contacts at the British Museum in London, and the Smithsonian in Washington. If I got a letter back within three weeks, that was really fast!
    And in those days, one of the life-changing, earth-shattering technical breakthroughs was the IBM Golf-ball typewriter! Wow man, you could change the golf-ball and type ITALICS – how awesome was that!
    Regrettably, better speed does not mean better quality, so your moderation is welcomed and supported.
    Strength to you and ‘The Team’ at WUWT.
    You are making history.
    Thank you.

  20. Largely as a result of complaints from our readers about these problems and due to the efforts I put into troubleshooting and relaying the information to WordPress.com staff, I’m happy to announce that about two months ago they implemented a “predatory code filter” that weeds out these kinds of advertiser tricks.

    Thanx, dude! You rule!

  21. This is one of my favorite daily reads.
    Careful with the housecleaning, I once received a junk mail from someone using my e-mail and had to change the password immediately.

    • Dear Mr. Jakobsen,

      Until Anthony replies to your question….

      Trenberth and Fasullo, et al. (2017) appears to be just a re-hash of their prior papers.

      From paper at your link above:

      Therefore, the total planetary energy imbalance incorporating all appreciable thermal reservoirs since 1960 is 36.0 ± 7.5×1022 J (equal to a net heating of 0.40 ± 0.09 W/m2 over the global surface during the 56-year period)

      (Trenberth and Fasullo in Results, Implications for Planetary Energy Imbalance)

      Bob Tisdale on this topic:

      According to Trenberth et al. (2014) Earth’s Energy Imbalance:

      All estimates (OHC and TOA) show that over the past decade the energy imbalance ranges between about 0.5 and 1 Wm-2.

      Trenberth et al. (2014) must not have been referring to the individual climate models, because they show a much larger range. In fact, some of the models show relatively high positive TOA energy imbalances, in the neighborhood of +2 to +3 watts/m^2, while others show negative energy imbalances, roughly -3 to -2 watts/m^2.

      (Tisdale, here: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2015/08/26/climate-models-fail-global-ocean-heat-content-based-on-toa-energy-imbalance/ )

      And that’s all I’m going to say on this off-topic subject. A GOOD topic, but, best posted to “Tips” not here.

      I only commented here to show readers that this paper is very likely just more JUNK SCIENCE.

      Best wishes getting the truth out about human CO2 and ocean heat content,

      Janice

      • P.S. (I beg your pardon — I forgot to copy/paste this in above)

        Trenberth and Fasullo are using what appears to be a BOGUS comparison of Cadillac versus Model T data:

        We provide updated OHC estimates with the goal of minimizing associated sampling error. We performed a subsample test, in which subsets of data during the data-rich Argo era are colocated with locations of earlier ocean observations, to quantify this error.

        (T and A (2017))

  22. Congrats Anthony.
    I’ve visited here daily for nearly all that time. I value this site and your contribution immensely.

  23. Congratulations on this achievement.
    When you look at the decline of New Scientist and Scientific American it is something very special indeed to make a popular science blog on the internet.

    BTW: Edge, Explorer and Chrome all work fine for me with this site, except for Tips and Notes. Nothing seems to let that huge page load on my little laptop.

  24. You single-handedly and literally changed with world for the better, Anthony. And that’s not just admiring hyperbole, either. It’s a fact. “Well-done!” doesn’t cover it. Congratulations and profound thanks. :-)

    And thanks to the mods here for their tireless work, good humor, and cooperative support.

    Let’s see … 305 million views … that means every single person in the US has entered the site once, including all the babies. That’s got to be a unique accomplishment. That estimate also illustrates the difference between a statistical truth and a physical fact. :-)

    • By the way, when one searches “wuwt” or “watts up with that” Google provides a search page that open with a prominent boxed Wiki link right at the top that says, “Watts Up With That? (or WUWT) is a blog promoting climate change denial that was created by Anthony Watts in 2006… (my bold).”

      Google is promoting Wiki’s outright lie; most likely a William Connolley composition. There’s no helping WC, but shame on Google.

  25. I have visited this site almost every day since about 2008. I was a regular reader of Christopher Booker in the Sunday Telegraph and he praised WUWT in one of his articles questioning global warming. I visited the site and became a regular. About a year later, the ClimateGate story broke. I think Anthony was on a plane at the time. I shall never forget the drama as the disgraceful behaviour of a number of climate scientists became exposed as the emails became public. The site readership soared.

    Those of us interested in the science that affects our climate, and who wish to separate the genuine from the false alarmism, owe a huge debt to Anthony, his moderators and guest posters. Thanks to you all.

    • I was trying to remember how I first came across WUWT, years ago now. You have given me the reminder that it was almost certainly via Christopher Booker in the Sunday Telegraph (UK) and I learnt so much over the years. I never manage to read all of it and have tended to read Jo Nova a lot lately but still pop over here when I can. Many thanks to Anthony and Mods for all you do and good wishes for the future too. Regards, Annie.

    • I am also indebted to Christopher Booker for his reference to WUWT. I now visit daily. I have learned so much, especially from the commentators. Is this the new peer-review?

      Thank you Anthony for your many years of hard work, and your dedication to maintaining your site, and to all the mods who keep it civil. That is why WUWT is so good and world leading.

  26. Great blog and I’ve learned a lot here. My only complaint would be that in the wee hours I sometimes find it impossible to post. I figure it’s site maintenance. Other than that the only other issues I have encountered have been addressed. Thanks!

  27. Thanks for everything, Anthony. What sets WUWT apart for me is the amount of well-sourced information and the overall high quality of the comments. Dissenters aren’t instantly blocked, and everyone has to stand on the quality of their argument​ or be plowed under.

    People will always find the quality product, and this is the best around. Thank you!

  28. What a great blog and what a fantastic service to the world. Anthony, on behalf of your many admirers in the UK, thank you for all that you and your team of moderators do.

    My elder brother Dave recommended WUWT to me many years ago. I came over to have a look and I stayed to be educated and entertained. I have had the honour of having a small article posted on the front page following some information that I provided, greatly enjoyed the back-and-to (usually civilized and often amusing) between posters and greatly enjoyed not only the knowledge but also the wit and writing ability displayed by Willis and others.

    By the way, WUWT displays just fine in Safari, too. Once again, greetings and thanks from the UK.

  29. Thanks for all you do. It is nice to have views unfiltered by a biased press here. It does not feel like an echo chamber as there are many views expressed here. I can’t remember when I started, but it has been an exceedingly wonderful trip.

  30. Sincerely, well done Anthony and WUWT! Science shouldn’t be afraid to answer criticism and you serve up plenty of it, for good or ill. That comes from a ‘warmist’ by the way. (Well, a ‘lukewarmist’ anyway.)

  31. Well done Anthony and his team of helpers. Great work and wishing you ongoing success. Cheers from down under.

  32. I assiduously pass-on many of WUWT’s threads to my Alarmist friends, and got this reply today:
    “Thanks for your many missives from Watts Up etc, I tend to skim read most of them so your effort isn’t wasted although some of the writing leaves much to be desired and sometimes seems to be an ego trip on the part of the authors.”
    To which I replied:
    …. I’d guess the “ego trip on the part of the authors” (struggling to be heard in an adversary environment of the Alarmists’ making) is no less than many of the Alarmists’ themselves , trumpeting how RIGHT they are.
    Give ’em a break, Simon …. many are experts in their respective fields. JUst because they don’t preach from the Orthodox Bible is not to say that they don’t have valid & valuable input to The Science (hitherto disparaged by association witht he Skeptics) leading us to Understandings about Climate that we might never have otherwise got. The fact that you think they may have to shout louder than you’d prefer is more an indictment of the audience’s unwillingness to listen, than of the deliverer.
    Remember that Galileo was RIGHT and the Orthodoxy WRONG!”

  33. Anthony

    I have been reading WUWT for almost (but not quite) 10 years. It has been one hell of an education. Thank you very much for all your efforts.

  34. Anthony, WUWT is a shining light of how the internet CAN bring valuable information to people. And it is spirited information, due to the diverse but intelligent cadre (Yes, there are exceptions!) of individuals who come here. Unless I have something specific in mind, WUWT is always my first stop on the web.

    You, the mods, the contributors, the commenters are all part of a vigorous, smart, determined group of individuals who marvel at the interesting things Nature throws our way and want to understand how it all works. We’ve all learned a lot here from each other. Thanks to all!

  35. Like everyone says, everyone is a critic. ;-)

    Thank you everyone for making and keeping WUWT the coolest, best blog on the the Intertubes. I visit here every day and read every post.

  36. Thanks Anthony, it has been a daily or more often read for me for many years.
    Glad to see that Griff has also recognized your contributions to the science of climate with his steady readership and commentary.

  37. “…find a climate related blog that even comes close to the level of readership we enjoy here.”
    Anthony, “readership is the fruits of leadership” in the blogosphere.
    Bravo on that, you continue to excellently accomplished what you long ago set out to do.

  38. What an egregious display of ego!

    Some people have earned the right to such a display – Anthony and his aides being a prime example.

    Congratulations, Sirs! And Madams, as the case may be!

    (One note – nobody using Firefox should panic at the last bit. They had a period of instability a couple of years ago, which is now fixed. I use it every day with no problems whatsoever. Originating with Firefox, that is – WordPress is a different beast…)

    • WordPress works fine for me in Chrome or Firefox. Microsoft keeps claiming that Edge is safer, has anybody migrated to it that could give an opinion?

    • I use Firefox and Chrome with no problems loading WUWT. Indeed, WUWT is one of the fastest-loading sites I visit. Very rarely a problem.

  39. Without WUWT the climate debate would have been much less balanced and open. You have opened a door that has allowed thousand of other voices to speak and be heard.

    • Boy, that’s for sure, CMS. As one of the voices Anthony has allowed, I am, and will be, grateful to my death.

  40. Thanks, Anthony and staff for all your work! This site will ultimately, I hope, become a priceless evidence locker for History of Climate Science and Policy.

    i too forsook {a word?} Firefox for Chrome about three years ago because it was and unstable. Fully deleting addons and reinstalling essentials or entire browser didnt help. And then the employees booted out a founding genius for one political statement.
    Now I am back with Firefox (new version) because Chrome has become buggy and unstable.
    And the last thing I want to spend time doing is maintaining a browser.

    • Visit everyday, get all excited when the topics are really good, sometimes stay way too long (Climatgate, Gleick). Anthony you are like a trusted dentist–no concern just do what you think is right.

      I was in a bar not long ago with a full mini of beer and a basket of wings. An IT guy I had seen before sat down to join me and after chatting hockey for a few minutes asked me if I ever heard of the electric universe….long night pour moi, thank God I had beer!

      I’ll understand if comment isn’t posted!!

      • polski,
        My wife had open heart valve replacement and an implanted defibrillator.
        I spent long nights learning about how the electric heart works.
        Thank God I had beer! I still kept up here at WUWT, though.

  41. Congrats to Anthony Watts for his work, even if we disagree on various points.

    A hint concerning Firefox: many problems might be due to the ad blockers! I have no problem at all when using it on WordPress-based blogs like WUWT or Clim etc, but I never could manage to enter comments at Nick’s blog (based on Google ware), and thus use Chrome there instead.

  42. How great is it to have a blog owner take the time to explain, in detail, every thing that’s going on to the people that post!!

    Thank you Anthony…..is goes without saying, it’s not the subject….as much as it is you
    ..and it’s you that’s make WUWT what it is

    • “I wonder…,” thought Anthony Watts. Little did he know where the path ahead would lead him. He was simply following in the steps of all genuine scientists. Gathering data. Testing. It was hard work. Watts felt it was worth it. Basic science always is.

      Before long, thunderclouds gathered and the road (literally, at times!) became rough and steep. And Watts had a choice to make. Keep going….. or stop the work. He kept on going.

      The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding, go out to meet it.

      Thucydides

      Logging hour after hour at his PC, moderating WUWT (aarrrrrrrgh!!!!!! :) ),

      spending hour after hour patiently explaining the facts via video

      and from the lecturn
      http://climatechangenationalforum.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Mr.-Anthony-Watts-at-a-conference-by-the-notorious-Heartland-Institute..jpg ….

      and driving and driving and driving, and flying across the country, even across the Atlantic Ocean,

      the valiant warrior for science truth just kept on going. In spite of scorn and abuse, in spite of a severe hearing impairment, in spite of bone weary fatigue, he kept going.

      And, as others have said, Anthony Watts’ labor has not been in vain: the envirostalinists are fighting a flaylingly desperate war of attrition. Thanks to WUWT and many other climate blogs, e.g., Pierre Gosselin’s and EIKE, Truth now controls the battlefield (that it does not control the reporting of that battle does not change that fact).

      Thanks, Anthony. The world owes you.

      • Dear Moderator, my comment at 12:58pm, in moderation at this moment, has photos — not one of which materialized in the moderation preview above — I tested most of them on the test thread and they should WORK. Please, if you can, make the images above in my 12:58pm comment appear — thank you!

        Janice

      • Janice, Asking for a comment to be fished out of moderation…
        Isn’t that exactly what was asked for us not to do?

      • M Courtney:

        1. I did not ask for my comment to be fished out of moderation. I asked the mod to be sure that the images appeared.

        2. Why say anything to me about it, even so? Is that not Anthony’s job?

      • MCourtney –

        “Isn’t that exactly what was asked for us not to do?”

        Yes, exactly what was asked for us not to do.

      • Janice, occam’s razor – decision between

        bad – senza una Donna

        OR

        better – senza una Donna.

        [‘Tis always better to “Senza una Donna” than “Censor dos Donnas, true? .mod]

  43. Well done and many thanks, Anthony.

    I agree with all you say but suggest two, minor, blog improvements that might be considered:-

    1. A comment rating a la Jo Nova.

    2. The ability to edit a comment: no-one is perfect so typos sometimes slip through and a simple edit is much better than another comment.

    Keep up the good work!

  44. Congratulations on the milestones and thank you very much for going to the effort to run this site, especially knowing what it costs your personally. Also, to your good self and the tireless moderators, thanks for the efforts to keep it civil; I have visited a few ‘wild west’ gullible warming blogs and quite frankly, the reasons for their lack of sustained readership become all the more obvious when compared to WUWT.

  45. Congratulations Anthony and the moderators for all the hard work to maintain this blog for my multiple per day reads, always hoping there is new food for thoughts, which is often the case.
    As occasional contributor and many times commenter, it is one of the highlights of my life!

  46. Congratulations!!! More power to your elbow!!’

    I stop by at least a nice a day to see what is new.

    A truly great blog.

  47. I would urge a very liberal comment policy, even if that means a moderate amount of cr@p. Other sites don’t allow skeptics to post or allow free exchange of ideas. I dismiss them immediately as mere propaganda blogs.

    Some trolls and troublemakers must be cleaned up but you must be careful not to edit out those with different views.

  48. Yes , Anthony . WUWT is an historic facilitator of science at WWW speed with instantaneous peer review by some truly great peers .

    I even appreciate your description of your hearing problems and Stryker’s technology because I have an ear which rarely works . I’ve thought of an in-the-ear aid with the entire frequency_x_amplitude space tunable from your “phone” as an example of an extreme project for which CoSy would be competitive .

    But I will continue to argue for constructing a quantitative computable physical “audit” trail from the energy impinging on a planet to its surface temperature .

    So far , I have not seen the equations , which should easily fit on one page , which explain how some electromagnetic phenomenon “traps” heat in excess of its “radiative balance” temperature determined by it spectra and its sources’ .spectra . I would expect such a summary in introductions to any other branch of applied physics , eg : semiconductors .

    I will continue to press to simply computably understand the differential you plug into your Navier Stokes style voxel in your model , nothing more complicated . Because mapping that over a sphere is rather trivial in an APL .

    Particularly given that gap in the computations , to rule the other macroscopic force and energy , gravity , out of the discussion and thus out of the equations itself leaves a gap .

    I know in practice , despite your listing of taboo subjects above , you do not filter rational discussions which include discussions of the implied taboo parameters . And that is a strength of WUWT . It is the most general discussion seeking to pin down that “audit trail” .

    A most worthy accomplishment .

  49. Brilliant thought leadership Anthony. Worthy of a Nobel Prize.
    Far more than the IPCC and Al Gore in 2007 – the peace prize no less! And Obama in 2009,

  50. Surely the WUWT Archives are a Treasure-Trove of:
    1. Criticism of and challenges to the Received Wisdom, as perceived by the Alarmists and their acolytes.
    2. Alternative ‘constructions’ of supposedly argument-winning adducings by the Alarmist camp.
    3. Alternative conclusions based on the biased analyses of set(s) of data by the Alarmist camp.
    4. Criticism of analytical modelling algorithms & conclusions therefrom.
    5. *New*, hitherto ignored/rejected data that refuse(d) to confirm neatly the Construct of the Received Wisdom, carefully nurtured by those with a financial interest in the furtherance of the Gospel of Received Wisdom (scripted by them!)
    6. Ditto, ‘Inconvenient Scientific Postulates; e.g., Solar Cycles, planetary influences, geo-magnetic influences on energy-flux, paleo-cliumatic studies & trends, etc., ) that tended to oppose the Papal Diktats emanting from the proponents of Global Warming Alarmism …. remember Galileo?!)
    7. What have I missed in WUWT’s repository of “heretical thinking”

    Wdn’t it be nice to catalog this stuff and release it for further analysis & writings : “Look, we told you so, and you brain-washed & blinkere — and those morons who chose to believe you — all chose to ignore it and throw money and government policy in the direction of incomplete Scientific endeavour (if not outright fallacious & self-serving for its protagonists)!

    • I agree, Ross. Everything that has been posted on this site since its launch should be maintains as an historic record in the hope that it may short cut the fight against a similar folly or tulip mania in the future. Alternatively, ala Monty Python, you could hit them with the book, just there!

      • Dear John:
        I appreciate yr response, .
        One of my fave books Is ” Popular Delusions & the Madness of Crowds”, published — what — 150 years ago, but nonetheless just as applicable today to the ‘lemming-like’ propensity of homo-sapiens to get carried-away on a tsunami of ‘group-think’. Anyone who hasn’t read it — go get it and read it!
        Beats me why we collectively have such wisdom as this and the Galileo saga to-hand but seem incapble of learning from such instances.
        Thank-God for bold folks such as Anthony to stick his neck out and challenge (or be the repository of challenges) for pervasive Group-Think in and of itself.
        And here we are, in a post-modern environment of ‘Post-Truth-Society’, ‘Fake News” (– as a strategem in the political & media biz.!)
        WTF has happened to what I call: “Intellectual Honesty” … a personal measue for each and every one of us to consider as we try to get to sleep at night?

    • Unfortunately, the first 1500 or so WUWT threads haven’t been tagged and so don’t turn up when looking tags up in the categories list.

  51. Congratulations Anthony. You and the crew maintain an excellent site here I’ve watched the site morph into one of the top sites on the web so thanks to all those involved.

  52. Congratulations, Anthony!

    And many thanks to you, your contributors, and especially the moderators.

  53. Anthony,

    You are a hero in the same class at Curry, Spencer, Ball, Lindzen, and Australia’s own Carter, Paltridge and Plimer.. Keep up the good work! and thanks again.

    Pat

  54. Good job.

    I usually have no problems when using Chrome but an occasional post does seem to use up a lot more CPU time than most sites with only a few adverts, which causes the computer to slow markedly.

  55. Thank you so much Anthony. An avid reader of this blog for the past 8 years or so. Even though I do not understand some of the posts, especially the ones with that math or chemistry stuff, it is still fascinating to read. Please keep up the good work. Just flung some coin for your next trip.

  56. Congratulations Anthony, well done. It seems more like twenty years of WUWT as there is so much packed into each day’s posting. Thank you for a running great site.

  57. Wish I had time to read all the posts and comment threads, but—alas!—the creek has become a mighty river. Still, I try to take a dip every day. Many thanks to you and the moderators for maintaining such a high level of civil discourse; I often cite your moderation strategy as an example of blogging done right.

    One day I’d like to see a Reference Page devoted to The Basics of Skeptical Climatology, to which one could refer laymen who want a succinct explanation of the problems with the CAGW position and how to counter the smug assertions of its proponents. I refer people to WUWT, but fear they will be overwhelmed by its often-technical content and deterred by its appeal to an in-group of readers and contributors.

    Re computers, I have no problems with WUWT on my 2009 iMac running OS X 10.9.5 and Safari 9.1.3. Runs just fine!

    /Mr Lynn

  58. I have expressed my heartfelt gratitude many times over these many years reading and enjoying articles and comments alike . What you may recognize as a trend, lol. All the best, Anthony!!
    The AGW debate is going to get very interesting very soon.

  59. Best site on the Information Superhighway…oops I’m dating myself. I rarely miss a post, and sometimes I just spend too much time here (and don’t get my “work” done).
    But thanks so much Anthony, the moderators, Willis, and all the other posters.
    I spread a lot of this information around on my social media, But I’m sad to say that most of my social media friends seem to be on the AGW side.

    I find no problem with using Firefox, but I do have Chrome just in case.

    I have learned much from reading this site, and from all the links provided.
    Muchas gracias from the Baja, Mexico…

  60. Some of our critics say that we should publish all comments because otherwise we’re engaging in censorship. To that I say, bollocks.

    With vocabulary like that you sound like an Englishman!

    But seriously – you take a lot of stress so that we don’t have to, and tolerate our intemperate outbursts with patience, showing a light yet effective touch in moderation. We hugely appreciate all you do to give the world one of its best blogs!

    • Judith Curry and Roy Spencer allow (IMHO) far too many comments that deserve to be deleted from commenters that deserve to be banned.

      One of the great accomplishments at WUWT is that Anthony and the moderators seem to have found the sweet spot of moderation. That is just as important as the content because it has encouraged people to stay here and learn.

      • RW, agee. I guest post more at Judith’s than here for tactical reasons. She does her own moderation, which becomes quite problematic at times. Kudos to all moderators here. The ballpark difference between AA and the Major League show. And that is no disrespect to Judith’s blog.

      • Perhaps someone should suggest to Judith she recruits helpers for moderation? And Roy also.
        I’m sure there would be plenty of suitable volunteers.
        (Not to pull any away from WUWT of course!)

    • Hear! Hear! Paul!!
      The original comment was:
      “For all of our critics and the vitriol all they throw our way, I challenge any of them to find a climate related blog that even comes close to the level of readership we enjoy here.”
      WUWT has, it seems, encouraged and accommodated all(?) sub-sectors of the vast embrace of “Climate Change Studies”. Where else, pray, can one find such a repository of critiques of the Received Wisdom according to the Apostles of Global Warming, challenges, alternative critical thinking, and the acceptance of alternative theories — hitherto disregarded by the Apostles — that are relevant to the greater understnading (and ever-growing) multifaceted Study of Earth’s Climate?
      WUWT has truly been a Life-raft of Excellence in a sea of inadequately & unprofessionally conducted Science (according to proper ‘Scientific Principles’)…. perhaps deliberately corrupted by practitioners with a vested interested in results skewed to the furtherance of their careers & pocket-books.
      Without WUWT (and fellow bold brethren … let’s hear it for them too!), who else would have been there to hold the feet of the Charlatans ‘to the fire’?
      To repeat Paul:
      “You are doing the world a great service.”
      Keep up the good work, gang!

  61. On my go to list every day, well every couple of hours actually.

    I use Chrome, but if I don’t stop loading the page by clicking that (X) up there in the corner it will crash.

    Sometimes my posts don’t post. I tried to link to Peter Sinclair’s “Climate Crock of the week” to illustrate a point. I gave up and said “Google it” and my post appeared. I guess he’s verboten.

  62. Was gonna draft something original but then saw Paul Beckwith’s “Congratulations Anthony. You are doing the world a great service.” I second that!

  63. Congratulations Anthony & mods & others who help with this great blog.
    I learned a lot here and many comments from readers with tips and links inspired me to learn even more.
    The best compliment I can give is I am happy with the many hours of sleep I missed because I just could not stop reading on and on…

  64. Bravo Anthony, Thank You for all the hard work , for the integrity, for the courage, for the willingness to share your knoledge !!! Hourray to you !
    Thank’s to all of the contributors of the site for your insight and always interesting articles.
    Thank’s to all of the commentators, trolls inculded. Reading the conversations sharpens my mind – I’m a better sceptic, scientific, than before I discovered this site. My bullshit-o-meter is much better calibrated than ever before.

  65. I don’t use the email subscription service, but I do follow WUWT on Twitter. Now I know that a lot of people have a rather low opinion of Twitter, and for the most part I agree. I don’t tweet, but I’ve found Twitter to be useful as a news-ticker of sorts. I follow a handful of news and info sources, including WUWT. So when a tweet from WUWT appears with a link to the latest article, I can read it right away if I have a moment.

    As for Firefox, I haven’t had any issues of note with the WUWT site. I think it helps if you keep the add-ons to an absolute minimum.

  66. Anthony, congratulations on reaching another milestone. Your website is indeed an incredible success. My hope is that it is producing enough income to reward you properly for this accomplishment. It feel like a MS level student when I read the articles and comments. I feel as though all of we daily readers should be invited to our graduation ceremony soon. But, I will not stop my daily studies here in this lifetime.

  67. Happy Birthday ! After lurking around several climate blogs for a year or so I have settled on 2 which I look at most days, this one and Dr.Curry’s Climate etc. I have recently started commenting here and , yes, have already had a comment disappear. Not moaning – it’s a learning curve, but whether the workings of WordPress and moderator action are more or less difficult to fathom than atmospheric physics is, as yet, undecided (need more data).

    Anthony’s work here speaks for itself, and the site stats are mega impressive but I cannot help wondering what it has actually achieved in it’s 10 years. Is some kind of survey in order to see how many percentage points the 97% consensus has been reduced ? My initial straw poll would seem to suggest -3% (with a 95% certainty) but according to my model we should be seeing something like -9% owing to consensus forcing.

  68. Congratulations Anthony!!

    Great job. Thanks so much for your leadership and courage in bringing the real story and understanding of climate science into view and for exposing the world of dishonesty, deceitfulness. deception and out right lies driven by the politics of climate alarmism.

    My you and your team have 10 more years of success.

  69. For 64-bit Windoze users (v 7, 8, 10…), there are 64 bit browsers available. The difference between 32-bit and 64-bit browsers is that 32 bit programs are limited to using a 4GB address space, while 64 bit programs are limited to what the operating system supports. In browser world, this relates directly to the amount of concurrent TABS you can open, as well as the size of the code the web page is trying to stuff into the browser. This does not necessarily lead to a performance increase.There are 64-bit browsers available for pretty much all browsers out there, but they are not usually offered as a default because many users still have only 4GB of memory.

  70. In the free market of ideas I think Anthony’s forum is a leader.

    The effort is an honor to all involved; owner, moderators, contributors & commenters alike.

    John

  71. Using a Chromebook and have never had problems loading. It may take 30′ or so to complete but the experience is as smooth as honey.
    Great milestones Anthony !

  72. Thanks Anthony – from this long time, every day reader, occasional poster. No other site of this type, that I am aware of, even comes close to WUWT.

  73. “To that I say, bollocks.”

    Interesting. I had always assumed that was a British expression. I am glad such a useful phrase has found its way across the Atlantic.

  74. Have followed this blog since the beginning but have not commented for years. Well done and hope you/we win the fight for common sense and sanity.

  75. Have followed this blog since the beginning but have not commented for years. Well done and hope you/we win the fight for common sense and sanity.

  76. I and the Nation/World owe you a huge debt of gratitude. Honesty is what is needed now, and is in very short supply. Your efforts are greatly appreciated.

  77. Congratulations also from my side. Without this blog, there would be no light at the end of the tunnel for the “climate-rational”. In addition, this page in the chorus of the Klimablogs is the powerful bass voice, which however never neglects the principle of freedom of expression and fairness also for other thinkers. Very much different than other blogs with the same themes.

  78. I think there are several reasons for the deserved success of WUWT, not only a lot of hard work necessary to run this site (and I am sure it is a lot of hard work) but also… hmm… the fact that moderators of WUWT have some brains, and are not sadistic control freaks akin to those heels who usually wriggle themselves into moderator positions on other forums.

    • To Phaedrus: ‘Shd we nominate Mr. Watts for A Noble’
      What do you mean:
      1. ‘Noble’ as ennoblement according to the still extant feudal Courts in Europe” As in: “Sir Anthony Watts.. for services to the advancement of Intellectually Honest Science”
      2. Nobel as-in ‘Nobel Prize’. I’m no expert, but methinx a case cd be made. ‘Nobel Prize for Enlightenment in a Sea of Obfuscatiuon & Darkness’ perhaps! I’d vote for that, many times over!!!
      3. ‘Noble’ (adjective) as in outstanding duty to mankind! Especially as providing an open- source of honest-discussion against the headwinds of vitriol promoted by those antipathetic to the promotion of knowledge, discussion, challenge, debate, on such an important public-policy debate.

  79. Thanks for the blog. 10 years ago I had drunk the Kool Aid and was a “True Believer” of AGW Seeing the facts presented here, plus personally downloading and looking at the “dancing data” of GISS has changed my mind.

    I run linux, so I don’t worry about drive-by-downloads. I don’t use an ad blocker per se, but I do block Facebook’s trackers by IP-address range at my firewall. Having an ad show up on your page is one thing. Being followed across the web, via “Like Buttons” even though I’ve never had a Facebook account, crosses the line.

    I use Pale Moon browser, a fork of Firefox, which embodies the good-ole-days of Firefox before they went off the deep end. Full disclosure… I’ve volunteered for the project. I do a 32-bit linux SSE build, which runs on older Pentium-3 class machines.

    One question about blocked posts. There were a couple of articles here about the demands by the lib-left to “re-educate” non-believers, send deniers to jail, take down “denier blogs”, etc. I made a couple of posts, both of which disappeared. I believe that the posts were perfectly on topic for those threads. They had 3 URLs…

    1) About a White House internal report during Bill Clinton’s presidency, expressing fear that the internet was allowing the masses, to have access to “unfiltered news”, and “bypassing the media gatekeepers”. This was 3 years before Monica Lewinsky.

    2) Hillary’s musings/whining about a lack of “internet gatekeepers”, at the time the Lewinsky scandal hit the news. The MSM had killed the story, but an unknown clerk by the name of Matt Drudge broke the story on his website. The rest, as they say, is history.

    3) More recently, during the presidential campaign, an email sent by Hillary’s campaign to supporters, saying that the Breitbart website had no right to exist, and strongly implying that it would be shut down soon after Hillary’s victory.

    What exactly did I trigger? The posts were relevant to the topic of the article.

  80. Let us remember that — not so long ago — there was one kind of Scientific forum (usually respective to the subject) whereby new ideas, challenges, debate cd be adduced asnd thrashed-over, in the interests of furthering the Science concerned.
    Seems to me that “Climate Science” has a multiplicity of (somewhat– in many instances) relevant validity to the advancement of Same. Climate Science is analogous to the Subject of ‘Art’ insofar as there’s a myriad of experts in their respective fields who can claim parochial expertise (without refutation) but the ultimate question of: “What is ‘Art’?” still remains as elusive as ever.

    Transpose this to ” What is Climate Science” and —- I submit to you, dear readers —- that the answer is as ephemeral as to the Q. “What is ‘Art’?”

  81. I follow this site and read, not to present or argue, just to learn.
    I learned a lot.
    Thank you.

  82. Congratulations Anthony and the fantastic supporting mods!

    I merely echo the sentiments of many of those above.
    This website is a true source of science knowledge and informed debate that has raised the bar, and continues to raise the bar even higher, in terms of credible discussion on the issues presented.

    Science – real science – fought a long and treacherous path over several hundred years to have its potential value and contributions recognised. But within a generation, the good name of science has been dragged through the mud by it’s old enemy – blind ideology. May polls reveal that general trust in ‘scientists’ is diminishing largely due to the obvious discrepancies between what the attention and rent-seeking ‘environmental scientists’ are saying and what ordinary people see happening. This is disgraceful.

    As an earth scientist I am truly grateful for the presence of this site and others like it. They point out to those willing to seek truth, that no matter how loudly idealogues scream, the (properly conducted) scientific method has the ability to determine fact from fantasy and can help society progress with decision-making based on facts, not fallacies. History has shown that we all benefit if we follow that path.

    I do hope that you continue this website for ‘as long as it takes’ – for that the the timeline that wins wars – and all of the amazing contributors here do not let real science and the resultant truth ‘go gentle into that good night’.

    With thanks.

  83. Congrats, Mr. Watts!! I’ve been lurking on these pages since early 2008 when Al Gore’s movie half scared me to crap. I decided to research it myself and first found your surfacestations.org page and realized that much of what was going on was questionable.

    Thru continued reading, studying and observation, I’ve come to realize that a lot of what’s going on is nearly, if not outright, criminal.

    Such is the sad state of climate affairs…

    Thanks so much for what you do, what you’ve done and especially what I HOPE you continue to do in the future!!! Such a valuable resource for my boys (10 & 12 years old) and myself as well. Please, please, please, NEVER STOP!!

    Also, I would love an update on your most recent hearing aids and if they’re still performing to the standards of your original post on them. I have referred many co-workers and friends to that post and would love to know if I should continue based on your success or lack thereof.

    I’ve also harvested much respect for a lot of the folks who comment on this page, Caleb, Janice Moore, Willis Eschenbach, Latitude, TheoK, PiperPaul, RockyRoad, John Colman, Bloke down the pub, John F. Holtquist, Ric Werme, Mark From the Midwest, asybot, Alexander Feht, ristvan, commieBob, M Courtney, Gunga Din, Bob Tisdale, TallBloke, Pat Frank, Nick Stokes, ossqss, and so many, many more!!!

    • Dear Ted Schmitz,

      What a wonderful comment. I sure hope Anthony sees it. That is SO COOL about your boys learning via WUWT. I hope AW shares the latest about the hearing situation, too. I wish he would share a lot more in general. It has felt like WUWT is a ghost ship ever since we received almost no reporting back about his experience in December at AGU. It made me wonder if it was such a horrible experience that he not only could not talk about it at the time, but, it upset him so much he’s been in sort of post-traumatic stress about it ever since! Aaack. Poor guy. Well, I’ve been praying….

      Anyway. I noticed my name and was so grateful for your kind words, but, wasn’t going to say anything…. then, when I saw NO one was acknowledging you, I thought, “Well, now I think it would be okay for me to reply…..” even though I’m sort of a “junior” ranking part of that list. Thank you.

      Again, enjoyed your forthright, fresh, writing style. KEEP ON COMMENTING!

      Gratefully,

      Janice :)

      • Thanks for the kind words, Janice!

        I likely won’t post too often due to running “mom and dads taxi service” for boys active in sports, and also because I am what I would call a slow thinker. I’m the kind of fella who thinks about things for quite a while before making a comment. Most of the time, and the reason why I’ve never commented in the past, is that by the time I have formulated my response/answer/witty remark, the thread is so far down the line that comments aren’t rolling in anymore.

    • I’m just impressed at the open-mindedness that appeciates such a broad range of political views.

    • One of the things that surprises me whenever I look at some of the early WUWT posts is that many of the commenters from back then are still here. Just another metric of WUWT’s success.

    • Humbled that my “name” is mentioned in such company. Most of my comments are attempts at comic relief.
      But a couple of the “many, many more” that deserve mention and who haven’t been around for awhile are Gail Combs and Jimbo.
      And, of course, REP, the model of what a “Mod” here is and should be.

      He didn’t just care about what someone said but also the someone who said it.
      (Hope his family is doing well. Prayers as I type this.)

      • Gail Combs and Jimbo are definitely awesome as well!! Pamela Gray is another who was not on my original list but has taught me much! And you’re right about REP, (and truly, the rest of the mods) I cannot imagine the effort that the moderators put in on a site such as this.

        God Bless you all for an island of sanity in otherwise crazy seas…

  84. Anthony,
    About 10 years ago i decided that i wanted to find out about this global warming thing. I didn’t know one way or the other, just wanted to get an understanding of the issue. I do have a lean toward science and math and was fortunate enough to find your site.There is one site that I check every day; WUWT! Thank you for all you do! Pain in the ass its gotta be, better you than me, but I’ll always be here to read!

  85. And a thousand years before Sappho – Archilosoch,

    aka Arschloch .

    When will America wake up in the real world.

  86. I found out 3 years ago that I was not the only climate change skeptic on the planet when I visited your blog–As a skeptic, I still doube Griff really exists–you created him for my amusement. Keep up the good work, and let’s not rest on our laurels.

  87. PS–I live in Boulder, Colorado, and they do seriously call us “skeptics”, as in KKK

  88. What a journey you’ve taken over the course of a decade, starting with maybe a post a day to, at one time, averaging over 6 posts a day and now calmed down to “only” 5 posts a day, and always maintaining a civilized tone in a era that seems to lack such a calm demeanor.

    Well done.

  89. Daniel Mannix on March 12, 2017 at 6:42 pm

    I found out 3 years ago that I was not the only climate change skeptic on the planet when I visited your blog–As a skeptic, I still doube Griff really exists–
    ____________________________________________

    Daniel, YES: the person Griff really doesn’t exist –

    “Griff” is a group of conspirators called into live when there’s a need for.

    OK?

  90. Thankyou Anthony for the hard work that you do and providing this wonderful site. And Thankyou to the many intelligent, thoughtful and clever commenters that take the time to share their brilliance and expertise in pursuit of honest science. It seems like just a short time ago the 100 mill view was reached.

  91. Many thanks to Anthony, all the various moderators and contributors and anybody else behind the scenes that contribute to this welcome provider of sanity when it comes the biggest scam ever perpetrated in the history of science.

  92. Is there a metaphor or something here? Word Up ~ Watts Up (⊙¿⊙)

    Hopefully at least Janice will see it ;-)

    • Dear OssQss,

      I am honored that you thought I could figure that one out. You have posted many wonderful videos in the past that I enjoyed a lot. Sorry, but, well …… this one just grossed me out, so I stopped it (something about that disgusting athletic support device — ugh!). If it’s just “word up” and “Watts Up” — then, (pause…. while I look up “word up” ….. Hm. So THAT (I comprehend what you are saying and verify that your statement is true, my good brother.) is what that means. Ha! All these years, I thought it meant “pay attention to what I’m about to tell you.” LOLOLOL. I guess I just concocted that out of coaches saying, “Listen up!”

      Given the meaning of “word up” and the verified-by-observation truth put forth by Watts up, I say (finally):

      there is “something” here — a parallel/pun sort of something.

      Sorry so lame. I tried.

      Thanks for your confidence in me. Sorry to sort of let you down. Keep onnnnnnnnnn posting more music and stuff! :)

      Grateful for your efforts!

      Janice

  93. Thanks very, very much for your dedication. I’ve learned a lot here and most of it revealed the vast expanse of my ignorance. Thanks for that, especially.

  94. Great job, Anthony. I still have whatsupwithat.com as my home page so I will always check that day’s news, mainly for climate stuff, waiting for the craziness to stop..

    • Anna V! Oh, I am so glad that you are still here! (just sad as I notice so many long-timers just “disappear” and hope they are okay — looks like you are (I hope)!) I miss your insights. I wish you would grace us with “anna” (“grace”) more frequently. Lol, you ARE probably still commenting — on the super-serious-science threads that I often do not take the time to work through, these days. I need to start doing that again….

      Take care, over there, dear Greek Wonder Woman of Science.

  95. Congratulations, Anthony. The honor is well deserved. The marketplace of ideas that you have created here is an enormous contribution to the welfare of mankind. Hopefully, we will continue to see more reasonable public policy as a result.

  96. I don’t know where the time goes, these days! Hard to believe that it was a little over four years ago that – thanks to your dedication and that of the moderators, guest contributors and the “commentariate” – WUWT hit the magic 100 million mark.

    Casting modesty aside for a moment, I remember how delighted I was that you decided to follow my suggestion at the time ;-) And with this latest and greatest counting of coups, I see that my wish of that day:

    May WUWT continue to go and grow from strength to strength (and milestone to milestone!)

    has been granted! In the intervening 5+ years, you’ve toiled and you’ve troubled … but that magnificent record has, indeed, more than doubled.

    In keeping with my tradition… Mazeltov, to all.

    There can be little doubt that the increase in CO2 – in addition to making the world far more green – may well have contributed to making this site more frequently seen.

    Now I’ll switch back to my mostly lurking mode these days – and hope that my wish from 5+ years ago will always prevail:- )

  97. [snip . . . it is very difficult to understand what you have typed. It seems you don’t like our host, do like Hilary Clinton and understand what science is. It is possible that I have misread you entirely. Why not repost using clarity so we can all appreciate your point. Thanks. . . mod]

  98. Thank for your site. It is my go to site for climate change insight. I even have a shortcut on my Samsung S7 Edge’s home page that opens your site directly in Firefox. I check your site at least daily.

  99. Lot of thanks to you Anthony and other writer of WUWT for many interesting articles.

    Sad to hear that your relationship with Firefox has ended. I try to live with it (-;

    Congratulations of your brilliant milestone achievements!

  100. WUWT University

    Multiple degrees of science, humor, news, and other interesting stuff.

    There is no other forum like it and is the brainchild of Anthony Watts! Congratulations!

  101. note: about 10 minutes after publication, a number of typos were corrected that came from voice recognition dictation imperfections

    Skynet still has a few years to go before it takes over. ;-)

    Congratulations on the milestones! Well earned all!

  102. Ich mag das einfach nicht wie du mit der Sally Kohn umgehst.

    Bitte lass das.

    Vielen Dankeschön – Hans

  103. Thank you Anthony for an amazing site and some regular commenters for their insight and expertise.

    I agree that moderating comment threads is critical to keep things on-topic. However I hope that moderation continues to be on the lenient side. I feel that comments and arguments from ‘the other side’ should be encouraged – no matter how irritating – and even ones bordering on rude allowed. It is the best way by far to expose the weaknesses in alarmist orthodoxy, sharpen sceptical argument and hopefully bring more people round to a more questioning point of view.

    Keep up the great work!

  104. Flagg the stupid comments as such, with a tiny font. Censoring people who are stupid-anonymous is weakness. Let it all stand as indication of the level of intelligence, and ,

    • whining abput anonymous cowards, lose cred. Stop whining about fake comments We need an imaculate forum? . Get tougher and smarter!

  105. How does one safely make a donation to WUWT? I tried a year or so ago but stopped because I wasn’t sure it was going to the right place. Congratulations on your most successful blog.

  106. Thanks for the site and thanks for the ability to comment here( if not real frequently). And a really big thanks for your efforts, Anthony, in cleaning up the ads that almost daily screwed up my browsing experience in general every time I left this site’s tab open!

  107. Hi Anthony

    Thank you for an astonishing site. Facilitating a (relatively) civil and rational discussion on the turbid waters of the internet is difficult to say the least.

    Given my daily interactions with people, I find my self somewhat surprised and encouraged that there are in fact quite a few folks out there that want to, like to, and are capable of discussing a plethora of topics with a modicum of civility and disciplined thought. I have learned a lot here by following discussions and the embedded links to other sites and papers.

    Anonymity is both a curse and occasionally a blessing. With obvious exceptions, I find that any discussion or interaction where both parties are at least somewhat identified greatly facilitates the above more constructive interactions. Would you consider a periodic post with the sole purpose of encouraging this? Straw man suggestion: Post Title : “Civility”. Discussion (summary):

    The purpose of this post is to facilitate civility in discussions. To this end, you are encouraged to post your real name and a VERY brief summary of who/where/what you are. If you wish not to provide your real name and any other identifying data, then you are encouraged to provide some discussion as to why not, and why you can still engage in constructive interactions.

    I would suggest perhaps a month recurrence, and very strong moderation.

    With Great Respect,

    Ethan Brand
    Retired Engineer
    Roscommon MI

    • I use my nickname after having my original pseudonym stolen by giving out too much info.
      I’m very grateful to Dave the (former) mod for alerting me and helping out. If people can figure out your login email address they can (and obviously will) spoof your presence here and say trollish things. People who give out their real name (and mine is very unique) risk being more directly impersonated on additional levels. If you google my last name a bunch of research papers, books and patents come up, (all of which I have nothing to do with) but those are relatives and I don’t want to embarrass my name by having it show up on google searches saying thing I did not say.

      I will use my name when I can protect it with a password.

    • The purpose of this post is to facilitate civility in discussions. To this end, you are encouraged to post your real name and a VERY brief summary of who/where/what you are. If you wish not to provide your real name and any other identifying data, then you are encouraged to provide some discussion as to why not, and why you can still engage in constructive interactions.

      I have a Government job (local). My local Government has “Gone Green”. I am not yet retired. The Green Goons don’t play nice. They, along with the goons of other causes that ascribe to “the end justifies the means”, would consider it some sort of victory to mess with the life of just one one who doesn’t agree with them.
      Genocide is acknowledged as wrong and racist. Ideacide?

  108. Congratulations on 10 years of hosting the site. It’s been a long strange trip I’m sure.

    I took this posting’s opportunity to open and review the site rules link. I think it unfortunate that you exclude Scientifica Principia, Sky Dragons, etc. from the discussion. Feynman wouldn’t. RGHE is as bogus as cold fusion and it is long past time to duke it out. If all they’ve got is IR sensors pointed at the sky, supposedly measuring “back” radiation, then they’ve got nothing. Open a thread dedicated to the defense/rebuttal of RGHE.

    https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/what-greenhouse-nicholas-schroeder
    http://writerbeat.com/articles/14306-Greenhouse—We-don-t-need-no-stinkin-greenhouse-Warning-science-ahead-
    http://writerbeat.com/articles/15582-To-be-33C-or-not-to-be-33C

    Marohasy doesn’t buy it, BioCabinet doesn’t buy it, hockeyschtick doesn’t buy it. Both ACS tool kit and Spence Weart say RGHE is a poor analogy, that it doesn’t describe how the atmosphere works, it doesn’t even describe how a real greenhouse works. Spencer says it’s the physical enclosure that traps convection that keeps it warm, not some kind of RGHE thermal diode. (I have a kewl garage experiment that demonstrates the power of convection. Send me your E-mail for a copy of the write up.)

    Convection is the primary method that moves energy from the surface, water vapor takes over in the atmosphere, CO2/RGHE is barely a footnote. Even the surface temperature of Venus can be explained without RGHE.

    *********
    Mark Twain observed, “The trouble with most of us is that we know too much that ain’t so.”

    Adding to the “Δ33C without an atmosphere” (see attached) that completely ain’t so is the example of Venus.

    Venus, we are told, has an atmosphere that is almost pure carbon dioxide and an extremely high surface temperature, 750 K, and this is allegedly due to the radiative greenhouse effect, RGHE. But the only apparent defense is, “Well, WHAT else could it BE?!”

    Well, what follows is the else it could be.

    Venus is half the distance to the sun so its average solar constant/irradiance is twice as intense as that of earth, 2,615 W/m^2 as opposed to 1,368 W/m^2.

    But the albedo of Venus is 0.77 compared to 0.31 for the Earth or Venus 601.5 net ASR (absorbed solar radiation) W/m^2 compared to Earth 943.9 net ASR W/m^2.

    The Venusian atmosphere is 250 km thick as opposed to Earth at 100 km. Picture how hot you would get stacking 2.5 more blankets on your bed. RGHE’s got jack to do with it, it’s all Q = U A dT.

    The thermal conductivity of carbon dioxide is about half that of air, 0.0146 W/m-K as opposed to 0.0240 W/m-K so it takes twice the dT/m to move the same kJ from surface to ToA (top of atmosphere, 100 km, 62 miles).

    Put the higher irradiance & albedo (lower Q = lower dT), thickness (greater thickness increases dT) and conductivity (lower conductivity raises dT) all together: 601.5/943.9 * 250/100 * 0.0240/0.0146 = 2.61.

    So, Q = U A dT suggests that the Venusian dT would be 2.61 times greater than that of Earth. If the surface of the Earth is 15C/288K and ToA is effectively 0K then Earth dT = 288K. Venus dT would be 2.61 * 288 K = 748.8 K surface temperature. No S-B BB RGHE hocus pocus need apply.

    Simplest explanation for the observation.

    Nick Schroeder, BSME, PE

  109. Congrats Anthony and to all of those who help make this site what it is today. Hope it will continue….

  110. I just discovered WUWT 4-5 months ago and is a great website for lay people such as myself to understand the multi disciplinary subjects required to truthfully begin to understand natural climate change vs. the AGHW speculation that humans are now the main driver of climatic systems. Obviously, history will record what really happened with past, present and future climate and really what causes what. We are just at the beginning of this epic quest, but I think the lesson here is that there must be a truthful and civil debate on all matters relating to understanding this very complex subject and so far for the most part, it appears this web site has accomplished just that: a civil discussion on all of these crucially important subjects.

    However, I am a bit worried that some of the articles (and comment section) tends to be now slipping into another sinister form of denialism (since USA election) into what the skeptics had originally said about the alarmists, that the fix was in for CO2 being the main culprit driving climate. Now it seems many essays and comments tend to just say that all renewable energy is bad, and nothing ever was wrong with fossil fuels. That is a disappointing turn of events, since in the long term view even if carbon based fuels don’t have much to with climate change, when fossil fuel price increases begin to cause major conflict with the global economy, then we squandered more time and resources in not finding replacements for fossil fuels. While fossil fuels will dominate our energy mix for decades to come, in the long term scheme of things, fossil fuels will diminish just as whale oil did 150 years ago. And that future economic turmoil may dwarf any real global warming/climate change that may or may not have ever happened. I believe this future fact is the 800 pound gorilla in the room and so far, not even discussed.

    I just hope that this space will not become its own antithesis, and the mob will rule over future forms of solving energy and climate adaptation to the only thing we really know for sure, that the climate has and is always changing.

    Keep up the good work Mr. Watts!

    • Ron Williams March 13, 2017 at 11:00 am

      The first step in any solution is correctly identifying and articulating the real problem.

      It’s not just fossil fuels, but any hydrocarbon/carbon based fuel that produces CO2.

      Yes, fossil fuels will run short at some time in the future, or so we’ve been hearing for decades now, and that projected date just keeps receding further into the future.

      So what, exactly, is the real problem? An energy marketplace distorted by elitist hallucinations about how the earth should be? What fuels we should use? When? Where? At what “reasonable” price?

      Or should US gasoline prices cease being subsidized by the blood of our Marines in Fallujah?

      Recommended reading: “The True Flag” by Stephen Kinzer

  111. Congratulations, and thanks! As soon I read Al Gore’s book years ago, I realised that we were being fed propaganda.
    Ian Plimer’s ‘Heaven and Earth’ and Robert Carter’s ‘Climate – the Counter Consensus’ were the books I read next – a breath of fresh air with a grip on reality.
    It didn’t take me long to realise what the website ‘Skeptical Science’ was peddling either – selectively ignoring valid points I’d made, not to mention a sneering and condescending attitude to those who saw things differently.
    What a contrast WUWT is – well done.

    • Carbon 500:
      Hear, hear!!!!
      WUTW has been truly a “light in the firmament” …. the ‘firmament’ being the darkness of intellectual dishonesty, political pandering, promoting fake-science as Gospel, ‘sinecurism’ in pursuit of public-funding, Charlatanism and snake-oil salesmanship.

  112. WUTW has been truly a “light in the firmament”

    Yes, it has.
    And, oddly enough, the longest burning light bulb in the world (only turned off a few times for brief periods), was first turned on in 1901. It’s still burning….and its filament is made of CARBON.

    (I’d tell you where it is but those who voted for Governor Moonbeam would protest it or try to break it.)

  113. Congratulations, Anthony. When it’s all done and dusted I reckon this site will go down in the records as a key factor in busting the climate scam.

  114. Aaaaand a Special Thanks to DeSmogBlog et al for it’s unwitting contribution to Anthony Watts’ success.
    That’ll learn ya.

  115. +1, thumbs-up, liked, commented & subscribed (to several articles at least, hehe).

    Many thanks, tanto amore, e mucha suerte. Ganbatte ne!

  116. Accusation of censorship of your blog by you is a typical free-luncher scam, they want you to pay to publicize their notions. Of course neo-Marxists, which most climate alarmists are, will claim that you have money and they don’t (It’s Marxist presumptions of fixed-pie economics and drive-to-the-bottom ethics, which are based on denial of the human mind).

  117. I’m reading WUWT about 4 years now. I have found it to be a truly great and diverse resource. I’m Irish and in absolute despair about the media in this country. This website (despite the forays into annoying topics like Catholic bashing or Brexit) is a fantastically refreshing and open website of ideas and viewpoints (diametrically the opposite of the Irish and Western media generally). It gives me great hope for the future where I had previously been in despair. A completely random list of some things this website has introduced me to in that period that come to mind are:

    Adam Curtiss’s documentaries (they’re fantastic)
    Thomas Nagle’s Mind and Cosmos
    Hillary Clinton’s serious illness that the media were hiding (what else are they hiding?)
    The statistical language R (I now use it at work)
    Bayesian data analysis
    J Haidt’s The Righteous Mind (I think that was from here but might have been a link to a link to a link..)
    And many many others that don’t come to mind now…

    I have had orders more intellectual stimulation from this site than I have had from the Irish (and sometimes British) media after following it for over 40 years. Well done and thank you many times over. Keep up the good work and the excellent (EXCELLENT!!) moderating.

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