The New WUWT Theme

Here’s a thread for everyone to list all their complaints, and even the occasional compliment on the operation and appearance of the new theme.

We’ve seen comments coming in through through emails and the contact us forms, but here is a centralized repository for comment.

UPDATE – From Anthony

I have already done the following items to improve the look:

  1. Darkened the text in posts and comments from the original look to improve contrast
  2. Enabled our new commenting system that allows you to rate comments and to edit them after the fact (see the gear icon)
  3. Put back the blogroll
  4. Misc other small tweaks.

Note that I’ll look at every comment, but I have no patience for people that are running an ancient browser (like Internet Explorer 8) or and old version of Firefox….or some weird Linux/Centos/Chromium variant that isn’t compliant – we can’t help you there. Likewise, if you are still running on Windows XP, and complaining about load times, broken things etc. – please don’t.

Now is a good time for everybody to upgrade their systems to be in the present rather than the past.

I welcome comments on real issues, and ideas for improvement. With every change, there are some who don’t like change simply because of change. I can’t help you there, as we are moving forward to be more effective in what will become a very ugly climate fight this year.

Thanks and kind regards,

Anthony Watts

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December 27, 2020 2:05 pm

Ummm… “We are not worthy!”?

Thanks for all you all do.

December 27, 2020 2:05 pm

I normally hate change but I like this one.

December 27, 2020 2:06 pm

The new theme looks OK to me, but I must adjust the text size up a couple of ticks in my browser. (I do that with many websites.) I like the ability to edit my posted comments to correct for typos, etc.

December 27, 2020 2:08 pm

Is there a way to use html tags? I like to embed links in sentences but, as far as I can tell, the only to embed a link displays the whole url rather than something like ‘wuwt’ so I’m stuck with …

Reply to  commieBob
December 27, 2020 2:12 pm

First you write the sentence, highlight it, klick on the link button and paste the link overwriting the highlighted text in the edit-box
The new theme

Last edited 2 years ago by Krishna Gans
Reply to  commieBob
December 27, 2020 2:12 pm

I just noticed a typo:

… the only to way embed a link displays …

For a brief while we used to be able to edit our posts. That was nice.

Reply to  commieBob
December 27, 2020 2:14 pm

OK, one more time for good luck …

… the only to way embed a link displays …

Reply to  commieBob
December 27, 2020 2:15 pm

You can edit your comment for a short time.
Moving the mouse in the lower right corner of your comment, you’ll find the tag
just edited with the gear symbol

Last edited 2 years ago by Krishna Gans
Reply to  Krishna Gans
December 27, 2020 2:18 pm

Thank you very much. I just tried editing the comment. If you can see this it worked. 🙂

Last edited 2 years ago by commieBob
Reply to  commieBob
December 27, 2020 2:20 pm

It does 😀

Reply to  commieBob
December 27, 2020 2:27 pm

And now, give it a try to link 😀

Reply to  Krishna Gans
December 28, 2020 9:38 am

Ah, just found it – the “Manage Content” gear icon. Thanks!

Reply to  commieBob
December 27, 2020 3:08 pm

The edit option sees to only seems to exist for an hour or so after the post is made.

Reply to  MarkW
December 28, 2020 4:03 am

thats pretty standard and an hr is plenty of time

December 27, 2020 2:09 pm
  1. the new theme is fine, I like it.
  2. the blockquote isn’t optimal, there, the old one was much better.
  3. The color of the commentors name isn’t the best.
  4. The way to post links need for most of us some explanations
  5. The toolbox with editing tags is fine to have it.

Will be good to know, how long the time is for editing a comment

Last edited 2 years ago by Krishna Gans
Reply to  Krishna Gans
December 27, 2020 9:31 pm

The color of the commentor’s name isn’t the best.

Perhaps the commenter’s name could be a bit darker or maybe bold or a text size bigger.?

Reply to  Krishna Gans
December 27, 2020 9:37 pm

agree with point 3

John V. Wright
December 27, 2020 2:11 pm

Love the fact that we can give thumbs up and down to posts. We WUWT followers in the UK are just grateful for its existence, for all the work done by Anthony, Charles, Eric and the team, and for all the informed discussion from the many contributors. The next four years will be tough – WUWT that is a much-needed balancing scientific forum. Keep going everyone 👍🏻!

Reply to  John V. Wright
December 27, 2020 3:04 pm

Hear, hear!

Travis Whitehead
Reply to  John V. Wright
December 27, 2020 4:54 pm

WUWT is a much-needed balancing scientific forum
Yes, and it seems that “Climate Change” may have just been a trial to see if science could be coopted into a ‘religion’ through fear. Having succeeded beyond all hopes, they could start the Covid fear game

December 27, 2020 2:12 pm

I like it, but my only nit is reading on my phone; when I open a story and scroll down it appears not everything loads and I am taken back to the top of the page.

Reply to  Derg
December 27, 2020 8:59 pm

What phone and browser do you use because I don’t have that problem?

December 27, 2020 2:14 pm

Not to be picky or anything but a “dark theme” would be nice…
It would go with all the other dark colour schemes I configure for my other apps.

Reply to  rickk
December 27, 2020 2:31 pm

I like dark themes and use them whenever available as well. This format is fine. It’s what you get used to. The little font/format menu when writing comments is great to have.

December 27, 2020 2:15 pm

I like it.

December 27, 2020 2:16 pm

Love the look and feel of the new theme.

December 27, 2020 2:18 pm

Love the new theme … well done and thank you so much to Mr Watts and all of the volunteers who make this great site possible !

Nick Schroeder
December 27, 2020 2:44 pm

I like it especially being able to post graphics easily.

Like this one.

Desert Rock NV 2017 4 plots.jpg
Alastair Brickell
Reply to  Nick Schroeder
December 27, 2020 9:05 pm

On the other hand I can’t see how I can save images like the one you posted as a .jpg or whatever. It only gets saved with a .webp suffix and I can’t open this in Firefox (the latest update).

Reply to  Alastair Brickell
December 28, 2020 1:04 am

You will have to do screenshots… 🙂

Reply to  Alastair Brickell
December 28, 2020 1:42 am

Snip and Sketch lets you save an image from the web into any format you want.

Gunga Din
Reply to  Nick Schroeder
December 28, 2020 5:50 am

I’ve noticed images, like your graph, in comments in this new format begore but they were to small to read.
Just now and it enlarged!
I tried the “back arrow” on my browser and it took me back to the WUWT home page.

TIP: I tried it again looking for something I missed and noticed the small circle with and X init in the lower right corner of the image.
Clicked on the X and it brought me back to where I was in the thread.

Suggestion: Perhaps a tab on the title bar next to “TEST” with instructions/examples of what each of the new comment icon does? Along the lines of “Ric Werme’s guide to WUWT”?
Or replace Ric’s examples under “TEST” for the old with examples for the new? (Might want to rename “TEST” to something like “TEST WITH DEMOS”.

Gunga Din
Reply to  Gunga Din
December 28, 2020 10:11 am

Just now and it enlarged!”
Should have been:
“Just now I clicked on it and it enlarged!”

old engineer
December 27, 2020 2:46 pm

I like it. Much better than the old system. Like others, I thank you for being here. We are going to need WUWT during the next four years.

December 27, 2020 2:48 pm

I would consider a paid subscription if it got rid of the ads, or even just the obnoxious ones like the huge popup at bottom-center. (And those “recommended” clickbait junk links.)

Second choice would be to go back to the old user experience, which wasn’t broken.

Being able to up/downvote and edit comments are improvements.

Last edited 2 years ago by jdgalt
Reply to  jdgalt1
December 27, 2020 4:55 pm

I use ‘Adblock Plus‘ & ‘Gostery‘ in Firefox

= No adds,no popups, no problems

Nigel in California
Reply to  saveenergy
December 27, 2020 5:44 pm

On my phone the ads still show. They are pretty annoying, dividing the text into several sections.

Reply to  saveenergy
December 27, 2020 6:30 pm

Adblocking is a bad solution as it removes any income Anthony might be getting. I agree the popup add bottom middle is terrible. Ads on the edge are fine.

Reply to  saveenergy
December 28, 2020 4:05 am

DNT and blur by Abine are useful too

Gilbert K. Arnold
Reply to  saveenergy
December 28, 2020 1:35 pm

or ‘uBlock Origin” in Firefox

Joel O'Bryan
Reply to  jdgalt1
December 27, 2020 8:12 pm

Anthony’s WUWT is “monetized.” As evidenced by all the ads that appear around the edges of the blog posts. Anthony gets a monthly revenue stream for this blog because of the ads. If he violates Terms of Service or if the Climate Libtards demand his host-service black-list him, then he’ll get “de-monetized.” I strongly support Anthony getting “monetized” for this open forum he has created (with the help of lots of others like CtM, Willis, EricW, and his moderator team, plus Guest posters) to express climate (and now Covid) opinions and expose the climate scam to a wide international viewership.

Last edited 2 years ago by Joel O’Bryan
Reply to  jdgalt1
December 27, 2020 9:14 pm

The Ads are probably provided by Google with not a lot of choice. I am totally sick of seeing the ones about an enlarged prostate as I no longer have one. They are actually not very clever because I have never clicked on one and the tinnitus is the other stupid one as having got hearing aids it is no longer a problem for me as it used to drive me crazy. Like a bunch of cicadas in your ears.
I must admit that ads like you see at the bottom of a page really annoys me when it covers content.
The only ads I click on are Greenpeace ones hoping that it costs them every time.:))

Tim Gorman
December 27, 2020 2:49 pm

It’s fine with me. No problems. Haven’t figured out how to post multiple images yet but I’m sure I’ll figure it out.

Good job!

December 27, 2020 2:56 pm

I’m not a fan of the new theme, I kind’a liked the old theme but… meh. As long as WUWT is fighting the good fight, I’ll be here reading the insightful and informative studies, articles and analysis from some of the serious players in the CAGW fight. I do wish something could be done about the Reference Pages but, WordPress… go figure.

December 27, 2020 2:59 pm

I love the darkened text. The modern look is for text so feint to be near illegible. Any graphic designer who didn’t follow the current fashion would be considered hopelessly out of date, my dear.
But, but, but… please also darken the text in the comments section like this:
Thanks and kind regards,

Edit: Ah! The comments are in the darker text once they’re posted.

Last edited 2 years ago by Graham Lyons
Reply to  Graham Lyons
December 28, 2020 12:18 am

Yes, it would be good to see darker comments when actually composing the text . Also the red theme reminds me of the claim that the earth is on fire. I personally liked the blue of the old theme as it says ‘calm’. Apart from that everyone has done a great job in modernising the site and getting rid of the clutter on the right hand side


Mike Dubrasich
Reply to  tonyb
December 28, 2020 10:42 am

My practice is to compose my comments in Notepad++ first, check them carefully, and then cut-and-paste them into the comment box.

bcause My ytping is soabd I alwys have mupltle coreections to mak, and oftwen hit some stpiud key thgat sendsd the whle commment into obljkvio

Notepad++ is freeware. You’ll love it. I love the new theme, too. Well done, Team!

December 27, 2020 3:04 pm

Overall I like the new look and only have one comment. I’m missing the ability to scroll through and see which articles I’ve clicked on and which ones I haven’t. For me the title went from black to grey if I had clicked on it. Just due to a busy schedule I’m often days behind on my reading and marked articles make it much easier to figure out where I left off.

In conjunction with that, on the bottom is a list of what you’ve missed but for me it shows the latest posted articles whether I’ve read them or not.

Reply to  Darrin
December 27, 2020 3:32 pm

Darrin I agree I have the same problem, after a day or two you forget where you were. Apart from that I really like the new format although I admit I had a little moan about it to begin with but now I’ve got used to it I like it. As long as wuwt can get through the next four years a few niggles won’t really matter.

Nigel in California
Reply to  Darrin
December 27, 2020 6:47 pm

I second this. Great feature.

Reading the comments here at WUWT has been a source of ultra-learning for me. The more useful the comments section becomes the more efficiently we can learn.

It used to be a feature a couple of years ago but then went away.

December 27, 2020 3:05 pm

‘Not crazy about it. Too much scrolling to review latest posts. Fully 1/3 of the screen (right side) is ads and fluff. Ads everywhere. Using latest Firefox browser. Nonetheless, your attention to the site and desire to improve it are outstanding.

Reply to  AC4CA
December 27, 2020 4:57 pm

I use ‘Adblock Plus‘ & ‘Gostery‘ in Firefox

= No adds,no popups, no problems

Martin C
Reply to  AC4CA
December 27, 2020 7:33 pm

Agree with the comment that over 1/3 screen on the right side is too much. It was OK before; now just too wide.

Eric Vieira
December 27, 2020 3:07 pm

I noticed something one one post. A table I made (two columns) was scrambled up. Tabs and spaces seem to be ignored. I don’t know if that can be corrected…

Reply to  Eric Vieira
December 27, 2020 3:16 pm

Which post? Please provide a link.

December 27, 2020 3:07 pm

The banner with the “About”, “Climate Fail Files” is always on the screen. It should just stay at the top of the page. I’d rather not lose that 1/2 inch of real estate. When combined with the add that’s always on the bottom of the screen, there’s not a lot of room left for the article or posts.

Worse, neither is calculated in when doing a page up or page down Every time I page up or down, I then have to use the arrow key key 4 or 5 times to get the text I want to read out from under the banner or the ad.

Gary from Chicagoland
Reply to  MarkW
December 27, 2020 8:12 pm

I fully agree the top banner has to go

Reply to  Gary from Chicagoland
December 27, 2020 9:19 pm

nah.. I Luv it !

Reply to  MarkW
December 28, 2020 1:33 am


Reply to  MarkW
December 28, 2020 1:51 am

Mark, I agree on the banner. The only time I myself ever use it is on the odd occasions I need to go into “Tips and Notes.”

I don’t seem to have the same problem as you do with page up/page down, though.

BTW, you can get rid of the ad at the bottom, There is a little X tool way over on the right of the screen. Sometimes this tool goes underneath the up-arrow (“go to top”) tool in the lower right, and sometimes it takes a few tries, but you can get rid of it.

December 27, 2020 3:23 pm

How about updating the blogroll and including a list of golden oldies that do not update much if any more.

Rick C
December 27, 2020 3:25 pm

The only thing I miss is that the titles of posts previously viewed don’t change color – e.g black to blue. Made it easy to spot new posts when I didn’t have a chance to check for a couple of days. Thanks Anthony and the rest of the regular posters. This is the best site on the internet.

Peta of Newark
December 27, 2020 3:27 pm


December 27, 2020 3:49 pm

For all the people complaining about ads, three things:

Thing1: uBlock Origin or similar takes seconds to install and kills the vast majority dead. That said;

Thing2: WUWT earns revenue from ads. So they become part of the funding to keep WUWT going.

Thing3: I like the ads. Keeps me informed as to what the people collecting information on me and selling it think I’m interested in. Sometimes I google oddball sh*t just to see how long it takes before I see ads for it.

Beta Blocker
Reply to  davidmhoffer
December 27, 2020 4:59 pm

If I ever see an ad for a product called ‘ColMosby’s homestyle molten salt reactors’ you can be sure I will click on it — if nothing else just to see if the product claims are believable.

Reply to  davidmhoffer
December 28, 2020 12:21 am

Yes, the ads are an important source of revenue so we have to put up with them whilst enjoying the fact that algorithms are still very dumb as I don think any of the ads displayed to me have ever bee the slightest bit relevant


Reply to  tonyb
December 28, 2020 9:44 am

Can you selectively block the ear wax ones though? The pictures on those can be nauseating.

Reply to  davidmhoffer
December 28, 2020 1:35 am

I click on the ads just so WUWT earns a little money

I also have me Brave shields down on WUWT for the same reason

Last edited 2 years ago by Redge
Reply to  Redge
December 28, 2020 11:53 am

I got banned from google adsense (ban is for lifetime no recourse) because during an election year google was posting political ads that interested my readers in specific locations. so they read the ads.I got banned for them always clicking ads.

Last edited 2 years ago by Dmacleo
Reply to  davidmhoffer
December 28, 2020 9:43 am

You can donate to support WUWT (although I don’t see the link anymore?) But I agree with someone else’s suggestion about a paid subscription to eliminate ads.

Reply to  davidmhoffer
December 29, 2020 11:30 am

I agree the ads are necessary along with your reasoning consider this, I am not a scientist some articles are complex and I can get easily lost,how many people would pay for a subscription to something they find difficult to understand. Wuwt needs more and more readers in the hope that more people will leave the dark side and see the agw scam for what it is. The warmists have all the media, TV press facetube etc to them almost the whole world is a stage from which to shout their message, they’ve even enlisted children. Compared to that we are barely whispering. I fear charging people to hear the truth will just make the mountain we have to climb even taller. Just a thought.

December 27, 2020 3:52 pm

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Joel O'Bryan
Reply to  fred250
December 27, 2020 8:14 pm

That is one BMF check mark there Fred.

Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
December 27, 2020 9:17 pm

Wasn’t really meant to be that big.. still learning that aspect

Tried a emoji from (symbols)

It was going to be HUGE !!! 🙂

Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
December 27, 2020 10:10 pm


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Joel O'Bryan
December 27, 2020 3:54 pm


  1. EDIT!!!
  2. thumbs up/down vote
  3. text editing gear bar, instead of HTML markup coding.


  1. Googleads popup at bottom of window are now frequent and annoying.
  2. scrolling news banner – just annoying.
  3. Contributor’s quotes in the main article have too much bold, big fonts, and HUGE quotation marks.
December 27, 2020 3:56 pm

The last month or so of the previous WP theme was a pain as it functioned correctly for several minutes using the Safari, Chrome or Firefox browser on my Mac (OS10.11.6) but then “disappeared” everything when scrolling up or down, with a spinning orb before the desired portion of the page did or often didn’t render.

This problem didn’t exist during my previous decade of visiting WUWT almost every day. WUWT tweaked a few things and although the site was fine in Chrome and Firefox in the final weeks of the previous theme, the problem remained for the Mac’s native Safari browser.

The new theme works perfectly in all browsers on my Mac and I’m tapping this out in Safari.

I’m suspicious that the updating ads at the top of WUWT pages have disappeared and so too have the technical problems. There’s now a string of ads on the right side of WUWT pages, but they’re static instead of streaming what was probably corrupt code for certain browsers, at least on the Mac.

Hopefully they’re bringing in some revenue and you stick with them because the ads constantly updated by an external server (probably Google) create headaches for some readers.

I note I’ve currently got this page open in Safari and Chrome, with Safari having no pop-up ad at the bottom of the page but Chrome having the pop-up. However, it’s a static ad and isn’t affecting how Chrome consistently renders all of the page.

December 27, 2020 4:00 pm

Hey, I just got an email telling me my comment was approved. That’s new and kinda cool. But do I need it? No. Refreshing to see if a comment has been approved plus load all the new comments is pretty simple, in fact it is one mouse click. OK, a click and maybe some scrolling.

I’m OK with it if the majority of people prefer it, but I just delete it out of hand anyway and just consider it additional clutter in my inbox. Unless there is a setting or that?

Reply to  davidmhoffer
December 27, 2020 4:10 pm

That said… I wouldn’t mind an email alerting me that someone has replied to one of my comments. Sometimes a reply comes in way after I ceased following a thread and I only find out by accident when I revisit the thread looking for something else.

Reply to  davidmhoffer
December 28, 2020 12:22 am

Fully agree with that David


Reply to  davidmhoffer
December 28, 2020 1:56 am

Yes, I agree. It would be particularly useful for us occasional guest authors, when someone puts on a new comment several days after the thread seems to have wound down.

Reply to  davidmhoffer
December 28, 2020 9:46 am

I just subscribe to updates (“subscribe” just above the comment box up top) and it seems to work just fine?

Reply to  davidmhoffer
December 28, 2020 4:11 am

ive had a couple too
its cos we used a bad word like K*ll in a sentence dont think Anthonys got control over that, its a “feature” of the algos i reckon

December 27, 2020 4:02 pm

Thank you very much for re-installing the Blogroll/Bookmarks on the right side. I occasionally link to them.

The Polar Ice and ENSO value page & graphs seem to be broken sometimes. Is this beyond WUWT’s control?

Visiting since 2007!

Pat from kerbob
December 27, 2020 4:05 pm

As a conservative I like all sensible change

I’m growing to like the format

Of course, I’m just a mouth, I’m not one of those pasting data, charts, links, etc

I’m in learning mode

R. Morton
December 27, 2020 4:13 pm

I’m really liking it – with the tweaks 😉

Thanks Anthony – for all you do providing this invaluable resource!

December 27, 2020 4:14 pm

We’ll need to be on the warpath now, that’s understandable, but perhaps a slightly more subtle color for the hyperlinked words in the main text and comments might be good? Seems like it’s just a bit too red …

Beta Blocker
December 27, 2020 4:35 pm

Is there an upper limit as to how much text can be posted inside one comment? For example, an upper limit in terms of bytes or number of text characters including spaces?

The reason for asking this question is that I’m not in a position to submit a formal WUWT article. It would be much too dangerous to my career. And so I sometimes write article-length comments in order to cover a topic in the detail I think is necessary.

What I usually do is write these long comments in a notepad text file for the first draft and then copy the text into the comment box when I’m done.

The editing feature has made it much simpler to write these article length comments because any typos and formatting mistakes can be quickly corrected.

December 27, 2020 4:36 pm

Only flaw I see is hitting the spacebar to scroll up the main page; it moves up by the full window height, but should do so only by the height excluding the header. I’ve seen this on more sights than those which do the right thing, and don’t know what the difference is. It’s a minor annoyance at worst.

December 27, 2020 4:44 pm

We can now post images?
Thank you.

December 27, 2020 4:47 pm

I made a darker and wider theme for Stylus (Stylish) which you can find by searching for Watts Up With That.

Last edited 2 years ago by STRICQ
December 27, 2020 5:10 pm

Thanks team, great improvement

December 27, 2020 5:11 pm

Whats the point of complaining when the answer is always the same, die b*tch!

December 27, 2020 5:15 pm

Thanks for replaclng the Bookmarks (blogroll). I liked the old style a bit better, but then I always like the older style better until I get used to the new one.

An image test:

Remus colourised.png
Reply to  OK S.
December 28, 2020 4:04 am

Woohoo, we can post images again, for a while. Just copy image into the cut-paste buffer, then click on the canvas under edit and paste it. Easy peasy.
comment image
I like your colorized image of this 1937 tobacco worker. Looks like Ol’ Remus.

Reply to  Johanus
December 28, 2020 8:56 am

Yes, it does. There’s still a big hole on Tuesdays.

Last edited 2 years ago by OK S.
Frank Hansen
December 27, 2020 5:49 pm

The lines in the posted material are too long to be viewed on an iPad. I need to magnify the letters to be able to read them, and then I can only see part of each line. Therefore, I can only read the text by constantly refocusing the view. The old format was better in this regard.

it should be possible to choose font size like in Kindle, where the lines then automatically are made shorter to fit the page.

Ron Van Wegen
December 27, 2020 6:27 pm

So much red. Shouldn’t the dominant colour be kinda more blue? Just sayin’!

Gunga Din
Reply to  Ron Van Wegen
December 28, 2020 6:22 am

It would be nice if we could choose a “theme color” like can be done with Office but that may not be an option available with the new format.
If it is, maybe down the road it will be incorporated. I doubt many of us realize the work that went into and continues to go into making the switch. Priorities.

Nigel in California
December 27, 2020 6:37 pm

There is a lot of ‘white space’ between comments which leads to a lot of scrolling on mobile. Perhaps this could be improved to be a little more compact.

The color of the commenters name makes it a little hard to notice.

I think the ‘red theme’ is too aggressive and carries too much baggage from various places. Strongly recommend trying a different color theme that has a little more of neutral feeling to it.

Myron Mesecke
December 27, 2020 6:58 pm

I prefer Serif fonts for reading anything that is fairly long in length. Having spent 20 years the printing industry I saw quite a few different fonts, Serif ones seem easier on my eyes. So the new Sans Serif font on WUWT wears on me and I lose interest. They are fine for emails and memos but for reading articles and stories give me Serifs.

Reply to  Myron Mesecke
December 28, 2020 3:13 am

Indeed serif fonts require less brain power. Copywriters know this. Courier is one of the best. Science is your friend when you want to communicate effectively. If it’s a war Anthony, get the right ammo.

Last edited 2 years ago by Warren
December 27, 2020 7:05 pm

I was a bit dismayed, at first, to see yet another favorite website update itself. But after using it for a while now, don’t see any problems.

Use Ubuntu Linux, i7 with 16GB RAM on a fanless mini PC and a 32 inch curved HD monitor. Everything looks good.

December 27, 2020 7:14 pm

The news crawl at the top of the page is a bit cheap looking. I thought dynamic stuff like that was discouraged by the best website designers. For me, it distracts from the static reading. But I DO like everything else, even though I’m not spending as much time here now.

Tom Abbott
December 27, 2020 7:24 pm

I would like some way to tell which posts are new in a comment thread when I revisit the thread. Previously, WUWT software would highlight the new posts in a different color, which made it easy to scroll down through the comments to find new ones.

The scrolling healines bar at the top of the main page is distracting. But I solve that by scrolling it out of sight. 🙂

December 27, 2020 7:36 pm

I like the new look. I think the bookmark section needs some maintenance. There are four categories:
1. Dead links – pages no longer exist – World Climate Report.
2 .Incorrect links – links were correct but haven’t been updated – UAH AMSU Daily Temps
3. Historical links – pages that are correct but are no longer being updated – EcoTretas (some are very old, but still contain useful information)
4. Correct/updated links.

December 27, 2020 7:37 pm

Looks Good Watts! Nice upgrade.

The scrolling graphic bar does make me dizzy though… If your going to have something like that make it shaped like a planet and have the text wrap around it… heh.


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December 28, 2020 7:52 am


Gregg Eshelman
December 27, 2020 7:37 pm

Can you make ALL the text on a white background black? In this box when typing a message, the text is a very light HARD TO SEE grey. The dates and In “Category” under the three Related links are also hard to see light grey. Just LOOK at a WUWT page and anywhere you see text on white and the text ain’t black (or some other easy to see color), make it black.

Low contrast text is a scourge upon the WWW and should be eliminated.

glen ferrier
December 27, 2020 7:43 pm

I love your site Anthony! I would like to see a new tab/sub-tab; call it what you will, but keep a running list of the most ridiculus climate studies, things like Climate Change Will Lead to Increased Prostitution. You could name it something like Shameless. I have noted that you have a Goreathon subpage.

Happy New Year,


December 27, 2020 8:13 pm

Thank you Anthony. With the technological nightmare that exists today, good content delivered in an understandable way is greatly appreciated. Keep up the good work.

December 27, 2020 8:19 pm

I suggest that whenever Mosher, Stokes or the other clown comment, you put a warning in red indicating their comments are greatly disputed.

Joel O'Bryan
Reply to  Independent_George
December 27, 2020 9:07 pm

except for Mosh’s drive-bys, his longer, more explained posts are usually very much worth considering and heeding. Same with Nick S. When they take the time to respond with reasoned critiques and explanations, it helps everyone (well, most everyone) not get too full of themselves.

Last edited 2 years ago by Joel O’Bryan
Reply to  Independent_George
December 28, 2020 12:31 am

The majority of people here are singing from the same hymn sheet and it is good to read other considered points of view. If you believe someone like Nick is a ‘clown’ then you should be easily able to defeat him in debate. Nick is unfailingly polite and writes at great length.

When Mosh provides one of his reasoned responses he is also very much worth listening to. His drive by style he has developed over the last few years is irritating though


Gunga Din
Reply to  tonyb
December 28, 2020 6:44 am

One of the things that has made WUWT what it is is that all views are welcome as long as they abide by the site’s policies. (The site’s policies can be found under “ABOUT” in the title bar.)
“You have to agree with me!” is NOT one of the site’s policies.

Regarding the new format: I hit “reply” to tonyb then realized my comment should be a reply to Independent_George.
I looked for but didn’t see a “Cancel Reply” button. Did I just miss it?

December 27, 2020 8:26 pm


purple sky.jpg
Joel O'Bryan
Reply to  clipe
December 27, 2020 9:10 pm

cricket confuses me.

Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
December 27, 2020 9:22 pm

that constant chirping, a bit much for you ? 😉

December 27, 2020 8:56 pm

I like it now I have adjusted but occasionally I am unsure if when I give a high rating if I am doing the right thing as I am not sure which side I am supporting.
I just figure sometimes that the person bringing it to our attention deserves it.
I like being able to upvote posts again as sometimes that saves a post myself.
Well done everyone.

John Francis
December 27, 2020 9:05 pm

It’s just fine Anthony. I don’t know what we skeptics would do without the WUWT website. It has changed history for the better, in so many ways.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  John Francis
December 28, 2020 4:59 am

“I don’t know what we skeptics would do without the WUWT website.”

Isn’t that the truth!

Alastair Brickell
December 27, 2020 9:19 pm

I generally like the new look:


  1. Red up arrow on bottom right to get to the top of article…very useful
  2. Easier and quicker to comment


  1. Scrolling news at top
  2. Difficulty in copying posted graphics as .jpg files
  3. Pop up ad at bottom centre of page…a nuisance (especially as it covers my much loved red up arrow at bottom right!) but a very small price to pay for Anthony getting some payment for all his hard work over the years.
  4. No little solar image with sunspots on right…that was a useful feature and will be now that solar minimum has passed.
Kenneth C Mitchell
December 27, 2020 9:28 pm

Shouldn’t this have been done on 12/23? As part of the Airing of Grievances?

Last edited 2 years ago by Kenneth C Mitchell
Patrick MJD
December 27, 2020 9:38 pm

I like the new look and the ability to edit a post as I am a terrible speller.

December 27, 2020 9:53 pm

I like it!!!

Steve Case
December 27, 2020 10:42 pm

Yay! I can post images here at WUWT again (-:
Posting from my files is kind of crappy but from a URL it works great:
comment image

Reply to  Steve Case
December 28, 2020 4:12 am

Don’t abuse the privilege.

December 27, 2020 10:55 pm

I LOVE the changes to this set up.

The one dislike I have are the dim green person names, maybe have them bolded or bigger?

Makes it easier for my old eyes to read them well when I scroll the thread as a Moderator…….

Last edited 2 years ago by Sunsettommy
Gunga Din
Reply to  Sunsettommy
December 28, 2020 6:58 am

I noticed that some have names have labels “Admin” and “Editor”.
(I haven’t seen a comment from Anthony or Charles the Moderator yet.)
I assume these indicate permission levels. May I suggest a change.
Anthony: “Yoda” level
CtM: “Jedi Master” level
Admin: “Jedi” level
Editor: “Jedi Apprentice” level

No? Just a thought. 😎

December 27, 2020 11:02 pm

I think it is most excellent to look at and use. My Safari v.14.0.2 handles all aspects well, loads quickly and is smooth.

Well done to the WUWT team for another great innovation. Bravo.

December 27, 2020 11:30 pm

Top blogging site for utility now. so thats a ++++
issues are all with styling ad colors and have been voiced by others already. I endorse all the comments abut style and agree with every one.

are blockquotes in bold?

Yep.Not good.

Last edited 2 years ago by Leo Smith
December 28, 2020 12:01 am

On my ipad I get one column of articles and one of adds. I don’t mind discrete adds but half the page seriously puts me off reading this site. Even with Ghostery, I only get one column of articles and a blamk half screen. On my Mac it is more discrete.

December 28, 2020 12:09 am

It looks crisp, clean and modern… nice job!

December 28, 2020 12:09 am

Looks great! Ability to like posts is, well it is what it is, but I find it helps me to support good comments and keeps me from blathering. Editing capability – haven’t tried it yet, but maybe this comment will make me learn it.

So, thanks very much Anthony and Charles and the rest.

December 28, 2020 1:27 am

I like it

My only niggle is the subscribe button didn’t work for me – it could be my browser (Brave with shields down) – although notification of replies to my comment works

I’ll keep trying

Pamela Matlack-Klein
December 28, 2020 2:07 am

Pretty much like it ok. Love being able to rate comments! My biggest gripe is that Google puts ads at the bottom of the screen, covering content. Sometimes I can make them go away, sometimes the blank box remains, still covering content.

The HyperVentilating, Depraved, and MOST Deplorabl
Reply to  Pamela Matlack-Klein
December 28, 2020 7:17 am

Greetings to you, Pamela:

With all due respect to you and yours, and any others here who use the browser I think you are using, I would suggest that perhaps you should consider migrating away from that browser.

Since I found out about it, I’ve stuck with Firefox (my old favorite, Netscape, was absorbed by someone, not sure who, but in it’s day, it was beyond reproach). I read your comment, as well as comments by others, and have no knowledge of ‘ads covering up content’, as you say. My screen on my computer is completely free of any extraneous ads or other cover-ups.

And, YES! I click on those ‘right-side ads’ to send some revenue to Anthony. Some are quite funny (even if they use deception to get you to click on it, i.e., the ‘topic’ of the presentation is not what you see when you go to the “article”). I’ve tried reading those ‘click-baits’ with and without an AdBlock-type of software, and without an AdBlock, they are almost unreadable.

If I may, and again with all due respect, I would encourage everyone to stop using the “G-word” browser, and if you have it, dump YouTwitFace as fast as you can, and see about using a search engine such as DuckDuckGo, or anything besides “G-word” search engine. If there’s a person in this Universe with a small digital footprint, it just might be yours truly (and no, I don’t even have a cell phone, Praise the Lord, and I hope I leave this planet without having ever touched one … … … SmartPhones make people stupid; SmartPhones make stupid people).

And, just in case you’re wondering about the overly-long handle, I’ve done a lot of posting at Jo’s, and when the resident trolls sling invective at me, I generally adopt the terminology they use for my character. It’s reached the point where I may need to go back to the original invective applied to me by one Mr. Harry “TwinOtter”, whom I refer to as “Dr. DeHavilland”. After I adopted his moniker for me, I saw an historical documentary on “Vlad the Impaler”, and learned that this was a real person in the past, and likely the inspiration for ‘Dracula’.

Regards to you and yours, and a very Happy New Year to us all, but especially Anthony and the phenomenal team of mods,


P.S. Tried posting my entire “handle”, and found out that it will only allow a few characters for the name — — Anthony!!!! This would be a “fix” I’d be in favor of!!! The entire handle (as of now) is “The HyperVentilating, Depraved, and MOST Deplorable (and still asleep) Vlad the Impaler”. Yes, I’m willing to go back to just ‘Vlad the Impaler’, but let us recall ‘Crispin in Waterloo (actually in Beijing … )’ and those sorts of handles … … …

No one
Reply to  The HyperVentilating, Depraved, and MOST Deplorabl
December 28, 2020 10:40 am

One of the sales reps I deal with is originally from Transylvania. Vlad was not only a historical figure, he is still considered a national hero there, and for good reason.

Vlad the Impaler
Reply to  No one
December 28, 2020 12:17 pm

That was my take; at first, I thought “Dr. DeHavilland” was just making things up, then I learned this was an historical figure. I think I earned the moniker as I usually ended up skewering his arguments (ya know, with things like, ‘science’, and ‘logic’, and a geological perspective that most are unaware of … … … ).

Best Regards to all,


Gunga Din
Reply to  The HyperVentilating, Depraved, and MOST Deplorabl
December 28, 2020 11:41 am

Since I’ve made comments here I’ve only two different “handles”.
I made my first comment back … 2012? … after I’d read it for awhile.
I have a Government job. Even back then, my job could have been at stake due to the “Green Goons”. When I realized I was going to be a (semi)-regular commenter, I changed my handle. (Well, aside the occasional typos, I’ve never changed it.) But I sent Anthony an email telling I was going to do it and why.
PS I’ve never changed my email.

But look at it from WUWT’s side.
There are … harassers … all the time. They switch handles, email addresses to get around the site’s policies to continue to disrupt WUWT.
At least keep the same email address so they can “match signatures”.

Last edited 2 years ago by Gunga Din
Climate believer
December 28, 2020 3:22 am

This site is a real education on so many subjects, much appreciated and much improved, especially comments. Things that I’m not keen on I’ll just avoid, like the rolling banner and the voting.

The “notification” feature seems to inform me of all new comments, even if I select replies to my comment only.

Opera Version: 73.0.3856.284.

The red though is way too commie for me. 😉

All the best for the coming year.

December 28, 2020 3:27 am

Hey, I love the new design! I hate that I have to get used to it, but this is my own problem. This is a great forum that cannot be operated at no cost. So users have to finance this or accept the advertising. Anthony and others please continue your great work.

December 28, 2020 4:00 am

my pc with xp broke around the time you changed.
until it broke I saw no reason to fixit;-)
my linux mint 19 is handling the page just fine and Im loving being able to read the pages clearly, and the vote and edits great!
reds not my fave colour but thats decor , and of no importance.
in the scheme of whats IN the pages I appreciate the masses of hard work by all to move and reset the entire site and data
cheers to all concerned

Reply to  ozspeaksup
December 28, 2020 5:07 am

Glad the blog roll is back.
It looks like you will be able to add variations on an as need basis which will lead to further improvements over time.
Thumbs up

Sören F
December 28, 2020 5:28 am

Still think the thick red top ribbon shouldn’t need to be two rows thick – one too many.

Alasdair Fairbairn
December 28, 2020 5:33 am

Bingo! Been wanting to insert images for a long time. Those infected with the CAGW virus (The CAGWISTS) hate this image, much preferring to hide behind manipulated anomalies. I have fun with this and other images on Quora challenging their ability to cope with them.
Great that I can now better contribute to the WUWT comments.
My thanks and appreciation to all at WUWT.

December 28, 2020 5:36 am

It looks so professional I now hesitate to make my lame comments. A major step forward — mega-kudos!

Last edited 2 years ago by BallBounces
December 28, 2020 5:54 am

Anthony, The look is good. I was wondering where the blogroll was.
I noted that many of the links are dead or no longer maintained. ( like GreenHellBlog last entry is 2011 !) If you want, I can audit the list and send which are current, which are ancient, and which are dead.

Yes your war footing is necessary in light of all the attacks that will come under the new administration. I hope Heartland has a vigorous course of action planned….I will support as I am in suburban Chicago.

Last edited 2 years ago by a_scientist
December 28, 2020 5:57 am

larger/bolder font on usernames is only issue I really see. the small/non-bold light greenish font tends to show up washed out.

December 28, 2020 6:03 am

Wrong thread.

Last edited 2 years ago by beng135
December 28, 2020 6:04 am

This is more of a suggestion on content, not so much the look of the website.

What turned me away from alarmism was seeing, and verifying, lists of failed climate predictions. Seeing dozens of doomsdays scenarios from prestigious scientists and organizations that failed made me question whether our current predictions are any better. I would absolutely love to be able to post links to my family/friends that contains the failed climate predictions, along with the verifiable evidence of their failure.

Other than that, keep up the good work

Tombstone Gabby
Reply to  Charles Rotter
December 29, 2020 11:44 am

Many thanks for the link – documentation.

Barnes Moore
December 28, 2020 6:34 am

I liked the old version but I like the new one better. Being able to rate comments is nice, and being able to edit is even better. As for the new look and feel, it’s just different and people will get used to it. My 2 cents worth.

December 28, 2020 6:44 am

thank you for returning the blog roll.

December 28, 2020 7:00 am

Dislikes: The red, prefer the original by far, and the news scroll.
Likes: WUWT, regardless

Tim Spence
December 28, 2020 7:54 am

I like the changes to appearance and functionality, great improvement.
Would like to see the banner image improved, something more dramatic.

Last edited 2 years ago by Tim Spence
Gunga Din
Reply to  Charles Rotter
December 28, 2020 10:38 am

You left out both The USS Enterprise and the Tardis … and adding the StarGate would have been a nice touch.
(I know. Everybody’s a critic.8-)

December 28, 2020 8:46 am

I really liked the no-nonsense style of the previous version, this seems like a plastic surgery update for flash. My read of this site before was on the scholarly serious side, now it’s sadly gone down to daytime talk show feel. Too busy with the scroller, garrish colors, breitbart quotes oof….

December 28, 2020 9:37 am

It was a surprise but overall I like the change. I especially like being able to subscribe to updates WITHOUT having to post something, that’s a big improvement IMO.

THANK YOU for making the text darker, too, that’s helped many of us, apparently.

I have two further suggestions for improvements:
1) Make the text in the input box darker, too (The one I’m using right now to type this – it’s pretty pale)
2) Can you include CONTEXT in the email updates? Especially with the new consolidated format – it’s difficult to understand a simple comment like “But that isn’t true” without knowing what it is responding to (made-up example but you get my meaning). The previous email updates included that context, and I found it VERY helpful for following the conversation.

Reply to  TonyG
December 28, 2020 9:50 am

One other:
I’m planning on changing my email soon. The old format had a way to subscribe to ALL new posts. I’m not seeing that option now, and I’ve seen others ask the same. Can we get that option back?

December 28, 2020 10:42 am

My only complaint so far is that the “reader view” on my iphone often doesn’t work. Other than this, I like the updated site.

December 28, 2020 11:41 am

is it possible for the thumbs up/down show the voters (upon hover like disqus) to the poster voted upon? would be nice if possible

Gunga Din
Reply to  Dmacleo
December 28, 2020 10:26 pm

I do like seeing a “thumbs up” to one of my comments.
But, since I’m usually late to the party, it’s nice to know somebody read it, like it or not.

Walter Sobchak
December 28, 2020 11:58 am

“Now is a good time for everybody to upgrade their systems to be in the present rather than the past.”

I think I will start a Go Fund Me.

Gunga Din
Reply to  Walter Sobchak
December 28, 2020 10:48 pm

I understand. I still don’t have a cell phone. I don’t want one.
I’d still be using Windows XP if I wasn’t “forced” into using Windows 7 and then pushed into Windows 10. (Still resisting “Windows Edge”).
All the upgrades cost money. Some are worth it. Some aren’t.
PS I had a game that ran on whatever Windows was before XP. Someone made an XP patch for the game. But it wouldn’t run on Windows 7. 8-(
But Windows 10 has a feature called “DirectPlay”. Windows 10’s default is to turn it off but you can turn it on.
That old game runs now. A small plus to upgrading but still, for me, an unexpected plus.

December 28, 2020 2:14 pm

Very nice layout, user friendly, can be searched with some sorting criteria.

I like the headline, “The world’s most viewed site on global warming and climate change”.

Your footer links to various social media platforms needs fixing as it just goes to the generic site not your specific page etc.

Was this built with Word Press?

December 28, 2020 3:41 pm

I find the moving banner with headlines annoying and the duplication of what is immediately below a waste of vertical space. Also I like the expanded detail following regular titles to be useful. (I realize this comment is a nitpick only, WUWT is my favorite site. )

December 28, 2020 4:01 pm

Purely an aesthetic gripe, and it may be just me – I’d prefer a cool tone motif (blues) instead of the hot tones (red). Red conveys anger (and warming), whereas blue does not. Again, it may well be just me.

December 28, 2020 6:48 pm

Thanks, Anthony, for all of the work you do, and not forgetting Charles and the tireless moderators all ’round the planet.

I like the new look. It’s taken me a bit to get used to all of its quirks. I wish I could embed a picture without having to use the “source code” braces, but I finally figured that part out.

Finally, the ability for everyone to edit their comments, even for a limited time, is pure gold.

My best to you all,


December 28, 2020 6:49 pm

“I have already done the following items to improve the look:

Darkened the text in posts and comments from the original look to improve contrast

Enabled our new commenting system that allows you to rate comments and to edit them after the fact (see the gear icon)

Put back the blogroll

Misc other small tweaks.”

  1. Thank you!!!
  2. Thank you and I like it!
  3. Thank you! That was going to be my first request, now resolved.
  4. Misc; not obvious to me, yet.

I’ve never been an extrovert and I avoid the garish bright colors, religiously.
But, it is NOT my blog. Your Blog, your rules, your color choices!

I do wish you could fix the “Like” function for articles. I haven’t been able to “Like” an article since midsummer.
Last summer, I managed to fix the WUWT “Like” function on my computer by first logging into the desktop WordPress editor/viewer. That trick hasn’t worked since September.

  • I am using Chrome Version 87.0.4280.88 (Official Build) (64-bit) with privacy activated Duckduckgo enabled.
  • I tend to block popups.
  • My malware prevention software is automatically updated Norton Security that is up-to-date.
  • My computer is a current model HP with a I7 chipset.

Some sites list the people who voted if one hovers the cursor over the vote buttons. It does help me check if I am overreacting to someone’s sarcasm or parody comments that fail to identify their comments with /S or /P.

I take people at their word. Failure to identify statements as sarcasm or parody is commenter hubris as I am not psychic and rely on the words I see.

I was anticipating your ‘mandatory login’ arrangement. I just don’t have the time to waste on comment threads that have been bombed by known serial thread bombers.
No matter how much other commenters claim they like them. That doesn’t justify serial trollops wasting my time.

Consequently, I spend far less time in WUWT than before. Finding threads bombed by malicious trollops usually ends my reading that thread.

Let me rephrase that.
Less reading of threads means much less participation in discussions. Especially since they are not discussions as the trollops make the same repetitiously specious claims with pasted sophistry cut from some propaganda site.

I doubt that I am alone in that respect.

Use of registered MAC addresses may help prevent trollops using multiple aliases. Lord knows that every time I access Apple or iTunes or iCloud they send me an urgent alert that a new machine accessed my account.
Yes, I do wonder why they do not save machine addresses for very long.

Cheers! May you have a wonderful and Happy New Year!!
Without the GND, of course!

Tombstone Gabby
December 28, 2020 9:11 pm

Borrowed from the right hand side – “…flashy (apparently widely distributed)”– Michael E. Mann

The old format was not “flashy” at all – I would use the words solid, staid, substantial, professional.

The new format? Lets just say I’m not only old but old-fashioned.

That said, the new format may attract a little more attention from the younger set, actually get them to read something. If that happens I won’t complain.

Gunga Din
Reply to  Tombstone Gabby
December 28, 2020 10:54 pm

Borrowed from the right hand side – “…flashy (apparently widely distributed)”– Michael E. Mann

But that’s what Mann said.
Even the old WUWT was more light than he could handle.

Reply to  Gunga Din
December 29, 2020 8:57 am

That is what Mann stated about that year’s release of Josh’s excellent calendar, not WUWT’s website.

Tombstone Gabby
Reply to  ATheoK
December 29, 2020 11:30 am

I wasn’t aware of the origin of the Mann quote. Apparently that was made before I started taking an interest in the government’s efforts regarding “climate” and how it could affect my life style and wallet. Now I know. Thank you.

Thomas Gasloli
December 29, 2020 5:44 am

Anyone know how to get rid of those irritating ads that appear at the bottom of the screen now?

Suggestion: a subscription so that those who pay can go ad free.

Reply to  Thomas Gasloli
December 29, 2020 5:57 am

don’t even ignore it…

December 29, 2020 6:19 am

A long time ago, the links to Previous and Next articles were at the head of each post. That made it easy to fast forward past posts which were of less interest. A previous change of style (or host?) forced the Previous and Next links to appear between the current post and the Comments. Not a big deal unless the less interesting post was also very long. If the new style permits the Previous and Next links to be moved back to the head of the current post, that would be my late request to Santa.

Otherwise, WUWT is among my must reads every day. Thanks for a wonderful site.

Roland F Hirsch
December 29, 2020 12:35 pm

The home page is much better organized, making it easier to find specific posts both current ones and earlier ones. The appearance also is very good.

Nigel in California
December 30, 2020 12:25 pm

Is it possible to have a ‘progress’ bar at the top to indicate how far along in the article you are? I find this really helpful to know how long an article is and discern how much more reading will be needed to finish the article. Not having this means I have to scroll up and down a bunch of times to see how long an article is or how close I am to the end of it. There are some popular sites that use such a progress bar and I my impatience is always assuaged by seeing my progress. It helps me to actually commit to reading the entire article if I know what’s needed to finish it.

Thanks for all you work Anthony, this site has changed my life. For the better. Let’s hope that 2021 contains some positive developments.

Frank Hansen
December 30, 2020 8:21 pm

I like the new look but have serious problems with the font size. I commented about that earlier but nobody picket it up. Am I the only one reading the block on an iPad? I easily get a backache and therefore avoid as much as possible to sit before a computer. The iPad is ideal for reading, but I can hardly read the new font without magnifying the view to the extent that the lines no longer fit the page.

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