Unless you are a member of one of Dr. Davis' subscriber forums, such as Cureality
, your web interactions with him are constrained by the limitations of his blog (http://www.wheatbellyblog.com/blog/
). Here are some tips in FAQ form, based entirely on user trial and error, as an ordinary reader of the blog. This applies only to the blog (WBB), and not FaceBook (WBFB - I do not have a FaceBook account).
The Wheat Belly Blog changed format in May 2014. This how-to article on WFF has been updated to cover what WBB users need to know under the new layout.
How Can I Find <Topic>?
The WBB's own Search engine is a bit weak. It apparently only finds content in post titles and basenote content, and never in user Replies.
There is no longer a side list of common topics linked to multiple articles on those topics (which wasn't comprehensive even in the old format). The FAQ link is still a very short list.
To search WBB more extensively, use an external search engine, such as the "Search the Wheat Belly Blog by keyword" link at the top of this page, or use Google Advanced (http://www.google.com/advanced_search
), restricting the "site or domain" to wheatbellyblog.com. For example, here's a search for "nuts" and "phytates" in the last year:https://www.google.com/search?as_q=nuts+phytates&as_epq=&as_oq=&as_eq=&as_nlo=&as_nhi=&lr=&cr=&as_qdr=y&as_sitesearch=wheatbellyblog.com&as_occt=any&safe=images&tbs=&as_filetype=&as_rights=
To find your own replies later, bookmark them as soon as you post them. If there are few enough Replies on a topic when you do that, note that the URL (aka http link or web shortcut) may change when older replies are shifted off to numbered page links. Your original URL will at least get you to the correct topic. Update the bookmark as needed.Who Can Post Replies?
Anyone, choosing any user name, but probably requiring a real email address (not visible to other readers).
The blog apparently does not check for user name conflicts, so you can accidentally use the same name someone else has used. The blog may check for abusive names, and deliberately spoofing someone else is apt to have consequences.
The email address is probably vetted (by means other than sending an email). If it's not from a blacklisted domain, and not specifically blocked due to prior abuse, it's likely good to go.
The "Web Site" field is optional (and popular with spammers, alas). I normally use it to point to this thread on WFF. You can change it from Reply to Reply, and can use it as a second link without triggering moderation.How Do I Get My Avatar to Appear?
Beats me. It appears to be using some social media API, and may depend on what cookies infect your PC/pad/mobile, or how much FaceBook is blabbing about you. You might try using Gravatar
.How Can I Start a New Topic?
You can't. If you are interested in addressing the community of WB followers, or have a question you think might already be answered, use the WFF (this forum).
If you are trying to get Dr. D's attention, post as a Reply to a suitable topic (but see Locked Threads issue below). For a question, be sure to use an external search first.
And no, there is no published email address for the Dr., other than for media. If any addresses he uses become widely known, he'll probably have to abandon them.So how do user posts become basenote topics?
Dr. D. creates a new topic and copies your Reply into it.What Do I Need to Know About Posting Replies?-1. Older threads now locked.
New Article threads older than X weeks are locked (have no Reply links). I have seen "X" vary between 2 and 4 weeks. It may be being adjusted based on the volume of new articles, to limit the number of open threads.
Alas, people with questions unrelated to current base articles tend to post them wherever, unless they know about Wheat Free Forum. I'd like to think this is a transitional situation, for the WBB threads are going to get polluted with off-topic content.0. Post source snippets.
> I conjecture that ...
I disagree ...
Replies can get disconnected all too easily, leaving readers wondering what you're on about. What you replied to can get deleted, or eaten by a blog bug. In any case, people have to scroll up to ponder what you might have had in mind. So quote some of the source, using "quotes" or > setoff punctuation.1. Reply Threading
In a typical topic thread, there are two kinds of _Reply_ links:
a. The one at the bottom of the page is for replies to the basenote.
b. Those under previous Replies are for replying to those replies.
If there are replies with and without _Reply_ links, those without are at the maximum nesting depth.2. Nesting Depth
The prior blog limited reply nesting to 5 deep. Those at level 5 had no reply links. I haven't observed a limit under the new format, but if one appears: to add to the bottom of the level 5 replies, reply to the nearest level 4 reply above. Your reply may not end up directly under what you're replying to, so quote source snippets.
3. Security (was: CAPTCHA timeouts
Captcha is no longer used and there doesn't seem to be any nesting failure for replies that aren't posted rapidly.
The new format seems to be using other heuristics to block 'bot replies. This occasionally seems to block content that seems completely harmless. If I can puzzle it out, I'll update here.
Various things can cause your post to not appear immediately (to anyone but you and the moderator(s)). Of the things that non-abusive posters do, the main cause for moderation is including more than one URL in your reply (even if all such URLs are to WBB itself).
To reference multiple URLs, there are some choices:
- Put them in a WFF post, and link to that.
- Use multiple Replies.
- For just 2 URLs, put one in the "Web Site" field of the dialog. I have tested this and found it to work, but be sure to clear that field on your next post, as your cookies will cause it to be re-populated with the last used URL.
If you end up in moderation it can easily take 24 hours or more before the Reply gets reviewed and released.
Spamming, trolling and personal attacks can cause Replies to vanish, and might result in email addresses being banned as well. Egregiously foul language might do it too. Simple complaints or challenging questions about your WB results do not get you deleted. I think the blog hears from pretty much everyone who doesn't get immediate textbook results.
On the white hat side, there is no [Abuse] link, nor any other way to notify the WBB moderator(s) of abusive articles, a definite shortcoming of the blog.
The blog is filtering A LOT of cruft. Some still sneaks through, but it was much more extensive back before the CAPTCHA was implemented in the old format.
I don't recommend posting replies to abusive or spammy material that sneaks through the filters. It tends to vanish on its own in 24 hours or so, but any replies posted to it remain, orphaned, floated to the top level of responses, and any new responses to them are also disconnected and floated to the top, which makes a bit of a mess of things.
The text dialog definitely accepts 8-bit western roman characters, and appears to use and accept UTF-8 Unicode, perhaps limited by the fonts in use. Unfortunately, you may not know if it supports any random character above code point U+00FF until after you click [Share My Comment!].
Entering [Enter/Return] ends a paragraph.
Emoticon notation might be supported (no list available).
Proof-read: there is no [Preview] button, much less any [Edit] or [Delete].
Can I Expect Dr. Davis to Answer My Question?
Maybe. He only responds to a relatively small percentage of reader comments, which is not surprising given the amount of time it would take to respond to them all. He does seem to be more likely to respond if the question is on-topic, of general interest, and hasn't been previously addressed on the blog or in the books.
There are a number of regular blog readers who respond to questions that have been addressed before, or are answered in the books, or where the question needs some additional detail to enable an answer. When a reader answer handles the matter, it may be the only answer provided.
Dr. Davis is much more likely to respond to questions on the Cureality Forum
. Although a subscription site, you can see entire basenotes, and responses with 250 characters or less. There's no indication that Dr. Davis ever visits Wheat Free Forum.A Reply Just Appeared on a Locked Thread, How?
Presumably, something about it caused it to get placed in moderation, and it got overlooked until after the thread closed, and then released.
How Can I Follow Discussions?
If you are posting a Reply, use the email checkboxes under the reply dialog. They work, and promptly. You get an email requesting that you confirm (this prevents someone else from signing you up maliciously).
If you aren't posting a Reply, use the "YES! SIGN ME UP!
" dialog at the bottom of the article (top of Replies). This also generates a confirmation email. It does not alert on new replies, however.