Until and unless Dr. Davis stands up a real forum of his own, our web interactions with him are constrained by the limitations of his blog (http://www.wheatbellyblog.com/
). 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 WBB, and not the WBFB (I do not have a FaceBook account). This might be moved to the Recommended Resources after fermenting for a bit.
How Can I Find <Topic>?
The WBB's own Search engine is weak. It apparently only finds post titles and basenote content, and never user Replies.
To search WBB more extensively, use an external search engine, such as 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 will change when older replies are shifted of 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.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. 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?0. Post source snippets.
> I conjecture that ...
I disagree ...
Replies can get disconnected, 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.
Replies with no links are at the maximum nesting depth.
CAPTCHA timeout risk applies to all.2. Nesting Depth
The blog apparently limits reply nesting to 5 deep. Those at level 5 have no reply links. 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. CAPTCHA timeouts
As soon as you click on a topic, the blog evidently assigns a single (identical) 4-character CAPTCHA to every _Reply_ link on it. This password expires in a very few minutes. Most of the time, any thoughtful reply is going to have timed-out before you click [Post_Comment]. If you were replying to a reply, this is a problem.
To avoid this, click the little (arrows-in-a-circle) "Refresh Image" button and get issued a fresh CAPTCHA before clicking [Post_Comment].
Error: You entered in the wrong CAPTCHA phrase. Press your browser's back button and try again.
If you just nav [<] back, you'll be issued a new CAPTCHA, but you'll also be dumped in the bottom-of-page reply-to-basenote dialog, and your reply will, by default, be disconnected from the reply you were commenting on.
Re-click the _Reply_ link under the reply of interest, to open a new threaded dialog. Also, in general, always quote a bit of what you're replying to so that people have some context, esp. if the original Reply goes missing.
Corner case: if you reply to a post later removed, your reply floats to the left (top of nesting). If anyone replies to your reply, it also becomes a disconnected top-of-nesting reply.
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.
The text dialog definitely accepts 8-bit western roman characters, and may even accept Unicode, I haven't really pushed it.
Entering [Enter/Return] ends a paragraph.
Some emoticon notation is supported (no list available).
Proof-read: there is no [Preview] button, much less any [Edit] or [Delete].