November 01, 2005

How to Use This Blog

Posted by Dave on November 1, 2005 at 05:39 PM

Hints for commenting and posting:


If you are leaving short comments in this or any other blog, you can just type them in the provided window, remembering to leave a name and email address (whether real or fictitious). It’s that simple. If you don't see a window at the bottom of a "post" click on "permalink" or "comments."

Our focus is on sharing ideas and comparing philosophies, methods, and so on. All we ask is that comments be respectful of the ideas and philosophies of others. No "flaming" or "baiting" will be tolerated.

Note: URLs will automatically be converted to hyperlinks. But we do NOT recognize HTML tags in comments.


"Posts" are commentary from those allowed to post-up initial information that comment threads tier from. Here are some hints for those allowed to "post"

  • Once you get through the TypePad entry portal, available from sidebar, simply cut and paste material from a word document, add a title and you are good to go. If you need more help you can go to the TypePad’s "Posting to your weblog."
  • Always compose your "post" in a word processor. Otherwise you risk losing it all during input/edits, etc.
  • Some editing helps are available on the "post" toolbar, for blockquotes, italics, underlining , strike-through, hyperlink creation, attaching documents or images, etc.

Advanced Posting:

If you want to develop long, complex posts you should develop them with a word processor. I use MS Word, but don't like the extra stuff that Microsoft has embedded in their documents. So I like to "reconfigure" my TypePad input to dis-empower MS Word. Here's how: Go to the TypePad post entry area. Look to the bottom of the page and click on "Customize the display for this post." Select the "plain text" mode.

Note that when dealing with longer documents, if you don't reconfigure the input, TypePad may flip you from WYSIWYG ("What you See is What you Get," TypePad's default input) into HTML edit mode. Unless you understand HTML codes you’ll be lost. Worse, if you try things to get back to WYSIWYG mode, you may lose your input.

While you are in "Customize the display for this post," scroll down and select "Extended Post" under "Post Screen Configuration"—which will allow you to break longer posts into a "post introduction" that people will see automatically and "post continuation" which is a click away for casual readers.

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July 19, 2005

Caution: Work up longer responses as “word processing” documents

Posted by Dave on July 19, 2005 at 10:04 AM

I just got a note from a colleague who wrote: “I wrote a message I really liked in reply to … but when I clicked on preview it disappeared . Should have put it in a separate word file?”

The short answer is, YES!

There are too many ways for blogs to defeat you, when trying to work through their input routines. If you are working up something more than a couple of paragraphs as a response, use a word processing document as a base. Cut and paste from there to avoid the heartache our colleague just experienced.

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March 13, 2005


Posted by Dave on March 13, 2005 at 10:48 AM

"Site-Keeping Posts" will be used to solicit feedback on site-design, forum use, and so on. They also provide a means for us to let folks know when we introduce new features, when we are having problems, etc.

Here are a few things we will be working on in the next month.

  • We will establish some 'links' to other groups working in this arena, and links to some of our favorite books.
  • We will build a separate but linked "knowledge base" of things that need a website home.
  • We will add a Site-search.

We hope you will help us make this a good place to visit and commune. Add Forest Policy - Forest Practice to your Favorites List.

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