Skeptical Science Housekeeping: Preview, translations and icons

I've noticed commenters are getting more adventurous with hyperlinks and images (and sometimes even YouTube movies). This is a good thing - you can never have too many graphs. Not so good is when I receive emails asking me to fix an unclosed italic tag or broken hyperlink (you know who you are). So to make commenting easier, I've added a Preview button to the comments form. Now you have the option to preview your comment before posting and I highly recommend you preview any posts containing HTML code. If you accidentally post HTML errors, you only have yourself to blame!

Skeptical Science is now being translated into Dutch (many thanks to Jelle Kastelein) and Chinese (thanks also to Li Chen for your efforts and patience as we figured out technical issues with Chinese characters). To make all the translations more accessible, I've added flags of each translated language across the top of the Skeptic Arguments (thanks to Frank Sonntag for the suggestion). As always, if anyone is interested in helping with translations, please contact me.

I noticed a while back that Rabett Run has an icon of the Skeptical Science iPhone app in his blog margin. This actually looks a lot cooler than the iTunes black box I've been using. So I've borrowed Eli's idea and placed an icon of the iPhone app in our margin also. Then I decided to go one step further and made a range of icons available for anyone to use. If you think the Skeptical Science iPhone app might be useful to others, you're very welcome to add an icon of the iPhone app on your website or blog. There are several different sized icons to choose from plus HTML to copy and paste onto your website if you wish. The icons are transparent gifs with hard pixel edges so they'll work on any coloured background.

Lastly, I've added a few extra thanks to the Support Skeptical Science page. Helen Brandt has generously offered proof-reading services and been ploughing through the top 10 arguments (I can't believe how many typos exist even after I've read those pages a million times). I added a belated thanks to John Cross who yes, is actually a different person to me despite the fact that our names share a lot of letters. And thanks to Doug Mackie and Jacob Bock Axelson who recently wrote guest blog posts (Doug's post was also used as a rebuttal to "CO2 has a short residence time"). There are a few upcoming guest posts in the works at the moment, one of which an astounding amount of work has gone into (you'll know it when you see it).

Posted by John Cook on Thursday, 8 April, 2010

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