How to use this website

How to get best use and maximum value from this site.


First you read it. See this page for advice on how to explore.

Follow a topic thread. At the bottom of almost all posts are the "Related topics:" links so you can find posts on a similar topic.


To save away bits of The IT Skeptic or to share with others, use your preferred book-marking tools such as Digg, Delicious or Google. At the bottom of each post there are icons for bookmarking. And there is a “social networks” block with links for bookmarking the whole blog (rather than individual posts) e.g. Technorati.


To keep up to date with new posts you can use RSS or you can subscribe.

The RSS feeds are in a block on one side of this website.

As well, you can receive a newsletter every whenever-I-get-around-to-it, "The Skeptical Informer", with my picks and summary of the month's content on the blog, plus additional material unique to the newsletter. You don't need to register to subscribe.


Please do participate in the blog.
There is far too much Web 1.0 one-way pontificating around, especially in the ITIL world. Web 2.0 is all about two-way traffic, community and user creation of content.

You can take part:

  • Comment. Just click on the “add comment” link below a post or the “reply” link below a comment. You don’t need to register, though I think comments have more integrity if you do. If you log in you get a choice of "input format" for comments. You can change to "trusted format" which allows embedded links in your comments.
  • Contact me. Click on “Contact” on the main menu at top right. I welcome direct feedback and I try to answer all mail. I respect the anonymity of contacts and I work hard to ensure nothing posted is traceable back to sources.
  • Contact other posters. If you click on the name of someone who posted a comment, you can see from their profile whether they allow others to contact them via this site (all email addresses themselves are hidden to prevent spam harvesters).
  • Share it round by using the social networking links and by emailing friends
  • Contribute known errors (BOKKEs) to BOKKED, and vote for those that are there.
  • Be a guest blogger. I am open to proposals from interested persons who want to post. My policy is to edit guest posts only to comply with the terms and conditions of the site (slander, obscenity etc). Otherwise you get free rein.


The IT Skeptic website now using Disqus- CHANGE RSS

Hello readers

The IT Skeptic has decided to replace the Drupal comment system on my website with Disqus. I've been underwhelmed so far by Disqus functionality, but we will stick with it, as apparently it is funky and mobile and social and builds community or somesuch crap.

As a result this RSS feed for comments no longer works - this is the last comment you will receive on that feed (unless I spit the dummy and roll back). The new RSS feed is My apologies for any inconvenience.

Many thanks for following The IT Skeptic


New comment RSS feeds

For those who don't have time to read the new posting on "How to use this site" I draw your attention to a new feature: RSS feed for comments.

This means you can watch this feed for notification of new comments and don't need to subscribe to the blog posting.

The feed is in a block to one side of this webpage. For your convenience I repeat it here:

and the other feeds are:
The IT Skeptic's ITIL News Feed

To turn OFF getting notification emails if you prefer to use these feeds instead: (only applicable to those who have registered)
Go to "My subscriptions" and turn off any threads and blogs that are checked.
Then go to "My account" (on the small menu at right), "edit" and turn off "Autosubscribe".

A consolidated feed?

Hi Skpetic,

I am subscribe to your RSS on following address:
As far as I can see, I receive notifications of everything happening on your site (apart from blog comments, but my FeedDemon indicates your blog as 'commentable', so I can easily check it out)

Am I right in assuming above feed is the elusive consolidated feed from drupal?

Have fun,


except for comments

Yes, as far as I understand Drupal :-D except, as you say, for comments. is the same feed via Feedburner, who do some magic to make it ultra-compatible with all feed readers, and to add bells and whistles. The Feedburner version is more functional and recommended.

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