How to Use this Site

Even the Pillsbury doughboy needs to read the instruction manual, sometimes.

The Billy Lee Pontificator site is big. Some iPhones and iPads may not have enough memory to adequately handle all the images and text when viewing the HOME page.

 If you find that your device is bogged down, CLICK on the essay TITLE.  Doing so will dramatically reduce the volume of content presented to your device but still maintain the sidebar information you are used to—like the essay links, comments, archives and Twitter-feeds.

The HOME page presents several of the most recent essays in their entirety, one after the other. The right sidebar contains a complete list of all the essays with picture icons and short, but significant excerpts. Click on any pic to go directly to its content. Below the sidebar list of essays is a complete list of reader comments.

Reader comments are listed in the right-sidebar, but readers must scroll down below the essay icons to find them. Reader comments do not appear below the essays themselves unless the reader clicks on the essay title, which will isolate the essay and add the reader comments below it.

So, a good way to see comments (or to post one) is to CLICK on the TITLE of the post at the top of the essay. Another way is to click on the essay pic in the right sidebar. Clicking the icon in the sidebar will bring forth the essay and its COMMENTS SECTION below. Readers can always click on the COMMENTS link, which is located last in the list of “tags” below the essay. 

Related content is always listed below each essay. The titles are links. Click to view.

The Billy Lee Pontificator is divided into two sections: PAGES and ESSAYS (sometimes referred to as POSTS).  PAGE links lie inside the white rectangular bar (or ribbon) at the top of every screen—the white ribbon lies just below the top-most photo (currently of a group of doll-figures standing amid a crop of mushrooms).  These links are administrative policy pages, mostly, but the SPEEDOS page contains short articles. 

Another page link inside the white ribbon—ARCHIVES—will bring up links to all the content ever published on the Pontificator. Once inside this ARCHIVES page, four tabs appear to permit readers to view content organized by either tag, post, date, or subject. 

The HOME page link—located first in the white ribbon at the top of the page—always takes readers to the most recently published ESSAYS.

Links to ESSAYS are also located in the sidebar on the right side of the display, below the CURRENT POPULAR READS list. Readers can, of course, click on any picture in the CURRENT POPULAR READS list to go directly to that essay, or they can scroll below the RECENT POPULAR READS list to find a complete list of picture-links to all the essays. The essays are listed in the order they were published, newest first. 

At the bottom far-right of every screen are UP and DOWN arrows to help readers quickly navigate. Clicking on the DOWN arrow takes the reader to the live TWITTER-FEED section, which is a group of four live-twitter feeds on subjects that interest Billy Lee and, hopefully, some readers. Clicking on the UP arrow, brings the reader back to the top of whatever ESSAY or PAGE they are on. 

At the top and bottom of the right sidebar are search boxes. Enter a word or phrase in one of the search boxes to receive a list of links to content on the website that contains the search word or phrase (it doesn’t have to be a “tag”; it can be any word or phrase)—or click on the ARCHIVES link in the white ribbon at the top of every screen (below the header pic). This archive collection is organized by tag, subject, date, and, title.

One useful feature on the website is the links Billy Lee includes inside each essay to enable reader’s to verify controversial content or to learn more about whatever they find interesting. These links open articles and videos in separate tabs, so readers can always get back to what they were viewing by clicking on the tab they came from, even as they keep their chosen link open, until they decide to close it.

Another nice feature is the way graphics and pictures work. Clicking on a picture, map, or chart almost always brings up an enlarged view on another tab, which can be magnified and explored without losing your place on the website. Click on the website tab to return to your original location.

Billy Lee encourages readers to click on these links to explore enriched content related to his essays. He spends a lot of time picking good links so that the essays can be used as an educational resource for any reader—especially students who might want to learn more.

Another nice feature: the Pontificator does not publish advertising of any kind; we accept no fees; no one posts so much as a comment without it being read and approved by Billy Lee himself. No reader is ever annoyed or interrupted by pop-up ads or scrolling banners.

We have the safest site on the web. No reader has ever encountered malware, spyware, or viruses on the site. It’s not only that we use the best firewalls and virus protection software. Every link is reviewed, used, and approved by Billy Lee.

Twitter feed links, located at the bottom of the website, can be scrolled and read safely as well, but links in the Twitter feeds are only as safe as Twitter itself.

Our website is designed to be a safe zone with a PG content-rating that all readers can visit safely.

If you get lost, click on the HOME page in the white rectangular bar at the top of the screen.

All original content on website is protected under the copyright protections of the United States. Content is intended to be viewed and enjoyed on the web-site, and no where else. It is forbidden to copy, download, hard-copy, or distribute content displayed on by anyone for any reason. Links to articles can be shared. Shared article-links must direct readers to the web-site. Violators will be sued.

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