“Climate Progress blog shuts down – disappears all previous comments“ (May 30, 2011). Nothing like a measured response, eh Anthony? The Think Progress website underwent a redesign over the weekend and Anthony Watts is eager to give a definitive assessment:
It appears the mendacious Joe Romm has been given new marching orders by Center for American Progress Big Brother Blog: “Think Progress”. From what I make of it, it seems the management realized that CP just wasn’t holding much readership, as it looks like the same 30 commenters or so frequent the place. Sooo…the spin is on. Joe’s doing his best to make his forced merger under Think Progress look like a win.
So none of the cool kids read Climate Progress, Anthony’s blog is way better anyway, and Joe Romm took his ball home (“disappears all previous comments”) because of all the mean things the cool kids, who never go there, were saying.
Reality: It was a website redesign! Sometime comments take a while to reconnect. It’s not a nefarious tactic to suppress the vigorous triumph of denialist criticisms. Climate Progress and Think Progress have always been closely linked, if anything it seems that “Think” will be promoting “Climate” more, not absorbing it.
Christ! Anthony’s grasp of website management is even worse than of climate science. And that is truly saying something. Anthony sounds like a kid who can’t best his school-yard rival hoping their parent will do it for them.
Here are a few Climate Progress posts about the process:
- Stop the Presses! Climate Progress is getting an Extreme Makeover, home-page edition
- Comment here on comments and the new design “Let me start by profusely apologizing that you won’t have access to the old comments for a while.”
- “… the world’s most viewed climate website” A response to Anthony’s website stats braggadocio. Guess what? He’s cherry-picking his stats and misrepresenting them too. I guess it’s hard to break old habits.
2011-08-24 Update: It took a while, but the old comments are finally up again. So much for Anthony’s accusations.