“New commenting features on WUWT” (June 12th, 2011). Comment posting at Anthony Watts’ WordPress blog has changed and people are pissed off, but it’s not his fault:
“I have no control over this, wordpress.com implemented it across the board.”
Funny how Anthony didn’t cut Joe Romm at Climate Progress any slack over his website back-end changes a week ago. Luckily for Anthony, existing comments haven’t been affected. That would have been ironic…
Yuck, the new comment entry screen does suck!
One poster there wrote:
“…I think that inviting Facebook and Twitter crowds to these forums changes their nature fundamentally and undermines serious discussion.”
If that’s not the height of presumptive irony, I don’t know what is. lol
As for the changes, I am glad I can still use a WordPress account easily without having to log off of Facebook. This really isn’t an inconvenience. (The setup at Climate Progress is).
The set-up at Climate Progress?
I find it distinctly ironic that ThinkProgress has gone for a facebook-based system. They claim to have a certain social view about political and corporate responsibilities – and they want their readers and commenters to use one of the most irresponsible corporate entities around.
[Too much corporate leveraging going on… – Ben]
Did he disable the “Guest” option?
[No, still there. Denialists are paranoid about anonymity, but still they howl. – Ben]
Anyone noticed Watts’s spin on Phil Jones announcing warming since 1995 is now significant? Apparently this means Phil Jones has “changed his mind” and done a u turn.
[Spin, spin, spin! :-) – Ben]
“Bastardi on learning from the past” (WUWT,Jun28,2011)
Joe Bastardi publishes a column on a community website at Penn State. I didn’t understand why skeptic commenters greatly outnumbered the only AGW commenter, until the two comments that I then made were removed.
UNACCEPTABLE COMMENT #1:
UNACCEPTABLE COMMENT #2:
CONTINUING…………………….Now my two comments are back up again, and interspersed with others that weren’t there before.
I’ve lost the opportunity to respond promptly to those who responded to my comment. But that is an unlikely reason for removing my comments.
[Delaying a comment’s appearance is a great way to minimize it’s impact while avoiding addressing it. It’s a sign of intellectual defeat. – Ben]
Reintroducing the Inquisition. We must turn to heavenly guidance if and when the science comes up with unpleasant facts.
I think the Royal Met, with its history going back to Buys-Ballot, are still too flabbergasted to respond.
[Strangely, comment 691002 doesn’t appear at Watts Up… Maybe you can copy it here. I love the assertion that “Eighty percent of the scientists of the KNMI are honest”. Repression and slander comes so easily to denialists – Ben]
Sorry, the comment isn’t the issue, just the news. The correct url is simply http://wattsupwiththat.com/2011/06/28/vvd-dutch-classical-liberals-are-fed-up-with-royal-met-office-ask-for-its-dissolution/ .
Many responses focus on that assertion, they want names and numbers (which are not there, of course). I have to say the Dutch Met has even been giving in to the Inquisition, by actually trying to get a denialist on the payroll. Well that is the real danger here: by far most people simply don’t see the old Beast coming. They think they can talk to It.