Housekeeping: can we control the conversation?Richard Treadgold | November 27, 2012
Huub Bakker admonished us, saying:
Much as Brandoch may throw unsubstantiated statements and ad hominems around, the responses are also laden with ad hominem attacks. This hardly does anyone on this website any favours.
Richard Treadgold, I see that you slapped Brandoch over the knuckles for calling people liars but then didn’t do the same when Richard C accused Brandoch of lying. [although Richard C made the point that his "accusation" was merely a spoof of what Brandoch had said, it's a fair point that I rarely admonish "friends" - RT]
I enjoy reading a good discussion of the facts and putting people in their place using facts and references but we really could do without the abuse from both sides. Please enforce politeness and respect on both sides, Richard. People coming to this site to be informed would be horrified with the slanging that is currently going on here and might conclude that sceptics are no better than alarmists.
I agree with him. But with one enormous caveat: I have no wish to rule the world. One reason there are no “Rules of conduct” posted here is to avoid adding to the rules we already endure. Courtesy is enough.
Andy made the point that “these threads seem to degenerate into open threads, usually involving questions like ‘has there been any warming in the last 16 years’, or ‘is the Antarctic actually melting,’” remarking: “these kinds of discussions are penetrable only to the people in the discussion.”
He suggests directing general questions and comments to an open thread, which is a good idea. The practical need is for close supervision, to snip or redirect any general remarks before they attract a bunch of responses. But I can’t watch the site all the time. I could put up an open thread each week or so – what do you think?
I note that some of you step in to admonish those who become discourteous; I hope you continue to do so – politely, periodically – knowing that example is the best admonishment (as this site, despite its imperfections, bears witness). Although my own patience gets tried by the likes of Brandoch and Ken, they are few and far between, thank goodness. There are many more people listening without rudeness and I would very much like to behave properly for their sake.
That is, for the sake of a good airing of the issues.
Any other suggestions?
By the way: guest posts are welcome, as I have so little time to write, yet there’s so much of interest and importance occurring. I couldn’t ignore this little household management issue, of course – though another poorly-written PhD thesis nags at me to edit the thing.
I’ll watch this thread with interest!