UPDATE: I have a new blog home!
The Questionable Authority can now be found at Scientopia.
When Pepsigate first erupted, I was extremely unhappy both with that situation and with how Seed had been treating its bloggers. I did not join the large (and still growing) group of departing ScienceBloggers at that time. I’ve invested a great deal of time and effort here, and felt that – despite the credibility that we all lost as a result of Seed’s amazingly idiotic decision to sell Pepsi a blog – there was still a lot of potential for ScienceBlogs to be a force for positive change.
You might have noticed that I just used the past tense quite a bit in that last paragraph.
During our behind the scenes discussions since the Pepsi Explosion, I listed a number of steps that I thought Seed needed to take in order for ScienceBlogs to have a chance at continued viability. So far, they have not shown that they will be able to do any of those things. The headquarters response, or, more accurately, non-response to Bora’s departure yesterday sealed that impression.
I have nothing but respect, admiration, and gratitude for the various community managers and editors that Seed has assigned to ScienceBlogs over the years. They’ve done a stellar job under what can be exceptionally trying circumstances. Unfortunately, I have absolutely no confidence that they will be able to get any more support from their higher-ups than they have been getting. At this point, even with the site melting down around their shoulders, they have not been able to take rapid or decisive action.
ScienceBlogs has meant a lot to me, and it’s been a privilege to be here. I’m not going to be stopping blogging, but time constraints may force a brief delay before I’m able to get up and going at a new site. If I still have access here, I’ll edit this post with a link to the new site when there is one. If not, you can follow me on Twitter (questauthority) and I’ll let you know when and where I’m up again.