Last year Steve McIntyre insinuated that Gavin Schmidt was dishonest after one of McIntyre’s comments was held up in moderation: (link in quote is mine)
Posting at realclimate is a little thing. I was once involved in trying to detect a business fraud many years ago. A friend told me that to look for evidences of dishonesty in little things, as someone who is dishonest in big things will also be dishonest in little things. In passing, realclimate was able to locate and post URLs for versions of the VZ and Huybers Comments, but was seemingly unable to do so for our Replies.
So I ask the question again: is Gavin Schmidt honest about welcoming “serious discussions and rebuttals” at realclimate? About being in favor of openness in climate science? Or even about my being allowed to post at realclimate?
Maybe Tim Lambert will step up and criticize realclimate this time at his own blog.
McIntyre’s own posting policy states:
As to posting rules: I have total contempt for the censoring of scientific comments at realclimate and do not do that here. I don’t allow discussion of religion and will mark anything even close as spam. I get tired and bored of ad homs and personal taunting of other posters. I don’t have time to monitor everything so the handling of taunting is inconsistent: sometimes I let it go because the person is just making a fool of themself, sometimes I get fed up and delete it.
McIntyre does not seem to follow this policy all the time. He often delivers ad homs and personal taunts himself. Even though John Hunter had archived his data and personally provided it to McIntyre , he tore up his posting rules:
the next post from you that appears on this blog will give the url to the requested data. Any other posts regardless of topic or merit will be marked as spam. If that’s not agreeable to you, then best of luck with your studies.
McIntyre’s co-blogger John A then quoted from and linked the two Tom Harris pieces I criticized earlier. I posted a comment making the same point about CO2 that I made here. My comment disappeared. Fortunately other commenters made similar points and Steve was sufficiently embarrassed by John A’s nonsense about CO2 that he rewrote the post, replacing John A’s endorsement of Harris with his own disagreement. Further down thread McIntyre offers a rationale for his conduct towards Hunter and me:
I also distinguish between “civilians” and professionals. I don’t believe that you can find a single unkind word from me to a “civilian” (and I don’t regard you and Lambert as “civilians”.)
So if McIntyre feels like abusing you, he classifies you as a non-civilian and away he goes. Anyway, some more of my comments were deleted. This happens fairly often there, presumably the doing of John A who has stated:
I exercise my moderating powers at Steve McIntyre’s behest, often putting posts that I suspect Steve will not want to host into a moderation queue – sometimes they come back and sometimes they go in the bin.
Then the comments were restored. I asked for explanation. McIntyre responded by deleting half of my comment and writing:
Tim, “I” did not delete any of your comments, let alone “all” of your comments. There are dozens of comments of yours on this site, nearly all of them trolling. I happened to notice some comments by you had been spanked by the spam filter and restored them. I don’t know why it did this, but the insight of the spam filter sometimes amazes me. By the way, Tim, when’s your long-awaited Mann Screws It Up Again article coming? Or do you find that question abusive?
This story is not plausible, so I suggested that John A had done the deleting, rather than the spam filter:
Steve, I know how Spam Karma works. It doesn’t decide that posted comments are spam unless it is triggered by another comment from that same poster. Someone manually marked my comments as spam. If it wasn’t you, it’s pretty obvious who it was.
The part of my comment that you deleted was not “taunting”. Let’s try it again as a question: Why do you feel entitled to abuse me and call me names? What’s the deal with this “civilian” thing?
McIntyre responded by deleting my comment (and all my subsequent ones), claiming I was spewing venom and challenging his integrity.
All right, I’ve probably tried the patience of my readers enough, but do you think that my comment challenges McIntyre’s integrity or is this more climateaudit paranoia?