The Internet is a funny place. Funny strange, not funny ha ha. Well, both.
Anyway, it seems that the 2008 Weblog awards have been borked, at least in the science category. To begin with, the list of science blogs includes at least two climate denialist blogs. How did that happen? I have no clue and don’t care. Should science denialist blogs be not included in a best of the web science category? Absolutely. Who am I to judge this? Bite me. Wait, I have another question. No, sorry, no more questions. Just listen…
Now, I know people will argue that these sites are real science sites, and that it is not fair for me to call them non-science sites just because I don’t believe the same things they believe. But this is not really accurate or relevant. They are denialist sites. Denialist sites are distinctly different from science sites and that’s that. This is something you either know. Or you … deny.
One of the sites happens to have a lot of cool stuff on it, DIY information related to green technology. I think that should be a finalist in a DIY category.
Anyway, in addition to the finalists for science category for Best Weblog being borked, it is also the case that the voting is borked. Either a Pharyngula-like horde (but denialists) have swamped the site or some kind of hacking has happened. And you know what? None of that matters. It does not matter if the site was hacked or if the hordes have shown up. Why? Because that is how the internet works.
Want to know how easy it is to hack? No problem. You can vote once a day per computer. I currently have 307 votes. Oops. Now it’s 309 votes. I have not left my keyboard. How the heck did that happen? Hacking this site is easy, if you know what you are doing.
Also note: PZ just noted on his blog this morning that the Weblog Awards site has been hacked by climate denialists. Note that suddenly PZ’s site is running quickly towards first place. GO PZ!!! GO GO GO!!! But never mind, the hackers are smart cookies, and they’ll put PZ in his place in a flash.
But the outcome of this is the following: The Weblog Awards are going to do a good job at rewarding quality sometimes, and other times, they are not. This is an example of the latter.
Now, I would like to work towards a solution for this, and am in fact doing so with a few colleagues. I can’t/won’t discuss any of the details at this time, but this is part of a larger web related project that we are working on that some of you are going to love. We are hoping that we can tell you all about it … even show it to you … within a few weeks from now.
That project will, we hope, have an award thingie linked to it. What we are now thinking about, and your in put would be very welcome, is how to develop a meaningful internet award for various categories of bloggospheric (or other) activities. I can tell you right now that this is NOT going be based on voting via clicking on things. There’s plenty of that already, if anyone wants more of that it is easy to implement, and so on and so forth. We want to think differently than that. So if you have any ideas that have been floating around in your head (or elsewhere) regarding this sort of thing, let me know!
For now, I’d like my name off the Weblog Awards list … and not just because I’m coming in last, but because I think it is borked. But I’m not going to bother asking for that, and I’ll certainly put the “finalist” badge on my site because, I am, after all a blog-whore and that finalist badge looks like a nice pair of fishnet stockings.
That is all.