The Bloggies


Why does the science community shun the Bloggies?

I was shocked to discover that @bloggies is unaware of the reason that science blogs no longer participate in the contest. @bloggies noted: Prominent climate skeptic blogs tend to campaign for nominations, while other science blogs don’t seem to mention the Bloggies.

Storified by Greg Laden· Tue, Feb 26 2013 10:47:37

@gregladen I don’t know what the reason is myself.The Weblog Awards
.@Bloggies Maybe I’ll write a blog post about it and send you the link if you really don’t know. But really, you must know.Greg Laden
@gregladen Do you mean the reason that climate skeptics are attracted to the Bloggies, or the reason that other science blogs aren’t?The Weblog Awards
@Bloggies Both It isn’t just a matter of attraction or interest, but purpose and intent. Also, "other" is not the right word there.Greg Laden
@gregladen Prior winner history is the only reason I know. I don’t know why no sci bloggers mentioned the category when it was made in 2011.The Weblog Awards
.@Bloggies The science blogging community is fully aware of the situation and there has been commentary on it.Greg Laden
@Bloggies "Another year, another weblog contest duped" http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2011/02/18/207555/bizarro-world-bloggies-finalist-for-best-science-blog-is-anti-science-website-wattsupwiththat/Greg Laden
. @Bloggies "..the death of Science in America..the five candidates on the shortlist.. one rabid anti-science blog http://www.easterbrook.ca/steve/2012/02/another-sign-of-the-death-of-science-in-america/Greg Laden
.@Bloggies "Bizarro world ‘Bloggies’ finalist for Best Science Blog is … anti-science website" http://sierraactivist.org/2011/02/18/bizarro-world-%E2%80%98bloggies%E2%80%99-finalist-for-best-science-blog-is-%E2%80%A6-anti-science-website-wattsupwiththat/Greg Laden
.@Bloggies "Those that rouse or manufacture enough support, can engineer a win in the submitted category… 1/2Greg Laden
..resulting in awards for a blog that routinely misinforms on scientific subjects and even slanders scientists.” 2/2
.@Bloggies last two tweets from this source: http://climatecrocks.com/2012/01/25/climate-denial-and-manufacturing-legitimacy/Greg Laden
.@Bloggies "… I’d say this has gotten political." http://whateveresque.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=484Greg Laden
.@Bloggies You run a blog award w/a science category. Anti science activists took it over. No legit science bloggers want any part of it.Greg Laden
The Bloggies no longer serves the science blogging community.  If there intent was to do so, they need to change how they do things.  I would like to suggest the addition of a new category: Climate Skepticism. Put the climate science denialist blogs in that category and only valid science blogs in the science category.  That is the only way to regain interest from the science community short of simply banning the fake science blogs. 

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Comments

  1. #1 Greg Laden
    February 26, 2013

    Over on my facebook page, Bora Zivkovic made the excellent suggestion that what constitutes a “science blog” can be determined by listing on the ScienceSeeker index, here: http://scienceseeker.org/

  2. #2 Sou
    February 26, 2013

    Not a bad suggestion as a start. It would take a lot of work on the part of @bloggies to redeem their reputation in the eyes of the science bloggers.

    Giving lifetime awards to anti-science blogs is the killer. What reputable science blogger would want to be associated with WUWT, The Auditor or Tallbloke, let alone a crackpot conspiracy theorist like “Jo Nova”?

    (Not sure how SkepticalScience found it’s way there. They are the the sane website in the asylum.)

  3. #3 Sou
    February 27, 2013

    The timing of this is impeccable (hope you don’t mind the self-direction but I thought this was pure gold):

    A curious tale of a bloggie winner and his dog

  4. #4 Greg Laden
    February 27, 2013

    One of the prominent members of the skeptical science community has just announced that climate scientists who say that the release of fossil carbon into the atmosphere causes global warming and other changes in climate should be thrown in jail for saying those things. He has managed to get someone from the police and/or prosecutor office to agree to that. We may see some scientists charged with practicing climate science if that develops.

    I’m not going to name the person I’m referring to or mention where this is happening because I don’t want to give that individual any attention, but the very moment some scientist gets arrested and tossed in a cell (even though they would surely get out once a legitimate judge gets on to it), the Bloggies will be associated with a movement that does what Stalin did; throwing scientists in jail is the kind of reactionary activity that movements fueled by ignorance can cook up. Giving awards to the leaders of movements fueled by ignorance is the same as supporting them.

    And no, the protestations of ignorance by the bloggies organizer are absurd. If they are so ignorant of what is happening in their own project they should back off and do something else. But I don’t believe someone could be so clueless. The bloggie organizers seem to have thrown the planet under the bus, for their own reasons that I can not fathom.

    I’m not gong to read about some dog….!

  5. #5 Sou
    February 27, 2013

    If I read you correctly – and unless you have additional into that I’m not privy to – While said person may have found a stray police officer who is a denialist, I very much doubt he would get the Office of Public Prosecutions in that location to agree there was a case to answer. The Government is centrist/leftist which would not be inclined to have anything that would make them a laughing stock throughout the world.

    Said person makes a habit of empty threats. (Still, stranger things have happened.)

  6. #6 Greg Laden
    February 27, 2013

    Also, maybe he’ll go swimming.

  7. #7 Sou
    February 27, 2013

    Lol – if only :)

  8. #8 Greg Laden
    February 28, 2013

    BTW, the missing comment was, “your dog has a credit card???”

    I don’t know what the pending issues are, unless he is referring to his threatened law suit.