Remember the bloggies, aka The Weblog Awards? Over the last couple of years, climate science denialists gamed the system to ensure that most of the nominees, and the top “winners,” would be recognized by the Weblog Awards as the top science site. Rumor has it that they cheated to do this, but I don’t know what really happened. What I do know is that even the most popular climate science denialist sites don’t get any where near the amount of traffic as certain major science sites. Generally, as an internet poll, the Weblog Awards are a game-able system and do not reflect people’s real interests or activities.
Last year a bunch of us tried to communicate this problem with the guy who runs the Weblog Awards but he was incredibly dense about it, claiming to not understand what was going on, and being generally annoying.
A few things have been written about the Weblog awards over the years, including:
Some of us, including Bora Zivkovic, suggested that they could determine which sites were actual science sites by using certain resources that were available and still are available, but again, the guy who runs the award didn’t seem to understand or at least, wasn’t willing to make his award legitimate.
Well, it’s Weblog Award nomination time again, and guess what? The Weblog Awards no longer has a science category. We are provide with the following nonsense explanation:
“Best Science or Technology Weblog has been discontinued due to concentrated nominations and lack of technology nominations”
What does that even mean? If there was a lack of technology nominations, why not call it a “science” category? “Concentrated nominations” must be the science denailists. Anyway, instead of fixing the problem, caused by Anthony Watts and the other science denailists, Mr. Bloggie threw science under the bus.
This is why can’t have nice things.
Anyway, Watts and his crew, and other science denialists sites still intend to win a Bloggie this year. Among the nominations are a handful of science denialist sites that have put themselves in the “Best topical weblog” category.
So, next year, will we see this announcement?
“Best Topical Weblog has been discontinued due to concentrated nominations and lack of … ah … whatever.”