[Update: this made the [[Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/2009-12-28/In the news]] ]
So, Lawrence “beany” Solomon does me the honour of a full-out assault. I’m a bit puzzled as to why, perhaps more study will reveal this. It looks like he is trying to get some kind of linkage between the [[Climatic Research Unit e-mail hacking incident]] and my on-wiki activities. But although Solomon states directly The Climategate Emails reveal something else, too: the enlistment of the most widely read source of information in the world — Wikipedia — in the wholesale rewriting of this history I don’t see any actual support for this anywhere. I find two refs to wiki in the emails, one of which miss-spells my name, thereby convincingly demonstrating a clear intent to hide their tracks, ha ha, and the other is an apparently uninteresting whinge.
So that all looks like twaddle – presumably, just the peg for Beany to hang his story on. He then continues with some confused stuff that is reasonably well explained in [[Description of the Medieval Warm Period and Little Ice Age in IPCC reports]] (and you can find traces of that in the emails if you look hard, I won’t spoil your fun by telling you how to search, but if you find it feel free to put it into the comments).
Then there is some bizarre ahistorical stuff about wiki and RC. I started editing wiki in 2003. It isn’t hard to discover that RC started in late 2004 . Beany says He rewrote Wikipedia’s articles on global warming, on the greenhouse effect, on the instrumental temperature record, on the urban heat island, on climate models, on global cooling and all of that is true enough. The bit about erasing the LIA and MWP is twaddle though.
For those who aren’t wiki-wonks and may be wondering where his stats come from, the answer is http://toolserver.org/~soxred93/count/ or similar tools. You can view my actual deletion log here. It really isn’t very exciting. For those who can’t be bothered to follow the link, here are the first few:
[nb: lightly mangled to make them more readable]
# 2006-06-17T11:39:17 deleted "South Atlantic oscillation" (non-existent concept; straight copy of NAO page) # 2006-05-24T08:44:33 deleted "Discjockey" (spam) # 2006-05-05T21:46:19 deleted "Alan Chartock" (copyvio (again)) # 2006-05-05T20:48:01 deleted "Alan Chartock" (copyvio (as before) plus suspicious edit warring (if thats any kind of grounds)) # 2006-04-11T13:47:06 deleted "El Nino-Southern Oscillation" (Deleted to make way for move.) # 2006-03-17T17:08:05 deleted "John heap" (pointless redirect) # 2006-03-08T12:38:54 deleted "Gostivari" (POV fork of Gostivar; not even in English!) # 2006-03-04T19:54:06 deleted "Quango" (content was: '#REDIRECT Quasi-autonomous non-governmental organisation') # 2006-03-01T21:53:21 restored "Ray Bradley" # 2006-03-01T21:47:50 restored "Ray Bradley" # 2006-02-25T20:01:33 deleted "Henry Ward, Hastings architect c.1880 - 1920" (pointless redirect) # 2006-02-24T22:55:25 deleted "Glacier dynamics" (Page moved; redirect not useful) # 2006-02-17T21:29:42 deleted "File:Bang-dont-shoot.JPG" (errrm, probably not a good idea really, wouldn't have been very funny) # 2006-02-08T22:09:57 restored "Talk:Aetherometry" # 2006-02-03T10:00:59 restored "User:Howrealisreal" (1 revisions restored) # 2006-02-03T10:00:15 deleted "User:Howrealisreal" (Remove old personal info at user request (will recreate just present version)) # 2006-01-18T20:33:29 restored "Henry Farrell (political scientist)" (7 revisions restored)
and here are the last few:
# 2009-07-20T16:50:05 deleted "Sub-Saharan African DNA admixture in Europe" (G4: Recreation of a page that was deleted per a deletion discussion) # 2009-07-09T20:13:08 deleted "Talk:Ancient Egyptian race controversy/Draft request for arbitration enforcement" (sock stuff) # 2009-07-01T09:50:44 deleted "Hilery clintin" # 2009-07-01T09:50:40 deleted "Cheekle" # 2009-07-01T09:50:35 deleted "Gray brich" # 2009-07-01T09:50:31 deleted "Saddam heussein" # 2009-07-01T09:50:25 deleted "Mon key" # 2009-07-01T09:49:58 deleted "Gorge bush" (pointless) # 2009-05-23T13:38:09 deleted "Talk:Human rights in the United States" (G6: Deleted to make way for move) # 2009-05-23T13:35:35 deleted "Human rights in the United States" (G6: Deleted to make way for move) # 2009-05-19T07:37:19 deleted "User talk:Tennis expert" (per user request) # 2009-05-09T18:01:46 deleted "Catastrophic climate change (disambiguation)" (oh no not again) # 2009-05-08T12:01:55 deleted "Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Catastrophic climate change" (bye bye)
Notice the date on the last one. Oddly, Beany doesn’t seem to have noticed that I lost my admins rights a while back ([[Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/Abd-William M. Connolley]]) but it probably wouldn’t have fitted into that story very well. Nor, come to that, my recent failed bid for arbcomm.
Conclusion: a rather dull article by Beany. Nothing new, and he hasn’t done his homework properly.
[Update: As an entertaining example of the wacko echo-sphere, A new report reveals a British scientist and Wikipedia administrator rewrote climate history, editing more than 5,000 unique articles in the online encyclopedia to cover traces of a medieval warming period  takes some beating. In case you miss the point… my total-articles is ~5k, of which only a tiny number touch on the MWP]
[Update: more trash from LS