The great renovation

My Scienceblogs site is a-changin'. National Geographic has been working behind the scenes to convert and move all the old data to a newer and prettier website, and the final surge of fixes is going into place tonight and tomorrow — so don't bother commenting over there for a while until it's all stabilized.

I suspect it will all go smoothly (and the new site is looking good) except for a little bit of drama. NatGeo has informed Abbie Smith that they want the ERV slimepit posts taken down, according to Abbie's own account on facebook. There are various accusations as well that it's us here at FtB who are responsible for the complaints that are bringing it down — which is not true. All along, NatGeo has been telling me that there will be new Standards & Practices rules at the National Geographic-branded Scienceblogs site — it's why I took proactive steps to move all of the new godless anti-religion content to the new site at Freethoughtblogs. I've said since last August that there were posts that bugged our new NatGeo overlords, and that there were changes coming.

Abbie Smith is in denial. Now, in addition to implying that Sb crew at FtB are responsible for shutting down the slimepit, she claims I've been lying about the imminent changes.

NatGeo have been just fine. Not being sarcastic. PZ was blatantly *lying* about censorship from NatGeo last year.

So I said NatGeo would be lightly censoring content last year. This year, NatGeo is telling Abbie Smith to censor some offensive posts. Therefore, in Abbie Smith's world, I was lying when I said NatGeo would be asking us to censor some content.

I don't get it.

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By 'Tis Himself (not verified) on 25 May 2012 #permalink

Oh god. I hate the layout of this site now. I don't think I'll be coming back. Why did they change it and when?

By Scott Fanetti (not verified) on 25 May 2012 #permalink

Skittles are my salvation.

The "read the whole post" link to open the entire post is really annoying. I like to read every story. Now I have to click a link to read everything you post? Urgh. Any way to set it so all the posts are already expanded? Sorry to complain. I just like reading, not clicking everything.

By Matthew Melnick (not verified) on 27 May 2012 #permalink

Here is a free comment for you.

By John Silver (not verified) on 31 May 2012 #permalink

testing the commenting

By ChasCPeterson (not verified) on 02 Jun 2012 #permalink

Conspiracy theory, or just a matter of reference or perspective..
Really, is it important to know at "that time" someone said , BS to all of that or #%&@% that, is BS?
I rather have the complete record and let the reader make that choice.

By Charley Takaya (not verified) on 02 Jun 2012 #permalink

lol you are crazy and your daughter is ugly as fuck

By Dr. Stephen J… (not verified) on 04 Jun 2012 #permalink