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Before I beat up on RealClimate, I want to make sure that you understand that nearly every blog administrator must delete some comments. It is a sad fact that the more popular the blog, the more spammers will use the forum as a way to advertise products and services that most respectable individuals do not care to read about. If you thought your email was filled with “adult” offers, start a blog and you will be amazed at the adult traffic! Most of us use a tool such as Akismet for the heavy lifting and that filter service will occassionally catch a good comment in the mix of all of the spam.
However, it is pretty clear that the administrators of RealClimate.org intentionally “spike” comments. I know that my comments have been rejected in the past (Gavin said they deleted comments on comment 168 of a discussion a year ago) and I have complained that RealClimate does not always act in manner that is fitting with their profession, their education, and their leadership. I am unsure why they do this, there are plenty that agree with nearly everything they write so it seems foolish to silence their detractors.
I just read on Watts Up With That that there is a new site up for people to publish their rejected RealClimate comments. Go to http://rcrejects.wordpress.com/ and you can post your comments that were spike at RealClimate for all to read. This seems kind of sad and kind of funny. Brittney Spears, Paris Hilton, and U2 have fan sites for people to comment about their activities. This is the first time that I have seen a fan site about another blog that was created to deal with their lack of transparency.
Personally, I won’t use this new service for any comment that I would post. I have already learned to keep a copy of my comments and if they are spiked then I put them here on this site. For anyone else that doesn’t have a forum like this, the RC Rejects blog may be a good second chance.
The best thing, of course, would be that RealClimate not reject comments.Tags: climate, ice, RealClimate, RealClimate.org, scientists