Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Skeptical Science: "Drown Them Out"

In March of 2012, the climate alarmist website Skeptical Science had their forums "hacked" and the contents posted online. In these it was revealed that Skeptical Science members are organizing themselves into eco-strike squads to "drown out" those who do not accept their alarmist positions,
"I posted over at Politico just recently. Hey, we can tag team it a bit if you like, use time zone differences." - Glenn Tamblyn [Skeptical Science], February 10, 2011
"I think this is a highly effective method of dealing with various blogs and online articles where these discussions pop up. Flag them, discuss them and then send in the troops to hammer down what are usually just a couple of very vocal people. It seems like lots of us are doing similar work, cruising comments sections online looking for disinformation to crush. I spend hours every day doing exactly this. If we can coordinate better and grow the "team of crushers" then we could address all the anti-science much more effectively." - Rob Honeycutt [Skeptical Science], February 11, 2011
"Rob, Your post is music to my ears. I've been advocating the need to create a "crusher crew" for quite some time. I was not however able to get much traction on it with fellow environmental activists here in South Carolina or nationally. Like you, I spend (much to my wife's chagrin) many hours each day posting comments on articles. One of haunts was the USA Today website [...] The bottom line, would you be willing to patrol articles posted on the USA Today website?" - John Hartz [Skeptical Science], February 11, 2011
This started a new forum discussion entitled, "Crusher Crew".
"Badgersouth [John Hartz] and I were just discussing the potential of setting up a coordinated "Crusher Crew" where we could pull our collective time and knowledge together in order to pounce on overly vocal deniers on various comments sections of blogs and news articles." - Rob Honeycutt [Skeptical Science], February 11, 2011
"May I suggest first on our list as being the *#1 Science Blog* "Watts up with that"? They get a few people come there to engage from time to time but rarely a coordinated effort." - Robert Way [Skeptical Science], February 11, 2011
"I think it might be better to start out with smaller fish. Build a community and a team. Find some methods and strategies that work. Then start moving up the denier food chain with our targets set on WUWT. I could see this expanding into a broad team of 100 or more people (outside the scope of this SkS forum of course). [...] We just need to raise our collective voices to drown them out. I would venture to guess that most people here know of 4 or 5 regulars on comments sections that would be interested in coordinating their efforts. I know probably 10 or 20 people who would like to help with this." - Rob Honeycutt [Skeptical Science], February 11, 2011
This eco-strike squad was highly endorsed by John Cook,
"The Rapid Response Network would be a good way to coordinate this kind of activity, identifying new articles, logging responses, supporting each other. Can i suggest if a group engage in this, that they use the RRN as beta testers to he'll me develop and refine the system?" - John Cook [Skeptical Science], February 11, 2011

From the Skeptical Science "leak": Interesting stuff about generating and marketing "The Consensus Project" (Tom Nelson, March 23, 2012)
Skeptical Science hacked, private user details publicly posted online (Skeptical Science, March 25, 2011)


Luboš Motl said...

These people are only good to become employees of Al Qaeda but they would be very lousy ones because they're much more stupid than an average Islamist bigot.

In most cases, the blog forums are premoderated and it takes me about 1 second to place an annoying user, identified by IP, e-mail, or any other way, to a black list. That's the end of these alarmist jihadists.

Brave New Scotland said...

No one expects the Climate Inquisition!

Richard S Courtney said...


I am disappointed that the "crusher crew" are afraid to assault WUWT. I frequent there and I would love to engage their ignorance with referenced information and logical arguments so all could see their worth.


Andrew said...

Richard, they are like typical bullies and will not go anywhere they think someone can fight back so it is only natural they would be scared to debate you.

Richard S Courtney said...


You mention "bullies" and "debate" so you may be amused by this if you have not seen it.


David said...

They have exposed their own position already. Good science speaks for itself and can't leave any gaps large enough for more than the slimmest fringe opposition. If they need a coordinated team to defend their data it is clearly nowhere near good enough to pass any such test. They don't get logic, they are too blinded by fear and left wing ideology.