Lucia runs a great little blog called The Blackboard. Well, rcrejects gets a mention today. In the thread Funny Names at CRU http://rankexploits.com/musings/2009/funny-file-names-at-cru/ poster Steve Reynolds asks (Comment#16878):
May I request a chance to discuss censorship at RealClimate with a RealClimate reader here? Doing it there won’t work for obvious reasons, and I think your blog would allow a fair discussion.
Lucia responds (Comment #16882):
I think everyone sort of knows RC has a heavy moderation policy. Isn’t there some blog that lets people post what they submitted to RC so we can see what gets censored?
Steve Reynolds replies (Comment #16884):
Yes, I think this: https://rcrejects.wordpress.com/
But that is probably not a very neutral site for a fair discussion, and I have never put my rejects there.
Well, you could hardly call that fulsome praise! And I don’t really know why Steve thinks that we wouldn’t allow a fair discussion. I suppose that he has noticed some of our gentle ribbing of RC for the stances that they adopt on various issues. Anyhow, we invite anybody who wants to discuss moderation policies at RC and other blogs (from all three sides of the discussion – Pro AGW, Neutral and Sceptic) to post here. We will do our best to allow fair discussion.
In fact, as you will see from some of our earlier posts, we think that the issue of moderation and how it affects blog style and tone is fascinating, and we have made numerous comments on this below.
There clearly is a need to adopt some form of moderation policy if a blog proprietor is going to be able to manage the style and tone of the discussion. It is indeed interesting to compare the moderation styles evident at Climate Audit with those implemented at Real Climate.
Our commitment is to encourage fair discussion from all sides of the debate. However, we have noticed on other blogs that the moderation approach adopted by the blog proprietor has a big impact on the tone/style of the blog, and we want to maintain a civil blog above all. So we will moderate as we see fit.