The outcome: The Bloggies have committed hari kari.
Tallbloke won the best European blog, GWPF won the best politics blog, ClimateAudit won the best topical blog, JoNova the lifetime achievement and WUWT a couple of equally ridiculous categories!
Sou 31 March 2014
Yesterday I wrote about how I wrote to Mr Bloggie. I was making the point that last year's infestation of Bloggie awards by climate science deniers has spread rapidly this year.
This year Anthony Watts is urging his fans to vote up climate denier blogs in seven categories. (Last year they mostly flocked just to the now defunct science and technology category).
A problem needing a fix
Mr Bloggie (Nikolai) replied to my email and said that he is:
open to suggestions of what can be done to fix this.
The process at the moment is described on the Bloggie website here. It's a fairly simple two-step process that currently involves no input from experts.
I can't think of any sure-fire simple fixes off the top of my head. More fundamental changes would work, but that would change the nature of the Bloggies. Things like disqualification or independent vetting before announcing finalists, with stricter criteria for entry into each category. It's too easy to game the system when it's purely based on popular vote at every step in the process.
I know that Greg Laden and others offered Mr Bloggie some suggestions last year, when the situation became so ludicrous that the only finalists in the science and technology category were climate science deniers.
So put on your thinking caps and give Mr Bloggie a hand!