Update - see below. Anthony doesn't have the support he probably hoped for.
The science and other stuff posted at HotWhopper and from Eli Rabett of Rabett Run are really getting to Anthony Watts. For the third time in as many days, he's expressed some concern (a bit of an understatement :D) at HotWhopper pointing out the ridiculous at WUWT. This time he's decided to complain in an article about internet trolling (archived here).
What Anthony Watts has always believed
With no hint that he sees the irony, under a cartoon taunting ATTP by anonymous cartooner, "Josh", Anthony Watts shows his vast command of vocabulary:
I've always believed that people who taunt others while hiding behind fake names aren't really contributing anything except their own bile and hatred.Now if WUWT decided to switch to science Anthony might no longer regard it as trolling to keep a blog that points out the ridiculous in pseudo-science, to replace it with science. As far as Anthony Watts is concerned, his endless derision of science and scientists and those who accept the science, is not trolling. It's only when mocking the endless mocking of science and scientists that it is seen as trolling in deniersville. (Remember, you can't be called a troll if you don't even ask a question, let alone a troll-like question.)
All this manufactured anger at anonymity does seem strange coming from someone who started an anonymous "society", without a single name willing to be associated with it in an official capacity. The "no-name OAS". (Not even its probable founder, Anthony Watts himself AFAIK.)
Perhaps the double standards are not so strange when you realise just how much of a conspiracy theorist Anthony can be, with his anticipation of nefarious intent.
Back to Anthony's latest dummy spit. There's more:
The best way to combat people like this is to call them out by their name every time they practice their dark art. To that end, and not just for these two losers, I'm stepping up moderation on WUWT. If you want to rant/spew from the comfort of anonymity, find someplace else to do it,
Let's see how long it takes him to post another article from people who hide behind fake names, like HockeySchtick and Steve Goddard and other various anonymice. And how long before Anthony exposes "Bob Tisdale", who says he likes his own privacy but has no qualms in not respecting the privacy of other people?
Oh, and the article that Anthony dug up? It was a psych study about internet trolls. You can read about it here, or the full paper here.
BTW I respect a person's right to adopt any name they choose on the internet. I will not reveal anyone's name if they don't wish it revealed. I don't care who they are.
I've been posting on climate topics for years as Sou. Since long before HotWhopper. I prefer to keep my work life separate from climate blogging. Some people I trust knew who I was, and a couple I don't trust did too. Anthony Watts huddled over his computer for months trying to figure it out. It wasn't public knowledge despite Anthony's claims of it being so.
Anthony Watts can bully away to his hearts content. (While he's focused on HotWhopper it probably means one scientist won't have to take a bashing from WUWT. Or not today, at any rate. That's a good thing.) HotWhopper will continue to demolish disinformation about climate science. And where better to find out what disinformation is the flavour of the day than the "world's most viewed" anti-science blog? WUWT copies and pastes stuff from denier blogs all over the internet. It is a regular clearing house for science denial articles and provides a sterling "recycle denier memes" service.
I've just looked over the comments. There are now 94 of them. Much to Anthony's chagrin, I'm sure, I didn't see any comments mentioning, let alone berating, HotWhopper, I only saw one snide remark about Eli Rabett and a couple of people taking a potshot at the most civil blogger of all of us, ATTP. A large number of the comments were from people rushing to explain why they post comments at WUWT and elsewhere using a pseudonym. One person explained that they no longer feel the need to use a pseudonym because they are retired. One person had a go at Christopher Monckton for shouting "troll" whenever anyone challenged him.
Poor Anthony. He is probably feeling a bit alone and adrift right now.
From the WUWT comments - the promise is broken
Well, Anthony broke his moderation promise immediately. It failed at the first hurdle. Here are two of the first three commenters in order:
I've just updated the archive. Anthony's little outburst got a lot of comments just in the short time it took to write this article. There are currently 44 comments. Roughly two thirds are from people using a pseudonym or not their full real name. Yet not a deletion in sight! :D