Category Archives: Welcome

Open thread weekend

by Judith Curry

It’s your turn to introduce topics for discussion.

Blog commenting etiquette

by Judith Curry

There is a sad lack of etiquette guides for new media. Granted, Miss Manners and her brethren have started weighing in on the correct way of handling everything from Facebook snubs to Twitter meltdowns, but there is still no set of guidelines for the proper way to handle oneself while blogging. So, an unwritten etiquette has been created for blogging, but without the benefit of a rulebook that new bloggers can consult.Emily

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Climate Etc. at 2

by Judith Curry

September 2  marks the 2nd anniversary of Climate Etc.  Time for some reflection, on where we’ve been and where we might be going.

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JC interview

by Judith Curry

Oilprice.com has posted a fairly lengthy interview of me.  So if you have ever wondered what I thought about the following issues/questions, check out the interview.

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Looking ahead to 2012

by Judith Curry

Happy New Year, everyone!  What do you think 2012 portends in the debate on climate change and energy?

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Year in review: 2011

by Judith Curry

So, during 2011,  what was interesting and what “mattered” in the climate debate?

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Happy one year anniversary

by Judith Curry

I’m not very good at remembering birthdays or anniversaries.  This amnesia extends to my own birthday and anniversaries, and I was reminded of this when I spotted this post at Jean Goodwin’s blog:  Happy Birthday, Climate Etc.!

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A note on editorial decisions at Climate Etc.

by Judith Curry

Commenters occasionally ask questions about  my editorial decisions, in terms of topics and papers I select for discussion, and the rationale for occasionally deleting comments.  Such questions are beginning to dominate the Salby thread, so I am starting a new thread to clarify and and provide a forum to discuss such issues.

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Climate Etc.’s greatest “hits” for 2010

by Judith Curry

Climate Etc.’s first post was on Sept 2, 2010.  Since then, there have been 82 posts and over 26,000 comments.  The WordPress stats counter provides all sorts of interesting information. Which posts do you think got the largest number of hits?

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The denizens of Climate Etc.

Climate Etc. has now attracted a critical (and growing) mass of “regulars.” I would like to try what Jeff Id did over at the Air Vent on his Reader Background thread. I will eventually provide a button for this thread on the top bar (next to blog rules), so it is easy to refer to (and add to).

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Welcome to Climate Etc.

This blog provides a forum for the exchange of ideas about climate science and the science-policy interface.  Climate Etc. is envisioned as a gathering place for climate researchers, academics and technical experts from other fields, citizen scientists, and the interested public. Open minds and critical thinking are required, and stimulating discussion and group learning is expected.

My engagement in the blogosphere over the past several years have convinced me that the blogosphere has untapped potential for educating the public and for enabling large-scale collective intelligence to address the scientific and policy challenges associated with climate change.

The climate blogosphere is a vibrant environment but the signal is often hidden by the noise.  Towards separating the signal from the noise, Climate Etc. will experiment with different formats.  To start, Climate Etc. will try three different types of threads, with different types and levels of moderation:

•  Technical threads, written by myself or a guest or crowd sourced, with moderated comments that are expected to advance the technical dialogue.  The idea is to have a focused and snark-free environment in which academics and other technical experts with little or no blogging experience will feel comfortable engaging with the broader community.

•  Commentary threads, on topical issues related to the climate science-policy interface and the philosophy, sociology, and politics of science and its institutions. Comments will be moderated for netiquette and lightly moderated for relevance and excessive length.

•  Open threads, with comments moderated only for netiquette and length, which can include a less formal discussion of topics on the technical threads, general observations and reflections on the dialectic, as well as bringing up new topics.  Signals will be sought for new threads and also for raising issues on currently active technical threads.  Depending on traffic, a new open thread will be started weekly.

I look forward to your reactions, opinions, suggestions, and ideas. Please check out the blog rules before posting your comment.  Any advice (technical, moderation, etc.) from veteran bloggers would be most appreciated. Thank you for your participation!

On this thread, please limit your comment to 250 words or less and not more than 2 links.