While Steve’s away in San Francisco lecturing scientists about statistics, I thought I’d throw in my announcement of a bold, new frontal assault upon the Forces of Obfuscation: Auditblogs.com
Auditblogs has been created for people who want to examine issues in science, math and economics in general, not just climate science (although that should be a popular subject). So if you want to go through the Stern Review line-by-line, or make comment upon the latest scientific announcements or synthesize the latest news in solar physics, then this is the resource for you.
If you wish to make a contribution to defray my hosting costs, then there’s a tip jar for you to do so.
Actually it was Dan Hughes who asked me to manage his weblog that got me thinking – why don’t I simply manage a whole bunch of weblogs rather than just two? (I registered auditblogs.com before it dawned on me that it would look like I was “passing off” ClimateAudit’s credentials when all I was thinking was it would be cool to have a lot of blogs examine the Beast from a lot of different angles and so produce an ecosystem of scientific audit and inquiry, but still…)
So this is a WordPress MU installation (exactly the same software that runs WordPress.com) but with LaTeX, Spam Karma and Bad Behavior support installed as standard. It looks and feels almost exactly the same as a standalone copy of WordPress, so if you’re familiar with WordPress, then this will be a breeze. Even if you’re not, WordPress is very easy and very intuitive to use.
Each blog gets 50 MB of disk space as standard, which is a lot considering you won’t have to store your blog statistics. RSS Feeds from both posts and comments are available as well.
The blogs are named http://something.auditblogs.com where the “something” is whatever you want. Please choose carefully as it cannot be changed afterwards. The title of your blog can be changed at any time.
I’ve installed a big selection of WordPress Themes for you to choose – many of them are configurable in all sorts of ways from colours to fonts to header pictures (like the clouds on ClimateAudit, for example), so the limitation is only upon your imagination.
Also thrown in is a message board for authors to ask support questions of me (or others) and a conversation forum to discuss issues arising. If there’s a new tool or facility you want me to add to make your blogging easier/more profound then the Support Forum is the place to ask. I’ll be making announcements of new facilities in there as well.
I wish to make it clear that Auditblogs.com is not endorsed by Steve McIntyre.
There are some terms of reference coming, which should clarify what auditblogs is for (and not). For now, if you want a blog, please send me an e-mail.