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 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 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 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 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 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.


  1. Steve Sadlov
    Posted Dec 11, 2006 at 9:03 AM | Permalink

    John A, you are a good and wise man. I may well consider adding my bloggage to this groewing family at some point. Something to think about for the New Year. Many thanks!

  2. Jeremy
    Posted Dec 11, 2006 at 3:48 PM | Permalink

    Phil Plait seems like the kinda guy for a blog like that, but he already has his own very successful one outside of

    It might be nice to have a space/cosmology one, to reveal my own bias there.

  3. Posted Dec 11, 2006 at 3:58 PM | Permalink

    Personally, I’d love a solar science one, because I think that’s a very neglected area – and its not just because of the dismissal of solar variation on climate, its because I’d like to learn more solar science. I wonder if I could induce Doug Hoyt to start blogging?

    Phil Plait’s blog is very good, but he stays with popular science and myths about popular science by non-scientists, rather than tackle nonsense produced by a few scientists. He keeps the tone non-technical and engaging and that’s his style.

  4. jae
    Posted Dec 11, 2006 at 5:16 PM | Permalink

    I would really like to see a Solar blog, also. Wish I knew enough to start one.

  5. Posted Dec 11, 2006 at 6:34 PM | Permalink


    My vote if for a solar blog. I just did some extensive reading on solar papers, including sunspots, cosmic rays, and cloud formation, but I am not qualified to be an auditor. I can contribute, but we need a strong technical leader like Steve M. I hope one comes forward.

  6. Brooks Hurd
    Posted Dec 12, 2006 at 12:41 AM | Permalink


    We need a CO2 blog to deal with the past history of CO2 from ice cores.

  7. Posted Dec 12, 2006 at 3:37 AM | Permalink


    If you want to start one, then be my guest.. In point of fact, Auditblogs supports multiple authors for any single blog – so why not start one on CO2 and bring others in to collaborate?

    You’ve got a first post ready to go, it appears.


  8. bruce
    Posted Dec 12, 2006 at 4:57 AM | Permalink

    Seems to me that it would be useful to question the supposed “Global Mean” temperatures that we are fed, without explanation. If you have a look at Junk Science’s attempt to establish a Global Mean temperatrure, you will see the issues very clearly. ( Not an easy task. How do you adjust for the imbalance of NH and SH temperature stations? How do you adjust for the changing population of stations? How do you adjust for the Urban Heat Island effect?

    The providers of the temperature series, notably Phil Jones, are notorious for not providing details of how the temperature series are compiled, what adjustments have been made etc. “Trust Us” they say. Sorry Phil. I for one don’t trust you.

  9. Proxy
    Posted Dec 12, 2006 at 8:36 AM | Permalink

    Have you looked at using forum software instead of modding blogware? Forums are designed for heavy multiuser use, whereas blogware is designed to support simple commenting on a single topics. They allow contributors to edit their posts and provide everything that blogware does and much more.

    No I’m not selling software, just reporting on many happy years using that type of media. phpBB is a good one to checkout. Good luck with !

  10. Posted Dec 12, 2006 at 8:41 AM | Permalink

    I have installed a phpBB forum (version 3!) on auditblogs, but then I decided to put in a bbpress forum for use by authors which integrates with WordPress user IDs and passwords (hence less administration). I’m not sure what I’ll do with the phpBB forum – maybe I’ll delete it.

  11. Steve McIntyre
    Posted Dec 12, 2006 at 10:05 AM | Permalink

    I wasn’t aware of this particular initiative of John A’s. I have had no involvement with it. I have been careful not to associate myself with every “skeptic” cause. Some people chafe at this, but it’s my blog.

  12. ET SidViscous
    Posted Dec 12, 2006 at 10:32 AM | Permalink

    Grrr this new WordPress thing blows. My opinion.

    Anyways John to let you know, “Free as in beer” is used to differnetiate it from “free as in speech” Meaning the difference in term s Such as Free: as in no monetary cost, and Free: as in Freedoms or liberty.

    Just so you know the reply box is messed up giving me blank on the far right where I can’t see what I’m typing.

  13. Posted Dec 12, 2006 at 1:13 PM | Permalink


    which reply box?

  14. Sidviscous
    Posted Dec 12, 2006 at 1:28 PM | Permalink

    The one I am typing in now. Big text box field that you type in.

    Testing as I’m on another computer. Sally sells seashells by the seashore, but she doesn’t sell…

    Hmm works here.

    This one is running the latest version of I.E. the other computer the previous version. 6 and 7 respectively.

  15. John A
    Posted Dec 12, 2006 at 1:34 PM | Permalink

    I’m typing this in on IE version 7 and there’s no problem. Must be a glitch in the Matrix.

  16. Sidviscous
    Posted Dec 12, 2006 at 2:08 PM | Permalink

    Yeah no, 7 seems to be fine. It’s 6 that is wonky. But that’s also a machine that I don’t install flash, .net, Java or any other viruses masking themselves as applications. So it might just be on my end. But you might want to check 6, I’m sure there are plenty of people that have time to rip out this piece of … known as IE7 and use something marginally better. the text scrolling off into the ether is disconcerting.

    And yeah yeah I know, Firefox, Mozeralla blah blah blah. They all have their own issues.

  17. Posted Dec 12, 2006 at 2:30 PM | Permalink

    IE6 is a big pile of steaming ordure and should not be used.

  18. Hans Erren
    Posted Dec 12, 2006 at 2:39 PM | Permalink

    Bad for you IE is the default browser you got to live with it. Do also you tell your customers to use another operating system if you can’t get an application to work?

  19. Posted Dec 12, 2006 at 3:04 PM | Permalink

    No, but on the other hand, this is one customer with a crippled version of a badly behaved browser, rather than a scientific consensus.

  20. Sidviscous
    Posted Dec 12, 2006 at 3:05 PM | Permalink

    I agree 100%.

    IE7 is simply bigger, steamier and more odifourus.

  21. Posted Dec 12, 2006 at 3:17 PM | Permalink

    ok, I’ll test the waters.

  22. Posted Dec 14, 2006 at 2:56 AM | Permalink

    Dave Dardinger: I made my reply to your query on I hope this answers you fully.

  23. s243a
    Posted Feb 16, 2014 at 12:47 PM | Permalink

    These seem dead.

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