On “PepsiGate” and #Sbfail
I take no pleasure in watching what is happening to Scienceblogs. The vast majority of my time there was pleasurable, tainted only by the actions of a minority who managed to poison the community (and were allowed do so by the notional management). Now the self-same management are watching the ship go down due to “PepsiGate” and #Sbfail highlighting their inability to treat the bloggers as co=partners in a business enterprise.
Scienceblogs started in January 2006 with 14 bloggers. Within a year, a further 39 bloggers had arrived. Less than half formed the core community of Scienceblogs (by this I mean, individuals who swam in the backchannels that existed and were members of the support community I valued). It’s worth noting what had happened to them:
- Adventures in Ethics and Science – still going
- Aetiology – still going
- Deltoid – still going.
- Pharyngula – still going but currently on strike
- Mike the Mad Biologist – still going
- Neurotopia (version 2.0) – still going
- The World’s Fair – still going
- Respectful Insolence – may be leaving but can always be found here.
- Thoughts from Kansas – future unclear
- Deep Sea News – left January 2007 September 2008, now here.
- Evolgen – left Jan 2009, no longer blogging.
- Dr. Joan Bushwell’s Chimpanzee Refuge – left May 2009, now here
- Afarensis – left May 2009, now here.
- Evolving Thoughts – left May 2009, now here.
- Stranger Fruit – left May 2009, now here (literally).
- Cognitive Daily – left January 2010, now here.
- Gene Expression – left April 2010, now here.
- Living the Scientific Life – left July 2010, now here.
- A Blog Around The Clock – left July 2010, now here
- Good Math, Bad Math – left July 2010, will continue blogging.
- The Questionable Authority – left July 2010, will continue blogging.
- Terra Sigillata – left July 2010, now here.
So, of these 22, twenty-one are still blogging, but only seven are remaining with Seed Media Group. (A further two have uncertain futures at the site.) And I think that tells you something about the ability of the Seed Media Group management to run a business.
Update: Here’s the Twitter feed – follow the fail as it happens.
Update (7/21): Abel Pharmboy (Terra Sigillata) had flown the coop. I have updated the count of those remaining. In addition, Dave Munger (formerly of CogDaily) has given his take on the whole debacle.