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Quick update: UNESCO Belgrade, and NYTimes

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I am in Belgrade, my hometown, participating in the First SEE Regional Science Promotion Conference October 2nd and 3rd, Belgrade, Serbia and the UNESCO South East European (SEE) Science Journalism School. Longer blog post about it later, after it ends.

Also, if you missed it on social media, I was quoted in New York Times yesterday, in Comment Ban Sets Off Debate, about the value of comments on science news articles and blog posts, as this is a hot topic these days after PopSci closed comments (and was also hot topic back in January when I wrote this post about it). Short quote, but does not misrepresent what I said (and yes, we chatted for an hour, that’s how it works), and gave me a new nickname “Weed Wacker” among my bloggers ;-)

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  1. 1. M Tucker 2:28 pm 10/3/2013

    Bora, I read the Times article and I also read your piece last January. I enjoyed it very much and I completely subscribe to your point of view. Especially this:

    “The same goes for climate change. It is a fact that global warming is true. And it is also a well established fact that humans played a big role in it. And the notion that if we broke it we should fix it is what responsible humans do. Thus, an article about a new study about climate or weather or energy or infrastructure is not a proper forum for debating the well-established facts. There is no debate there. Thus, such comments need to be deleted.”

    As the blogs editor I sure you have noticed that your opinion is generally not followed. As a regular reader of the wonderful Scientific American blogs I sometimes comment but usually I am put off by the trend of the discussion veering into another boring debate of well established science or careening wildly off topic. Since the biggest offenders seem to be well known regulars I would think something could be done but the author of the blog makes a choice not to. That is a disappointing shame.

    I do not write this expecting to see a change I just felt like contributing to this post. I will continue to be a regular reader of your outstanding publication and these outstanding blogs.

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