A completely worthless article is running on The Energy Collective. Almost every fact it quotes is wrong.
I have removed their logo from my blog for now. If I see another example this bad, I will ask them to remove my name from their contributors’ list.
The point of curation is to keep the worthless crap out of view. If a multi-author site can’t do that, it provides no service that Google and blogs can’t.
Update: I received a friendly and concerned letter from the moderator/community manager which had the opposite of the intended effect. It further convinced me that The Energy Collective is not useful. I won’t quote the whole thing but here’s my reply which quotes the disappointing part:
I might write an article, but it will not be a rebuttal of his point of view.
There are people with whom I vehemently disagree whose opinions I read, and there are some with whom I largely agree that I ignore. This is not about agreement. This is about competence.
Garnet’s point of view is irrelevant because it is based on purported facts that are wrong. The purpose of a site like yours is to provide a place for a variety of informed opinion to contend. This article makes me very concerned that you don’t have the capacity to distinguish between informed opinion and bar room bluster. There is no shortage of the latter, and if your site provides that, it is not useful.
I think web community manager is an important role; I go to SXSW Interactive; I have been to a couple of community manager sessions. I understand the complex balance you are trying to navigate. But a lot of what is talked about in such sessions is not relevant to the sort of web product that interests me, which is where the product is expertise, not opinion, not enthusiasm, not personality, not humor.
I will be watching TEC closely to decide if I am willing to be associated with it. If I find articles which are based on confusion about facts, I will conclude that you provide no useful service and will withdraw.
I am sorry to be so harsh. Unfortunately I have no choice.
If you are paid to moderate a largely technical discussion and don’t have the expertise and experience to do so, you are in a difficult spot. I really do sympathize. But you either can or can’t perform the curatorial job that is needed to make an effective site of this type, no matter how well designed, promoted, and coded the site may be.
> “it presented a particular view on a controversial subject, neither of which has been
> frequently presented on the site, and it is our belief that it’s important
> to encourage all points of view, especially on issues as critical as our
If that’s all you think there is to it, I can’t help you and you can’t help me. If you were hired to fly a plane (presuming you have no pilot training) I would feel sorry for you but I still wouldn’t get on the plane.