Trouble in the Kingdom

Jerry Coyne has some “new” rules for his blog:

I have become aware that some commentors here have written very critical analyses of my posts on their own websites.  That’s perfectly fine with me: the internet is for criticism and discussion. However, if you’re going to go after me on your own site, you will have to have the guts to reveal your own name—after all, I do.  Most of those sites don’t say who is behind them. Such discussion should not take place behind the protection of pseudonyms, and I consider this kind of criticism pure cowardice.

It’s rather amusing to see a tenured professor frame their self-promotion as bravery.  Nevertheless, someone in the comments section blows a huge hole in his rule:

I don’t post here often, but I find the anonymity rule troubling. Critiques should be judged on their merits, not on the merits of the people posting them.

Requiring real names of anonymous posters here who critique you elsewhere sounds like an attempt to shut down critiques. In reality, it will likely just cause you to be uninformed of and unconnected to the critiques.

While you’re allowed to be a petty tyrant on your own blog, do you really want to be?

Coyne replies:

Sorry, but that’s rude. You can make your point without using the word “petty tyrant”, so apologize.

Oh, the irony.

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14 Responses to Trouble in the Kingdom

  1. Apollyon says:

    What? Different rules for others?

    Is that based upon Reason and Science?

  2. Michael says:

    Whenever a Gnu atheist speaks, yes, Reason and Science are supposed to come out their mouth. If you dare to disagree, you must provide your name and drivers license number.

  3. Justin says:

    How is he going to enforce that rule?

  4. heddle says:

    This is almost sinfully delicious!

  5. Bilbo says:

    If I promised not to critique Coyne on my blog, would he allow me to critique him on his blog?

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  7. Crude says:

    Sorry, but that’s rude. You can make your point without using the word “petty tyrant”, so apologize.

    Oh Lord. The guy who cannot critique any theist without using mocking nicknames and the word ‘Jebus’ cannot take the suggestion that his blog rules may make him a petty tyrant, without demanding an apology?

    What’s more amazing here? How thin is skin is? Or how overt his hypocrisy? Hard for me to tell.

  8. Tom Gilson says:

    Hey, heddle–we all know there’s a reason you use that lower-case six-letter fake name–you’re trying to keep anonymous.

    Well, in case you didn’t realize it, I happen to know who you are in real life; and if you don’t start being nice to poor Jerry Coyne, I’m going to out you right here on the Internet!

    😉

  9. Hoo says:

    heddle is in no danger of being persecuted in the academe. Don’t salivate at the prospect of that, Gilson.

  10. Tim lambert says:

    Hoo, did you read Mikes article?

  11. Tom Gilson says:

    I don’t think I scared heddle very much, hoo. The key to that comment was the emoticon.

    He and I used to be fairly near neighbors, and we had breakfast together just a couple weeks ago. He knows I’m harmless 🙂 .

  12. heddle says:

    Tom G,

    I’m going to out you right here on the Internet!

    Please don’t! Think of the persecution! One only has tenure for life!

  13. Tom Gilson says:

    That ought to be long enough, if Coyne is right.

    And if he’s wrong….

  14. Bilbo says:

    Coyne has a follow up post, where he says that one is welcome to post pseudonymous criticisms of him at their own websites, but that he won’t pay much attention to them. Is there evidence that he pays much attention to non-pseudonymous criticisms?

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