Recall that last month, Gnu activist Jerry Coyne found a way to merge his need to censor opposing views with his desire to bully other people:
So Coyne, who postures as a Champion of Free Speech, asks his readers to comment. A reader with a dissenting view comments, but the comment is censored and never sees the light of day. Instead, Coyne turns the comment into a blog entry several days later and decided to “make an example” of the dissenting voice by never allowing him/her to respond to all the nasty replies that come from Coyne and his echo chamber. Gnu atheist ethics on display.
Surprise! He’s at it again. Here’s something recently posted on Amazon.com that describes something that happened a couple of weeks ago:
Much ado about 5 pages? Sure. But Coyne is manipulative here, so one wonders where else in the book this may be so. My initial complaint about the 5 pages was emailed privately to Coyne. Without asking my permission he posted my email on a website of his (WhyEvolutionIsTrue) that I had never heard of. A day later he emailed me to say that he had posted my email, and that his 30,000 readers would “school” me. The site looked interesting and I wrote some 22 responses (several hours work) to his reader’s comments, all of which said “in moderation”. Little did I suspect that he would censor all my comments (some of which were just “thank you”). So sending me the site URL was not an invitation to participate in the comments, but one to be a “guest piñata”! Nice guy! Neither scholar nor gentleman!
I actually didn’t mind that he did not ask permission, but he did NOT attribute my words as my intellectual property. I complained to him about this, and it was only after I suggested I would take the ethical issue up with U. Chicago that he added my name.
Beyond this indiscretion, Googling one finds a dozen or so instances of “Silent Banning” by Coyne, and he is apparently reputed to be a zealous censor. This “gossip” I tend to believe BECAUSE it exactly parallels my experience, in details.
Sneaky, bullying behavior? Check.
What can you expect from someone who insists he cannot be held morally responsible for his actions?
BTW, there is an easy way to tell that Coyne’s blog is built on the foundation of banning/censorship – read the comments section. Large blogs don’t become cheer-leading, echo chambers without the heavy-handed guidance of the ban hammer.