OK, so it’s no secret that I’ve left Pharyngula. Not because of any falling out with PZ, whom I still adore, but because of the tenor of the commentariat. There are a number of regulars there who are fine people, and a number who are deliberate jerks in situations that do not call for deliberate jerkery, and a Venn diagram of those two sets would overlap considerably.
Some of those regulars have set up an offsite wiki. I recently noticed that my entry there was not only out of date, but remarkably dismissive, casting me as PZ’s “assistant” and belittling my work except where it took part in the petty shitfights the commentariat find important.
I edited the entry to correct and update it, removing the weirdly and badly written summary of my work and replacing it with straight fact.
That edit has been reverted twice, with the most recent reversion bearing a haughty note implying that the reversions would continue until I “prove [I’m] Chris Clarke.”
I wonder whether this will suffice.
Edited to add: I note that someone else has at least temporarily reverted the entry to my edit, so for purposes of transparency, here’s the version I objected to:
Chris Clarke assists PZ Myers running Pharyngula and writes some articles himself. Chris Clarke writes about natural history, also the environment. Initially Chris wrote for a small non-profit environmental publication and later edited it. After that he worked on a number of environmental publications, some used paper, some the Internet and he also published work via the radio. Chris is interested in the Mojave and Sonoran deserts.
Chris Clarke will likely turn down any invitation to speak at the Center for Inquiry because he is dissatisfied with their policies over sexual harassment and women generally.
I’d hoped to avoid making a public thing out of having left Pharyngula, because for one thing I’d prefer to move on, and for another there are some who will seize on anything they can to try to create trouble for a number of the bloggers at FreeThought Blogs, and needless public drama is tha last thing PZ needs right now.
But apparently I have no choice but to either say something publicly or let an insulting and inaccurate bio stand on a site that’s supposed to be run by friends. Well played, children. Well played.
Final update: the person who was demanding proof has acceded to my request. We’re done.
Really final update: those of you tempted to leave comments excoriating PZ for not hewing to the misogynistic status quo in your tepid and useless little “movement” should decide not to bother. Your comments will never see the light of day