There is a regular commentator on Watts Up With That (WUWT) who posts under the name richardscourtney. I assume that this is actually Richard S Courtney, who is discussed at a number of other sites such as DeSmogBlog and Watching The Deniers – although I can’t claim for certain that it is. Given that I post anonymously, I don’t really want to particularly attack an individual who appears to be posting under their own name. I do, however, regularly find what he says quite offensive and he has a particular habit of calling others Trolls. Just as an experiment, I thought I would try to keep track of how regularly richardscourtney refers to someone else as a Troll. I can’t claim to be able to catch all such comments, but will do my best. So far, it seems that it is a daily occurrence and is aimed at numerous different people. What I thought I would do below is link to the post on which richardscourtney is commenting and then link to his comment. I also make no judgement here as to whether or not he is justified in accusing others of being Trolls (although it does seem to be people who – in my opinion – make sensible comments questioning the interpretations of climate science presented on WUWT). We’ll see how long I can keep this up. It could be quite a lot of work.
Addendum – 5 May 2013
I’m going to stop this now, as it is getting a little depressing. I started tracking richardscourtney’s comments on 29 May 2013 and it is now 5 May 2013 – so about a week. In that time he has accused 10 different commentators of being trolls. It seems reasonable to conclude that the statement the person posting as richardscourtney often accuses others of being trolls, is a reasonable statement to make. I don’t know if he is justified in making such claims. Having read what those who he accuses of being trolls have said, it’s my opinion that he isn’t. Having said that, even if he is, resorting to such accusations does rather undermine the strength of his arguments and suggests that he isn’t really able to debate issues relating to AGW in a manner that is consistent with decent scientific discourse.
Australian sea-level data highly exaggerated, only 5 inches by 2010, comment by richardscourtney at 4.49am, April 29 2013 refers – I think – to someone called Nick as being a Troll.
USA Today’s breathless CO2 announcement – not quite there yet, richardscourtney will no longer talk with Phil (apparently a chemist) about the carbon cycle because Phil is now a troll.
USA Today’s breathless CO2 announcement – not quite there yet, richardscourtney accuses jc of trolling – although to be fair, in this comment he was defending StanW and Phil, who he had previously accused of being trolls.
USA Today’s breathless CO2 announcement – not quite there yet, richardscourtney is still calling Phil a troll.
An open letter to the World Meteorological Organization – WMO – I know this was meant to be tracking richardscourtney’s accusations of trolling, but it seems that Bob Tisdale is getting in on the action as he is now accusing Reich.Eschhaus of being a troll.
An open letter to the World Meteorological Organization – WMO – not to be outdone, richardscourtney is now accusing Alex – who was supporting Rich.Eschhaus – of being an anonymous troll. Presumably, using your first name isn’t enough for richardscourtney.
An open letter to the World Meteorological Organizations – WMO. richardscourtney points out that this post is attracting lots of trolls and proves the point by calling Sam Yates a troll, while – at the same time – acknowledging that by using his full name, Sam Yates, is presumably not posting anonymously.
An open letter to the World Meteorological Organizations – WMO. There appear to be lots of trolls commenting on this poast as, according to richardscourtney, Plain Richard is also a troll.