So why does the Met Office ban me from commenting?

Courtesy of the Met Office

I like blogging as you probably can tell from all 272 articles that I’ve written in this new blog since May of this year. If you are one of my few subscribers, you probably know that I have strong views, especially on freeing up observational, climatological and forecast data so that we can all use it (why not? we all pay for it). I don’t get that many comments these days, so I don’t engage in a lot of chit-chat, or for that matter get that much criticism, but when I do get something wrong or overstep the mark I invariably try to respond, not by blocking or deleting comments from readers in moderation, but arguing my point, or occasionally just saying sorry – I just got it wrong. That’s what blogging is about in my opinion, it’s there for you to post a story about what you think about a subject.

Courtesy of Oxford Dictionary

The Met Office on the other hand have a different perspective on blogging, and in their blog they publish about things that are important to them they don’t allow comments. Well that’ not exactly true, what I should have said is that they don’t allow any of my comments. There are no profanities in any of my comments I submit to them, and I try to keep any direct reference to personalities out of it, but I do question what they say, why they say it and how they say it. Over the last 5 years that has gone on without much problem, I make a comment, it takes them up to a week (to allow the newness of the original story to fade) to moderate and release my comment – end of story, but not anymore.

I don’t think I’m the only person that has been summarily banned, there must be others, and I notice that the last comments made by anyone were made on the 3rd of November, and they were mainly about grammar, so nice and safe. The obvious reason why I’ve been banned is that they don’t like criticism of any kind, on any subject, they see criticism as negative and they want to be upbeat, but if the comment meets the criteria of acceptability (although I’ve no idea of what those criteria are), and as any comments are very rarely answered anyway, what’s the point of deleting them?

Of course it maybe because I comment about things such as these:

  • The first month of their three-month seasonal forecast for winter has gone a bit pear-shaped.
  • Do you have to be an expert and the manager of the Polar Climate group to interpret a line chart of Arctic sea ice?
  • Why no  yellow alert for fog when the visibility at Exeter airport and the M5 for most of the day been less than 100 metres?
  • Why is Professor Adam Scaife allowed to use the Met Office blog to plug his new book?

Author: xmetman

An ex-metman passionate about all things to do with weather, climate and clouds

7 thoughts on “So why does the Met Office ban me from commenting?”

  1. Completely OT, XM, here is something I think worth investigating.
    According to today’s ST the warmest place in Europe this last week was Mallnitz in Austria, with a gobsmacking 28.9C last Sunday.
    A typo, or the most colossal Foehn of the Christian Era?

  2. I’ve just added a new free subscription widget that I hope improves the process – give it a try it seems to work faultlessly when I just tested it at this end.

  3. Ironically I find that commenting here is perversely difficult. I’ve tried several times and mostly given up…

    I’m firstly asked to ‘log in’. I can’t see how to use the email and passwords option (as far as I can see it just can’t be done) so I have to log in via WordPress.

    I don’t have my own blog so that leave me either having to register with WordPress and go through a load of hassle to create a blog (I’m unlikely to use) just so I can post a replies here… or us my work blog (which this computer ‘knows’ and defaults to anyway if I try to reply – doh) and send a reply via that – but that is far from ideal since our blog is really a school and work matter not a free time activity (so, tbh, I’d be content if you didn’t publish this).

    Basically, if you’d like more people to comment it needs to be a LOT easier to do so!!

    Otoh, your blog is an excellent read for anyone interested in meteorology, and like most readers I have little to disagree with or question. Lots of replies and opinions might be a mixed blessing…

  4. I- presumably like all your other subscribers- read your threads with great interest.
    The fact that you don’t get much response is simply a reflection of your tremendous access to, and commonsensical interpretation of, real data. There’s not really much to argue about!.
    You deny access to climate deniers and other loonies-quite right too!

    I’m a scientist first, and an unreformed Thatcherite second. Even Trump will come round in the end-what choice does he have?

  5. Oz

    I totally agree with you, I know that I have grown into a bit of an old curmudgeon these days, but not allowing any dialog is childish, they might not to justify it with a response, but others might like to agree or disagree with it, and that’s what stimulates debate. Isn’t debate suppose to be a good thing?


  6. Nice photo with this post. Disallowing negative comments or criticism is like saying “the science is settled” when its not. When we can’t get accurate 3-month forecasts, how can we expect to get accurate projections for decades?

    They should at least allow constructive criticism and dialog.

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