"You Ask, We (try to) Answer"
Posted on 16 September 2011 by Daniel Bailey
Not your average open thread. In fact, not an open thread at all. In theory, a place for things not on topic on any of the other 4,000+ threads here at Skeptical Science. In practice, results sometimes vary from theory. Accordingly, some ground rules.
Discussion must still pertain to climate science in some fashion and all comments must be constructed to be compliant with the Comments Policy:
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Down To Business
With that being said, let's kick off this with a couple of questions that set the tone for what this thread is about:
- What topics do you want us to cover at SkS?
- What aspect of the science do you find hardest to understand?
Give us your best stuff & we'll try & put up a post on that as soon as we can. Those nominating will get the very valuable Hat-tip nod (bragging rights with da peerage). Post related doodads, thingamabobs and gimcrackery now...