Steven Goddard is a blight on the skeptic community. Any skeptic who wants to be taken seriously should avoid him like the plague so as not to be tarnished with his infantile behavior and idiotic posts. Unfortunately, that's not what happens. If you want to see what Goddard is like, feel free to visit his blog. Or if you'd rather not subject yourself to that, you can read the first post I wrote about him last year where I pointed out he accused dozens of scientists of committing fraud by adjusting ocean temperature data while pointing to results which didn't even use ocean temperature data.
Yeah, he's that incompetent. That's not what today's post is about though. I've normally tried to ignore Goddard as there's no point repeating myself over and over. What he says is stupid and disgusting. Accusing everyone you disagree with of having committed fraud based upon basically nothing is pathetic. What's even more pathetic, however, is the fact Goddard is incredibly dishonest himself.
That's what today's post is going to be about. Goddard, who constantly accuses every scientist he can find of having committed fraud, secretly edits his posts and deletes people's comments to cover up his mistakes. In layman's terms, secretly replacing product so as to cover up deficiencies might be considered fraud.
To understand what I'm talking about, look at this screenshot I took with my phone:
That's from the comments thread of this post, titled "UK Met Office Raises The Bar On Climate Fraud." If you go to that post, however, you won't find that comment. You also won't find any mention anywhere of 0.702 degrees. The comment was deleted. The portion of the blog post it referred to was removed. None of this was disclosed. It's only by chance I happened to still have the page open on my phone and thus was able to save a copy of that comment.
Here is a copy of the original post. If you compare it to the current version (which I've archived here), you'll see it's been signifcantly altered. The first paragraph, table and graphic shown in this picture were all removed:
Why? Because the user Barry Woods commented to point out Goddard had misunderstood what he was looking at. Rather than admit his mistake and thank Woods for catching it, Goddard deleted the errant text, deleted Woods's comment and added a whole bunch of new stuff. The replacement began with:
And continues with this addition:
And finally this:
You can see the text at the bottom of that image matches the text at the bottom of the original post's screenshot. That shows you the extent of the alterations.
Steven Goddard made a huge blunder. He accused people of lying because the amount of warming they said they found from a baseline taken in the 1900s was smaller than the amount of warming they found if they took their baseline as being before the 1900s. It was a boneheaded mistake. He could have corrected it. He could have admitted his mistake, apologized for making it and thanked Barry Woods for pointing it out. Instead, he deleted Woods's comment and secretly edited his post so nobody could see that he had made a mistake.
If Goddard is going to behave like that, it's incredible he has the audacity to accuse other people of being dishonest and committing fraud. Even more incredible is the fact anyone takes him seriously. It's a crazy world when a person can lie to people's faces then get them to applaud when he accuses other people of being liars.
7:35 AM Update: It's been brought to my attention I was wrong to say Steven Goddard deleted Barry Woods's comment. Apparently, Goddard runs two different websites where he posts the same posts, but the comment streams are different. The result is a comment posted on one site won't be visible on another. I find that baffling, but it means you can find Woods's comment here. The comment, of course, would make no sense to a reader seeing it given the secret changes Goddard made to the post.