(Updated July 22, 2010 — been hard to keep up with all the changes! Let me know if I have left anyone out.)
Update: The strike is over! SEED seems to have agreed to the changes requested.
Update: Food Frontiers is officially off of Scienceblogs. It remains to be seen how this will affect the bloggers’ decision to stay or go — some have already stated that they won’t be coming back.
If you haven’t heard, the Scienceblogs community has gone through a tremendous upheaval over a short span of 24 hours, with a number of their best science writers basically resigning from the community in protest. The spark that ignited the powderkeg was the introduction of a corporate paid for and sponsored blog to the science blogging mix, Food Frontiers: a blog by PepsiCo on nutrition, of all things! This has been seen by many, if not most, of the bloggers as corporate propaganda masquerading as legitimate science, which hurts the reputation of said bloggers and corrupts the integrity of the system.
I don’t have enough of an understanding of the details to make a strong statement about the controversy here (at the very least, the whole thing seems like a very big PR clusterf#$k on the part of SEED). Right now I can understand the arguments of both those who have chosen to stay at SBs and those who have chosen to move on to, or rather back to, independent blogging. I did want to say that I support all of the Sciencebloggers and feel your pain right now (hell, the whole thing has made me anxious, and I have no association with SBs!).
I also wanted to help out those who have departed by throwing a few links towards their new/old homes!
- Abel Pharmboy of Terra Sigillata has left SBs, and will for now be taking up residence on wordpress.
- Mike Dunford of The Questionable Authority has departed SBs, with no word yet on new digs.
- Grrlscientist of Living the Scientific Life has left SBs; no clear final destination for her yet, but she can be found on her Nature Network blog and her long-dormant wordpress site.
- Deborah Blum of Speakeasy Science has left SBs and returned to her old blog.
- Maryn McKenna of Superbug has left SBs and has shifted over to Superbug.
- Suzanne Franks of Thus Spake Zuska has left SBs and has moved over to wordpress.
- PalMD of White Coat Underground has left SBs; for now, he will be at his former wordpress site.
- Bora Zivkovic of A Blog Around the Clock has left SBs; he will be, at least temporarily, blogging on wordpress.
- Travis Saunders and Peter Janiszewski of Obesity Panacea have left SBs and have returned to their original site.
- Anne Jefferson and Chris Rowan of Highly Allochthonous have found a new home for their blog within the brand-new domain name all-geo.org.
- Eric Michael Johnson of The Primate Diaries has decided to leave SBs; he doesn’t have a new home yet, but can be found on his Twitter and Facebook accounts. He is in the midst of an “exile” tour of various other scienceblogs, including this one!
- Blake Stacey of Science After Sunclipse has returned to his original wordpress blog.
- Scicurious of Neurotopia has returned to her site at are you scicurious?
- Brian Switek hasn’t decided where he’ll end up permanently. In the meantime, he is posting on his author page for his upcoming book, and also writing posts for Dinosaur Tracking for the Smithsonian.
- David Dobbs is now at Neuron Culture.
- Dave Bacon, The Quantum Pontiff, has returned to his original blog in a move only partly related to Pepsi.
- Alex Wild of Myrmecos returning to his old site.
- Rebecca Skloot of Culture Dish has, at least for the moment, moved her blog to her personal site.
- Mark Chu-Carroll of Good Math, Bad Math is officially leaving Scienceblogs.
People who were undecided but seem to be staying (for now):
- Mike, the Mad Biologist has tentatively decided to stay with SBs.
- Class M has decided to stay with SBs in light of the reversal regarding PepsiCo.
- Eruptions has tentatively decided to stay with SBs.
- The Thoughtful Animal is “cautiously optimistic” about SBs and has decided to stay.
- Causaubon’s Book feels that management exceeded her expectations in fixing the mess and is back to work.
I’ll try and update this when I hear more about where folks are ending up…
Note: Carl Zimmer is also keeping a list of evacuees here.