r2dot.org is Live

A while back, Robert Rohatensky, of SHPEGS fame (and another “R-Squared”), asked if I would be interested in helping him set up a Slash-based energy site. The idea would be a place where anyone could submit energy news and discuss and debate solutions. As Bob wrote to me, “My motivation is to do what I can to improve the world energy supply.” This is also a lot of what I am all about. I want to raise public awareness about our energy options, discuss solutions (and false-solutions), and discuss energy policy.

I feel that the format of Blogger – especially in the way comments are structured – really limits our ability to carry on the kind of dialogue I would like to see. It’s not that there is anything wrong with the comments here. In fact, we get a lot of good comments. But it would be much better, in my opinion, to be able to have a threaded view. It would also be very helpful if readers could submit their own stories, links, news items, etc. to foster discussion. This will be possible at the new site:


So, if you have an interesting energy story that you want to discuss, drop by and submit it. You don’t have to be registered to do so.

2 thoughts on “r2dot.org is Live”

  1. With Slash you should certainly be buckled down to handle lots of comments ;-).

    Other than that, I’m a bit pedantic about ‘all rights reserved.’

    Were that literally true, none of us could access it. And it also sets you up for later questions as stories and comments are submitted.

    It’s a pain in the butt to work out the IP angle completely, but for what it’s worth, I think Gristmill’s Terms of Service hit all the key points:


  2. The main drawback with the slashdot system from my experience with theWatt.com is that it’s not the sort of thing you can let sit for a month or two while you busy yourself with something else. It seemed to require a lot of maintenance, in terms of pruning articles which were press releases, and all sorts of other spam.

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