I just removed the link to the Space Cynics site from my link roll. I’ve tried over the past year or so that they’ve been around to link to and comment on posts of theirs that have been insightful and useful. They are a talented bunch, with lots of experience. If they were more grown-up, they could probably do a lot more good for the industry. I still like Shubber’s posts, and I still have some respect for the hard work Tom Olsen has been doing trying to improve the funding situation for the industry. I also appreciate the hard work that David Livingston has been doing for the industry by putting on the Space Show.
It’s just a pity that they’ve wasted the potential of their website by behaving like a bunch of arrogant, narcicistic, immature teenagers.
I remember back at Space Access 2005, this same group was decrying the disunity of the industry. I recall the phrase Shubber used was that we had a “circle the wagons and fire inward” mentality. Unity is important, and I was glad at the time that they made the point. That said, it’s a real pity to see that they don’t practice what they preach.
I’m not sure exactly what happened, but several months back I think I corrected oldspacecadet (who if I’m not mistaken is Dr John Jurist) in a comments section. The guy is more intelligent than he is mature, and couldn’t accept the fact that someone else may have had a point. He’s been publicly insulting my company ever since, as you’ll notice that our company has been the only thing he’s posted about on that site in over six months. Now, this isn’t to say that he hasn’t made some legitimate points. I’ve tried to take his comments as constructive criticism even if it wasn’t intended or delivered in a constructive manner. I fully appreciate the importance of accuracy and properly shaping peoples expectations. I know that what we’re trying to accomplish has proven a lot harder than we had initially thought. The self-righteous, self-congratulatory manner in which John and his fellow bloggers have allowed themselves to descend into is uncalled for and counter-productive. But, just because someone insists on acting below his age, doesn’t mean that he can’t be at least partially right.
So for now, I bid my friends at Space Cynics adieu. I know this post is more or less a blatant case of feeding the troll, and I’m sure they’ll want to make a big deal out of this, but as far as I’m concerned I have no intention of wasting any more time on them until they grow up and start being constructive.
If they have something useful to say, I may post about it in the future. But until that point I’ve got more valuable things to be doing than arguing with trolls.
If someone wants to drop me a line if they write something useful again, that would be nice.