I'll take a stab at this -- here's hoping I don't regret this.
WRT Robb Wolf -- I don't know him well, but have spoken on the phone once or twice and emailed a few times. I have recommended his books and blog numerous times. (My mom especially liked his book.)
He kindly had Cate Shanahan guest-post a blog post on iron in infant formulas that Cate researched & wrote at my urging.
See here: http://robbwolf.com/2011/12/20/iron-fortified-infant-cereal-a-formula-for-health-problems/
Robb has always come across as both a stand-up & very smart guy, so I very openly say that I was disappointed that he is not a fan of PaleoHacks.
C'est la vie.
I have asked him for concrete suggestions as to how he would make things better at PaleoHacks -- at the time of this writing, haven't heard much other than he will try to spend some more time here. <--- which would be great as I welcome smart & talented people of Robb's ilk.
One has to accept that PaleoHacks is simultaneously an awesome and not-so-awesome place.
First, The Awesome:
I have been in awe at some of the much more intelligent & informed people than I on PH sharing their interpretations vis-a-vis a paleo paradigm of the various data available to us. Personally, I have learned much & try to keep an open mind. Watching people's & the community's view(s) evolve over time has been especially fascinating.
Thank you for your participation. Keep on keepin' on. You all make PaleoHacks awesome and I am grateful.
Now, The Not-So-Awesome:
There are a few nutcases amongst you. I don't know why this is -- this could be the nature of the internet or something about Paleo brings out the nutjobs. I have expressed my concerns about you privately in emails to some of the Paleo leaders and others -- as I have publicly:
(the now emergent gratuitous Paleo
re-enactment fetishists must be
starved of attention as well as their
Let me make clear: my definition of nutjob has nothing to do with your interpretation of Paleo be it Sissonian, Wolfian, Taubesian, Harrisian or Nikoleyian than it has to do with your behavior and how you frame your arguments.
Those of you who have flagrantly broken the community rules I tend to find & suspend or delete. There are some that flirt at the edge of the rules and the only reason I don't delete them is that I don't want to delete anyone b/c of ideology.
Believe you me -- there are many people whose POVs I think are flat out wrong, but I would not delete because their behavior doesn't merit it.
My hope, and this may be a very naive hope, is that the PaleoHacks community "punishes" both bad behavior and stupidity.
Random thought: What I find interesting about PaleoHacks, as an experiment in crowdsourcing, is that it may threaten the Paleo gurus' influence -- but then, see how I feel about Paleo gurus here:
Net-net I think PaleoHacks is a massive force for good, and the awesome FAAARRRR outweighs the not-so-awesome. Thanks again for being a part of this.
NB: My mods and I do our very best to moderate fairly. I am sure if we have dinged you, deleted you or suspended you -- you probably feel that I am big, massive jerk. Which I probably am.