Because many of the posts contributed on our site come from the authors' own blogs, the issue of "guest posts" is one we struggle with every day. We generally decline to publish posts where the guest author is not clearly identified, but all these are judgement calls and our readers may not always agree with our decisions.
Sometimes we look back and find that we don't agree with our decisions either.
Our advisory board does not have day-to-day editorial responsibility for the site. They are a representative cross-section of the opinions we feature on the site, frequent contributors of exclusive content, and some of the smartest people thinking and writing about energy and climate today. They are responsible for many of our community's finest moments. Our full time staff here are responsible for the others. :-)
And Charles--I would argue that there is a direct connection between the ongoing success of what you so graciously refer to as the Energy Collective "experiment" and what you believe to be its many flaws. We have been honored by the recognition of The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, by the participation of two U.S. Senators, and by the expressed support of some of the most highly respected figures in academia, policymaking, and business. If this is the result of our flaws, I hope we shall become ever more profoundly flawed.
But in all seriousness, we very much appreciate the passion and knowledge you and all of our commenters bring to the community, even when your thoughts come with sharp edges. It drives us to be better, and we will strive to meet the mark.
CTO, Social Media Today--parent to The Energy Collective