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Old 05-16-2019, 01:33 AM
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Are there *new* SD columns?


I saw in the text here somewhere that you can submit questions for Cecil/Ed to consider answering
I didn't think he did that any more. Are there still SD staff answering questions?
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Old 05-16-2019, 07:17 AM
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Are you volunteering to?

But no, there haven't been any new columns in a while. That may or may not change at some point in the future.
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Old 05-16-2019, 01:38 PM
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No I ran out of topics to write straight dope articles about
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No I ran out of topics to write straight dope articles about
But that's what the question submission thing is for!
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Cecil retired, then Ed retired too. Both of them are on a cousin's farm, running and playing with other columnists.
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Zotti retired and nobody has picked up the Cecil Adams pseudonym.
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Zotti retired and nobody has picked up the Cecil Adams pseudonym.
But the "community reports" pseudonym is still available. I've often thought that, just to maintain interest, we could re-package some of the general-questions material as front-page material, even though it would be not be of the same standard.

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Old 05-19-2019, 09:23 AM
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Cecil retired, then Ed retired too. Both of them are on a cousin's farm, running and playing with other columnists.
And when fights break out, Dear Abby settles things back down.
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Old 05-21-2019, 07:14 AM
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This idea popped into my mind:

Now that the column is retired can we finally get an official list of all the people who worked on the column over the years?

It would be nice to be able to see the actual names of the people that we can thank.
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Old 05-21-2019, 08:28 PM
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Define "worked on". I imagine that all of the SDSAB members have helped to fact-check something or another at one point or another, but we weren't exactly co-authors. Almost all of the writing was done by one person. A couple of times, there were columns that were just quoting Colibri with bookends by Cecil, and Una Persson did the experiments for a few columns, but that's about the limit of the non-Cecil contribution.
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Old 05-22-2019, 10:09 AM
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Actually, I helped extensively on a number of columns. I don't need a bouquet of flowers or anything, but just to set the record straight. Jill
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Examples? I don't recall them off the top of my head, but then, I'm sure you remember those columns better than I.
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The Straight Dope Science Advisory Board was (is?) always a loose, ad hoc kind of thing, with a lot of people involved over the years. If Cecil needed more information or fact checking or wanted to solicit a wide range of opinion on a subject, there was a group available to him for his needs.

Some of the SDSAB also stepped up and wrote Staff Reports/Mailbag columns over the years. Really dedicated SDSAB members like Jillgat and Chronos (to name just two), did a lot of great work.

We still see some of these people on the board today, including many of our moderators, past and present. The Straight Dope community has been fortunate they have shared their expertise and greater knowledge with the rest of us.

Here's an example of how putting a query to the SDSAB turned into a pretty good column. Does anybody actually like Circus Peanuts?

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I'm talking mostly about the Cecils. And "Slug Signorino"? C'mon. Enough of the childish pretense.
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Come on, gentlemen (I use the term loosely). Admit that Cecil left a bowl of milk and some crackers on his back porch, and the columns were found in the morning.
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I'm talking mostly about the Cecils. And "Slug Signorino"? C'mon. Enough of the childish pretense.
Why? Why the determination to peek behind the curtain? Does it really matter? Would a "real name" imbue the columns with a greater authority?
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I like Circus Peanuts.
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