Frequently Asked Questions

Short answers to six Ws.

Where does the idea come from?

The word Climateball comes from my Neverending Audit project.

What is Climateball about?

It refers to the way people argue online about climate stuff.

How do we play Climateball?

Any way you like it. Climateball is as simple as Calvinball:

When did you start taking Climateball srsly?

When the concept got a life of its own. Many ClimateBall players use it, e.g.:

[I]t’s a game whether we like it or not. If you’re going to get involved, it’s best that you understand that it is game, how to play the game, and what the rules are. 

AT, who at least sometimes gets ClimateBall.

Contrarians are starting to embrace: see here, here, here, and here. There are also other usages.

Why use “Climateball”?

Some were using “climate porn,” and I felt the epithet tasteless. It also misses the fact that it’s an interactive game involving all participants, including me. As an inclusive concept, I think it works better than any other one around.

Who are you?

A ninja. My avatar’s name is Willard, after a famous guy who thought that language is a social art. You can contact me at language is a social art at g mail dot com.