WUWT gets results – Tom Nelson's Twitter @tan123 account reinstated

Good news just came to me via email the Tom Nelson Twitter account is back online.

I just got this email from an employee at Twitter:


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April 3, 2015 12:56 pm

An oversight? Well, okay- whatever…

Bill 2
Reply to  Dawtgtomis
April 3, 2015 12:57 pm

Has to be something more sinister. Everybody is out to get us!

Reply to  Bill 2
April 4, 2015 12:09 am

It’s isn’t paranoia if everyone really is out to get you.

Reply to  Dawtgtomis
April 3, 2015 1:01 pm

Maybe a lack of oversight?

Rick K
Reply to  Dawtgtomis
April 3, 2015 1:10 pm


Reply to  Dawtgtomis
April 3, 2015 1:24 pm

Nope. Lack of foresight.

Reply to  Dawtgtomis
April 3, 2015 1:53 pm

Dawtgtomis, never understood your name but I do understand your comment.
You are spot on. Twitter has many users and few owners. They are always easy to abuse.

Reply to  Dawtgtomis
April 3, 2015 3:35 pm

It’s a phonetic abuse of “Doubting Thomas”. I love to abuse the King’s English.
You all can call me Steve.

Reply to  Dawtgtomis
April 3, 2015 4:12 pm

…and Stupid Steve when I am wrong!

Phil R
Reply to  Dawtgtomis
April 3, 2015 6:18 pm

Da*n, and I wanted to call you RaY! 🙂

Reply to  Dawtgtomis
April 3, 2015 6:48 pm

I’m going to call him Tom. Just because I can

Reply to  Dawtgtomis
April 3, 2015 10:04 pm

You can call me Al

johann wundersamer
Reply to  Dawtgtomis
April 4, 2015 8:26 am

Steve, please don’t abuse the King’s english unless you’re up to start a new babylonian confusion.
‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to
the Galaxy’s babel fish still is scifi.
raised a smile. Hans

Reply to  Dawtgtomis
April 4, 2015 10:53 am

Thanks Steve.
It was confusing me.

Bloke down the pub
April 3, 2015 12:59 pm

Free the Tan123

April 3, 2015 1:06 pm
Reply to  leon0112
April 3, 2015 3:33 pm

One difference between McCarthy and the modern left.
McCarthy was proven right.

Jon Jewett
Reply to  MarkW
April 3, 2015 5:05 pm

yes +1

Matt Schilling
Reply to  MarkW
April 3, 2015 8:35 pm


Reply to  MarkW
April 3, 2015 11:02 pm

Currently reading Ann Coulter’s “Treason”… her (well documented) summary of what happened to McCarthy was eye opening to say the least.
I see the same actions, sometimes by the same people, happening today.
McCarthy was right, and at the time McCarthy was popular. Unfortunately we have allowed the LOSERS to write the history, where traditionally it has always been the winners.
Our culture has been compromised and won’t recover for decades. That recovery can only happen when the boomer generation, and the following ones that they poisoned, are gone.

Reply to  MarkW
April 4, 2015 6:30 am

If you’ve ever seen film of McCarthy holding his hearings, it is clear that he was a first class jerk, but he WAS right.

Jeff L
April 3, 2015 1:08 pm

Yeah, and they don’t allow spamming unless you are on the politically correct side of things.

Brandon Gates
April 3, 2015 1:11 pm

Well done, Anthony. I don’t buy it that it was just an “oversight” on Twitter’s part, they apparently have algorithms for account suspensions based on posting frequency and number of complaints received. Tom is a very prolific poster, some might even call him a spammer — and in all likelihood did, in large numbers. Hard to know, Twitter doesn’t give out that kind of information, not even to people whose accounts were suspended. That last might be an interesting discussion in and of itself.

Reply to  Brandon Gates
April 3, 2015 1:25 pm

Thank you Brandon. Great comment.

Brandon Gates
Reply to  Wayne Delbeke
April 3, 2015 2:24 pm

I appreciate that, Wayne, thank you.

David Smith
Reply to  Wayne Delbeke
April 3, 2015 3:26 pm

Me too – props to you Brandon

Brandon Gates
Reply to  Wayne Delbeke
April 3, 2015 3:59 pm

David Smith,
Pleasure is mine, thank you.

Reply to  Brandon Gates
April 3, 2015 3:54 pm

You can go to his profile and see he has 79.2K tweets.

Stu Miller
Reply to  garymount
April 3, 2015 5:50 pm

Why in heck would anybody have 79.2K tweets???!!!

Brandon Gates
Reply to  garymount
April 3, 2015 6:06 pm

Good point. He joined Dec., 2008. Assuming he joined on the 1st of the month that works out to 34 tweets/day, 1,041 tweets/month.

Reply to  garymount
April 3, 2015 6:08 pm

Among the Twitter users with more than 50,000 followers, here is a list of top 25 users with the highest number tweets on a day at average.
This list includes users such as the singer Tyrese (@tyrese4real with 37 tweets daily), actress Alyssa Milano (@alyssa_milano with 37 tweets daily), celebrity Tila Tequila (@officialtila with 33 tweets daily), tv host Jonathan Ross (@wossy with 37 tweets daily), writer Ryan Penagos (@agent_m with 33 tweets daily), evangelist Guy Kawasaki (@guykawasaki with 39 tweets daily), and blogger Chris Brogan (@chrisbrogan with 43 tweets daily).
Twitter User Tweets/Day Followers Total Tweets Bio
foxnews 135.83 99,703 120,471 Fox News
moooris 108.64 589,703 50,699 I’m MO-RIS. MountainBike and BMX rider. Sorry, I use Japanese only. but I can understand English a little. http://iddy.jp/profile/mo-ris
alohaarleen 101.09 77,715 30,555 Live Aloha! Give Mahalo! Embrace and delight in your passions!
waynemansfield 86.16 63,660 17,037 The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn – Alvin Toffler


Phil R
Reply to  garymount
April 3, 2015 6:32 pm

In response to you, when we (a couple of years ago) got my teenage son a cell phone with text messaging, he was doing 3.000 (+/-)/month, playing baseball, getting ok grades, and still sleeping at night. First, I tried to do the math on how many texts he was sending per hour/day. and second, I’m glad we were in the era of unlimited texts, because I heard so many horror stories about kids who ran up 100’s if not 1.000’s of dollars in cell phone bills because they didn’t know any better (and neither did the parents).
1,041 tweets/month is child’s play. 🙂
(Hope this shows up in the right place.)

Phil R
Reply to  garymount
April 3, 2015 6:35 pm

Da*n, please read “,”s where my fat fingers put :.”s.

Brandon Gates
Reply to  garymount
April 4, 2015 8:27 pm

Phil R,
I was lucky to get 15 minutes on the land line even after I’d successfully lobbied for call-waiting.

Michael Spurrier
Reply to  Brandon Gates
April 4, 2015 4:07 am

I sent a few messages to Twitter on behalf of Steve Goddard when he was recently suspended and read all the great quotes about freedom of speech when he was “released”.
Yesterday he was on another favourite topic Iran – a polite message I sent to his blog with a link to a BBC article which wasn’t in line with this views has remained in moderation as a form of passive blocking many other posts have been published since…….
Seems the jack boot is on the other foot or maybe an “oversight” on Steve’s behalf.

Lil Fella of Oz
April 3, 2015 1:13 pm

Well done Anthony.

Robbie D
April 3, 2015 1:13 pm

Political reasons?

Reply to  Robbie D
April 3, 2015 5:17 pm

that was my first thought too…..
Even twit thinks GW is political

David, UK
Reply to  Robbie D
April 4, 2015 12:55 am

Of COURSE GW is a political issue. Don’t kid yourself it’s a scientific one.

Reply to  Robbie D
April 4, 2015 5:35 am

Political, yes. It made me laugh.

Rud Istvan
April 3, 2015 1:17 pm

Well done. The power of the modern pen. Thomas Payne would have been proud.

CC Reader
April 3, 2015 1:19 pm

During the 2014 election, I noted that ALL republican e-mails addressed to me on my gmail account were placed in the SPAM folder. Was this also an over sight?

April 3, 2015 1:28 pm

Uff da!

April 3, 2015 1:29 pm

Is there a pattern to these oversights? It seems alarmists and progressives know how to play it.

Reply to  Colorado Wellington
April 3, 2015 2:22 pm

Just a page from the BarackObama.com playbook: Call out the deniers. Name them and Shame them. Attack them. Silence them since the science is settled. What easier way than to click a ‘report abuse’ button when feeling abused by actual facts. Hayhoe could have gotten her husband’s church to do that en mass. Who knows? But thanks to this and Homewood’s and Montford’s blogs, its fixed while awareness of such methods grows. Sunlight is a great disinfectant.

Reply to  ristvan
April 3, 2015 11:01 pm

They bring up the “settled science” nonsense regularly but the organizing principle is the hubris of believing that they are morally superior. Their sense of intellectual superiority is a derivative.
Sunlight is a great disinfectant but the ὕβρις bacillus has been around and well understood since antiquity. It always comes back and it will be with us till the end of times.

April 3, 2015 1:32 pm

Grateful he was reinstated. I missed his tweets. He never responds to me, but he is important to the cause. I wish more from here would get on there, and do some thrashing. Best regards, BH

Reply to  borehead
April 3, 2015 1:39 pm

Hey, I also follow Tom Nelson. You can Tweet me @PremDetAnalysis .

April 3, 2015 1:32 pm

Jeff, (employee at Twitter)
Thank you for personally bringing the Tom Nelson account to the direct attention of the Twitter support team.
Your professionalism at Twitter is appreciated by me.

Reply to  John Whitman
April 3, 2015 2:21 pm

Jeff B. at Twitter,
Thank you—I second John’s comment.

Joe Crawford
April 3, 2015 1:41 pm

Thanks Jeff. Minimal queuing and speedy resolution are the hallmark of a good support team. Which, by the way, are getting fewer and much harder to find. Please give our thank to your team.

Reply to  Joe Crawford
April 3, 2015 1:49 pm

Plainly good.
Motivation – out of my league – but, I think, possibly another campaign medal for this site & our mage – 4nt0… you know the remainder.
(If readers can’t suss that, don’t apply to ISIL as an Intelligence Outlier, please.)
4nt0… – many thanks for the guidance & co-ordination . . . and everything else!

April 3, 2015 1:45 pm

I’m not satisfied. They must ban Gavin Schmidt for 24 hours.

Reply to  Gamecock
April 3, 2015 7:17 pm


April 3, 2015 1:48 pm

You have acted well in the matter of Tom Nelson’s Twitter account.
Very well indeed.

Shub Niggurath
April 3, 2015 1:52 pm


Myron Mesecke
April 3, 2015 2:14 pm

Why do all of these oversights only seem to affect one side?

Reply to  Myron Mesecke
April 3, 2015 2:19 pm

Sampling error.
No-one notices (or at least remembers) the oversights that affect the other sides.

Brandon Gates
Reply to  MCourtney
April 3, 2015 2:39 pm

I really wanted to make that point on the first two threads, but realized my own confirmation biases were howling at me, and didn’t think blatant apologia was the best tack. As well, to their authors’ credit, there were a number of comments raising the issue of Tom and Gavin’s relative celebrity as a possible factor — something which need not be politically motivated in the slightest. As it is, it looks like this is simply how Twitter works and while I logically cannot rule out political chicanery in play here, that charge isn’t conclusively supportable from any of the evidence I’ve seen. I do get it that it doesn’t smell right.

Reply to  MCourtney
April 3, 2015 3:38 pm

Where are the liberal posters complaining about members of their team getting banned on the various left wing web sites?

Brandon Gates
Reply to  MCourtney
April 3, 2015 5:23 pm

Who knows? Complaining about being banned from “right wing websites” perhaps? Not that I’d speculate about such things of course …

Reply to  MCourtney
April 3, 2015 11:57 pm

Brandon, it is much harder to be banned from a “right wing” (i.e., truly liberal) web site than a conformist poser-liberal Leftist web site.

Brandon Gates
Reply to  MCourtney
April 4, 2015 12:12 pm

If that’s based on your personal experience, I refer you to MCourtney’s post further up this subthread. I’m not disposed to believe personal testimonies on such things uncritically. Neither am I disposed to dismiss the thesis out of hand. Convincing me would require a fairly comprehensive study using sound statistical methodology written in very dry dispassionate language published in a reputable peer reviewed journal. Even then I might not be convinced, especially if the findings were in “my” favour not “yours” because of the inherently subjective nature of the issue. I’d want three studies at least, but more like five if I really cared about the “correct” answer. Which frankly I don’t, because I don’t think I need an academic to tell me that which I already know: all humans behave hypocritically at one time or another, no more so than strident political partisans of ANY stripe.
FWIW, I’ve never been banned on any forum, and as you may be aware I don’t exactly go out of my way to not piss people off. The reason I don’t get banned is because I recognize blog and website owners’ right to control — yes, control — who participates in their fora and who does not. I’ve been warned here twice. I’ve grumbled twice. And I’ve submitted twice. Here I still am. It’s not always pleasant for me to conform to house rules, but it’s not difficult to the point of impossible. Therefore, my personal anecdotal experience tells me that when someone complains about control-freak liberals “censoring” them by refusing to publish their comments, the first question I ask is, “Could it be that you were acting like an arsehole, and didn’t knock it off when warned by the forum owner?”
The next question I ask is, “Could it be you acted like an arsehole on purpose with the intent to get banned so that you could claim that the thought police are systematically suppressing dissent?”
Oldest trick in the book. Mario Savio was a master of the technique: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_Speech_Movement

Michael 2
Reply to  MCourtney
April 6, 2015 2:52 pm

My brief experience with DailyKOS and my own offspring’s blog on Deviant Art shows the left bans other lefties rather frequently. It isn’t even about purity of doctrine so much as it is the overwhelming sense of power that comes from banning someone. It can become absurd.
The principle of free speech simply doesn’t exist on the left; conformity and control exists. My stepson banned everyone he knew just to show he was Great and Powerful and then abandoned his blog since he had no more readers. It is comical to see teens banning each other until no one is left.
Even here, you can write impure thoughts all day; what you are not permitted is to become tedious.

Reg Nelson
Reply to  Myron Mesecke
April 3, 2015 3:10 pm

Because the Progressive have no morals or ethics.
They will ruthlessly attack anyone who would dare oppose them and their ideology. Facts don’t matter. Truth doesn’t matter. Their Truth is what they define it to be.

April 3, 2015 2:14 pm

So maybe he can state that “what the F..ing Crap” twitter is…

Joe Public
April 3, 2015 2:20 pm

Clouds have silver linings – Tom will now probably get an influx of visitors & followers.

John Catley
April 3, 2015 2:21 pm

I expect Gavin Schmidt will be pleased………..
He’ll probably juggle a few balls to celebrate.

Green Sand
Reply to  John Catley
April 3, 2015 3:58 pm

I thank you John Catley! LOL!
I award you Pulitzer Prize bar!

April 3, 2015 2:23 pm

Awesome! So glad to have Tom back on twitter! Thank you WUWT!!!

Lynn Clark
April 3, 2015 2:27 pm

Myron Mesecke: “Why do all of these oversights only seem to affect one side?”
By which I’m sure you meant, “our side”. 😉
It’s obviously because the adults on “our side” don’t engage in the juvenile, McCarthyite tactics in which “their side” engages. As Brandon Gates stated above, twitter account banning is most-likely algorithm based, and said algorithms are easy to manipulate by those whose most powerful argument is “Shut up!”

April 3, 2015 2:35 pm

With Tom Nelson’s Twitter account restored there are open questions. We do not know the why or the how or the who concerning Tom Nelson’s account cancelation.
Gavin Schmidt of NASA GISS says he wasn’t involved; says he had nothing to do with Tom’s account being canceled because of a Tweet that Tom made to Gavin. The skepticism test result on this circumstance is that it is ‘open for further review’.
How many of the staff at NASA GISS are following Gavin on Twitter? It seems a reasonable prospect for inquiry during continued further review.

Green Sand
Reply to  John Whitman
April 3, 2015 4:06 pm

Gavin Schmidt of NASA GISS says he wasn’t involved

Gavin doesn’t do involved, Gavin is, of course, omnipotent.

Reply to  John Whitman
April 3, 2015 4:38 pm

Green Sand on April 3, 2015 at 4:06 pm
– – – – – – – –
Green Sand,
Well . . .
Video of future congressional hearings of NASA GISS (which have been suggested months ago) coupled with Gavin’s aura of omnipotence ought to be fine entertainment. Stock up on popcorn.

The Ghost Of Big Jim Cooley
April 3, 2015 2:46 pm

Never mind that, let’s try and get Frankie Boyle banned from Twitter…and preferably everywhere else.

Reply to  The Ghost Of Big Jim Cooley
April 3, 2015 3:14 pm

Ignore him and save yourself disappointment at his lack of wit.
But censor no-one.
Note: Rude word in honour of Mr Boyle

April 3, 2015 3:26 pm

It was only 5 years ago that WUWT was the site/name not to be spoken. That was a ‘quarter of a billion views’ ago.

April 3, 2015 3:31 pm

They are not SUPPOSED to ban accounts for political reasons, but do. Or at least they do until called on it by a sufficiently large public reaction.

April 3, 2015 3:46 pm

Well done Jeff, thanks

Mike Mangan
April 3, 2015 3:55 pm

I don’t think it’s Gavin at all. He actually interacts with Tom far more often than you might expect. Based on his history I’m sure the despicable Michael Mann is behind the harassment.

Berényi Péter
April 3, 2015 3:56 pm

They do not ban accounts for political reasons

eh, untrue

The Twitter Rules
Twitter reserves the right to immediately terminate your account without further notice in the event that, in its judgment, you violate these Rules

“Political reasons” are not even mentioned under Rules. Reinstating a single account is not enough to remedy the situation any more.
Twitter Rules &. Terms of Services have to be rewritten ASAP to include something resembling to a Due Process instead of preposterous language like “reserves the right […] immediately […] without further notice […] in its judgment”.
Otherwise they shall have to be driven out of business.

April 3, 2015 4:02 pm

I’d love to change the world
But I don’t know what to do
So I’ll leave it up to Jeff

Also, remember to check out the lunar eclipse!

April 3, 2015 4:04 pm

Not sure how Twitter pays their bills, but the occasional “twitterstorm” probably don’t hurt.

April 3, 2015 4:15 pm

Thanks to all who raised a ruckus.
Thanks to Jeff at Twitter who brought the ruckus to the attention of higher-ups.
Considering Alarmists seem increasingly flagrant in their disregard of all data, facts, and indeed all Skeptical arguments, it is nice to see an old fashioned ruckus is still regarded worth responding to.

Evan Jones
Reply to  Caleb
April 3, 2015 5:48 pm

Modernity is wonderful. But so is a good old-fashioned rumble.

Phil R
Reply to  Evan Jones
April 3, 2015 6:41 pm

Friday night +1!!

spangled drongo
April 3, 2015 4:27 pm
Reply to  spangled drongo
April 3, 2015 5:59 pm

Pretty week El Nino.

Reply to  garymount
April 3, 2015 6:01 pm

It is also weak.

April 3, 2015 4:28 pm

the English language is a wonderful thing there are apparently words that describe nuances of meaning. “oversight ” probably means there was something that you were aware of but forgot about it when you did a thing. The better word would be malfunction or some word that communicates ” inherent fault “

Phil R
Reply to  zemlik
April 3, 2015 6:43 pm

Grammar and punctuation are also wonderful things.:)

Reply to  Phil R
April 4, 2015 4:19 am


April 3, 2015 5:18 pm


April 3, 2015 5:36 pm

Delhi Police get results!
1 April: Economic Times India: Raghav Ohri: “No evidence” to back Rajendra Pachauri’s claim of being victim of hacking:
Delhi Police
NEW DELHI: In what appears to be a setback for former UN climate panel chief Rajendra Pachauri, the Delhi Police has found “no
evidence” to back his claim that he had been a victim of hacking…
“Now during preliminary inquiries and CDR analysis no evidence came on record that his mobile phone and other equipments have been hacked during conversation with complainant,” according to the police report. The report also alleges that Pachauri has “changed his stand” after the police failed to unearth any evidence of hacking..
“Now Dr Pachauri has intimated vide letter March 6 that ‘I wish to bring to your kind attention that my personal e-mail accounts were easily accessible to the staff at my office, as I did not type long-emails personally’,” as per the report which was submitted last week.
The Police have told the Court that “this change in stand indicates that Dr Pachauri had filed the previous complaint of hacking to counter the complaint/FIR filed against him and managed to seek the interim relief by misleading the facts before the Court”…

Evan Jones
April 3, 2015 5:44 pm

Thanks, Jeff. Let Freedom Ring.

April 3, 2015 5:47 pm

And again, the plans of Twitter’s CEO and his CTO have been foiled…

michael hart
Reply to  DirkH
April 3, 2015 8:01 pm

By the power of Grayskull!

April 3, 2015 5:49 pm

This short video concisely explains the Twitter/Left’s argument, in a way that anyone can easily understand.

Robert Craigen
April 3, 2015 7:08 pm

they don’t ban for political reasons, eh? Funny how these incidents all seem to go one way. Perhaps someone knows of a person being banned for bland statement of a position on the other side of the “political” spectrum, or even just on this issue?

Joel O'Bryan
April 3, 2015 7:20 pm

IP address lookup: – Geo Information
IP Address
Location US US, United States
City San Francisco, CA –
Organization Twitter
ISP Level 3 Communications
AS Number AS35995 Twitter Inc.

April 3, 2015 8:46 pm

Ya think?
No way……….
Just another test. Paris is coming fast and furious. Pun intended.

April 3, 2015 9:05 pm

Well done, Anthony. Wonderful job.
Thanks Jeff at Twitter, for your response and action.

April 3, 2015 9:21 pm

Good work!

Non Nomen
April 3, 2015 10:43 pm

Keep in mind the phrase …[Tweitter]”do not ban accounts for political reasons”…It will be necessary to repeat or, better, quote, it to these henchmen of free speech rather sooner than later.

April 4, 2015 12:20 am

The second such “oversight” in quick time.

Nick de Cusa
April 4, 2015 12:48 am

Congrats, well done.

Stephen Richards
April 4, 2015 1:22 am

It cannot have been an oversight. If you can’t tell the truth say nothing.

Tom Harley
April 4, 2015 1:35 am

To me, the finger points at Gavin, especially when you read his reaction to it. He could probably tell us who it was, with his closeness to Twitter, if it wasn’t him.

April 4, 2015 2:16 am

Can you get my facebook account re-activated, as with Tom Nelson (TAN?), I use the initials from my given/chosen names? I could of course use another e-mail address and use my favourite number, 42. lol…

April 4, 2015 8:04 am

Oversight mistake, ok…
Whatever the reason, they were intelligent and honest enough to back away from an untenable position.
On the other hand publications like the NY Times has perverted oversight to maintain the untenable position of banning opinions by skeptics. The stupidity and dishonesty behind this is unfathomable; if the debate is over, why the need to allow opinions from only one side of a debate that supposedly no longer exists.

April 4, 2015 9:57 am

Wouldn’t surprise me at all if there was something circulated amongst the chosen to Report Abuse on the post, which triggered it. Wouldn’t surprise me at all if Gavin sent out the call, either.

April 4, 2015 8:29 pm

The show, Red Eye featured this last night, April 3/4 :comment image

April 5, 2015 8:39 pm

This is nice and all, but it’s never explained *how* our champions ended up in the #TwitterGulag. Was it something they said?

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