Yesterday, we were talking about Nate Silver's big new project, an ambitious news website founded on his highly successful approach — originally done solo — of processing statistical information. Silver made his reputation crunching election polls and predicting outcomes. That is, he had lots of raw information, and there were specific events in the future that would occur on a particular, known date and which many people care about intensely. How does that scale up into a whole news website? I'm going to be watching, and I've read a few articles and will keep reading and reporting my observations.
But I've just got to show you this, the entire array of "contributors" displayed in the sidebar on the main page at FiveThirtyEight:
They've got one female and 6 males. I guess it says something about their orientation toward numbers that they put 3 males then the female, then the other 3 males. That's sorta like gender-balancing. I'm not going to say they need to equalize the numbers for the sake of appearance, because I wouldn't want them to further degrade the significance of women by padding the operation with females who are not respected. My criticism is that the one woman they've got, Mona Chalabi, has as her first topic on her list of 3 topics, toilets. They have the woman doing the toilets! Her second topic is: teeth. Teeth!
I know these guys are statistics-focused, but somebody has got to have some sturdy intuitions about how things look and feel.