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Givewell coverage

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Blog and media coverage

Following on the initial discovery of Holden Karnofsky's sockpuppetry promotion of Givewell on Ask Metafilter, discussion of the Givewell situation and it's ramifications has spread off-site to other blogs and publications.

While the most notable of those are listed on the main Givewell page (see Givewell#Media_Mentions), this is a more complete running collection of blog/media coverage of the Givewell astroturfing situation, broken out by posts which have had some substantial discussion in their comment sections vs. those that have not. New articles will be added as they become available.

With discussions

  • 1/11/08 - Givewell blog - announcement of Elie's admission of astroturfing, imposition of fine equal to Holden's.
  • 1/6/08 - Givewell blog - announcement of Holden's removal from ED position.
  • 1/5/08 - gifthub sidebar - discussion primarily of previous gifthub thread re: Karnofsky, Metafilter.
  • 1/5/08 - pndblog - paragraphs on before/after from the last few days, plus some bullet-point zings.
  • 1/3/08 - Social Source - post and comments reacting to Lucy's followup post.
  • 1/3/08 - Bernholz's followup - Lucy poses that "what should we do now?" question on her blog.
  • 1/3/08 - donorpowerblog - discussion of handling ethical transgressions, re: Holden.
  • 1/2/08 - Chronicle of Philanthropy - high-profile roundup of the situation, with lengthy discussion.
  • 1/2/08 - Huffington Post - comment thread reacting to NYMag "Evil, not Good" article.
  • 1/2/08 - NYMag's reversal - followup on pre-incident 12/20/07 NYMag puff piece about Karnofsky and Givewell.
  • 1/1/08 - triptronix - blogger is a DonorsChoose.org person
  • 1/1/08 - The Agitator - ambivalent discussion of Givewell, disappointment about Karnofksy's actions, some discussion of anonymous criticism re: metafilter.
  • 1/1/08 - Gifthub - very brief recap, plea for Holden's forgiveness. Lengthy discussion in the comments.
  • 1/1/08 - Ben plugs Givewell - poster going by 'Ben' (double-) posts, on 1/3/08, a plug for the omitted Givewell in 1/1/08 post about charity guides.
  • 12/31/07 - digg - post about the incident to digg.com
  • 12/31/07 - Philanthropy 2173 - Lucy Bernholz's blog; discussion with her sprang up in comments.
  • 12/31/07 - Karnofsky's mea culpa - Holden's post to the official Givewell blog acknowledging the problem.

Little-to-no discussion in comments

  • 1/15/08 - Nonprofit Punishes a 2nd Founder for Ruse - Second follow-up from NY Times of its promotional piece for GiveWell
  • 1/12/08 - mnspeak - followup on outing of MNspeak "Talia" comment as Elie's work
  • 1/11/08 - Media Maneuvers - Holden, ethics, and Law & Order
  • 1/10/08 - a. fine blog - overview, Whole Foods Mackey reference to boot.
  • 1/8/08 - pndblog update - post-demotion followup. (See also a brief mention in this post about Lucy Bernholz.)
  • 1/8/08 - prnews - short, generally forgiving writeup
  • 1/7/08 - Founder of a Nonprofit Is Punished by Its Board for Engaging in an Internet Ruse - follow-up from NY Times of its promotional piece for GiveWell
  • 1/7/08 - nonprofiteer - recap, re: nonprofits and marketing
  • 1/7/08 - katya - overview of the complete story
  • 1/7/08 - Chron. of Phil. update - article summarizing Givewell arc up through Holden's demotion and the Metafilter reaction.
  • 1/5/08 - in-heritance - short recap with "angry mob justice" angle, plus more general NPO discussion
  • 1/5/08 - blendor - short quote, title "don't give to givewell"
  • 1/5/08 - makingthesite - quote and link plus some ethics navelgazing
  • 1/4/08 - trexler - more followup, focus on Gifthub discussion
  • 1/4/08 - samefacts.com - short summary from political blog.
  • 1/4/08 - Chronicle of Philanthropy - summary and reaction to Lucy's "advice?" post.
  • 1/4/08 - School for Social Entrepreneurs - Recap of situation from SSE.
  • 1/4/08 - Trexler - Jeff commenting on Lucy's advice post. Bonus Zepplin reference.
  • 1/3/08 - PR Week - brief mention of Givewell situation.
  • 1/3/08 - NYC Metroblog - writeup of situation, dismissive of Holden/Givewell's credibility.
  • 1/3/08 - Jeff Trexler followup - a second post from Trexler on the situation.
  • 1/3/08 D9D1E2 followup - additional links to articles on Givewell.
  • 1/3/08 - xigi.net - brief mention of "tracking the Givewell meltdown" in context of non-profit giving.
  • 1/3/08 - lancerlord blurb
  • 1/2/08 - D9D1E2 - discussion of Karnofsky's actions in the context of viral marketing schemes.
  • 1/2/08 - Social Source - writeup of situation, somewhat dismissive of mefi reaction.
  • 1/2/08 - timeistight - followup links to related articles.
  • 1/2/08 - Jeff Trexler - contextualized "lessons in hubris" breakdown.
  • 1/2/08 - wirearchy - plot arc summary
  • 1/2/08 - gates keepers - reference to turfing, givewell blog entry about the Gateses
  • 1/2/08 - adrianhon's writeup - solid recapitulation of the Mefi/Karnofsky situation by Adrian Hon, who hosts this wiki for Metafilter.
  • 1/1/08 - timeistight - brief blog mention of the scandal by mefite timeistight.
  • 1/1/08 - pebkac - mefite / librarian recaps sockpuppetry
  • 1/1/08 - the clever shark - short recap by mefi user clevershark
  • 1/1/08 - metaflippant - sarcastic "first person" recap.
  • 1/1/08 - thoughtstorm - brief recap in context of larger NPO entry
  • 12/31/07 - pndblog blip - brief inter alia mention of Givewell situation
  • 12/31/07 - bluehole - short, bullet-point rundown of the Karnofsky metafilter gaffe. (Also a brief mention of Givewell and Karnofsky in reference to something called Foetry in a followup post.)
  • 12/31/07 - dirty world - bare link from tumblr blog
  • 12/31/07 - curt brown - brief link, "do NOT fuck with people on metafilter" line
  • 12/31/07 - geekfun - two word post; likely intended as a drop in the googlebomb bucket.
  • 12/31/07 - foryourentertainment - summary of sockpuppetry, with a pullquote from Miko.
  • 12/31/07 - hollylefebre - ultrabrief reference to story, with link to the Metatalk thread.
  • 12/31/07 - funkaoshi - another brief link.