Someone who wishes to remain anonymous writes:
I believe you are aware that Nate Silver spoke at last year’s JSM and that he began a publication under ESPN (http://fivethirtyeight.com/). Do you have any opinions on the publication? Maybe some you wish to share with the public. I was hoping to hear your opinions about 538 in particular and data-driven reporting in general.
My reply: I have no real organized thoughts on this yet. I suspect that Nate was getting overwhelmed by the implicit demands on him, in which he was expected to write about and perform original and accurate analysis on a range of topics as they arose, also he was being put into a no-win situation regarding future election analyses. He predicted 50 states out of 50 in the 2012 election. What comes next, predicting 52 states? So I think that for his own sanity he had to get out of this trap. Setting up a site where he is the editor rather than the (nearly) sole author: that seems like a logical step. I hope it goes well.