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Quit SlashDot today!

I am writing this just to share a link with you.

for those of us who (like me) are Slashdot and forum junkies!


Thursday, November 6, 2003

who wants to do a similar for jos?

Thursday, November 6, 2003

---"#3. Gullible editorial staff continues to post links to bogus pseudoscience articles by crackpots.
At the time I quit, the editors were posting links to theories of alternate consciousness, unified theories of the universe made up by people in their garages, and the like at a rate of two or three a week."

On JOS we don't even need editorial staff for this.

Stephen Jones
Thursday, November 6, 2003

He forgets to mention the *BSD crowd that claim they are the PHDs to Linux's BAs

Thursday, November 6, 2003

Isn't it funny that the karma system, which was initially hailed as such an innovation, has ruined Slashdot? The group-think is so powerful there that I have to imagine it would be easy to write a script that could produce highly moderated posts. I've always liked to believe that SlashDot was the inspiration for the adage:

"Getting into an argument on the Internet is like running in the Special Olympics: even if you win, you're still retarded."

Rob VH
Thursday, November 6, 2003

On the serious side: start reading news in an RSS aggregator, not in the browser. This has helped me a lot.

Thursday, November 6, 2003

" I have to imagine it would be easy to write a script that could produce highly moderated posts"

The selection of who moderates is fairly random.  And while someone could create 10,000 email addresses, and the /. accounts, hoping that at any point "X" would be available to moderate, why would they bother?

No one gets a prize for being a "5", other than personal feelings of worth.  If this is what someone needs to do for personal worth, /. moderation is not going to help.

Thursday, November 6, 2003

I gave up moderating at /.  then I gave up reading /.

Simon Lucy
Thursday, November 6, 2003

I've never thought that much of SlashDot.  They have always seemed to me to be composed of fanatics, and high-school hackers that fit the definition of being "Linux Nazis".

Post a comment about the security of Linux, and justify it using their own materials and patch availability, and you get a childs "Uh-Uh!  Linux Rulz dude!"

Having studied OS design in college like the article suggests, I have come to understand that creating a flawless OS is near impossible for MS, HP, or the open source community, and no one has yet to do it.

Thursday, November 6, 2003

Hrm.  Well, I disagree with him in the "Sites Just As Bad" category.  The Register has the BOFH, which proves they at least have good taste in office violence.

Andrew Burton
Thursday, November 6, 2003

I guess I didn't state my theory very clearly. I meant that it would be easy to write a script that would write posts to attract points from moderators. I agree that being modded up has value(?) only as an ego boost for some.

But because there is so much noise at SD, many people read it at +3 or higher (at least I did when I read it). Dissenting opinions tend to be quickly modded down, or just not modded up to begin with, and they disappear in the background noise.

You end up reading the same B.S. over and over again --completely the opposite of JoS ;-D

Rob VH
Thursday, November 6, 2003

Never was aware JOS forum audience equals Slashdot audience.

Johnny Bravo
Thursday, November 6, 2003

            You're correct about the BOFH. It's the only thing on the Register I read now. I used to read the Reg every day, but it has slowly got worse. The poster's got it wrong, it wasn't based on the tabloids, it was based on the "Private Eye" model, but that requires a large number of sympathetic sources, as well as talented writers, and if your site gets worse then you lose the sources and a downward spiral starts.

Stephen Jones
Thursday, November 6, 2003

I tried reading SD..I really did. When that became too painful, I tried an RSS aggregator. That was better, but the content still seemed to largely focus around 3 points:

1. MS sucks and Bill Gates is quite likely the Anti-Christ.
2. Linus Torvalds is the Messiah.
3. Anyone who doesn't agree with Points 1 & 2 is a heretic.

Yes, I know there are other discussions, but many were hardly news-worthy or they were often quickly drowned out by the almost religious fanaticism displayed by many of the posters.

Mark Hoffman
Thursday, November 6, 2003

I quite /. a long time ago.

Never got into Kuro5hin.

This board has just about lost all it's appeal to me.
It used to be a lot more fun when Bella posted often.

Thursday, November 6, 2003

I actually haven't had the group-think problem with my postings in slashdot.  I post at +2 always and have "Excellent" karma.

Of course, that may just be because I'm part of the group-think.  I'm not sure.  I run Windows, only hate Microsoft some of the time, and use BSD, not Linux, so I'm definately not a total hardliner.  I have gotten modded down as overrated, but not especially often.

The problem is that the karma system is the cheapest way to handle a site of that hugeness where there's not any good way to divy up topics like in the Usenet.

Flamebait Sr.
Thursday, November 6, 2003

I still like Slashdot, but I only read +5 comments. I have also tweaked my filter preferences so useless "funny" posts are modded down -2 and the juicy "informative" posts up +2. This greatly improves the S/N ratio.

Thursday, November 6, 2003

I used to read Slashdot and got bored by the noise. Then moved to AlterSlash ( ), a SlashDot digest, and then just stopped reading any SlashDot related material. Too much noise.

Thursday, November 6, 2003

I agree, bring back Bella. Is Bella a he or a she?

Mr Avaya
Friday, November 7, 2003


Bring back Bella.

Also, Bored Bystander's posts are really great!


Friday, November 7, 2003

> Is Bella a he or a she?


Mr Obnoxious Man
Saturday, November 8, 2003

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