As the site grew, however, the sheer number of users means that I most of the time feel no connection to the person I'm replying to - most of the time it's a username I don't recognize, and someone I know nothing about. It doesn't help that, like many geeks, I'm not the most social person...
Maybe the introduction of the friends system and the journals will change that again, to some extent. Another thing might be chat (yeah, I know there's an IRC channel, but some of us are behind firewalls during the day - a proxied java irc client might be a nice thing
The user base of Slashdot contains a lot of extremely interesting personalities, and it would be great to be able to "connect" more with people than the current comments frenzy allows.
Anyway. If anyone reads this, feel free to e-mail me at email@example.com if you have comments