So if he isn't leaving to go directly to another job, it leaves open the question as to why he is leaving.
I will say here that while I agree with Pudge on, virtually nothing, I do not see him as a stupid person. While his arguments often include reality distorting, reality ignoring, and sometimes outright reality destroying claims, that does not make him inherently stupid. I am also reasonably certain that he is well aware that the economy and the job market are crap right now - even if I blames it entirely on Bill Clinton and/or Barack Obama.
Hence I do not suspect that he would be willing to walk away from a paid job and into the void simply on his own free will. Even though he seems to feel himself to be some "oppressed minority", "fighting the man with truth, justice, and the American way", I see reason to believe that his sense of self-preservation trumps his political ideology when it comes down to putting food on the table and paying the bills.
Which leaves a few other possible explanations for why he is leaving:
- He was laid off (I see this as the most probable)
- He was fired (I see this as much less probable)
- Slashdot has itself been sold or transferred and he is no longer needed (intermediate probability)
- Slashdot is about to close for good and he's just the most vocal to fly the coop (also intermediate probability)