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Slashdot Design Changes for Wider Appeal 854

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the omg-i-heart-ponies-lol dept.
Our marketing department has done extensive research over the last 3 quarters and discovered that our audience is strangely disproportionately skewed towards males. Like, 98.3% males to be precise. To correct this oversight, we have decided to subtly tweak Slashdot's design and content to widen our appeal to these less active demographics. Don't worry! We'll still continue to serve our core audience, but we hope you'll work with us as we try to find a balance that will work for all.
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Slashdot Design Changes for Wider Appeal

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  • by Parham (892904) on Friday March 31, 2006 @08:32PM (#15038673)
    Just yesterday, I was telling my girlfriend to read Slashdot and she refused saying she hated the current layout (even though SHE LOVES the content). I guess this was just the final touch required. I can already feel the number of females reading this site go up!!
  • by Interrobang (245315) * on Friday March 31, 2006 @08:34PM (#15038698) Journal
    I'm gonna have to start dotting my eye with a heart! Hee!
  • Re:Dupe (Score:5, Interesting)

    by mjbkinx (800231) on Friday March 31, 2006 @08:51PM (#15038871)
    From tomorrow? Is it April fools anywhere in the world yet?

    Try date -u and you will see that it is in fact April Fool's Day.
    Note that April Fool's Day, as defined by the International April Pranksters Association, goes by UTC, not by local time zones. Because IAPA is not widely recognized as an international standards body and many people's problems to understand time zones, this has led to some problems since its introduction in 2002. It is especially uncertain for regional publications, which are reluctant to adopt the new standard because they fear to irritate their audience.
    One example is the Hubsborough Gazette, which famously spread confusion on the evening of March 31st, 2004 (EST) when an article claiming that aliens have attacked the Whitehouse appeared on their website. Despite the seemingly obvious nature of the hoax, many believed it and called the authorities or local clergery for guidance. One family even is reported to have spent two weeks in their backyard bunker. Since then, the editor has announced that they will only publish April Fool's articles during the hours when April 1st of their local time zone and UTC overlap, and take down articles afterwards. Many publications have followed their example in the following years.

    Slashdot, which serves an international audience, of course sticks to the IAPA standard -- maybe in a (presumably failed) attempt to beat Digg at least once a year.

  • by Interrobang (245315) * on Friday March 31, 2006 @08:53PM (#15038891) Journal
    Actually, he is kind of cute. Sorry to stab your joke, but I am a known connoisseuse [slashdot.org] of such things.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday March 31, 2006 @08:56PM (#15038913)
    It's tommorow in Europe? Can someone over there send me some stock pricea?

    Interestingly they're all the same as yesterday.
  • OMG!!! Pink!!! (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Jesus_666 (702802) on Friday March 31, 2006 @09:00PM (#15038953)
    It is necessary that this style stays available, even though it's not normally active. Then the Slashdotter [mozilla.org] extension needs to get it as an option. This needs to stay for the sheer WTF value when you switch the style to pink. Especially when you do it with (or rather to?) someone else's Fx profile.
  • Re:Never mind (Score:3, Interesting)

    by iamhassi (659463) on Friday March 31, 2006 @09:56PM (#15039322) Journal
    Isn't April 1st still a few hours away?? All these posts still say March 31 to me....
  • by slashdot is stupid (965157) on Saturday April 01, 2006 @01:28AM (#15040224)
    You've gotta be fuckin kidding me. No wonder you geeks can't get dates. And don't get me wrong. Geeks are cute. But sexist geeks? Go pee up a rope.

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