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Submitted by unitron
unitron (5733) writes "Trying to figure out time zones is starting to make my brain hurt, but apparently in a bit over 6 hours somewhere on the other side of globe from Greenwich the Week of Slashcott will begin, as Midnight arrives for anyone in that zone, and then it travels west, where I will encounter it in about 23 hours.

So if we can get this thread out of the Firehose, I was thinking that, as the 10th arrives for us in our respective locations, we could leave here what may be our final farewells to Slashdot.

Until Midnight, this is our meeting place, our City Hall, our town square.

(and yes, our playground)

After that I'm not sure where we can congregate to discuss how the Slashcott's going and whether it's time to move on.

I'm going to jump the gun and lay claim to "So long and thanks for all the Karma", and perhaps someone could do a Bob Hope and re-write the lyrics to "Thanks for the Memories".

In the meantime, a bit of housekeeping.

An AC beat me to the week-long boycott idea by a couple of hours, and suggested the date range of the 10th through the 17th.

As part of a group of people familiar with the concept of beginning a count with 0 instead of 1, I really should have spotted the mistake of putting 8 days into that particular week.

So, should Slashcott Week end as the 17th begins, or do we give Dice a bonus day?"
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The Individual Midnight Thread

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  • by unitron (5733) on Sunday February 09, 2014 @02:48AM (#46200673) Homepage Journal

    PHBs around the globe baffled by sudden increase.

    "It seems to have started just west of the International Dateline, and moved to the west one hour at a time. We don't know what's going on."

    • The silent masses are in agreement with you. The countdown rolls on........
      • by unitron (5733)

        I wish the silent masses would make some noise and get this thread out of Firehose purgatory.

        • by jbernardo (1014507) on Sunday February 09, 2014 @09:38AM (#46202115)
          It won't get out of firehose and into front page. In case you haven't noticed, most #olivesandfeta threads were the most popular yesterday and never made it to the front page. Also, its been a long time since we've seen so many (ir)relevant stories make the front page in a single day. Almost seems like dice employees are actively blocking any mention of the beta and promoting anything that shows up on firehose that doesn't mention the beta.
          • And now it has disappeared from firehose. At least when I check the submissions, this thread no longer is visible, together with any anti-beta thread since yesterday. I can only see those in the second page of firehose, and possibly those will disappear also soon.
  • by unitron (5733) on Sunday February 09, 2014 @02:53AM (#46200695) Homepage Journal

    ...do we get to say "All your beta are belong to us"?

  • The more I visit alternatives to Usenet, the more I miss Usenet. It might not be forever, but during the Slashcott I'm going to need someplace to post and read and learn from other techies, and that place will be comp.misc on Usenet.

    Anyone who doesn't know Usenet and wants to join the conversation, all you need is a news provider and a news client.

    Clients:
    Android: NNTP Reader, Phonews
    iOS: Newstap
    Mac: Thunderbird, MT-Newswatcher, Unison, Pineapple, Hogwasher
    Windows: Gravity, Xnews, Thunderbird
    Linux/BSD: SLRN, Knode, Pan, TIN, Alpine, others

    Servers:
    Albasani.net, AIOE,org, Eternal-September.org. I like solani.org, because it has lower traffic and works great.

    Anyway, on Usenet, I can determine your karma all by myself, and assign you points as I see fit. And you can do the same to me.

    Bonus: No advertising, no javascript, just crusty old nerds discussing news that matters.

  • by yahwotqa (817672) on Sunday February 09, 2014 @08:26AM (#46201827)

    I don't usually post comments. Often, I click on Reply, type up a comment, then read what I wrote and close the tab, coming to a conclusion that nobody is interested.
    However, I do lurk a lot, and frequently enjoy reading long threads on my daily commute to/from work. I've learned a lot over the years, and always find gems that challenge my viewpoint on the subject matter. I will miss that.
    I sure hope altslashdot will become a thing.

  • Farewell slashdot, at least for the slashcott.

    I hope everything turns out well for us all but, if not, thanks for all the good times

  • I also plan on making a Slashdot-inspired site. The website will be called "Pipedot" and be reachable at pipedot.org [pipedot.org] or pipedot.com [pipedot.com]. The motto will be "News for nerds, without the corporate slant." Get it? A pipe character looks like a slash without the slant!

    I'm committed to providing a free and independent resource without the influence of a parent corporate overlord. The site will be decidedly non-profit and have zero advertisements, zero adobe flash, zero google analytics, etc...

    As a special bonus, the

    • by EdIII (1114411)

      I don't think it's possible to make a site unsupported by advertisements. Where you do plan on getting the money for hosting from? Private donors?

      I might give you 20-40 a year. I think I may have given Slashdot like 60 bucks before the economy went into the shitter.

      Why on earth would Adobe flash be required for anything? Every time I see Flash on the page I just come to the conclusion they had poor website designers. Seriously. Who chooses that complete waste of a corporation now? If they didn't have Photos

      • I don't think it's possible to make a site unsupported by advertisements.

        Well, Wikipedia manages to do it, so it is clearly not impossible. Now of course that is no proof that it also will work for a Slashdot-like site.

        • by EdIII (1114411)

          Wikipedia has a much larger audience, and Slashdot is a community.

          You need to figure out how to monetize it to an extent that it at least supports itself and does so in a way without offending anyone.

          Good luck. I would love to see such a site get created.

        • by omnichad (1198475)

          Wikipedia has ads all the time. They just all have the face of Jimmy Wales in them.

  • marked as SPAM, what a bunch of wussies...

    farewell Slashdot, it was a great time

    • Re:marked as SPAM (Score:5, Informative)

      by Soulskill (1459) Works for Slashdot on Sunday February 09, 2014 @02:38PM (#46203873) Homepage

      It got flagged for spam when the submitter entered a very similar submission later in the morning. I've unflagged both submissions.

      • by unitron (5733)

        Thank you.

        And thanks for undoing the posting ban so that I could post here to say thank you instead of having to remain silent.

  • I'm moving with all the great community of smart people and old-timers to http://www.altslashdot.org/ [altslashdot.org] (server will be up & running in few hours).
  • ...to get enough conversation going in here between a large enough group of us prospective "slashcottees" to get a community consensus about the 7 day/8 day thing, but this thread didn't get enough publicity soon enough for enough of us to know about it, so I guess we'll just have to play it by ear come the 16th.

    Sad that it's come to this.

  • It's midnight here (well two minutes after midnight).

    See you in a week.

    • by unitron (5733)

      It's midnight here (well two minutes after midnight).

      See you in a week.

      Let us hope that is the case.

  • I'll be participating in the slashcott at midnight in my own timezone (in about 2 hours). I'll also be moving to the altslashdot page.
    If the beta is still around, there's a pretty good chance that I won't be back.
  • Well, in 10 minutes, anyway.

    See y'all around ##altslashdot, on SoylentNews (is people) [soylentnews.org], and (depending on Dice) maybe back here one week hence.

    • Oh, one quick thing before I leave:
      Bookmark the Google cache link [googleusercontent.com] for slashdot's front page -- thus may one stay apprised of any beta developments without breaking the slashcott. ;)

      Drat, now I'm 3 minutes late. Hope they don't check the logs...

  • Midnight is approaching on America's east coast, and with it my exile from Slashdot, maybe for a week, maybe for from now on.

    I don't blame the current owners for wanting to make money off of the site, that's why they bought it.

    But for over 15 years I've been a small part of Slashdot, but, I would like to think, one of some value to it, and it's been a part of me.

    I've learned from others, been made to laugh by others, and, I hope, have returned the favor from time to time.

    I've had a place to go where I felt

  • by LaminatorX (410794) <sabotage@NOspAM.praecantator.com> on Monday February 10, 2014 @01:31AM (#46207837) Homepage

    This site used to be great. Even in it's latter days, it's been good. That is poised to change. Before long, it will be mediocre, and ordinary.

    I didn't see a problem when Dice Holdings initially bought Slashdot. I figured there would be efforts to drive nerd traffic towards their job listings and such. That was fine. We all need jobs.

    Things have changed now. Beyond the shifts in story choices, the slashvertisements, and so on, something fundamental has changed: Slashdot's owners do not appreciate it.

    Their recent financials show that they have written its value as an asset down to zero. They have legally claimed it to be worthless. That is at the root of what is happening now. They want to fundamentally change the nature of this site in order to remake it into something with big growth potential.

    Beta is just the latest symptom of this disease. It will not be the last. In striving to make it into a site that will bring them a growing user base and growing revenue per user, they have shown a willingness to dumb down the interface in the name of making it more accessible to newcomers, to cast aside essential elements of decade-spanning community culture, and to plow ahead with changes in the face of overwhelmingly negative user feedback.

    This is not going to change. This will not go away. I will not support it.

    I will be gone for this entire week, in protest. While away, I will work to create a new community where things can be run with quality user discussions as the paramount objective.

    Be seeing you.

  • i'm done here. hope it goes back to normal soon. i've been reading slashdot since it started. fucking sad.

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