For a start, remove the MOVIN ON UP banner.
Postpone any plan to 'migrate' people to the beta at this time and make it clear that you have.
Go back and at least make sure all the current comments-handling functionality is in place on the new site before even thinking of trying it again. Run a story on the current site about the beta again when you have done that, and see how it's received in the comments [you know - the thing Slashdot excels at] before switching people over to it.
Then again, the above only matters if you're concerned about keeping the current user base. That's open to question.
Slashdot users are extremely unhappy with the new Slashdot Beta design. The comment section of every single post is devoted to dissatisfaction with the new design.
... ... The thing to keep in mind about community sites devoted to user generated content is that the users generate the content.
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John (at) AltSlashdot (dot) org
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$7.2 million of intangible assets and $6.3 million of goodwill related to Slashdot Media
and have only started to realize some improvement on related sites. With ad revenue declining and not expected to pick up (read: everyone who uses Slashdot uses adblocking softwarwe), it appears that the Slashdot stewardship experiment by Dice Holdings has been a financial failure.
Since the site has been redesigned in a user-hostile fashion with a very generic styling, this reader surmises Dice Holdings is looking to transform or transfer the brand into a generic Web 3.0 technology property. The name may be more valuable than the user community (since we drive no revenue nor particularly use Dice.com's services).
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So far, I'm thinking kuro5hin.org is the best hope out there. Most of the other tech news sites just don't have a clue about how to manage comments, a bit like the Slashdot Beta.
I've been reading slashdot since the 90s, but this really is the end. Apart from the godawful beta, we've also had the attempt to convert the stories into slashvertisements en masse, and the Slashdot Polls are really starting to look like Facebook covert demographics research for the Dice marketing dept.
Taco and Hemos were really cool guys, I'm glad they were able to cash in.
You can't replace CmdrTaco with someone who has "10+ years experience managing large-scale consumer Web properties"
A bug in the hand is better than one as yet undetected.