A troll provoked me and I wrote a pro-BSD, anti-Linux poem. I forgot to log in to post it as my registered self, but if you read some of my comments you'll know I'm the author.
At the same time some of my insightful, informative and funny posts were not moderated at all. Are Slashdot moderators just overwhelmed or are there more and more incompetent and ignorant people moderating out of their asses? Moderation is becoming something arbitrary, something geared towards reducing fluff instead of promoting quality. It's not just underrated and negatively rated posts, it goes the other way too, there seem to be a lot of posts that are overrated, like this one I posted on Friday. Sure, it's funny, but +5, Funny? Not to me and judging by what gets modded +5, Funny and +5, Insightful I have to conclude that there are far too many kids on Slashdot. Maybe it's time to start slashdotteen.org, which would cater to the kiddie crowd.
This is not about my karma turning bad, it's about bad moderation because of which one has to read most of the posts if one really wants to find all the relevant, informative and funny ones. Some of the best posts are left unmoderated and that just defeats the purpose of moderation, it's only an illusion giving people a false sense of quality control.
Well, Slash has not changed in a significant way in eons and it's more than obvious that there is a need for an improved moderation system. But maybe the Slashdot editors are becoming more like Microsoft, why bother with innovation when you can have more monkeys doing arbitrary moderation?