But it's not just slashdot. ALL websites are bum rushing the add more crap idea.
Correct. But as a geek site, slashdot should know better and lead by example.
And yes, other companies do look towards (perceived) geek sites such as slashdot, gnu.org and redhat.com in order to justify their own inadequacies. A while back, our company was putting a new website online, which had huge horse blinkers. When I pointed this out to the webmasters, their response was yeah, but just look your geek friends at gnu.org (which indeed had small blinkers at the time) and redhat.com (which is just fugly).
The situation has become so bad that even the pirate party has sites where half the links won't work, where the only way to make a donation is Paypal (even though most potential donators are local, and could use an IBAN bank account number).
So, slashdot, digg, heise.de, freshmeat, gnu.org, redhat: cut down on the crap, it's not only your own sites that you are littering, but the internet as a whole! Or, if you're actually enjoying turning the Internet into a landfill, then please stop the hypocrisy of posting articles complaining about it.