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Comment Re:old news (Score 4, Informative) 120

old news... It was everywhere Thursday. Salshdot is really pathetic now, even the non beta page...

It doesn't matter if it is old news, it doesn't matter if it is a dupe, it doesn't matter if the linked article is lame, it doesn't matter that some posters are trolls or shills.

What does matter is: is there an intelligent/insightful discussion by the community? I learned a lot over the past 16 years by reading comments here.

Unfortunately, that does not seem to matter to Dice, who wants /. to be a "B2B social network". If the Beta (which has the comments section as an afterthought, in stead of as the starting point of the redesign) goes live and Classic gets disabled, it will only be "Slashdot" in name.

Comment Re: That's still limited (Score 1) 876

The roman alphabet is mostly phonetic.

Indeed, except in English.

Ghoti: gh, pronounced /f/ as in tough; o, pronounced /I/ as in women; ti, pronounced /sh/ as in nation: read aloud as "fish".

Ghoti: gh as in though; o as in people; t as in ballet; i as in business: read aloud as ... silence.

Comment Re:The Real Travesty (Score 1) 2219

The real travesty has been the constant hijacking of threads with redesign whine. If I had hit the mod point lottery in the past few days the off-topic button would have broken.

Without over two days of thread hijacking we wouldn't even had this discussion here. We did what was necessary for the survival of Slashdot. Ask the people who DID have mod points: they used their excellent karma to mod posts like "Mod parent -1 ontopic" up to +5.

Comment Re:Meh. (Score 1) 2219

I see critiques about the current system all the time. There are things broken, things that could be made better, etc.

Indeed. The work that was put in creating the Beta would have been better put in fixing the current site gradually without alienating the user base.

We want unicode, we don't want stock photos. I don't know how to explain something like that to an MBA, but everybody around here can understand it.

We want a powerful comment system, anything that does not have that as a starting point is wrong. That is something you can explain to an MBA, just call it "strategy". Put it in the mission statement of Slashdot Media: the comments system is holy.

Comment Re:donotwant Slashdot Beta (Score 1) 197

Dice, Editors, your silence is deafening!

Their actions speak loud enough: they are mass-downmodding all Beta comments.

We post these things because we care. Our overlords are trying to stop making us care.

For posteriority: many of these "-1 offtopic" and "0 offtopic" posts that you see in today's threads were at one point "+5 interesting", "+5 insightful" or "+5 funny". That was the opinion of the people with mod points, what you see now is what the editors were told to do by Dice management.

Comment Re:Boycott (Score 1) 116

The slashdot editors are mass-downmodding the Beta comments.

We post these things because we care. Our overlords are trying to stop making us care.

For posteriority: most these "-1 offtopic" and "0 offtopic" posts that you see in this thread were at one point "+5 interesting", "+5 insightful" or "+5 funny". That was the opinion of the people with mod points, what you see now is what the editors were told to do by Dice management.

Submission + - AltSlashdot is coming-> 3

Okian Warrior writes: I've registered "AltSlashdot.org". I intend to run a site much like Slashdot used to be — better articles, less decoration and less "in your face" functionality. I'm reviewing and getting comfortable with slashcode right now. I'm looking for volunteers to help with setup and running the site. If the site becomes profitable, I intend to hire from the pool of volunteers. If you've ever wanted to participate in a site like Slashdot, here's your chance! I'm particularly in need of people who can:
  • Set up and manage a high-traffic site (servers, load-balancers, data sites, &c)
  • Edit story submissions
  • HTML, CSS, and script creation/bugfix/repair

Contact me if interested John (at) AltSlashdot (dot) org
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