I'm not interested in my moderation score or what you would have modded me given the chance. You'll notice nothing about my 'bitching' was regarding the subject matter, it was in the complete lack of editorial control that Slashdot exhibits. I feel like it's getting worse but that might just be nostalgia, after all Slashdot editors have never been renowned for being thorough or professional.
I haven't used the firehose lately; in fact I haven't done much of anything on Slashdot in a while since most visits don't last more than a few seconds. I read a couple of headlines, decide I don't care about this stuff and move on. Even when a story would interest me it's usually something I read yesterday on some other site. It's really only habit and a serious procrastination problem that keep me coming back at all. And that's really not enough, is it? I was actually thinking about this very thing this morning when making my previous post. Perhaps the site really has gone downhill, perhaps it's simply shifted focus, or maybe my own interests and wants have subtly changed; it doesn't really matter, what does matter is that I don't enjoy visiting this site anymore. When I do comment it is usually to complain about something I perceive as a failing in Slashdot, but I don't honestly expect it to change, experience has taught me that much at least. So I agree with you completely in that respect: I'm not adding anything to the community. Moaning doesn't help those who agree with me and it's annoying for those who don't. Instead of complaining that Slashdot isn't what I want it to be I should find a site that is.
I realise that sounds passive aggressive, like I'm running some melodramatic gambit in the hope that Slashdot will come chasing after me begging me to stay and promising to change. I'm really not, it's just feels a shame to walk away from a site I've visited more-or-less daily for over a decade. But it just isn't working out anymore.
I think we should see other people.