Maybe you have some cookies blocked? I've never had to log back in on any browser after the first time.
The multiple 3LDs is because back in the old days (early 2Ks?) it was the trendy way to sort site content by category, and made it possible to have a slightly different "skin" for each category. I'm not sure it's bad enough to bother getting rid of it though.
Fire Nerval's Lobster.
Nerval's Lobster is (AFAIK) a bot. It was originally used for cross-posting articles from the boneheaded idea that was called "SlashBI", then became used for cross-posting crap from Dice. It's still yet another example of why we need to be able to filter by submitter.
I only see 5 and 15 these days, never 10. I don't know why. I'll usually get 5 once, then 15 multiple times, each a week or two apart, then nothing for a couple of months.
Back when slashcode.com was still being updated with the current
Says the AC. Nope, AC default at 0 has been a day-one foundation of the
Moderation score is not a popularity contest. It is to give an indication of the quality of the post. Moderation done by users is done based on the content of the post, but the source of the post is also important. A post where the user is willing to attach his name to it is inherently of higher quality than an AC post.
Whatever you do, don't ignore how the karma system works, or why we can no longer see our karma scores. The basic idea is as you get moderated up, you get a KP to record that you made a useful post. Likewise, when you get moderated down, you lose a KP because you made a bad post. If you post AC, there is nobody to change the karma points of, which is one reason why AC posts are inherently of lower quality.
If your karma goes negative, you default to 0 instead of 1, and if it goes really negative (like -10, which I think is the low cap), you start at -1. You can redeem yourself by making only good posts after that. Eventually, someone with mod points will see your good post at 0 or -1, mod you up, and you will become less negative.
If your karma goes above a certain level (I think it's +10), you can select to start at 2, which is sort of like modding yourself up. However this is really only supposed to be appropriate if you have something worth that extra point and technically it is not unreasonable to get an Overrated mod when you just leave it turned on. Karma caps at 50, and because seeing the actual number made "karma whoring" too easy, the actual number was hidden. "Gamification" just encourages bad posts, and a visible karma score was unintended gamification. (This also why increasing the maximum post mod past 5 is a bad idea, it just encourages gamification.)
Suggestion: make that +1 (post at score 2) checkbox visible when you make a post (and update its default checked state when a post is submitted). Back in the real old days of
The bigger the theory the better.