I've been here quite a while too, if that counts. I am in violent agreement with the others in this thread. I like my 4 digit uid, but I long ago realized that Slashdot can't be saved. When cmdrtaco left and it was sold to dice, that was the end.
Slashdot has always been about its user community, so I am sure that a technical solution can easily be made, and that community will find it when that happens.