I would ask that Timothy et al please heed my note here.
First I would dispute this as being Beta software. I've been doing beta testing and QA for many years - now I teach audio and media theory, but I am still actively involved with software development. Slashdot Beta is actually Slashdot Alpha. Beta is feature complete. Whatever Slashdot is, is not. I go to Beta. I post a response. I get a notice that says:
You had mail. Paul read it, so ask him what it said.
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Well, (1.) I can't "had mail", and (2.) who the fuck is Paul?
And why do I still have to type fucking HTML code to format a comment? That's been a royal pain in the balls since like *forever*, and one of the least attractive aspects of this website, and yet THAT is still required to use in comments - there's no Rich Text editor, something even the dorkiest of third rate commenting systems has. So, you've "improved" the site, but not made it more usable.
So, I figure, well, maybe I should go look at the "mail I had", and lo and behold, I can't find the link to my account. I scroll up - not there. Then I realise I had CTRL-plus a few times to make things bigger (I'm in the process of getting new glasses, so I need to blow things up a lot so I can see them until my new lenses arrive). So: I go back to the old slashdot, and I see the horizontal scroll bar. I go to the new site, and the scroll bar is missing. Which is stupid and wrong. So, I figure "they can't have deleted access to my account" so I go CTRL-minus a few times and bingo - the link to my account appears. So I click it and I cannot find any link to a messaging or email feature.
So, at that point, I'm getting kind of pissed off.
So, I post some stuff in a comment, you know - contributing like the good scout I usually am. I type a line, put in a paragraph command, and what happens? IT CHANGES FONT! WTF?!?!?!
No - Beta is not a beta - It's mid alpha, at best. I appreciate slashdot wanting to be more friendly to mobile platforms - that is understandable. What you fail to realise is you CAN do both - just sniff out the reciever and feed it the version of code it needs. If you can do it for fucking IE6, you can do the same for iOS or Android. Lots of other sites do that, why can't you?
I have FREQUENTLY reposted slashdot articles on FB and other social media. I post fairly often - usually 2 - 3 per week. I have excellent karma. I am (way) old enough to know better - old enough to know good from bad and quality from dross. I regularly mod comments. This slashdot "beta" is bullshit. Laughably inferior software.
If this "beta" goes through with its present (dys)functionality, I will likely reduce my presence and activity here.
I'm sort of known for having posts that say "Dear (so and so) FUCK YOU!" Sometimes, I get moderated as flamebait or troll when I do that, but sometimes I get modded as +5 Insightful when I do that. I don't think it is terrifically insightful to say this, but it is honest and I do believe I speak for many others when I say:
Dear Slashdot / Dice / developers and designers
You want to improve things here? DO THIS:
1. Fork it so there is an iOS version, an Android version ,and a desktop version, just like you would modify your CSS etc by sniffing out the browser.
2. Don't change fonts when a paragraph command is entered.
3. I shouldn't have to enter HTML in the first place. RTF editors have been around for ages. Give us a nice simple one that recognises return character as a paragraph break, allows bolding and italicisation or BOTH AT ONCE by selecting text and clicking a button or two, and finally the use of text as a link by simply selecting the text, clicking a link button which brings up a text field for the URL with a "done" button. That would bring slashdot up to 1998.
4. The white space looks all designery-ish, but it doesn't help me read it any faster.
That is all.