As quite a few others have said, I read /. for the comments. I have been reading the comments, and even, occasionally, the stories, here for over 15 years. And, while I have taken a month off here, a month of there, I keep coming back, to get a feeling for what other people think. I read far more than I comment, and, even when I do comment, half of them seem to be unnecessary, and pedantic, corrections to wiser, or at least more knowledgeable, peoples' posts. Well, sorry for the last part. At least it shows I'm paying attention, if not always to the right things...
Anyway, preamble aside, I'm afraid that somehow I managed to miss both previous occasions when technocrat.net went live, and subsequently died. Clearly the time was not right. Unfortunately, I have no idea if now is the right time either. Will Slashdot beta, and the associated outpouring of venom, create the tipping point you need? Again, that's a question I cannot answer, though I'll certainly throw my weight (all 9 stone something of it) behind any attempt you make to create a better version of Slashdot / replacement for Groklaw.
I have a few concerns however:
Firstly, as Archfield asked above, will any death of the existing Slashdot result in an exodus or a diaspora. I have seen two (so far, I think) other Slashdot alternatives mooted. Weight of numbers is one of the major factors likely to be critical in establishing a viable community, one that will last. Another major factor, as you touched on above, is the provision of content, by which I mean the initial seed, the story, the hook, that gets people talking. How can the issue of submissions, and the editing of them, be addressed and improved?
Secondly, one of the reasons I like Slashhdot, is the fact that I can flag people who post well thought out (infomative, insightful, educational, etc.) comments, whether I agree with them or not, as friends. There's a lot of history here. While I am loathe to lose this I do appreciate that, should Slashdot actually fail, whichever alternative I settle on will have the same problems but, is there any way that this can be mitigated?
Finally (well, far from finally, but...) should you bite the bullet and resurrect technocrat.net again, what's the chance of getting a three digit id?