Slashdot is getting more and more worthless by the day
No, Slashdot is more and more going the way of Usenet (before it became a warez distributor). It was a much more efficient, easily searchable "forum" with a centralized content hierarchy making it easy to find new topics. But no user-access control.
When it was a mostly used by university students and other techies, peer-pressure still worked somewhat keeping signal/noise high enough to be worthwhile. Then computers became more user-friendly and everyone with an agenda discovered it and waged its wars there (or spammed it). No user-access control meant no way to exclude them. Thus in the end most people moved to the much inferior web-forums which had user-access control (and the ability to embed kitten pictures
When slashdot was still a site mostly used by techies - known (or feared) by the rest mainly for slashdotting - editors, submitters, commenters and moderators mostly had the same agenda: Read interesting stuff within tech and science (and fiction). But nowadays "the rest" has learned in three ways:
- Other sites emerged catering for the same audience (and slashdot went commercial) so the editors need to find stories which appeal to as much potential readers as possible.
- The web altogether has become a race for attention. So submitters now contain many attention seekers promoting their own sites/blogs irrelevant of relevance/newness because they want to be slashdotted (for financial gains).
- With a greater audience (and probably also the original techies becoming older and more opinionated) more people came wanting to push an agenda (or being paid to push an agenda) causing comments and moderation to deteriorate.
So, learning from Usenet, if you want to have your nice old slashdot again, you have to make a new service which at least at first is not attractive to or to complicated to use for the non-techies. Otherwise just be happy in knowing that yes, capitalism works in bringing all the good things to the masses