Wow. I've been going back over your responses and appreciate all the effort you're already putting in. I should expect no less, but it does come across as different from what we've come to expect.
I can't expect you to go through the background of everybody who's commented to you, so here's my relationship with slashdot in a nutshell:
- Long time and frequent visitor
- Regular commenter
- Rare story submitter
- Rare financial supporter
Despite all the issues, which you seem to have gotten an earful of, I still visit daily. I am often surprised by the depth of experience and knowledge shown by commenters here. That's why I come. I suspect it is people like me that you'll be focusing your efforts on, so if I were in your shoes I think I'd want to know what we value most. I value the insightful comments by people who really understand the topics. I value people who can disagree civilly and help me understand both sides of issues. In short, I value the community. I imagine much of your job will be giving the community a feeling of belonging, being welcomed and being heard.
Welcome to a tough job, I wish you great success with it.