Slashdot shares a place with instapundit, drudge, reddit, google's search page. Simple, functional, not broken. very influential. I cannot think of any more in this class? Slashdot is alone in that it is driven by the comments. The people who come here are the site, the people who comment here are the draw.
Dice crew perhaps needs a timeout to spend the weekend researching Digg to fully understand the emotions of the people, to not write off the aggressive anger as trolling. Digg is I believe, the highest profile failure. There are too many others, a theme fro m AOL, Yahoo and scattered to the Gizmodo's of the web. So we are familiar with the drill.There is always some corporate agenda that takes away what we love, so the anger. But none I would argue none ever had the status, importance of this site.
That Dice seems entirely unconscious of the culture here does not lend confidence. The threat of this may be enough to generate a clone site and a mass migration. Certainly the need for this is demonstrated.
But for now, Open or fail. Maybe Monday, a thread on What next?
Open, or fail.