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Comment Re:Aim to not be Reddit, Hacker News, Stack Overfl (Score 1) 1832

I personally don't like the firehose, but maybe it's a good idea.

Years ago we tried to make topics actually work. It never really gained traction because there just isn't that much attention in those dedicated areas.
Years ago we also tried tagging articles, but mods tended to be upset when we tagged many terrible articles as 'slow news day.'

Perhaps, the two could be combined to form not terribly specific communities that have a lower threshold for publishing and could be surfaced to the main page if it gets enough discussion. It's not quite a reddit implementation where communities are established with their own moderation bland, but more of a sorted version of firehost.

Right now, I don't use any of those and there are a large number of not really 'news for nerds' articles I don't care to read. Perhaps if I could just surf the 'newsfornerds.slashdot.org' or 'linux.slashdot.org' with more frequent articles then it would help both flesh out more articles and bring back a little niche.

It's something to think about... I don't really see a need to self moderated communities like reddit because of of the shit hole that can become, but realistically you need a way to lower the barrier to news aggregation. These side channels could be filled faster and maybe carry a disclaimer about the frequency of publishing.

Comment Re:Dream come true (Score 1) 171

If the lack of somebody doing a particular job does not cause any harm, then the job is really a no-show job and should be eliminated--what kind of anarchist wants to keep a government job around that is clearly unnecessary?

That is my entire point. Let's try out not having a President for four years and see if everybody likes not getting into wars as much as I do. Maybe we'll just keep it that way.

Comment Re:Dream come true (Score 1) 171

I have no clue why you are bringing up apathy and cynicism because it has nothing to do with what I believe and practice. Not voting is not the same as apathy. That's just one of the lies that the democracy meme tells to keep itself firmly infected in the population. Democracy inevitably leads to failures that are blamed on the apathetic just as communism inevitably leads to failures that are blamed on slackers and ruiners.

I absolutely believe in unanimous consent.

Comment Re:Open to Questions (Score 1) 1309

Thanks, Logan! I was figuring it was in the story somewhere or a story I missed. Welcome to Slashdot - may your tenure here be long and fantastic, and may the omelet be tasty as a result.

BTW, I had to wait to post this because I posted just 58 seconds ago in another story, so if you are looking for some settings to fiddle with... :)

Still waiting after 3 minutes... I know this just means I talk too fast...

Comment Re: Meet the new boss (Score 1) 1309

In fairness, they did drop the tech slant and posted general fluff in order to make a wider appeal to slashvertisements.

If that isn't a monetization strategy I don't know what is!

It had the tiny (oh so small) side effect of alienating the user base they purchased. I'm sure all those hardcore fans would have been replaced with a more general consuming consumer eventually. If only there had been more time!

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