I heard about this through other channels, but felt a need, like a fish making its way upstream, to come back and throw in a little something.
Yes, I'm one of those early UIDs. I still remember Chips and Dips, and I still remember when one CmdrTaco announced on IRC that we should all check it out. Later, that we should all create accounts. I eventually did so, as have... well, millions of others in the intervening 14 years. (Has it really been 14 years now?)
I've not been reading so much lately, but for a long time Slashdot was a hub of geek culture for me. The passing of the founders out of its good graces, and back into the mass of us "little people", will not be forgotten. Things have changed, but Slashdot lives.
Rob, if you're looking for a place to waste some spare time, #linuxOS is still around. We won't give you too much crap about ignoring us since the olden days. (Well, we'll try not to.) And we won't put any stickers on you. I can promise that much.