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Comment: new Impact crater in Beta (Score 4, Insightful) 99

by illestov (#46189071) Attached to: Spectacular New Martian Impact Crater Spotted From Orbit

Please post this to new articles if it hasn't been posted yet. (Copy-paste the html from here so links don't get mangled!)

On February 5, 2014, Slashdot announced through a javascript popup that they are starting to "move in to" the new Slashdot Beta design. Slashdot Beta is a trend-following attempt to give Slashdot a fresh look, an approach that has led to less space for text and an abandonment of the traditional Slashdot look. Much worse than that, Slashdot Beta fundamentally breaks the classic Slashdot discussion and moderation system.

If you haven't seen Slashdot Beta already, open this in a new tab. After seeing that, click here to return to classic Slashdot.

We should boycott stories and only discuss the abomination that is Slashdot Beta until Dice abandons the project.
We should boycott slashdot entirely during the week of Feb 10 to Feb 17 as part of the wider slashcott

Moderators - only spend mod points on comments that discuss Beta
Commentors - only discuss Beta
http://slashdot.org/recent - Vote up the Fuck Beta stories

Keep this up for a few days and we may finally get the PHBs attention.

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Discussion of Beta: http://slashdot.org/firehose.pl?op=view&id=56395415
Discussion of where to go if Beta goes live: http://slashdot.org/firehose.pl?op=view&type=submission&id=3321441
Alternative Slashdot: http://altslashdot.org (thanks Okian Warrior (537106))

Comment: Re:Just be honest - it's not for *US* (Score 1) 2219

by illestov (#46180769) Attached to: Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!
i would have to agree, the new redesign smells of the corporate push to increase ad revenue - hence all the white space created to be later filled with ads. I think this debate should not be about which version is better and why, but be turned into a protest against selling slashdot out, as futile as that might be..

Comment: "good" Beta design (Score 1) 222

The new BETA design is GREAT in the eyes of the business people behind revenue generation at slashdot, All the white space they created is just a place holder for all the advertising spam thats going to fill it gradually. I highly doubt the designers of BETA were thinking how can we make the users happy by making it more readable. Unfortunately for them and for us, increasing their revenues at the expense of user's happiness is a mistake that will only hurt them long term. Plenty of other good news sources to choose from.

"Most of us, when all is said and done, like what we like and make up reasons for it afterwards." -- Soren F. Petersen