The discussions are the reason to come to Slashdot, and the beta trivializes them entirely. It looks like the comment section on a generic news site.
The comments now look like an afterthought, whereas they used to be the primary focus of the site."
Unfortunately it's still going on today. Google Electroconvulsive Therapy or ECT. Apparently it can be a very effective temporary treatment. However, I still shudder when I think of observing a session during Nursing school 10 years ago. Very sterile and anesthetic is used, but still disturbing.
All the evidence concerning the universe has not yet been collected, so there's still hope.