There is a fundamental problem in the idea for this "revamped slashdot".
The idea of making the site more inclusive and appealing to a wider "audience" by changing how the looks and works is a bad idea. /. is a community. If you want growth for the site, you don't water down your site and do things that upset the community. You make get to know the members of your community and make sure they are happy with the site and properly engaged. You address the needs of the community and allow its members to spread the word.
Those now running this site do not understand the community. If they did, they wouldn't be doing this awful redesign. They would be looking at improving the site as it exist. They would be curating stories that are NOT glorified press releases or PR stunts. They would be looking for stories that fit the theme of "Slashdot: News for nerds, stuff that matters." They would be seeking out ads and ad partners that would respect the community with non-invasive non-tracking relevant ads.
The fact they had to post and that this thread has to exist is testament to how far out of touch with the community they are.
I'm sure someone somewhere decided that /. was under-preforming* and thought "I know lets re-brand it for the people we want to use it." No where was there thought about the people currently using it except the assumption current users would simply go along with it. At most they probably (possibly rightly so, only time will tell) assumed that people would bitch and moan but in the end stick with the site either out of habit or ignorance. The people in charge don't care about us and will happily play chicken to see if anyone sticks around. Besides, the managers responsible for this fiasco will be moved on to other jobs before any real fall out.
What we should be doing is making our voices heard to any person or company that advertises on any DICE site. Let their advertisers know they don't care about the people and that we won't buy products from people who support Dice Holdings, Inc. or any of their subsidiaries or affiliates.
*from Dice Inc.
"Slashdot Media was acquired to provide content and services that are important to technology professionals in their everyday work lives and to leverage that reach into the global technology community benefiting user engagement on the Dice.com site. The expected benefits have started to be realized at Dice.com. However, advertising revenue has declined over the past year and there is no improvement expected in the future financial performance of Slashdot Media's underlying advertising business. Therefore, $7.2 million of intangible assets and $6.3 million of goodwill related to Slashdot Media were reduced to zero. "
Also if you were curious why the redesign looks like it does, check out the other dice sites. It appears they are going for a bland unified style across sites. http://news.dice.com/ is especially telling of what the future of /. may hold.
I was curious who this timothy guy was, so I clicked his name up there. Brought me to: http://www.monkey.org/~timothy...
If that is his personal site, how in the world should this person be allowed anywhere near the design of /.