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Well what if the site looks new and fresh and updated and has those same articles everyone else has posted,,, and no comments.
What then? You're definitely not getting a repeat visitor once that person has decided this site has nothing over any other news echo chamber. They might even take a more negative view feeling their time was wasted sifting through a content-free but slick-looking abyss.
Better to alienate a casual who was unlikely to be a repeat visitor than someone interested in the actual discussion who will likely be tempted to check back.
These are the expectations of people that make Slashdot worth visiting _at all_. You've been told this many, many times since announcing the beta.
These design goals may not meet the expectations of new or casual users of other sites or iphones. Well guess what? If you compromise the design of slashdot to cater to these people which add no value to the site then you alienate your core contributor. Users use slashdot for the community in spite of the perceived-backwardness of the boring older-style web UI and judging by active posters with high IDs who also complained they grow accustomed to it.
All of the people that Slashdot Media loves to talk about here: http://slashdotmedia.com/about... Those 4000+ commenters a day that are the supposed value add to Slashdot?
Kiss them goodbye.
WHOSE USERS' EXPECTATIONS CHANGED??? Are you concerned that shiny new C-levels who have heard about this fabled Slashdot will toddle on over to see what techies really think from their Galaxy tablet and be shown a site that doesn't look like BusinessInsider, and then decide that obviously we're all out of touch? Well I've got news for you. Maybe we are! But do you know what, WE DON'T GIVE A FUCK. Either figure out a way to produce a different portal to the site that's shown to people using a tablet anonymously (the majority of people that would click on ad impressions), and not fuck with classic, or we're walking. That's really what this is about, Soulskill.