So now that I finally have a chance to really get into my internet addled weekends on 'my time' I've begun to get a better perspective on the changes in slashdot's readership over time. There are still the wonderful trolls, and the almost too smart old guys who only chime in when really really really needed. The average joe slashdot is getting younger, more reactionary, and less informed over time though and that scares me.
Is there no end to how low the bar will fall for entry into the club of people worth discussing articles with on this board? I used to blindly wander through the comments at 1 or even -1 when feeling intrepid looking to do good with my all too few mod points. But now I can barely stand reading at 2. I'm almost constantly tempted to set my preferences to a 3! This isn't the slashdot of old that I remember with a sparkle in my eye.
Can we perhaps get the article quality back up to a point where only the people worth speaking will open their mouths? I know that more often than not I close a comment window rather than hitting submit, but why isn't that tendency contagious to the youngsters who feel that every little thought that runs through their head is worth the world's attention? I've begun rambling so I'll go back to my life sans slashdot for a couple days and hope this feeling of dread and apathy will wear off.
Please people, don't let slashdot turn into the steaming pile of flames that USENET has become.