Well, on a whim today, I tried my old slashdot user id and guessed at the password, neither of which I have used for nearly three years. Somehow I got in.
Nothing has changed except that I switched careers (from computer programming to residential construction), and I no longer use Linux. I probably will continue to remain a silent observer on slashdot; I don't have time for trivial online discussions. But I thought it was neat to be back on anyway, like finding a paper you wrote in grade school.