For some reason Slashdot decided to block my IP from posting. I tried to post a comment this morning and got the rather rude message:
Due to excessive bad posting from this IP or Subnet, comment posting has temporarily been disabled. If it's you, consider this a chance to sit in the timeout corner . If it's someone else, this is a chance to hunt them down. If you think this is unfair, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your MD5'd IPID and SubnetID, which are "b7f55ff546593c6a8a2122edc93f82e1" and "41b55072759372690f7363ed52c288ea" and (optionally, but preferably) your IP number "xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx" and your username "illumin8".
So, I sent them a message with the following text:
I've been a Slashdot member for years and have never abused Slashdot. If there is another user on my IP range that is abusing please let me know and I will hunt them down and have their internet access revoked. I'm sysadmin at a small company and have the authority to do this.
The response I got fairly quickly was this:
You have been downmodded too many times and are in timeout for a bit.
This is getting ridiculous now. I just checked my posting history and of my last 24 comments (you can check it now if you want) I've written, only 1 was modded "Flamebait" (an unfair mod, I might add, if you read the comment you'll see). I also have 3 posts moderated Interesting, 4 posts moderated Insightful, and 1 moderated Informative.
What's more, I've been a Slashdot regular for years and have Excellent karma... What kind of BS are they pulling on my by banning my IP?
I've gotta be honest with you guys... The quality of Slashdot's editorial staff has always been really poor. Dupe articles are constantly posted, the editors feel free to write whatever blatantly biased comments they want to after the submitter's article, and all kinds of other BS go on that sometimes I get sick of putting up with. But, I keep coming back just because occasionally you'll get a good article. Lately, though, there have been days on end where I haven't seen even 1 or 2 good articles. Have you noticed this same thing happening as well, or is it just me?
Slashdot better get their shit together or I will leave here and not come back (except maybe to read my friends journals).