Update: 03/15 11:21 by CT :
The arrival of the new server last week brought spare clock cycles to burn.
It was time to make Slashdot customizable. Last thursday
I announced the ability to filter the story display,
but now, we have full customization of the grey boxes
on the right side of the homepage. Currently, things
like The Poll and Freshmeat dominate, but now we have a
couple dozen interesting boxes to choose from, ranging
from the User Friendly to the JenniCam to various search forms
and headlines to a few of our favorite sites. Or you can just turn them all off. If
you are Logged In
and you Edit your Preferences
I'm open to suggestions about new boxes, and in the future we'll
be allowing users to make and share their own custom boxes.
Course by then hopefully we'll have a few more servers to
distribute the load over.
You can reorder the boxes with the arrows.
Some new sql index entries and some optimizations
have got the server performing near where it was.
Several people have pointed out several bizarre
bugs that I'm working on- things relating to
turning off selected boxes and stuff. Also note
that there is a limit to the number of boxes you can
select (the length of the id's can't exceed 255). I'll
mess with that later- but it basically limits you to
perhaps 15-20 boxes. Probably better to leave it that
way just to save bandwidth *grin*