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Submission + - Slashdot is Dying, New York Times Confims It ( 12

An anonymous reader writes: The New York Times is running a story about how Slashdot has dropped in popularity compared to other news sites in social web space. Quote: "Why is Slashdot almost irrelevant to the social media community? It used to be the biggest driver of traffic to tech web sites, but now it hardly delivers any traffic at all to them. We explore some of the reasons, including input from our own community."
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Slashdot is Dying, New York Times Confims It

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  • Always the same comments about some Internet or Web site death and Killer applications... There's no originality in these recurrent comments since stupidity have no creativity and it's based on repetition of the same idiocies... /. was and it's still for the Happy Fews and, I guess, never looks for a kind of (temporary) popularity who looks so marvelous for the N00bZ! That's mnsho. :-|
  • Irony (Score:2, Insightful)

    by slaxative ( 1867220 )
    How ironic to mention the death of a news site, on the news site being reported on. Slashdot seems active to me.
  • Show the logs (Score:3, Informative)

    by brasselv ( 1471265 ) on Friday July 30, 2010 @06:25PM (#33090380)

    TFA links a Quantcast "estimated traffic" chart showing an alleged decline in traffic for /.
    The alexa chart [] shows actually a steady growth over the last couple of years.

  • This only means that Slashdot users are smart enough to prevent Woopra from tracking them.
    I have been using Slashdot for over a decade and I check Slashdot very it regularly.
    I have seen several colleagues use Slashdot regularly but some deny that they do so!

    • with no-script and ad block ( well i do have them off on /. since the ars article )
      BUT i still get the " do not show ads " option

      cookies are auto deleted and the flash ones are linked to /dev/null

      so it is no wonder that the tracking software is not working

  • by russotto ( 537200 ) on Friday July 30, 2010 @11:08PM (#33092662) Journal

    The NYT is right, and this is why I have a philosophical objection to "social networking". Consider the stereotypical slashdot user... a nerd. A geek. A superannuated virgin with poor personal hygiene and who lives in his mother's basement. One who rarely meets with other people socially (or often, at all) In Real Life. Sure, it's a stereotype and for most (hopefully) a ridiculous exaggeration... but not without its kernel of truth.

    The slashdot community was and is the exact opposite of the "in crowd", the well-connected extraverts who get all the perks and power in the real-world. For a long time, the internet was for us. There was all sorts of "social" stuff going on, e.g. Usenet and boards like Slashdot. But it was between geeks, and usually the people we were conversing with were not people we knew in real life, and our real-life position had little effect on our net interactions ("On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog"). When the web came along, regular people got on the Internet in large numbers, but mostly as consumers; for once, the tables were turned and THEY were guests in OUR world.

    Then came social networking. Now, who you are on the net is intimately connected with who you are in the real world. Communication on the internet is an extension of communication in real life. And as in real life, it's the pretty extraverts who dominate. The geeks are once again on the outside, this time with nowhere to go. Bah.

    • This story has been floating around the net for days now - which sort of proves the point:

      The Slashdot geek is the last to know.

      When the web came along, regular people got on the Internet in large numbers, but mostly as consumers; for once, the tables were turned and THEY were guests in OUR world.

      Remember the "Internet Suite?" Ca. 1995. First-generation Browser. FTP. News client. IRC Chat. Telnet. Gopher and all the rest.

      The mass market began to shove everything excessively geek into the background from th

    • teh interwebs is ghey, and google did it.
  • have been greatly exaggerated.

    Pot and kettle?

  • Social networking introduced everyone else to what slashdot is for nerds -- essentially custom news feeds. For example, how many nerds are going to click on something like the Lightuino [], my Arduino-compatible LED driver board (if slashdotted), verses something like a new WebKinz thing-a-ma-jigger (if "I Liked it" on Facebook)? I'll bet that its not that the /. effect is getting smaller, its that everyone else has grown much bigger...

If I have seen farther than others, it is because I was standing on the shoulders of giants. -- Isaac Newton