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Submission + - CowboyNeal Locked In Basement For Opposing Slashdot Beta ( 23

Robotron23 writes: Slashdot's finest editor to date has been mercilessly locked in a basement filled with fuzzy dice Dice created to furnish Google's self-driving cars. Screaming, followed by sounds of frenzied masturbation, have been reported from the subterranean dungeon. "There's no way enough ejaculatory fluid is getting sprayed on our dice to make us care about this deluded protestor's opinion." a Dice executive commented earlier. Former Slashdot owner turned professional millionaire Robert Malda, expressed support: "No porn. More dice than a casino. Lame."
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CowboyNeal Locked In Basement For Opposing Slashdot Beta

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  • by Okian Warrior ( 537106 ) on Thursday February 06, 2014 @01:45AM (#46170797) Homepage Journal

    I've just now registered "".

    I intend to run a site much like Slashdot used to be - better articles, less decoration and less "in your face" functionality. I'm revewing and getting comfortable with slashcode right now.

    I'm looking for volunteers to help with setup and running the site.

    If the site becomes profitable, I intend to hire from the pool of volunteers. If you've ever wanted to participate in a site like Slashdot, here's your chance!

    I'm particularly in need of people who can:

    • Set up and manage a high-traffic site (servers, load-balancers, data sites, &c)
    • Edit story submissions
    • HTML, CSS, and script creation/bugfix/repair

    Contact me if interested

    John (at) AltSlashdot (dot) org

    • by unitron ( 5733 )

      So, how do we copy over all of the users and their howevermanydigits user IDs?

      Does Slashdot have anything like a PM feature that would let registered users contact each other and know that they're talking to the person they're trying to contact so as keep the trolls and imposters away while trying to migrate the user base, including screen name and UID?

      How about a scheduled 1 week boycott by everyone who does not want the change to beta to happen?

      (just in case we beta hata's are the minority and need to get

      • > So, how do we copy over all of the users and their howevermanydigits user IDs?

        This could be enabled by having interested Slashdotters post SHA1 hashes of long (>= 20 char) strings of their choice in their profile Bio (assuming beta still has that function) and then prompting for the original strings upon registration to the new site. Even non-technical readers could be guided to use any of the many online SHA1 hash generators (of course, that being not very secure --- or, the new site could just off

        • you don't - you simply move on, anyone who wants to join can do so and they can choose their old (or new) userids.

          It should not be able "being slashdot like it used to be" but being "a new site that does what slashdot used to do".

      • As someone else said, we just start over. You get what you get.

        I realise this is easier for me to say - my UID is almost double the length of yours. OTOH we'll get a new gold rush - if there is a new Slashdot (or several), people will have a new chance at getting a low ID.

        In any case, it'll be really interesting. If there's a new Slashdot, I'm looking forward to the troll posts.

        • by unitron ( 5733 )

          I'm not that worried about the number, but I'd like to keep being me.

          • Exactly. Sure I may have came up with the UID while reading LOTR and pissed that somebody had taken my gamertag but I ended up with the tag growing on me, so much so that I quit using my gamertag. Not that I could use my gamertag anymore anyway as it never failed that every time i posted I'd get "You sound like Hairyfeet from /.". What finally sold me on it was when twitter (old crazy twitter, i do miss him) made up "Hairyfeets" and "Hairytoes" sockpuppets, because only a few were deemed worthy of twitter

    • by barista ( 587936 ) on Thursday February 06, 2014 @08:40AM (#46172541) Homepage
      Doing a new site like the Slashdot we remember would be great. However, I think if you have Slashdot in the name, you'll be asking for legal trouble. Slashdot is a trademark, and my guess is Dice has lawyers who would send cease-and-desist letters and/or file a trademark infringement suit.

      It's a good idea, but you should call it something else. There are probably enough things that imply Slashdot to those in the know, but don't infringe the trademark (e.g. CowboyNeal Fan Club, OMGPonies, etc.)

      I might be willing to help with editing submissions.
    • by AmiMoJo ( 196126 ) *

      There is precedence for this. When the original anonymous forum, 2 Channel, looked like it was dying someone set up Futaba Channel. Now both are successful in their own right, but it shows that sites with an engaged user base, even a user base of mostly ACs, will follow.

      • How about simply '' ? So long as the site isn't too similar to Slashdot classic it might just work. Sounds a bit reminiscent of Usenet though, and there are certainly technical hurdles as unitron says.

        Look at how people are condemning Beta, getting twenty or so Beta condemning submissions modded up and flooding topic after topic. If we could rally around a single revival and steadily promote it, especially in the days and weeks leading up to when Classic dies off for good, then a percentage of p


 (as in @#)

          I'll help out - I used to moderate "professional" forums, and I used to run a couple of million-pound-turnover eCommerce sites. Not sure if I can offer the same level of commitment as I did back then though.

          • by fatphil ( 181876 )
   - taken, parked
   - taken, empty
   - taken, empty
            Also gone are,,, ...

   - available
            (As is, but that's just being silly)
    • I can probably help with the code. Domain name needs to be changes though. Better do it sooner than later, because it will most definitely get killed.
    • by Ayanami Rei ( 621112 ) * <rayanami@gmai[ ]om ['l.c' in gap]> on Thursday February 06, 2014 @12:02PM (#46174405) Journal

      Hey John, I'm going to parrot what a few others have said; you might want to re-think the site name a little to avoid trademark dispute and angering the gods. Maybe something like (altslash, as mentioned earlier, is too similar I think to alterslash, an existing blogroll/summary site).

      I'd help in any way I can. I'll contact you later.

    • I just want to add one more voice to the pile:

      1. Great job. Looking forward to seeing what happens. It will be interesting to see!


      2. Get rid of the trademark-infringing name. Maybe keep the "slash" part in the name, maybe not. In any case, your current domains will get you in trouble if you do anything real with them.

      All that being said, I'm personally warming to OMGPONIES.ORG is also pretty great!

    • I am one of the many who have logged in as well as had issues with logging in. I enjoy the community & variety of opinions and subject matter. I have created an account on the alt.#$$ Hope to be able to contribute.
  • by water-and-sewer ( 612923 ) on Thursday February 06, 2014 @11:55AM (#46174319) Homepage

    I don't code, but could do other things and am a big lover of Web 1.0. Web 2.0 can suck it, and frankly I'm still a big fan of Usenet, so let's concentrate on making it fun and easy to comment, and decide to ignore the new trend in AJAXy, eye-candy fluff at the expense of quality and content. If I can't read it in a terminal, I don't want to read it.

  • I can contribute my time too.

Perfection is acheived only on the point of collapse. - C. N. Parkinson