This story makes Slashdot look stupid, if we're being honest. The summary is bullshit. How did it make the front page?
Slashdot isn't stupid. Stories like this get hundreds of comments and likely thousands of more views than a story like "Cool new feature in latest KDE release."
Slashdot is now like almost every other site -- i.e., just about the advertising. Flamebait stories like this are the equivalent of TV news broadcasts running ads in the evening like, "This common snack food might kill your kids! Stay tuned through these commercials to hear the news at 11!" (And in those news stories you frequently find out that it's a relatively minor recall for something relatively minor; here you just realize that the reality is much less dire than it sounds too, but it's written to provoke a bunch of "SJWs are evil!" posts.)
Now, let's not kid ourselves -- this is nothing new on Slashdot. It's just "back in the day" the flamewars were over Emacs vs. vi or GNOME vs. KDE or whatever. Even if there was a lot of ranting there, though, it was at least vaguely interesting because you'd sometimes get some useful technical details coming out.
And even back then political stories tended to get a lot of discussion. But now they seem to be deliberately written to trigger flamewars. And the sad realization is that there's a much higher percentage of racist, misogynist, climate change-doubting bigots here than I'd like... and they're not only ready to rant, but people are ready to mod them up.
(And no, I'm not a "SJW" on a mission to call out people who simply disagree as bigots -- I'm talking about the ACTUAL misinformed ignorance here from people who just want to rant, and the folks who seem ready at the trigger to mod them up.)
Recently, I've been skipping a lot here and reading more over at Soylent. Yes, the news is roughly the same, and frequently they have stories a few days out of date too. And there's some bigotry there too. But at least it's not being driven deliberately by the editors there, as it is now here.