Well, I'm getting used to my new habit. That is checking my messages a few times a day, but only reading the front-page once. I actually load the front page more than that when I get bored, but that is happening less and less. The front-page just isn't that interesting. And I like comments. So what's the point of reading it early on? I may just switch getting the daily digest via email. Then I can put slashdot out of my mind. I used to feel "out of it" when not reading slashdot daily. Now I feel like a loser if I read it more than once a day. I think it's partially due to me getting older, and slashdot not being what it used to be.
I still appreciate slashdot. Just not as much as I used to. And whether that's because I changed, slashdot changed, or both, is a matter that each person will answer in their own way. It really doesn't matter though.
As for journal entries, I sometimes write them to write. I many times write them for replies. I guess most people don't enjoy replying to my writings. I'm not going to change the way I write, since that would take the pleasure out of it. But, it makes me realize (even more) that if I'm writing its because I want to write, and not for people to read. Replying to people is nice, but in most cases, it ends there. So, I am also learning, not to reply as much. The amount of time I put into a reply is far outweighed by my not getting a reply to mine. So, I am trying to put up a threshold to which I'll reply. What it may come to be is, I write the journal entry because I want to espouse, so its for me. I write the reply because I want another, which means its for the other person. Though I many times reply to express appreciation or exchange views. I'll have to pay more attention to *why* I reply.
I just checked my friend/fan/foe/freak lists. If I counted them correctly, its at 102/79/88/10. So, I have friended slightly more people than I have foed. But with how quickly I foe people, my foes may overtake my friends. I am thinking of making myself freind one person for each new foe.
The amount of profanity used amazes me. And then again it doesn't. The socialistic teenage outlook I find on slashdot, is the same as the depraved rebelous teenager.
Amazingly, I only have ten freaks. When I foe people I generally don't get a response. But when I foe a friend, I think there is a high percentage that unfriend me back. It makes sense, I guess. But it is also telling. Friend/foe on slashdot seems much more emotional than logical. The ones with immature emotions, have to get the other one back. Or so it seems. And I bet it has to do with the choice of words "friend/foe". I bet it would be much different had the words been "patron/protester" or the like. How silly.
For some reason, I think FortKnox is my longest standing foe that is a fan. Well, until recently, I just unfriended him. Then I saw some language I didn't care for so I foed him. Which makes me wonder how popular FortKnox is. Not in freinds, but in Journal Entry mentions. Checking the search function I found these numbers (about) (These may include self-references):
002 The Matriculator
FK is way up there. Well, congrats. But, as it turns out, I won't be reading his reply since he'll show up as -1.