Then why do you not have a little star next to your name on slashdot?
Because Slashdot hasn't sold subscriptions for well over a year. From subscribe.pl:
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During the Dice Holdings era, Slashdot instead experimented with giving a "Disable Advertising" checkbox to users with Excellent (25-50) karma to encourage them to provide and moderate comments. After Slashdot and SourceForge were sold to BIZX six months ago, this ended as well.
The subscription page for the red site, on the other hand, is up and running:
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