So... I was bored today. Didn't feel like working. Read the IRC transcript from yesterday; started playing with slashdot. Here are the most useful things I learned poking around and asking questions:
1) You can add the year to date outputs!
Go into Your Info and under "Homepage" change the date format to one that has a year. (Duh, it seems so obvious in hindsight. But I *can't* be the only dumb bunny who overlooked that. Can I? Can I???)
2) You can change the text-field width to 80 characters.
Go into Your Info; under Comments, near the bottom is a field called Comment Box Size.
3) You can find the most recent journal entries site-wide.
Go to "search"; select "Journals" and "Search" (with no text in the field). Or visit this link. Voila. Or, you can log out and select "journals".
4) You can find all active user-created discussions.
What's a user-created discussion? See my last journal entry. Anyway, Michael took pity on my floundering around and told me you can visit http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?op=user_created_index to see the active user-created discussions.