This is only the third time I have ever logged into slashdot and only the second time I've ever commented. If the intelligent commenters/contributors leave, I will leave.
I come for the community, and frankly, I will leave with the community. I used to read yahoo news, but the comments were horrifyingly stupid and that stupidity was rewarded. Classic slashdot provided a well moderated and intelligent discussion board. Beta slashdot cuts that functionality off at the knees.
You lose the intelligent people who comment here and you lose the only reason anyone comes here, and many are prepared to leave permanently. You need to stop, NOW. If you lose the intelligent and insightful individuals who comment here, I might as well go back to yahoo news, where I don't have to read a summary but I can just RTFA because I'm sure as hell not going to read their idiotic comments.