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Submission + - A Modest Proposal, re: Beta vs. Classic 19

unitron writes: Dice wants to make money off of what they paid for--the Slashdot name--, or rather they want to make more money off of it than they are making now, and they think the best way to do that is to turn it into SlashingtonPost.

They should take this site and give it a new name. Or get Malda to let them use "Chips & Dips".

Leave everything else intact, archives, user ID database, everything except the name.

Then use the Beta code and start a new site and give it the name, and they can have what they want without the embarrassment of having the current userbase escape from the basement or the attic and offend the sensibilities of the yuppies or hipsters or metrosexuals or whoever it is that they really want for an "audience".

Comment Boycott, vote up anti-beta submissions (Score 2, Interesting) 112

Hi Folks,
It's your regular neighborhood troll magic maverick , and I've got a small couple of requests for you.
1. In the firehose, vote down as offtopic anything that isn't related to the beta. Vote up anything that is related to the beta.
2. Join the boycott from 10th to 17th Feb. Demonstrate that without the commentators, /. will obviously die.

Now back to your regular scheduled trolling.

Comment Re:Two comments (Score 1) 2219

The reason so many people are "spamming" the comments section is to highlight how much comments actually matter to this website. At the moment people are coming and posting, but posting anti-beta stuff. Next week, well, with many fewer comments, the management ("no smoking or spitting") can compare and contrast the numbers. Perhaps they'll realize that it is actually the commentators that make the site, and not the "editors" (who can't edit for shit).

Submission + - /. Beta comments don't work, users upset. ( 4

magic maverick writes: Since the new /. Beta came to light, many /. users and commentators have tried it out. However, they are almost universally condemning the new commenting system. It simply isn't as good as the so called Classic system. Some users, however, haven't a bad thing to say. Mainly because they haven't had a chance to even use the new system. It simply doesn't load. One user, Magic Maverick , who lives in a third-world country with crappy Internet, had this to say:

I come to /. for the comments, but with the new Beta, I can't even see anything! It just says:

''Shazbot! We ran into some trouble getting the comments. Try again... na-nu, na-nu!

It seems like the "developers" need to take some advice from people who actually know what they are doing. I'm happy to help explain what graceful degradation means if they like...

Comment Re:Resurrecting (Score 1) 2219

Dear Bruce,
Of all the /. commentators that I've seen discussing alternatives to /., you are probably the most trustworthy (not to say that the others aren't, but they don't have the profile that you have). Please make a /. alternative that takes all the best bits of /. (threaded comments, moderation and meta moderation, user accounts, but also anonymous posting, etc. etc.), throw out the crap (the troll posts that are basically the repeat of each other, perhaps something that can just compare a comment against another comment and say "this comment is too similar", try again), and add some goodies (e.g. Unicode), and done. I'll come and join your site. I'll even donate to make it happen.

Yours sincerely, /. user since at least 2004 (third or fourth user account): magic maverick

Comment Re:Just be honest - it's not for *US* (Score 1) 2219

If the comment system doesn't even load comments even with nothing blocked, then it is crap and should be replaced. Despite all the bad things one might say about D2, at least I can load the fucking comments. Which I can't do with your new shit. Just a FYI. (And as others keep saying, without comments, there is literally no point in coming back.)

Submission + - Dice Holdings, Inc, deleting unflattering stories from Slashdot firehose 4

An anonymous reader writes: Stories submitted to the Slashdot firehose that take a negative view on the site's redesign are being deleted. 4 hours ago, it was full of anti-beta posts. Now they are gone. That's right. A forum that usually leaves V14GRA spam in place for posterity is deleting user content.

Submission + - Slashdot goes kerplunk 4

An anonymous reader writes: dice abandons slashdot classic look forcing long-time users to abandon slashdot.

Submission + - Slashdot is dead 3

An anonymous reader writes: I saw it with my own eyes

Submission + - BOOOO

An anonymous reader writes: BETA BOOOOOOOO

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