Then I notice the begging has increased slightly for people to meta-moderate. Personally, I find meta-mod easier than modding, and the prodding is probably the only thing that reminds me to do it. But I have to assume that the new message tone means 1) Slashdot needs more moderators and 2) moderation quality is slipping.
Which makes me curious to see statistics on mod points per story & post over time. Something one could calculate, certainly. But I'm not that motivated.
So for lack of data, I'll stick with my assumption that the thought leaders are losing interest in posting & moderating on Slashdot, and offer a few guesses why:
- blogs - now you can write all you want and not feel like your wisdom wasn't moderated to sufficient visibility
- Linux - It's stabilizing. Most hardware supports it, either with specs or code. IBM supports it. Microsoft has mostly given up attacking it. Performance is good for most people. Not much to write about, is there?
- Tech Bubble - It popped. The economy stinks. No IPO's The most popular tech news is the spam war. Who wants to read about war every day? Where's peace & happiness?