Have you aver had one of those days where you actually have work to do but you just can't let go of slashdot? Once in a while I just phase into this ADHD-mode and continually click reload or click on any link on the page as if to exhaust any unread content. Some people would call this procrastination...
Anyway, while I was in one of these phases
a while back, I tried to break the "trance" by going to google. I figured its minimalism would wake me up. Unfortunately, it didn't! But I did walk away with an interesting link:
Quit Slashdot Today!"
. The page has some good points, but I think the author over-generalizes a little. Basically, he complains about the imperfections of editing, posting, and the community on slashdot and provides some alternatives. Although, I would contest that those alternatives probably have their own problems too.
Yes, slashdot makes mistakes. Yes, slashdot is filled with erudite wannabes, trolls, egotists, the narrow minded and the multi-faceted prodigies, kids trying to act like adults and adults acting like kids, and that random AC who spouts off nothing but stupid, offtopic, unhumorous crap. (dont be that guy!
) But what BBS can claim to have an ideal system? What news source can claim that they are totally unbiased, and incorruptable? Most people already knew about this, but they stayed anyway because what the said author doesn't realize is that slashdot isn't about being "reliable". Its about being a community. Any forum targetted towards a certain demographic cannot possibly expect to recruit EVERYONE from that demographic, nor can it expect to be limited to it. Why? Because even geeks have "non-geek" friends.
;) And those friends have friends in other areas too. My point being that if you want more than 10 posts of input, and non-monotonous or redundant input for that matter, then you NEED a diverse crowd. And probability suggests that there will ALWAYS be that bad apple in there somewhere. But I would like to believe the system has matured enough to the point where the checks and balances finally work. Hell, we have enough people to "slashdot" a site. But I digress.
I went back to that site recently looking for some updates, and found this little treasure:
. Its a perl script that automates responses to trolls. Hilarious stuff. And this is where I truly understand the guy's reasons for leaving
/.. I mean, you know I'll have had enough here when trolls frustrate me to the point of writing software to "fix them". But sometimes I just can't get enough slashdot, even with the trolls.