I wish that when a submitted article was rejected there was some sort of reason attached. Now, I don't mean a handwritten note from the editor saying, "Hey, thanks but this is a dupe" or something like that. Just a category for the rejections, like moderations.
The editor could reject the story using a dropdown menu with choices like "duplicate", or "badly worded topic/content", or "learn to type", or "woah, enough Star Trek already", or whatever other categories are relevant.
I don't submit stories often, and I'm not one of the early birds. I tend to read Slashdot around lunchtime on the west coast, so lots of geeks have gotten to lots of news before I've gotten there. So it's rare that I think I have a lead and that it hasn't already been submitted.
I also tend to try and search Slashdot before submitting the article to make sure it's not a dupe. (Since sometimes certain editors don't feel like doing it. :P )
Anyways, I've had one or two rejected that were perfect slashdot stories. I thought, "ah, they must have had a hundred submissions on this one, so I waited to see it appear on the page, submitted by someone else," but they never appeared.
Now, my pride isn't exactly attached to my Slashdot account, so I'm not peeved or anything, but I AM confused. I just want some sort of feedback on why they were turned down.
Ah well. Pipe dream, methinks.