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Looking for Alternatives to Slashdot

npsimons (32752) writes | more than 3 years ago

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I'm not exactly sure when it happened, but the focus of slashdot has shifted away from open source software (Linux in particular). Anyone who doubts this is welcome to count the number of open source articles versus blatant slashvertisements. I guess my mistake was in thinking that "news for nerds, stuff that matters" was more truthful than "fair and balanced." In any case, it's a battle I d

I'm not exactly sure when it happened, but the focus of slashdot has shifted away from open source software (Linux in particular). Anyone who doubts this is welcome to count the number of open source articles versus blatant slashvertisements. I guess my mistake was in thinking that "news for nerds, stuff that matters" was more truthful than "fair and balanced." In any case, it's a battle I don't have time to fight, so I'm wondering: what sites would you recommend as alternatives to slashdot? What's your favorite Linux news site? How about open source, or Debian? Can I find a site dedicated to important scientific advances, instead of the latest fashion trends?

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PopeRatzo (965947) | more than 3 years ago | (#36890186)

Some time ago, I remember being shown a snapshot of the Slashdot front page from 2002 or 2003. It had only been operating for maybe 5 years. Those were supposedly the "golden age" of slashdot.

The list of stories I saw had just as many frivolous and non-Linux stories as today. In fact, there were even more stories that were of very narrow interest to only a small subset of geeks. Say, board games or the Apple Newton.

As is common, your memories may be appearing in somewhat soft-focus, showing the Slashdot you remember as being something more than it really was. There were lots of trolls, flame-wars, idiocy, etc. In fact, some of the most famous flame-wars and troll-fests came from that era (and before).

Maybe you're the one who's changed, not Slashdot. I mean that in a complimentary way. I'm not saying that you shouldn't find a community more closely associated with your specific interests, just that the better Slashdot you remember might not have really existed.

It's sort of like the park I used to hang out in as a kid. In my mind's eye I see it as this vast, wonderful place, large and dark and wooded. Great big baseball diamonds and a football field with goalposts. Gigantic playgrounds and a fantastic natatorium from the 1930's. I visited there not long ago, and it was so much smaller and more mundane that I remember it. The boundaries are the same. The swimming pool building is still there. The baseball field, goalposts etc. Still there. But the Neil Gaiman quality was gone. It was probably never there, really, but in my experience. In my mind.

Today, I have different places that have that kind of magic, but I no longer expect that the magic comes from anywhere but inside my experience. If a place is going to have magic, it's going to have to come from inside me. It always has.

So maybe, and I'm only suggesting here. Guessing, in fact. But maybe the thing about Slashdot that you are missing is something that you can provide. Maybe there are others who would also appreciate your input to the morphic field of /.

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