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Suggestion for users.pl

mfh (56) writes | more than 2 years ago

User Journal 8

It would be nice to have the karma scores on each reply to your posts here, so that you can get a sense if replies are worth reading. Also it would be really nice to have a link to user.pl on the masthead.It would be nice to have the karma scores on each reply to your posts here, so that you can get a sense if replies are worth reading. Also it would be really nice to have a link to user.pl on the masthead.

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8 comments

been gone a while, eh? (1)

damn_registrars (1103043) | more than 2 years ago | (#37245080)

I understand there was a time when new code on slashdot meant actually making things better.

They don't do that anymore.

Re:been gone a while, eh? (1)

mfh (56) | more than 2 years ago | (#37252666)

This makes me sad.

I suppose there could be a way to improve it with the source code.

Re:been gone a while, eh? (1)

damn_registrars (1103043) | more than 2 years ago | (#37252830)

This makes me sad.

You're not alone on that one.

I suppose there could be a way to improve it with the source code.

They haven't released the source code in years. You can download a very old version of it and work on that if you feel so inclined.

Of course, the old code has the advantage of not having all the new bugs in it.

There are plenty of people scattered around here who would like to launch a new page to do what slashdot used to do, but of course it is a cat-herding exercise to actually gather those people towards a single common goal. I have seen a few sites launch over the years with versions of the old slashdot code - slashpot and sluhdot come to mind - but I don't think they are up anymore.

Re:been gone a while, eh? (1)

mfh (56) | more than 2 years ago | (#37252932)

There are plenty of people scattered around here who would like to launch a new page to do what slashdot used to do, but of course it is a cat-herding exercise...

I don't think any site will be able to do what Slashdot did back in the day. I mean sure technically the content management exists, but it's getting the scoops on stories that are out there and then getting people excited about discussing it. I'm a big fan of Reddit and Hacker News [ycombinator.com] . It seems to me that on a good day Hacker News is doing what Slashdot did, but without real moderation and with a small number of commenting people. There seems to be zero spam there so they are doing something right. Reddit used to be good, but now it's Rage Faces and SEO posts clogging up most of the good content.

Re:been gone a while, eh? (1)

damn_registrars (1103043) | more than 2 years ago | (#37259560)

That hacker news you linked to looks pretty good. It's almost a little too minimalist for me; it could use a slightly (and I mean only slightly) better front end. But I do like the content there, maybe I'll have to pay more attention to it in the future.

Re:been gone a while, eh? (1)

Philip K Dickhead (906971) | more than 2 years ago | (#37262140)

Slashdot was a time. An Era.

There will never be a Pre-AOL Usenet. There will never be a "new Slashdot".

Re:been gone a while, eh? (1)

mfh (56) | more than 2 years ago | (#37263254)

I certainly agree with you here. Slashdot was definitely an era of great ideas coming together in a sea of random people. You're right though. The next big tech site won't be like Slashdot. It will be unique to whatever audience it supports.

Re:been gone a while, eh? (1)

mfh (56) | more than 2 years ago | (#37263238)

Hacker news is indeed minimalist. I love it!

The info there scoops most sites like Reddit used to.

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