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Dear Soulskill & Slashdot Kin - Farewell

Penurious Penguin (2687307) writes | about 2 years ago

User Journal 5

This is my farewell to Slashdot. I once stated after seeing my submissions disappear faster than spam -- often while RED and bearing no negative tags -- that I'd leave Slashdot out of self-respect if it happened again. Although I made an exception or two afterwards, the time has now come. I do not waste my time to have even the effort of a summary squandered so aggressively whilst spam outlives my contributions. The title of this journal is due to the tendency for this to occur under the watc

This is my farewell to Slashdot. I once stated after seeing my submissions disappear faster than spam -- often while RED and bearing no negative tags -- that I'd leave Slashdot out of self-respect if it happened again. Although I made an exception or two afterwards, the time has now come. I do not waste my time to have even the effort of a summary squandered so aggressively whilst spam outlives my contributions. The title of this journal is due to the tendency for this to occur under the watch of Soulskill -- almost exclusively. Whether or not it has anything to do with any particular editor or not, I obviously cannot say with certainty. It has simply reached a point where I've come to expect it -- an unhealthy anticipation. Hopefully some of the 18 accepted submissions have helped to enrich things rather than otherwise; I definitely tried. As a final note to actual "friends"; my failure to reciprocate was Discordian in nature, and I was inclined only to friend my foes. For us Discordians must stick apart. Take care folks and keep the the excellent stories coming!

- Penurious Penguin

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Take care (1)

Soulskill (1459) | about 2 years ago | (#42113661)

Sorry to see you go, you made some good submissions.

I'm assuming this is in response to your recent submission [slashdot.org] about Kim Jong Un, and yes, I was the one who cleared it from the firehose. For clarity's sake, I'll explain the process in a bit more detail.

Every day at Slashdot, we get hundreds of submissions. We editors cull those down to about 20-30 that make it to the front page, and then a few dozen more that float around in the submission bin for a while as "maybes" -- sometimes to check facts, sometimes to wait for better sources, sometimes to post it at a more appropriate time (i.e. news about Australia when Aussies are more likely to be awake), and sometimes just in case the more interesting news dries up.

In this case, the Kim Jong Un story was fairly far off-topic. It wasn't a bad submission at all, but there's enough on-topic news that I knew we wouldn't be posting it. (If it had happened on a weekend, when the news cycle is slow, then this may not have been the case.) But part of what we do is keep the firehose focused on stories that might get posted.

Looking back on your previous submissions, I see two others I declined, both of which were months ago. I actually hesitated before nixing this one, because I noticed you put some odd tags about me on a submission a few weeks ago.

For what it's worth, you have a much higher acceptance rate than most submitters. 60% of your submissions have been posted, which is higher than the rate for users like theodp [slashdot.org] and Hugh Pickens [slashdot.org] , who are both excellent. I actually can't think of anybody off the top of my head who's higher than 60%.

Anyway, I hope that brings some perspective to it. Take care, and thanks for contributing.

Re:Take care (1)

unitron (5733) | about 2 years ago | (#42113863)

Are you including those who have only made one submission, but had that one submission posted?

Re:Take care (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42113967)

Not quite sure what you mean. Primarily what I was referring to are the submissions that are nixed (in Recent) parallel to lingering spam (and other off-topic material), with the spam outliving the submission. I had seen it occur several times, and oddly, the last time I was in process of writing essentially the same as above, the submission that instantly disappeared while RED suddenly appeared in the feed; so, I canceled the post and continued submitting. Soulskill's reply sheds some insight on what is supposedly taking place behind the scenes and I appreciate the explanation (sort of an honor). Still, reading your comment again, I am not quite sure what you mean. Anyway, thanks for your comment, too. I guess I'll truly depart after this journal fades away and no additional comments are likely.

- P.P.

Re:Take care (1)

Soulskill (1459) | about 2 years ago | (#42114003)

Sort of; I'm sure there are a bunch of users like that, but (again, off the top of my head) I can't name one. When a user submits regularly, they'll become familiar to me pretty quickly. When a user submits once and disappears, it's like trying to remember the name of somebody you were introduced to a year ago and then never saw again.

Where's the parent of the parent? (1)

unitron (5733) | about 2 years ago | (#42147879)

How do I get back to the original journal entry to which all of these comments are in reply?

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