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Did somebody re-break the front page?

damn_registrars (1103043) writes | about a year and a half ago

Bug 10

I'm no longer getting messages to tell me when someone has responded to my comments. Interesting that these new bugs seem to pop up on weekends now; they used to debut during the work week.I'm no longer getting messages to tell me when someone has responded to my comments. Interesting that these new bugs seem to pop up on weekends now; they used to debut during the work week.

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This is Slashdot (1)

smitty_one_each (243267) | about a year and a half ago | (#43143163)

They really need to just scuttle the legacy UI and try again, he said, having no idea whether Slashcode is ugly enough to make WordPress look good in comparison.

Re:This is Slashdot (1)

damn_registrars (1103043) | about a year and a half ago | (#43144281)

I wonder if they even still refer to the working (using that term exceptionally loosely) code for this site "slashcode" or if they have a different name for it. The publicly available slashcode hasn't been updated in years, such that it really isn't fair to call the code for this site by that name any more.

Maybe they are just holding out until they finish their current round of polishing the documentation? Yeah, I thought that was funny, too.

Re:This is Slashdot (1)

smitty_one_each (243267) | about a year and a half ago | (#43154635)

Don't know, but there are some serious reasons why this site is a pale shadow of its former self.

Re:This is Slashdot (1)

damn_registrars (1103043) | about a year and a half ago | (#43154859)

Don't know, but there are some serious reasons why this site is a pale shadow of its former self.

Indeed there are quite a few. I wonder how many we would agree on? :)

Nonetheless there is the question that needs to be asked of how relevant this site is now. It was previously something of an aggregator for tech news, but there isn't as much need for that any more. I generally see most of this news on google news (or even the dreaded google plus) a day or more before it shows up here. For a while I was even submitting the stories I saw on google to here but since I seem to be on the permanent submission shit-list I don't generally bother with that either.

Anyways, while I have your ear, it may be a bit longer before I get back to your comment. I've got some things to tend to for the next 6 or so days and probably won't have much time for slashdot until the dust settles afterwards. At this rate my JE might end up closed before I get to a reply, forcing me to open a JE to continue my own JE which was a continuation of your JE ...

Re:This is Slashdot (1)

smitty_one_each (243267) | about a year and a half ago | (#43157609)

I got on Slashdot (not really remembering how) around 2000. There used to be substantial amounts of technical discussion, a few great trolls (Stephen King dead, Natalie Portman, vi/emacs), and an all around frat party good time. Community.
Communities don't scale. By the time they started selling advertising and trying to cut down on the spam, the whole thing started capsizing. They've brought in some CSS features, but the overall navigation is unintelligible. I can't figure out where my JE's comments, or anything are.
If it was my property, I'd argue for a thorough UI re-write, with all the modern jQuery-driven doo-dads. I'd also lighten up on the spam filtering. I spend far more time on Twitter, just because I hit Send, and that junk goes.

At any rate, best wishes on the endeavors, and we'll pick up the thread when time permits.

Re:This is Slashdot (1)

unitron (5733) | about a year and a half ago | (#43154937)

If you mean WordPress.com's stuff, nothing, absolutely nothing, not even the comment handling software used by HuffingtonPost, could make it look good in comparision.

Re:This is Slashdot (1)

smitty_one_each (243267) | about a year and a half ago | (#43157621)

Slashcode is done in Perl, whereas WordPress is done in PHP.
WordPress.com, proper, is intended to have the appeal of a mud fence, with the idea of getting you to buy shiny themes.

Re:This is Slashdot (1)

unitron (5733) | about a year and a half ago | (#43167451)

I don't care about the looks, it's fighting with it as someone trying to use the comment posting part that's so painful.

Not to mention the gaping security hole that lets other people appear to post as me.

Re:This is Slashdot (1)

smitty_one_each (243267) | about a year and a half ago | (#43186785)

Well, it is certainly 'unfair' that you have a four digit UID, you insensitive clod. At least it's not a prime. ;-)

Re:This is Slashdot (1)

unitron (5733) | about a year and a half ago | (#43188327)

Was that supposed to have been an impersonation of one of my WordPress.com employing site comment section impersonators?

It has that "baffling lack of connection to the previous topic of conversation" panache about it.

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