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Slashdot Turns 100,000

CmdrTaco posted more than 4 years ago | from the has-it-been-that-long-already dept.

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This entry represents the 100,000th story posted on Slashdot. Technically this is a bit late since we're missing the first few months of stories from the DB, but there are now 100k items in the story database and I thought that milestone was worthy of sharing with the universe. We've come a long way in the last 12 years, and while the site isn't always exactly what I want it to be, I'm very proud of the work done by our thousands of submitters and by the editors our readers have "affectionately" referred to as "The Slashdot Janitors" for so many years. Special grats to timothy who is just short of his 17,000th story and is far and away the most prolific person here. The hall of fame has a few other bits of trivia.

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Age and quality. (5, Insightful)

pwnies (1034518) | more than 4 years ago | (#30408166)

What's amazing to me isn't that /. has carried on this long, but rather that the comment quality on here hasn't gone the way of most social new sites. It seems that in general as a social news site ages, matures, and grows, the comment quality follows an inverse pattern. Or more simply, as the number of users approaches infinity, the comment quality approaches 4chan. Digg used to be a decent site for discussion; now you'd be laughed at for even suggesting that the comments might be notable. Reddit is quickly getting there. Slashdot though seems to best this pattern. While I'm well aware that someone will reply to this with "In soviet russia 4chan approaches you!" or something similar in a successful attempt to disprove my point, but I think it still holds true in some respect. Kudos slashdot, keep it up. You keep trying to make UI (un)improvements and we'll still be here to comment without RTFA - and we'll both be thankful for it.

Re:Age and quality. (4, Insightful)

Shadow of Eternity (795165) | more than 4 years ago | (#30408234)

Tragically this is because the degradation is instead shifted to the editors. Slashvertisements, things in "ask slashdot" that should instead get someone redirected to google, and kdawson....

Re:Age and quality. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30408336)

I credit the stupidity of the users. Collectively they dont have enough intelligence to know they are supposed to be dumb.

Re:Age and quality. (4, Funny)

ModernGeek (601932) | more than 4 years ago | (#30408252)

I credit the moderation system.

Re:Age and quality. (4, Insightful)

pwnies (1034518) | more than 4 years ago | (#30408274)

As do I. Having comments separated by funny/insightful/etc, capping them at +5, and only letting a select few upvote is a surprisingly effective strategy.

Re:Age and quality. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30408634)

CmdrTaco touched my junk! Right after he finished taco-snotting me. And in Korea, only old people use email.

Re:Age and quality. (5, Funny)

DAldredge (2353) | more than 4 years ago | (#30408372)

You mean the same moderating system that hasn't given me mod points in 4 or 5 years?

Re:Age and quality. (4, Insightful)

maxume (22995) | more than 4 years ago | (#30408430)

It's the worst one, except for all the others.

Re:Age and quality. (5, Funny)

Firehed (942385) | more than 4 years ago | (#30408446)

I haven't gotten mod points in quite a while either. That's why it's successful!

Wait a second...

Re:Age and quality. (3, Interesting)

Nithendil (1637041) | more than 4 years ago | (#30408522)

Oddly enough in my old slashdot account even though I never commented and rarely used them I was handed 5 moderation points pretty much every week.

Re:Age and quality. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30408552)

The probability of receiving moderation powers is inversely proportional to the frequency for which you post on Slashdot.

Re:Age and quality. (5, Interesting)

bsDaemon (87307) | more than 4 years ago | (#30408578)

I've had like 30 points in the last few weeks... it can grow tiresome, though the dry spell before that was an equal burden.

Re:Age and quality. (2, Insightful)

Valdrax (32670) | more than 4 years ago | (#30408608)

You mean the same moderating system that hasn't given me mod points in 4 or 5 years?

I don't know what's up with you, but I get mod points about 1-2 per week.

Hmm... Maybe this is a sign of Slashdot's quality, after all!

Re:Age and quality. (4, Funny)

stefanlasiewski (63134) | more than 4 years ago | (#30408616)

Yes, that one. Apparently it's been giving me all your mod points. Most weeks, I get more mod points then I can have time for.

Re:Age and quality. (2, Interesting)

Beardo the Bearded (321478) | more than 4 years ago | (#30408632)

If you get them, just do what I do -- find a thread you don't have any interest in and moderate the first X posts as "under-rated". (X is the number of mod points you get, which is 15 for me.)

This gives you the benefit of nothaving to actually moderate plus you can't be meta-moderated.

I get points about once a week. YMMV. CYLDFD.

I'm really only posting here in case there's an acheivement... achievement... anchoviement.

Sorry, not enough sleep makes everything seem funny. At least I'm not rambling on pointlessly.

Wait.

Re:Age and quality. (5, Insightful)

Shakrai (717556) | more than 4 years ago | (#30408258)

You keep trying to make UI (un)improvements

The new UI doesn't bother me as much as it bothers some people but for the life of me I can't figure out the new meta-moderation system. It also seems to me that the quality of moderation have been down and we've seen a lot more people using negative mods to punish those they disagree with than we did in the past -- whether or not this is related to the new meta-moderation system is open to debate.

Re:Age and quality. (1, Interesting)

Darkness404 (1287218) | more than 4 years ago | (#30408346)

I think more and more people kept making dummy accounts to accumulate mod points and use them to shape discussions.

Re:Age and quality. (3, Informative)

Firehed (942385) | more than 4 years ago | (#30408524)

The UI would be fine if a) it worked correctly cross-browser, or at least among standards-compliant browsers and b) the javascript that powers most of it wasn't some of the slowest ever written. Honestly, the whole lot of it could be replaced in about 5kb of code that works 10x better and 50x faster, in about two hours worth of work. Well, if half of slashcode hadn't been eaten by a grue years ago.

Re:Age and quality. (1)

ShatteredArm (1123533) | more than 4 years ago | (#30408530)

That's nothing. I couldn't even figure out the old meta-moderation system.

Re:Age and quality. (1)

Narpak (961733) | more than 4 years ago | (#30408270)

Yeah goon on "you" Slashdot for keep up the good work. Must say that I sincerely wish that the comment system used by Slashdot would inspire other news-sites as it is, in my own personal experience, the best system for making the decent comments readable and pushing the crap down into lower, and thus hidden from anyone not actively looking, tiers of the structure. While it is perhaps not perfect it is functional and, as I said, better than anything else I have seen.

Now on a different note; I wonder how many stories it would be in total if they removed all the double, or triple, posts.

Re:Age and quality. (1)

PopeRatzo (965947) | more than 4 years ago | (#30408494)

the 100,000th story posted on Slashdot

Yes, Slashdot. Salute!

Re:Age and quality. (5, Insightful)

Taelatus (971105) | more than 4 years ago | (#30408284)

What I like most about the comments is that the good ones are usually far more interesting than the article being commented on. I hate to admit it but I usually skim the summary and dig straight into the comments section of any particular article. I almost never RTFA.

Re:Age and quality. (4, Insightful)

TapeCutter (624760) | more than 4 years ago | (#30408628)

Yes, it's the only site I can think of where I occasionally learn something from people I violently disagree with. The comment system allows me to easily carry on a debate or discussion with another user, IMHO it is second to none. I look forward to another 10yrs of humuor and insight.

Of course there would be nothing to discuss without the much maligned editors, so thanks and keep up the good work.

Re:Age and quality. (5, Interesting)

satoshi1 (794000) | more than 4 years ago | (#30408638)

This is what I do as well. I've learned far more from you guys here in the comments than I have from the maybe five articles I've actually read since I joined this place.

Re:Age and quality. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30408370)

the comment quality approaches 4chan

The average quality is horrible, but 4chan has quite some decent discussion threads at any given time.
There are just so many, it is inevitable.

Re:Age and quality. (4, Interesting)

dancingmad (128588) | more than 4 years ago | (#30408374)

I dunno, there are old-timers here who have been around longer than I have, and I go through cycles of posting and not posting, but I think there's been a pretty marked change in both the kinds of users and the stories. I will probably get moderated to hell for saying this, but when I started lurking and then signed up for an account, slashdot at that time was more like some parts of reddit (to disclaim I post in both places, and I think the general quality of comments are better here, but there was a level of free-wheeling, shared culture that isn't quite as present here - it reminded me of the quirkiness of the jargon file). Back in those days everyone would catch and upvote semi-relevant Simpsons and Red Dwarf quotes for example (I got into RD via slashdot, if I remember correctly).

Perhaps the change in stories has been related; it's gotten a lot more general (it probably started before but I remember noticing the change as and after the politics section was added).

So yeah, the site's still around and there are still people posting and it's still relevant (more than I can say for digg), but the focus and community have changed a lot and for better or worse, as far as "net culture" is concerned, it seems like 4chan and the sites that interact with it's culture (reddit, unyclopedia) have more influence.

Don't get my wrong, I still love the slashie.

Re:Age and quality. (2, Interesting)

Threni (635302) | more than 4 years ago | (#30408490)

I've said it before and I'll say it again - it would be great if there were questions/tests which could be somehow worked into Slashdot so that a rough idea of people's techinical skills/ability/knowledge could be gathered, and applied to rating. I'd like to prioritize comments from people who know what they're talking about.

Re:Age and quality. (3, Funny)

Xugumad (39311) | more than 4 years ago | (#30408620)

Oi, 6-digit, get off my lawn :)

Re:Age and quality. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30408394)

You must be new here, etc. etc. Slashdot has dropped in quality drastically in the past few years. (I'd login but my UID isn't as low as it should be, can't pull the get off my lawn with my UID, read for too long without registering, only in the low 800 000s) But both comment and article quality has drastically dropped from the early days of slashdot. One used to come to slashdot for the intelligent discussion, with the stories as a nice bonus, now we neither have the high level of discussion slashdot once had nor the articles; "what colour should I wear today" level of quality askslashdots, posts that should be askslashdot that aren't, idle should be nuked from orbit. People read slashdot for slashdot, we did not need digg-lite in our slashdot.

I long for the days of old when the threads weren't 90% reiterating common sense, political fighting or some mix of the two. Perhaps I'm part of the problem while I should be part of the solution, like many of us; make an effort to sway discussion to actual discussion, submit stories, be the change as it were. But yes, off my lawn, etc. etc.

the days of old (5, Insightful)

Phantom of the Opera (1867) | more than 4 years ago | (#30408492)

I remember reading posts like yours in the days of old, decrying the decline of /.

Re:Age and quality. (5, Interesting)

epp_b (944299) | more than 4 years ago | (#30408404)

...You keep trying to make UI (un)improvements...

Really? I think the comment system UI features that have been added over the past while are slick and efficient. The fewer times I am required to leave the current page for a small chunk of data to load, post or be rearranged, the better.

Re:Age and quality. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30408432)

In soviet russia 4chan approaches you!

Re:Age and quality. (1)

Nithendil (1637041) | more than 4 years ago | (#30408448)

The problem is the editors are still horrible. It is one thing to fuck up technology information, it is another when you butcher a health article by mentioning an amino acid that has nothing to do with the paper or study abstract. http://science.slashdot.org/story/09/12/06/060243/Reducing-One-Amino-Acid-Could-Increase-Lifespan [slashdot.org]

Re:Age and quality. (4, Insightful)

rm999 (775449) | more than 4 years ago | (#30408450)

On Slashdot, the moderation system keeps good comments at the top and bad comments hidden. This is why the quality seems so good: one only has to read the top of the comment page to get really good discussion. So, regardless of how many trolls there are, they remain out of view. This was Slashdot's greatest innovation, IMO.

Reddit deals with the same issues: plenty of smart users, so they need a good ranking to keep the good comments at the top. Reddit used to use Slashdot's approach to ranking, but the inherent moderation system is different so it didn't work. The average comment in an active story on Reddit can get dozens of mods VS less than 1 on Slashdot. Reddit's problem was Slashdot's system heavily biased in favor of comments with a lot of moderation (upvotes minus downvotes is scaled higher). Typically, the first few non-troll comments were fixed at the top. On Slashdot this isn't a problem because mod points are rare so people use them with more care; also, the maximum score is capped at 5.

Reddit recently started using a more statistically sound approach which rewards high upvote:downvote ratios, and the comment quality has drastically improved. It saved the site, IMO. Slashdot is still known for having better quality comments than Reddit, and I commend them for it.

See http://blog.reddit.com/2009/10/reddits-new-comment-sorting-system.html [reddit.com] for more information on reddit's new system.

Re:Age and quality. (5, Insightful)

ObsessiveMathsFreak (773371) | more than 4 years ago | (#30408452)

To my way of thinking, there are main two factors at work here

1) The nature of the discussion. The kind of people who frequent 4chan and digg not have... the patience needed to discuss the kind of stories or threads on Slashdot. Stories about plastic flash memory and drivers in the Kernel are simply not very attractive to the kind of person for whom posting "lol" and "NO U" is a way of life.

2) The moderation system. Like it or not, the moderation and karma system helps separate the wheat from the chaff in comment threads. There have been complaints about group think and even censorship, but by and large a casual reading of +4 and +5 posts gives readers quality feedback on the story and is often even more educational than RTFA. In the last 5 years, I've learned more about technology from +5 comments on Slashdot than from any other source. Vapid posts are kept to a minimum and while there are many of them, funny posts do I think keep the discussions lively and interesting.

Another big factor to my mind is the lack of anything resembling post-counts, avatars, images, or anything that would be regarded as cruft(I'm still using the 1.0 discussion system so YMMV). This site is all about text and its content, and that is the way it should be. You can read Slashdot on lynx and get essentially the same discussion(minus the soothing green light). The signal to noise ratio on pages is high, in terms of raw content and on the quality of that content. Slashdot proves that you don't need the latest in web N.0 technology trends to run a good site, and long may it continue to do so.

Re:Age and quality. (2, Insightful)

rolfwind (528248) | more than 4 years ago | (#30408482)

Digg is direct democracy, Slashdot is a republic.

I've seen the most intelligent comments get buried to negative infinitey on digg simply because they went against the prevailing group think at the moment. Not so much here.

And you're correct, every UI change here has been an unimprovement.

Re:Age and quality. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30408516)

I am a 4chan regular. Comparing 4chan's comments to Digg's is an insult.

As odd as it sounds, at least 4chan has taste.

Re:Age and quality. (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30408550)

I disagree. Back in the day slashdot discussions used to be primarily about technology. Nowadays even in stories that are ostensibly about technology, all the discussions end up being about politics instead. For example someone posts a story about a cool new electric car, and half the comments are ignorant hicks repeating the same old ignorant bullshit about the inefficiency of burning coal. The same applies to pretty much every discussion. Just look at that list of top stories and you'll see that 9/10 of them are about politics or creationism (same thing really). A single top 10 story about technology (and a stupid one at that) on a site that is supposed to be "news for nerds" is pretty damned bad, if you ask me.

Congrats! (5, Insightful)

nametaken (610866) | more than 4 years ago | (#30408180)

Congrats /. and "Thanks!"

You've been a regular haunt of mine longer than any other tech site and I'm glad you're still around. :)

Re:Congrats! (2)

RJFerret (1279530) | more than 4 years ago | (#30408426)

How about we celebrate when we reach a round number, like 131,072. [google.com] Shouldn't a binary milestone count for more here?

lowest account number? (2, Interesting)

axjms (167179) | more than 4 years ago | (#30408196)

third post?!

I am curious to find which one of us reading this has the lowest account number? I had a really low one but lost that account..

Re:lowest account number? (4, Funny)

ModernGeek (601932) | more than 4 years ago | (#30408216)

You have to hold a four or five digit UID to wake them from the darkness, otherwise they won't listen and will continue to hide.

Re:lowest account number? (5, Funny)

Tackhead (54550) | more than 4 years ago | (#30408304)

You have to hold a four or five digit UID to wake them from the darkness, otherwise they won't listen and will continue to hide.

Only one way to find out:

``Pl'ngooi hglw'grtz Natalie Portman /. wgah'nagl b00bies petran''
(In a pool of hot grits at Slashdot, Natalie Portman lies naked and petrified.)

Thanks for 100,000, Taco and Company.

well (5, Funny)

Phantom of the Opera (1867) | more than 4 years ago | (#30408576)

that woke me up, but I think I saw someone in double digits somewhere around here.

// fomerly - Phantom of the Operating System

// curse you shrinking varchar!

Re:lowest account number? (4, Funny)

Darth (29071) | more than 4 years ago | (#30408488)

You have to hold a four or five digit UID to wake them from the darkness, otherwise they won't listen and will continue to hide.

I have a five digit UID and am nihilistic enough to awaken eldritch horrors purely out of curiosity to see what would happen.

Is there a man page for it?

Re:lowest account number? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30408574)

"According to legend, some went to sleep in secret places, deep beneath their ancient cities, where no one can bother them. The rest walk among the stars, on errands we can never hope to understand, barely aware of our existence."

Re:lowest account number? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30408300)

If you really want to play the low UID game, it is possible, perhaps even probable that CmdrTaco will posit with his uid of 1. I'm betting he plans on reading most or all of the comments here, since this as a meta story, and thus is one of the few times he can expect most of the comments to be about the site, and thus of serious interest to him, despite no longer being completely in charge. (If he was, I doubt the awful Slashdot 3.0 improvements (as opposed to the 2.0 system that we eventually got used to) would be in effect. He must know how awful Slashdot 3.0 is.)

Re:lowest account number? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30408358)

This is my highest numbered account, my first one (three digits as I recall) got lost in some sort of database snafu in the early days and my second one I forgot the password to. I only ever read via RSS though... (and even then I mostly just skim).

Re:lowest account number? (1)

BigEd (6405) | more than 4 years ago | (#30408388)

This is my highest numbered account, my first one (three digits as I recall) got lost in some sort of database snafu in the early days and my second one I forgot the password to. I only ever read via RSS though... (and even then I mostly just skim).

Ha! I wasn't even logged in when I typed that. *sigh*

Re:lowest account number? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30408384)

third post?!

I am curious to find which one of us reading this has the lowest account number? I had a really low one but lost that account..

I think everyone under a 100 is dead? I guess there's still one "WW I" soldier left so there could still be one or two out there.

Re:lowest account number? (1)

Yprime (156010) | more than 4 years ago | (#30408386)

This is my second account. I lost the email account that was tied to the first and forgot the password. . I had forgotten this one too for a long time, so I mainly use my third one which has a uid in the 600k range.

Re:lowest account number? (5, Informative)

palpatine (94) | more than 4 years ago | (#30408436)

How's this? I know a few ppl with even lower though... and obviously the staff!

94 !!! (1)

axjms (167179) | more than 4 years ago | (#30408528)

There really is great power in the dark side of the force!

Re:lowest account number? (1)

maxume (22995) | more than 4 years ago | (#30408456)

Probably CmdrTaco, he seems to spend more time reading and commenting on the meta stories than the general stories.

Re:lowest account number? (2, Informative)

gmuslera (3436) | more than 4 years ago | (#30408462)

Maybe more than lowest account number (mine isnt that high, but surely won't be the lowest one) what really matter is to be in this community all this years, since 1997.

Re:lowest account number? (5, Funny)

PopeRatzo (965947) | more than 4 years ago | (#30408568)

I had a really low one but lost that account..

Me too.

My really low account number was one lower than your really low account number, but I lost it. I think it's somewhere in a dresser drawer, next to the keys to my other car, which is a Porsche 911 GT3 RS and has a kicking sound system.

Here's to the next 100000 (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30408198)

Go slashdot! [goatse.cx]

Re:Here's to the next 100000 (2, Funny)

PopeRatzo (965947) | more than 4 years ago | (#30408586)

Now it's official.

yeah (1)

nomadic (141991) | more than 4 years ago | (#30408208)

Thanks, guys. I've spent the past 10 years constantly criticizing you, but there must be something about the place if I keep coming back...Well done.

Mazel tov! (1)

kencf0618 (1172441) | more than 4 years ago | (#30408210)

I read Slashdot religiously --it's an intregal part of the background of my on-line life!

Re:Mazel tov! (1)

Teun (17872) | more than 4 years ago | (#30408538)

Same here, it's a great way to experience how people the world over think about the subjects.

Congrats to CmdrTaco and his team!

Star War TV special? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30408212)

Re:Star War TV special? (1)

pwnies (1034518) | more than 4 years ago | (#30408356)

Neither that nor the Star Wars Christmas special ever happened. See to it that you remember that.

Re:Star War TV special? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30408480)

He has altered the deal. Pray he doesn't alter it any further.

Re:Star War TV special? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30408378)

999,995 wasn't deleted because it was a dupe. We have those all the time, and it wasn't a dupe.

It probably had nothing to do with copyright threats from Lucas for links to places to find the episode.

No, it was deleted because (much like the rumored two sequels to The Matrix), there was no such thing as The Star Wars Holiday Special.

100,000 stories? (5, Funny)

canajin56 (660655) | more than 4 years ago | (#30408214)

There may be 100,000 stories, but what's that without dupes though? 1000, 2000 tops? ;)

Re:100,000 stories? (1)

Firehed (942385) | more than 4 years ago | (#30408598)

32, obviously. Someone forgot to convert out of binary.

Congratulations (3, Interesting)

Dartz-IRL (1640117) | more than 4 years ago | (#30408218)

From a new user.

Here's to the next 100k.

If it was ever all laid out, this site would actually be a pretty interesting resource for future historians. Of course, that depends on future historians being able to read whatever formats the site is stored in.

Anybody remember the Domesday Book project in Britain from the 80's being digitised into a 'permanent' format, that was obsolete a decade later.?

Anyway, kudos.

Re:Congratulations (1)

maxume (22995) | more than 4 years ago | (#30408526)

The integrity of whatever media will be a much bigger problem than decoding the data on it.

>65,635 stories? (4, Funny)

Shakrai (717556) | more than 4 years ago | (#30408222)

At least we know they used the right data type [slashdot.org] for the stories ;)

Oh thats why its been a downhill slope with /. (1)

Servaas (1050156) | more than 4 years ago | (#30408242)

After the first story post you thought, what the heck lets use fill up to get to 100.000. That explains some of the weird stuff that has been posted like: [Citation needed] Or for example [Citation needed] Fun stuff but really. What was the first story posted by the way?

Re:Oh thats why its been a downhill slope with /. (1)

jgrabell (1695984) | more than 4 years ago | (#30408326)

Hello World!

Re:Oh thats why its been a downhill slope with /. (1)

coastwalker (307620) | more than 4 years ago | (#30408564)

Awesome! or happy 100k. keep up the good work, I cant get such a good argument for free anywhere else.

Re:Oh thats why its been a downhill slope with /. (1)

inode_buddha (576844) | more than 4 years ago | (#30408630)

hello.jpg

100,001st post! (1)

bennomatic (691188) | more than 4 years ago | (#30408244)

Somehow, it doesn't have the same ring to it.

Re:100,001st post! (1)

Shakrai (717556) | more than 4 years ago | (#30408290)

Post != story

Yeah, yeah, I know, *whoosh*

However (1, Funny)

SnarfQuest (469614) | more than 4 years ago | (#30408266)

If you strip out the duplicates, it's about half that.

not to toot my own horn (1)

Trailer Trash (60756) | more than 4 years ago | (#30408278)

It's been 10 years this month since we saved Hotmail, on Dec. 25 1999.

12 Years?!? (1)

Monkeedude1212 (1560403) | more than 4 years ago | (#30408288)

It's shocking to know this site was up before I had my own email account.

I will proceed with getting off of CmdrTaco's Lawn.

CmdrTaco (4, Interesting)

dancingmad (128588) | more than 4 years ago | (#30408292)

I'm curious about CmdrTaco saying the site isn't always what he wants it to be; care to elaborate?

I'm seriously not trying to start a flame war or anything like that; just curious as to how the site has differed from your vision for it.

Re:CmdrTaco (1)

Monkeedude1212 (1560403) | more than 4 years ago | (#30408392)

He probably didn't want it to have that "Slashdot" reputation associated to it.

You know the one, where if you read this site you probably have a Linux homebrew in your parents basement where you live and host D&D parties regularily. You also don't have a girlfriend, or have the confidence to speak to a girl, or even meet girls in your daily life, and are still a virgin. You know a zillion internet memes and are constantly trying to condense them into a single post that makes sense to increase your status with other readers of the site.

Yeah - we poke fun at ourselves every time we make those jokes, but in all honesty it doesn't help our image.

Re:CmdrTaco (1)

Ethanol-fueled (1125189) | more than 4 years ago | (#30408624)

I was also thinking about that, and I suppose that his lament is the mainstreaming of Slashdot. In other words, he may want your version of Slashdot

It's the same kind of dilemma rock stars face: whoring oneself out for more fame and fortune (and of course money) at the expense of credibility. Ideally, everybody would have a 4 or 5 digit id and there would be no need to acommodate the laymen and other lowest common denominators. Political discussions would stay compartmentalized and not spill into every damn discussion across the board. There would be no idle chatter (and no idle section, either) and every comment would count.

But those are just guesses. Any thoughts?

Re:CmdrTaco (5, Insightful)

RobotRunAmok (595286) | more than 4 years ago | (#30408558)

I'm curious about CmdrTaco saying the site isn't always what he wants it to be; care to elaborate?

I think he was referring to the decided lack of tentacle hentai. I'm pretty sure slashdot-as-tentacle-hentai-hub was part of the original prospectus.

Plus or minus one? (1)

mfnickster (182520) | more than 4 years ago | (#30408322)

Does that 100,000 include the Star Wars Christmas Special story which mysteriously disappeared yesterday?

100,000 is not a round number... (4, Funny)

Stephen Williams (23750) | more than 4 years ago | (#30408328)

...to a geek. We should hold off celebrating until the next power of two. Looking forward to the 131,072nd story!

-Stephen

oblig toast (1)

pak9rabid (1011935) | more than 4 years ago | (#30408338)

To slashdot..the most informed way to be unproductive at work!

From one of the faceless lurkers (3, Insightful)

Hecubas (21451) | more than 4 years ago | (#30408360)

Thanks for the good work over the years, keep it up.

An order of magnitude (1)

valderost (668593) | more than 4 years ago | (#30408362)

Happy order of magnitude! May you see many more!

Cocktail moment? (1)

RyuuzakiTetsuya (195424) | more than 4 years ago | (#30408402)

I think so. Slashdot's slow on the uptake sometimes on stories, but it's the user comments and the user community that makes slashdot worth while. Before boingboing and digg, Slashdot's been there and probably will be there until 2015 when angels merge with Adam. I mean. Yeah.

Congrats (1)

palpatine (94) | more than 4 years ago | (#30408418)

It seems like only yesterday I noticed the story that /. was gonna start implementing user accounts (1998?) and I picked one up on the first day... been lurking ever since!

That makes about 35.000 unique stories, then? (1, Redundant)

blind biker (1066130) | more than 4 years ago | (#30408440)

Taking into consideration dupes and tripes (or whatever it's called a dupe of a dupe ;)

Re:That makes about 35.000 unique stories, then? (1)

drpimp (900837) | more than 4 years ago | (#30408592)

Tripe [wikipedia.org] ??? YUK!

Re:That makes about 35.000 unique stories, then? (1)

PopeRatzo (965947) | more than 4 years ago | (#30408618)

Taking into consideration dupes and tripes (or whatever it's called a dupe of a dupe ;)

I believe the technical term for "dupe of a dupe" is a "pupe".

Crunching the numbers (2, Insightful)

AlexLibman (785653) | more than 4 years ago | (#30408476)

That's 1 new story every 1.07 hours since September 1997.

Premature. (1)

Rufty (37223) | more than 4 years ago | (#30408498)

It's only about 30,000 once you discount the dupes.

Doesn't look a day over 99,999 (1)

smitty777 (1612557) | more than 4 years ago | (#30408504)

Congrats /. ! Keep up the great work.
 
Note to haters: get a life. No one is forcing you to read this site.

12 Years, 100k stories. (2)

SilverHatHacker (1381259) | more than 4 years ago | (#30408536)

Adding my congratulations to the pile.
Sure, we may poke of fun at kdawson; complain about dupes, javascript, and stupid memes; go off on all sorts of irrelevant tangents about OS choice, porn habits, and government decisions; but really, were would any of us be without Slashdot?
And please don't anyone say 4chan.

Congrats and thanks (3, Funny)

Sebilrazen (870600) | more than 4 years ago | (#30408542)

/. keeps me from productively working myself out of a job.

Why am I not getting mod points any more? (1)

microbee (682094) | more than 4 years ago | (#30408554)

Really, what's up? I remember last year I was getting like 3 points every week.

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