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SlashTweaks Let YOU Micro-Edit Slashdot

CmdrTaco posted more than 2 years ago | from the do-my-job-for-me dept.

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Here at Slashdot, we watched as Twitter discourse to just the perfect 140 characters, while showed us that everyone's voice mattered equally when creating the experience. We've taken the next step with SlashTweaks. Within each Slashdot you will be presented with several opportunities to make micro-edits: ranging from factual errors or tonal shifts to simple typos. Since Tweaks are just a single word, there is very little barrier to entry... you have no excuse not to participate. Stories will incorporate the highest rated socially and mathematically guaranteeing the best story possible. Our highest users can start new tweaks on individual words, while everyone else will be rating existing tweaks. Thanks for your participation and patience while we iterate on this, making sure that we are able to stay ahead of the edge of webbovation!

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winning (2)

Alderweis (98580) | more than 2 years ago | (#35687284)

won

Just gotta say (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#35687448)

As far as /. april fools jokes go, this is SlashWeak.

Re:winning (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#35687460)

The only way to "win" today is to not use the Internet. That said, I'm off to play golf today instead.

Obligatory (2)

WhitetailKitten (866108) | more than 2 years ago | (#35687576)

A strange game. The only winning move is not to play.

WINNING!

Can we have this on comments too ? (5, Funny)

ls671 (1122017) | more than 2 years ago | (#35687290)

Can we have this on comments too ?

Re:Can we have this on comments too ? (1)

lazybeam (162300) | more than 2 years ago | (#35687326)

"karmawhoring" has fallen 5% below 85% tolerance.

Re:Can we have this on comments too ? (5, Funny)

sam1am (753369) | more than 2 years ago | (#35687342)

[Can't] we have this [in real life] too? was how I micro-edited your comment.

Re:Can we have this on too ? (3, Funny)

xMrFishx (1956084) | more than 2 years ago | (#35687348)

Can {we/you/me/us} have {this/that/the other} on {comments/replies/trolls/pron} too? {No/No/Certainly Not} {./!/?/oneoneone}

Re:Can we have this on comments too ? (5, Funny)

evilbessie (873633) | more than 2 years ago | (#35687360)

Can I get a +5 funny please.

Re:Can we have this on comments too ? (2)

Tinctorius (1529849) | more than 2 years ago | (#35687420)

{Yes/No}.

Re:Can we have this on comments too ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#35687652)

No. No you cannot.

Re:Can we have this on comments too ? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#35687658)

Why should you get a +5 funny?

Re:Can we have this on comments too ? (-1, Flamebait)

Eraesr (1629799) | more than 2 years ago | (#35687678)

Does it really work like that? Can I have a -5 flamebait here?

Needs more Irony! (2)

RulerOf (975607) | more than 2 years ago | (#35687720)

Can I get a +5 funny please.

I sure hope so.

Can I get a +2 Troll?

Re:Needs more [Bacon]! (2)

spammeister (586331) | more than 2 years ago | (#35687762)

Can I get a [ham and swiss on Rye, light on the mustard]?

Re:Can we have this on comments too ? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#35687742)

Insightful please.

Re:Can we have this on comments too ? (5, Funny)

vmxeo (173325) | more than 2 years ago | (#35687644)

I can't believe this was modded [mod]. You're obviously another rabid [OS] fanboy worshiping at the feet of [Tech CEO]. The summary was horribly written, but what do you expect from [Slashdot Editor]? Why is this even filed under [Slashdot category, not 'Idle']? I should have been filed under [Slashdot category, use 'Idle']. While IANA[letter], I do know about [random subject] from reading [website] and you'll notice I have a [number from 1 to 100] Slashdot ID. What needs to be done is [personal opinion]. Of course, it'll never work because [conspiracy theory]. Finally, in [political organization] [country], [object] [verb] YOU!

Please mod this comment [cardinal direction]

Actually sounds useful (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#35687296)

nuff said

Re:Actually sounds useful (2)

suso (153703) | more than 2 years ago | (#35687376)

That's often what happens with April Fools jokes. Most are silly, but some are silly enough that they actually raise a point.

I'm just worried that the one I'll be posting in a few hours on @climagic [twitter.com] will not end up with someone patching the source to accomplish such a thing.

Re:Actually sounds useful (1)

suso (153703) | more than 2 years ago | (#35687396)

That didn't come out right. I mean I would be worried if it did result in a patch.

Re:Actually sounds useful (2)

Randle_Revar (229304) | more than 2 years ago | (#35687548)

>but some are silly enough that they actually raise a point.

Like OMG Ponies!

Re:Actually sounds useful (5, Interesting)

Bucc5062 (856482) | more than 2 years ago | (#35687614)

In a strange, altered mindset way I miss OMG Ponies. Nothing said April First like a pink tech web site. Now it is just bland articles we have to guess as to real or fake. I guess there can be only one Pony moment.

Re:Actually sounds useful (1)

maxume (22995) | more than 2 years ago | (#35687684)

On the other hand, there is some value in actually fooling people.

Re:Actually sounds useful (4, Funny)

JustOK (667959) | more than 2 years ago | (#35687746)

they weren't Ponies, just under-privileged horses that didn't get proper nutrition while growing up in the inner-stables

Re:Actually sounds useful (1)

TaoPhoenix (980487) | more than 2 years ago | (#35687698)

If we switch this from single words to whole phrases or sentences, we might save 40 "summary sux" comments at a time, so your useful comment begins just past the MicroShill guys, instead of half way down the page after word finally gets out that the inflammatory wording is totally misleading.

Er why (1, Interesting)

Intrepid imaginaut (1970940) | more than 2 years ago | (#35687304)

Mostly I come to slashdot to read the commentary, the actual summary isn't bothering me that much. In fact this just makes it harder to read. I'd be a lot more concerned that I can't click on links in threaded posts because the site now wants to just open every post in the thread above it first - stop that please! The KISS principle applie shere.

Re:Er why (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#35687344)

Woosh!

Re:Er why (1)

c0mpliant (1516433) | more than 2 years ago | (#35687392)

Successful troll is successful...

Re:Er why (2)

buchner.johannes (1139593) | more than 2 years ago | (#35687562)

If the summaries were more accurate and fact-checked, the discussion could start on the topic. But since we often times get wrong statements, opinions are raised based on the wrong assumptions, those have to be refuted and checked etc. etc.
I think better summaries would start better discussions.

Re:Er why (2)

Machtyn (759119) | more than 2 years ago | (#35687654)

I'd be a lot more concerned that I can't click on links in threaded posts because the site now wants to just open every post in the thread above it first

You have that problem, too? I thought it was because I was working on a system with limited tech in it. When I moderate, I click on the dropdown, but suddenly my screen shifts above as the parent post is expanded. So I scroll down, click the dropdown again, but suddenly my screen shifts above as the GP post is expanded. So I scroll down, click the dropdown again, but suddenly... until it has expanded the entire thread and I can then finally make my choice.

Re:Er why (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#35687722)

Mostly I come to slashdot to read the commentary

Me too. I love Soviet Russia jokes.

Oh Boy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#35687308)

Here we go ...

Ah finally. (1, Interesting)

Corporate Troll (537873) | more than 2 years ago | (#35687314)

I was waiting for the 1st April Slashdot article.

Re:Ah finally. (2)

L4t3r4lu5 (1216702) | more than 2 years ago | (#35687332)

Nowhere near as funny as ChatRoulette.

Re:Ah finally. (1)

mcmonkey (96054) | more than 2 years ago | (#35687764)

Nowhere near as funny as ChatRoulette.

Now with more penises!

Re:Ah finally. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#35687350)

Shame it's a bit broken.
You can't select the first option in the slashtweek dropdowns, you have to select one of the other ones for it to edit the story.

Re:Ah finally. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#35687626)

What? This is a great webological advance. Imagine if we could do this for stories on mainstream news sites. It would be a revolution.

The release date on April 1st is just a coincidence. Lots of new stuff gets released on April 1st. Like the Duke Nukem Forever release -- you have heard that the "delay" announcement a couple of weeks ago was just an attempt to throw off competitors, right? It's going to be out today.

Re:Ah finally. (1)

Cap'nPedro (987782) | more than 2 years ago | (#35687662)

I'd rather have ponies.

Interesting (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#35687316)

you will be presented with several opportunities to make micro-edits: ranging from factual errors or tonal shifts to simple typos.

Surely the editors have been using this feature all along?

Re:Interesting (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#35687490)

We can haz this for real? April fools or not this should actually be instated with the quality of slashdot articles of late.

Re:Interesting (1)

ThirdPrize (938147) | more than 2 years ago | (#35687616)

Like they don't just copy the first paragraph of the article in question and post that as the summary.

Ahead of the bleeding edge (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#35687328)

As in, the not-yet-cut edge?

Oh wait, did yours say something different?

Re:Ahead of the bleeding edge (1)

jimbolauski (882977) | more than 2 years ago | (#35687586)

And why were on the subject why is it so good to be cutting edge, a blunt edge is just as good. A sword to the head will have the same result at a bat to the head.

My 2c. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#35687330)

Check the date of the post guys.

Re:My 2c. (1)

lazybeam (162300) | more than 2 years ago | (#35687352)

Yes, 10:04 PM -- Friday April 01 2011. The fools have been filtering in all day

Whoosh (1)

Warwick Allison (209388) | more than 2 years ago | (#35687356)

Wowser.

Kuro5hin? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#35687334)

Blimey...I'd forgotten that existed. Now I feel old.

Re:Kuro5hin? (1)

jollyreaper (513215) | more than 2 years ago | (#35687422)

It's been years since I'd looked. The whole front page is nothing but crappy forum troll posts. I get a feeling this isn't just an April Fool's thing. It's like /b/ but sadder.

Turdshine (0)

jimbolauski (882977) | more than 2 years ago | (#35687336)

I learned a new word today, I can't wait to use it in an inappropriate setting. Am I using it correctly if after a co-worker asks me fix his fuck up I say all I will need is some turdshine.

Re:Turdshine (3, Informative)

Nerdfest (867930) | more than 2 years ago | (#35687398)

Turd polishing is a time honoured tradition in software development.

Re:Turdshine (1)

theskipper (461997) | more than 2 years ago | (#35687636)

Hey, lay off Microsoft. Those jokes aren't funny anymore.

Good to see Kuro5hin is getting the respect (1)

wiredog (43288) | more than 2 years ago | (#35687338)

it deserves, being equated with goatse and all.

Rusty must be so proud.

Can we lose the links? (5, Funny)

Rich0 (548339) | more than 2 years ago | (#35687340)

While we're at it, can we get an option to remove all the hyperlinks from summaries? None of us follow them anyway and they tend to distract from the flaming.

Re:Can we lose the links? (1)

xMrFishx (1956084) | more than 2 years ago | (#35687438)

To be honest, you may as well add removing every second and third word from the summaries too. Followed by erasing the rest of the summary to tidy the place up. Really, the title is enough to have a proper debate on here. That's all the scientists use.

Re:Can we lose the links? (1)

Lyrata (1900038) | more than 2 years ago | (#35687536)

You like this. They added Facebook integration, right?

Confused... (2)

Tigger's Pet (130655) | more than 2 years ago | (#35687346)

April Fool - what part of the world is /. base in, where it's only just turned April 1st? Somewhere in Russia maybe? Or possibly Fiji? I've been waiting 13 hours for this to happen.

Re:Confused... (1)

xMrFishx (1956084) | more than 2 years ago | (#35687394)

/. is in the You Ess Ay. That and this post was probably written three days ago and has taken this long for mods/trolls to post it up to the front page. Tomorrow it'll be duped with bad coding and a few editable fox.com links.

Re:Confused... (1)

Kentari (1265084) | more than 2 years ago | (#35687450)

It has been April 1st for quite a while in Russia by now. All of it is in GMT +x time zones... Fiji as well. You're looking for Alaska, Hawaii, the Aleutian Islands, Samoa or so.

Re:Confused... (1)

Tigger's Pet (130655) | more than 2 years ago | (#35687550)

You're quite correct of course. I was looking at my world time zone chart, and failed to notice that the time-line I was looking at was actually just gone midnight on Saturday morning - so I was an entire 24 hours off. My cock-up. I meant, of course, somewhere like Honolulu.

Oops...

world+dog getting wind of what byrds saying (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#35687362)

disarm

take better care of each other

tweet in person

co-create

You're slipping. (4, Insightful)

bmo (77928) | more than 2 years ago | (#35687366)

The best April fools jokes I've seen so far today are the Canterbury Distribution and the ThinkGeek "Apple Store" Playmobil set, and the ThinkGeek "Lightsaber Popsicle"

Just close enough to reality to catch you unawares.

--
BMO - OMG PONIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Re:You're slipping. (4, Interesting)

itsdapead (734413) | more than 2 years ago | (#35687474)

The best April fools jokes I've seen so far today are the Canterbury Distribution and the ThinkGeek "Apple Store" Playmobil set, and the ThinkGeek "Lightsaber Popsicle"

Just close enough to reality to catch you unawares.

Actually, xkcd's effort [xkcd.com] this year is (a) fun and (b) is a cool hack. Not so much a "gotcha" though since (like last year) they've actually been and gone and done it (Don't just look at the latest cartoon).

Sorry, Slashdot pranksters, to rain on your parade, but you needed to add tweaks to every single article to compete...

yay, april fool (4, Informative)

jollyreaper (513215) | more than 2 years ago | (#35687374)

I only wish the most recent redesign was the april fool joke.

Re:yay, april fool (2)

maxume (22995) | more than 2 years ago | (#35687520)

If you flip on the preferences to the equivalent of "use the old stuff", the changes aren't that noticeable (but maybe you liked the middle redesign more than this one or don't like to stay logged in).

Re:yay, april fool (1)

dkleinsc (563838) | more than 2 years ago | (#35687598)

Forget the previous version - I wanna see ponies!

Funniest (1)

LordGibson (104709) | more than 2 years ago | (#35687378)

Now THAT'S funny.

Nothing new here (1)

Things_falling_apart (856111) | more than 2 years ago | (#35687380)

I am sure this is already in use in newsrooms across the country, and slashdot of course.

Too late (1)

Combatso (1793216) | more than 2 years ago | (#35687382)

SIMPSONS DID IT!

At least on serious article today. (1)

world_citizen (33348) | more than 2 years ago | (#35687406)

Very good idea.

At least an article that isn't an April fools day article.

madlibs live! (1)

itwbennett (1594911) | more than 2 years ago | (#35687454)

Only snarkier

The purpose of this is ? (1)

unity100 (970058) | more than 2 years ago | (#35687468)

what exactly ?

also the "do-my-job-for-me dept." joke didnt escape me.

In soviet Russia (2)

polle404 (727386) | more than 2 years ago | (#35687470)

In soviet Russia, Slashdot microedits/goatse's/karmawhores/grits YOU!

Fuck Malda. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#35687476)

Wow...you're even stealing your gimmicks on April Fools from Reddit now, nice. At least it's better than having to sit through 12 pages worth of Malda's fucking shitty jokes.

Great (1)

elsurexiste (1758620) | more than 2 years ago | (#35687480)

Welcome to Slashdot 1984, where the past is rewritten as you please. :P

Nice! (1)

froggymana (1896008) | more than 2 years ago | (#35687482)

Slashdot just keeps getting better and better! Can't wait to use this on future articles

Great, yet another moronic April Fools Day (2)

Megaweapon (25185) | more than 2 years ago | (#35687492)

At least Taco remembered some of the old school Slashdot. Props to the natalieportman and grits mention.

Re:Great, yet another moronic April Fools Day (1)

McLoud (92118) | more than 2 years ago | (#35687790)

Thats not even that old-school, just post-Phanton Menace if my memory even serves me right

Moronic Edge... (1)

Sabre Runner (1433057) | more than 2 years ago | (#35687510)

Yeah...

Lol (1)

Klept88 (2010622) | more than 2 years ago | (#35687518)

Lol goatse, that brings back memories

Yawn (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#35687558)

Just about as boring as slashdot's daily microsoft bashfest and endless misguided political rants.

Google's is better... (1)

RemoWilliams84 (1348761) | more than 2 years ago | (#35687566)

They have a new Gmail motion link on the search page. It's a way to write your emails using body language and your webcam.

Huh? (1)

Addict7 (2024042) | more than 2 years ago | (#35687584)

Who is natalie portman?

Re:Huh? (1)

HaveNoMouth (556104) | more than 2 years ago | (#35687766)

Who is natalie portman?

One of the authors of this paper [sciencedirect.com] .

Need more choices (1)

sandytaru (1158959) | more than 2 years ago | (#35687592)

All drop down boxes should have a minimum of 20 word choices pulled from an online thesaurus. For example, the word choice I would have used after Twitter is "compacted."

That's nice (1)

A Friendly Troll (1017492) | more than 2 years ago | (#35687600)

But can we micro-edit in UNICODE???

â £ â Â¥

OMG! (1)

emton (849338) | more than 2 years ago | (#35687610)

Not funny. I want back the ponies!

Ponies (1)

rocket97 (565016) | more than 2 years ago | (#35687620)

I still like the Ponies April Fools better.

lack of write-in candidates (1)

Hazel Bergeron (2015538) | more than 2 years ago | (#35687622)

Though I applaud the collaborative edit = Fool notion.

New /., much worse than the old. (1)

MMC Monster (602931) | more than 2 years ago | (#35687628)

Since the /. redesign, the number of comments visible at any browse level is very different from what the slider says it should be. It's very evident when you browse at +5, it says that there are five comments, and yet only one is visible.

Same problem on various versions of firefox on WinXP, OS X, and Ubuntu.

Any chance of this being fixed? Is there even a bug on this?

Or have people pretty much given up hope complaining about this? It's a shame, because I always looked to the /. comments for insight into the tech community.

Seems normal (1)

Combatso (1793216) | more than 2 years ago | (#35687638)

Slashdot summaries have always read like mad-gabs to me.

WINNING!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#35687696)

WINNING!!!

Blah. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#35687730)

No pony options, lame.

Natalie Portman (1)

snookiex (1814614) | more than 2 years ago | (#35687740)

Stories will incorporate the highest natalieportman rated socially and mathematically guaranteeing the best story possible

That could work out well. C'mon people, it's hard to do April fool's jokes these days, at least the tried something.

"color" versus "colour" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#35687748)

Cool. Real-time, personalized language localization.

This will probably also help a lot when slashdot China gets launched. Users can self-censor, which I imagine will save a lot of editorial work.

Ads (2)

ItsPaPPy (1182035) | more than 2 years ago | (#35687774)

Everyone that clicked on any of those drop downs just gave money via ad clicks. Congrats on finding a new ad revenue slashdot!

I turned them all green (1)

HaveNoMouth (556104) | more than 2 years ago | (#35687776)

Do I get a pony?

Sort of like earth hour, but more useful (1)

ginbot462 (626023) | more than 2 years ago | (#35687810)

Yea! Another pointless April Fools OR Turn off your internet for a day ... umm Day!

Don't like it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#35687818)

So, how do you turn it off?

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