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SlashTweaks Let YOU Micro-Edit Slashdot

CmdrTaco posted about 3 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) | about 3 years ago | (#35687284)

won

Just gotta say (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35687448)

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

Re:winning (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 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.

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

ls671 (1122017) | about 3 years ago | (#35687290)

Can we have this on comments too ?

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

sam1am (753369) | about 3 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) | about 3 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) | about 3 years ago | (#35687360)

Can I get a +5 funny please.

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

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35687652)

No. No you cannot.

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

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35687658)

Why should you get a +5 funny?

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

Eraesr (1629799) | about 3 years ago | (#35687678)

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

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

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35687742)

Insightful please.

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

vmxeo (173325) | about 3 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 | about 3 years ago | (#35687296)

nuff said

Re:Actually sounds useful (2)

suso (153703) | about 3 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) | about 3 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) | about 3 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) | about 3 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 (4, Funny)

JustOK (667959) | about 3 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) | about 3 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) | about 3 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 (2)

buchner.johannes (1139593) | about 3 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) | about 3 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 | about 3 years ago | (#35687722)

Mostly I come to slashdot to read the commentary

Me too. I love Soviet Russia jokes.

Ah finally. (1, Interesting)

Corporate Troll (537873) | about 3 years ago | (#35687314)

I was waiting for the 1st April Slashdot article.

Re:Ah finally. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 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 | about 3 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.

Interesting (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 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 | about 3 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.

Ahead of the bleeding edge (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 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) | about 3 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.

Kuro5hin? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35687334)

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

Re:Kuro5hin? (1)

jollyreaper (513215) | about 3 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) | about 3 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.

Can we lose the links? (5, Funny)

Rich0 (548339) | about 3 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) | about 3 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.

Confused... (2)

Tigger's Pet (130655) | about 3 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) | about 3 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) | about 3 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) | about 3 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 | about 3 years ago | (#35687362)

disarm

take better care of each other

tweet in person

co-create

You're slipping. (4, Insightful)

bmo (77928) | about 3 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) | about 3 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) | about 3 years ago | (#35687374)

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

Re:yay, april fool (2)

maxume (22995) | about 3 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).

Fuck Malda. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 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, yet another moronic April Fools Day (2)

Megaweapon (25185) | about 3 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) | about 3 years ago | (#35687790)

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

Yawn (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 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) | about 3 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.

Need more choices (1)

sandytaru (1158959) | about 3 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."

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

MMC Monster (602931) | about 3 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.

Blah. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35687730)

No pony options, lame.

Natalie Portman (1)

snookiex (1814614) | about 3 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 | about 3 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) | about 3 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!

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

ginbot462 (626023) | about 3 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 | about 3 years ago | (#35687818)

So, how do you turn it off?

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