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Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda Resigns From Slashdot

CmdrTaco posted more than 2 years ago | from the steve-got-front-cutsies dept.

Slashdot.org 1521

After 14 years and over 15,000 stories posted, it's finally time for me to say Good-Bye to Slashdot. I created this place with my best friends in a run down house while still in college. Since then it has grown to be read by more than a million people, and has served Billions and Billions of Pages (yes, in my head I hear the voice). During my tenure I have done my best to keep Slashdot firmly grounded in its origins, but now it's time for someone else to come aboard and find the *future*. Personally I don't have any plans, but if you need to get ahold of me for any reason, you can find me as @cmdrtaco on twitter or Rob Malda on Google+. You could also update my mail address to be malda at cmdrtaco dot net. Hit the link below if you want to read some nostalgic saccharine crap that I need to get out of my system before I sign off for the last time.

It was the summer of '97 and I was a college kid working part time as a programmer at an ad agency. I wrote a simple CMS: practically my first perl program (I was so happy to not have to write in anything Microsoft!). I got an old DEC Alpha Multia in exchange for some freelance Java work. I stuffed it under my desk at work and registered the domain name in October. Jeff "Hemos" Bates chipped in on the registration fee. Within months we were serving thousands of people per day on a system that looked remarkably similar to the Slashdot you see today. It was simple: I just was sharing stories that I stumbled on with a small group of friends.

When I wrote the essay "Simple Solutions" a few months later, we doubled in traffic almost overnight. New hardware had to be purchased. Soon we exceeded the bandwidth capacity of our ISP and had to start co-locating. This meant banner ads. I barely made it through the end of college, working night and day on a site that was growing so fast, it was all I could do to keep up. We started making a little money and I eventually was able to quit my job and dedicate myself full-time to Slashdot. I barely graduated. Soon my friends followed me, eventually forming our company Blockstackers.

As my little hobby became a full blown business, it became clear that we needed help. The burden of running Sales and Marketing and HR it was to much for us. Slashdot was sold to Andover in '99. Since Slashdot was founded, my business card has read Blockstackers, Andover, Andover.net, VA Linux Systems, VA Software, OSDN, OSTG, SourceForge, and finally Geeknet. My title has changed several times: from my first card which read "Lies and Misinformation", until today when my title read "Editor-in-Chief of Slashdot.org". During that entire time, my job has been some version of the same thing: Make Slashdot Great. I always did my best, and I'd like to think that I got it right more often than not.

In the last 14 years, Slashdot has covered so many amazing events: The explosion of Linux. The rise of Google. The return of Apple. The Dot Com Bubble. The DMCA. 9/11. Wars. Elections. Numerous successful Shuttle Launches and one Disaster. Scientific Breakthroughs galore. Cool toys. Web2.0! Social Networking. Blogging! Podcasting! Micro-Blogging! The Lord of the Rings being filmed and an entire trilogy of new Star Wars. OMG Ponies!! So many moments that I could run this paragraph for hours with moments where we shared something important, meaningful, or just stupid. But the most important to me was my marriage proposal to Kathleen. Slashdot has posted Over 114,000 stories so far. And there will be many more to come. I just won't be the one picking them.

Slashdot has been read by kernel engineers and billionaires. By sys-admins and CEOs. By high school kids and government bureaucrats. But what brings so many of them together is that we are nerds. It never ceases to amaze me the similarities that I find between us all when I climb out of my dungeon and go meet readers. From the inside of some of the most wonderful places on earth, to conference halls with useless wireless connections, to cube farms, you guys always reminded me of why I started this thing in the first place. We share something important and unquantifiable.

The internet has changed dramatically since I started here, and that's part of my reason for leaving. For me, the Slashdot of today is fused to the Slashdot of the past. This makes it really hard to objectively consider the future of the site. While my corporate overlords and I haven't seen eye to eye on every decision in the last decade, I am certain that Jeff Drobick and the other executives at Geeknet will do their best. I am unquestionably confident in the abilities of the Slashdot editors and engineers- some of whom have been here just short of forever. They have proven themselves in the best and worst of conditions to be capable and dedicated.

As part of my resignation, after this story appears I will lose the ability to post. For me, this is the most bitter pill to swallow. Posting stories has always been my favorite part of the job. I created Slashdot to share these stories with my friends from IRC and school. It was never 'work'. Now I will have to go cold turkey. I'm walking away from the soapbox I built. I wish I could continue to post stories forever, but those closest to me know that if I maintained the ability to post, I'd never move on. I'll continue to read Slashdot and hopefully my occasional story submissions will make the cut. My old mantra: News for Nerds, Stuff that Matters still holds true here today. Nobody does it better.

As for what's next, I really don't know. I don't have a job lined up. I have no plans. I'm gonna spend some time with my boys and my wife. Read some books that have been on my shelf forever. Maybe it's time to write a book of my own.

If you want to get ahold of me, my email is now malda at cmdrtaco dot net. Geeknet has graciously agreed to continue to forward malda at slashdot dot org forever, but you should still update your address books if you care. I'm available on twitter as @cmdrtaco and Google+. My homepage hasn't been updated in a decade, but it's still CmdrTaco.net. And since I'm going to have to find a job in a few months, I'm on LinkedIn as well.

Thanks to everyone who helped build Slashdot over the years: the list is far to long to fit in this textfield but you know who you are, and you all know that I've got your back in a knife fight. Lastly, thanks to every Slashdot reader for giving me your time all these years. I hope I've wasted it efficiently and enjoyably.

Pants are optional.

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1521 comments

Thanks for all the Fish Wrapper (5, Interesting)

chrisd (1457) | more than 2 years ago | (#37204264)

In 1997, right after Chips n' Dips had faded away, to be replaced by the enigmatically named http:///..org [..org] , all of us free software nerds hung on its every story, comment and poll like it was carved on tablet and flung from a burning bush. A year later I had started at hardware maker VA Research and /. was falling down for lack of machinery, so we rummaged through our returns piles and sent Rob and Jeff some 2u servers to help out. That was for me the beginning of some of the most important friendships in my adult life.

Its hard to explain how important Slashdot was to all of us 10 years ago. Indeed, without it it would be hard to imagine HN, Reddit, Digg, Fark or any of a thousand lesser sites. The editorial perspective of Rob and the other editors of /. is what kept people coming back and for a long time that perspective was Rob's, then Rob and Jeff and a bunch of us (some, like Timothy and samzenpus, still around!), but then Jeff left, now Rob. In some way I see this as a passing of an era in free software.

Throughout, while some have left for those greener shores, slashdot abided even while buffeted by the markets and the de/evolving internet news world, and it has remained a default tab in my and many others' browsers.

I didn't mean this post to be about Slashdot though, but about my friend Rob. I'll only say that while the site will be the lessor for you leaving, I firmly believe that computer science will gain my. While this note reads like an epitaph or the last pages of a book, it is really no more than a thank you note from me and many I know to your for your decade+ of work on the site. So...

Thanks.

Re:Thanks for all the Fish Wrapper (5, Interesting)

Seumas (6865) | more than 2 years ago | (#37204582)

I still remember in the beginning of my career, when a colleague came over and showed me this website that he went to every day. A site that a short while later became Slashdot. A site that I read often and, eventually (though far too late to have a cool UID, damn it!) created an account on. It's strange that Slashdot has pretty much been part of my life for my entire career and that it has maintained its ready place in my regular "hangouts" after all this time. Even despite the complaints and failures, it has still had a pull that none of these other linkbaits from Digg after could manage.

Sometimes, I like to go back and read random headlines on Slashdot from years ago. Back when we even paid attention to the byline of a post. Back when people knew why Roblimo was Roblimo. So much has changed around us and this same group of strange geeks has been along for the ride. In this same time, I also ran my own project that started shortly after Slashdot and that I just finally shut off this past year. Experienced the same surprising scaling issues when this thing I did for kicks took off, like Slashdot did. It was a huge experience that consumed most of my life and I, too, experienced the delayed closure. The feeling that it was time to move on, but this nagging hesitance to do so. This feeling that it had been such a part of my life (as Slashdot has been Rob's) that I was almost obligated to continue it and maintain it. And yet, cutting the cord and stepping away has been such a breath of fresh air. Such a release. I can only imagine this must feel much the same way.

Best wishes ahead and all, but I have to say that in light of yesterday's news, maybe this could have been postponed another week to have come across a little less "whacky".

Hemos Says: "So Long, and Thanks For All The Fish" (5, Interesting)

Hemos (2) | more than 2 years ago | (#37204270)

I left Geeknet aka all the other names Rob has typed already nearly exactly a year ago now, and had stopped really posting on Slashdot prior to that but the work, creation and launching of Slashdot remains one of the best things that has ever happened to me. Rob and I went to the same middle school, high school, college and had the joy of working together for well over a decade; I've been very lucky to have worked with him and the other friends we started with.

Rob and I became friends not actually because of being in the same school, though we knew each other that way. We because friends when we both had modems and got on the BBSes, and that desire to have a place to share news and stuff with friends was what I think Slashdot has done well with. Bringing together the people who have the love of technology in their blood. Rob is really really good at that, and working with him and the rest of the folks has been on honor and privilege.

We've had some good wedding times [slashdot.org] and some burnination times [slashdot.org] (Chris, I forgot about the cell phone. That makes me giggle.) And while I could go on and on, then I'll turn maudlin and no one wants that.

I started at Google just over a week ago now, and love what I'm doing -- and I think that's the most important lesson I learned from Slashdot. You won't always like what you are doing but if you working on something you love and with good people around you, that's worth a lot.

If you care to see me poke fun of Rob, you can find me on Twitter as (the imaginatively named) @hemos [twitter.com] , or find me on Google Plus as Jeffrey Bates [google.com]

Thanks for the fun, Rob. We done good.

Re:Hemos Says: "So Long, and Thanks For All The Fi (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37204324)

...what's up with all these Real Names on Google+? How am I ever going to find you guys? Sheesh.

Anyway, bon voyage CmdrTaco!

Re:Hemos Says: "So Long, and Thanks For All The Fi (5, Funny)

jank1887 (815982) | more than 2 years ago | (#37204466)

uid 2, huh? I bet you just missed the first first post, too.

Re:Hemos Says: "So Long, and Thanks For All The Fi (3, Insightful)

c (8461) | more than 2 years ago | (#37204622)

I think it's fair to say that the average uid in the comments on this post will be the lowest in the last few years... possibly the last decade.

Re:Hemos Says: "So Long, and Thanks For All The Fi (5, Funny)

chrisd (1457) | more than 2 years ago | (#37204512)

For the record: I really thought that champagne cooler was empty.

Succession plan? (5, Funny)

grub (11606) | more than 2 years ago | (#37204276)


Well Taco, I hope that you have a good succession plan in place as Steve Jobs does at Apple.

Presumably you've trained all your editors in the fine art of spelling mistakes, grammatical erros and story duplication. If so, the transition should be seamless.

Jokes aside, best of luck and thanks for /. ! :)

Re:Succession plan? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37204556)

I love that you misspelled errors. I sure hope that was on porpoise.

Given that... (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37204296)

...slashdot has sucked since 2000, and the Geek.Net overlords are just as incompetent if not more than the previous squad of "editors", I doubt much will change for the better.

Sorry, but it's the truth.

Re:Given that... (1)

lejerdemayn (823082) | more than 2 years ago | (#37204490)

Slashdot needs to evolve. Become THE reference for newrds. Do a complete cleanup of the platform. Figure out a better way to post and comment. And fix the fucking RSS feed. It's broken for ages.

Re:Given that... (4, Insightful)

Seumas (6865) | more than 2 years ago | (#37204620)

We need to continue our strengths. Being a platform where old guys can bitch about kids these days.

Re:Given that... (5, Insightful)

Anrego (830717) | more than 2 years ago | (#37204510)

I know I shouldn't be feeding the trolls..

But truth is, for all I've griped about the "new" slashdot (and then the "new" one after that) ... and the dubious submissions... I still find myself active here quite frequently.

Slashdot isn't perfect.. but it's still a damn good thing.

Aaah, fun early days (1)

inflex (123318) | more than 2 years ago | (#37204302)

They were fun "early days", I remember discovering Slackware 3.x, Slashdot and Freshmeat all around the same time and going crazy with open-source projects and meeting up with some fantastic people. Back then, getting a SSL session running on your browser on Linux was enough for celebration and S3 cards were the thing to have :)

Enjoy the Future CmdrTaco!

Good bye (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37204306)

So long, faggot

Made a vow while drunk, huh? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37204314)

For some reason I'm convinced that the timing of this resignation isn't a coincidence. I'd wager that someone got drunk and proclaimed that he would resign from Slashdot as soon as Steve Jobs leaves Apple (again).

Lose the Ability to post (2)

Danathar (267989) | more than 2 years ago | (#37204332)

Personally I think that's lame. You are the founder of Slashdot. You should be able to keep that as a legacy cool power.

iResign (1)

rmo6 (47545) | more than 2 years ago | (#37204344)

So ... this doesn't exactly do anything to dispel the rumor that you're really Steve Jobs now does it? J/k.

Best of luck and I wish I still had my my original UID which was much lower than this one.

Wait, what? (4, Insightful)

Rysc (136391) | more than 2 years ago | (#37204356)

After the news about Steve Jobs I really had to check and double-check the date on this. Not April 1st?

Okay, okay... I think I believe it.

CmdrTaco, thanks a lot. I've spent a ridiculous amount of my formative years reading slashdot. It got me into Linux, Geeks In Space specifically got me in to Debian. Without Slashdot I'd be half the man I am today, easily.

Fuck you taco!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37204358)

Not even a single word for Natalie Portman naked and petrified or hot grits poured down people's pants!

Re:Fuck you taco!!! (1)

couchslug (175151) | more than 2 years ago | (#37204492)

"Not even a single word for Natalie Portman naked and petrified or hot grits poured down people's pants!"

The first part was from Craig McPherson, but who originated "hot grits"?

So long... (4, Interesting)

rsidd (6328) | more than 2 years ago | (#37204368)

I've been around for a while, reading though not posting often. For some of us your resignation ranks up there with Jobs' (but more unexpected and, one hopes, not for similar reasons). All the best in whatever you do. You must be in your mid-late thirties, and have an entire life ahead of you!

Thanks (2)

jimand (517224) | more than 2 years ago | (#37204382)

Thanks Cmdr; you've created a lasting part of the internet. Will you be auctioning off your UID?

One of the biggest influences... (1)

islisis (589694) | more than 2 years ago | (#37204390)

...at one of the best times of my life

This site has been amazing.

Thank you for my future! :)

Thanks CmdrTaco (1)

diorcc (644903) | more than 2 years ago | (#37204392)

For the site and resources/time you devoted into the community. It has been and is a good way to keep up with news and to get a BS-filter discussion going most of the time. I'm sure you'll still be involved somehow. Let's head-hunt for the next 'care-taker' of /.

Great (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37204400)

Great! So now you and kdawson have more time to spend down at the gay bathhouse getting your 1 inch peckers sucked?

Thanks for everything (4, Insightful)

deblau (68023) | more than 2 years ago | (#37204402)

I could write a long rambling ode, but I think I'll just say thanks for the last 14 years. You did good.

Thanks (1)

Denny (2963) | more than 2 years ago | (#37204414)

Like so many here will no doubt be doing, I just wanted to say 'thanks'. Slashdot was not only my favourite source of news for many years, but also Slash (the 0.3-pre tarball!) was my introduction to coding in Perl, and out of that I built my career. So my sincere thanks for all you did here, and I hope you enjoy whatever you do next.

As having a rather "OLD" userID...all i can say is (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37204424)

Godspeed Taco. I enjoyed and still enjoy those "Stories for friends". Even dupes are fun :)
Everything changes and so we do.
Enjoy and see you around.

Thanks for the ride. (1)

soda (6052) | more than 2 years ago | (#37204430)

Sad news. Thanks for the ride though. Good luck on your future adventures.

Thanks, Rob. (1)

taoboy (118003) | more than 2 years ago | (#37204440)

Thanks for conjuring the website I've come to daily for about a decade for everything from giggly entertainment to real insight immediately useful in the day job.

Thanks for keeping it largely the same in all that time, I don't brook change very well... :D

I wish you the best in whatever comes next your way, and hope you find another gem to polish and foist upon us...

Glenn Butcher
Colorado Springs, CO

Wow! So long, Taco! (1)

Pope (17780) | more than 2 years ago | (#37204442)

Thanks for all the towels, Rob. Slashdot has been one of those sites that I always come back to after not reading for a while, sometimes days, sometimes years. It's provided me hours of entertainment and informative debate on just about every topic under the sun.

See ya in the funny papers.

Live Long and Prosper! (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37204444)

Good Luck with your future endeavors! Live Long and Prosper!

Thank you (2)

Sabathius (566108) | more than 2 years ago | (#37204446)

Thanks for creating one of the best Websites on the Internet, in my opinion. Others may talk trash, but this is a Website I've visited consistently since around 2000-1. Best of luck in all that you do, my friend.

The world is your oyster. (1)

Win Hill (1594463) | more than 2 years ago | (#37204456)

All we can say is THANK YOU for a great website, for your leadership, and for all the great stories! The world is your oyster.

Wasn't expecting that.. (1)

Tridus (79566) | more than 2 years ago | (#37204460)

Slashdot's been a constant read in my life for so long now that the idea you might leave never really crossed my mind. But I guess all things must change, eventually.

Well, thanks for all the years of reading and I hope you enjoy whatever you wind up doing next! :)

OMG.. (2)

Dynamoo (527749) | more than 2 years ago | (#37204470)

You created something that has given a lot of people a lot of pleasure. Thanks! And always remember... OMG Ponies!

So long... (1)

ajo_arctus (1215290) | more than 2 years ago | (#37204474)

Best of luck. I've been a mostly silent reader of Slashdot since about 1999, but I've enjoyed it very much. Mostly.

I guess it's true. Slashdot is dead. Fox News confirms it (seriously: http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2011/08/24/gawker-7-other-formerly-popular-sites-dead-or-dying/ [foxnews.com] )

Re:So long... (1)

ajo_arctus (1215290) | more than 2 years ago | (#37204518)

Whoops :) Didn't mean to leave that mostly in there, or at least make it sound a /bit/ sarcastic. Ah well. I /have/ enjoyed /. very much, you created something very good and made a difference.

So long and thanks for the OMG PONIES!!! (5, Insightful)

TimeForGuinness (701731) | more than 2 years ago | (#37204478)

Somehow this has hit me harder than Jobs stepping down. I've been coming to Slashdot for the news/commentary for about 13+ years...and still plan to do so.

Man, it's weird, I've never met Rob or corresponded with him...but it feels like I'm losing a good friend or family member. The internet can be weird sometimes.

Godspeed Taco!

Re:So long and thanks for the OMG PONIES!!! (1)

Tapewolf (1639955) | more than 2 years ago | (#37204592)

Somehow this has hit me harder than Jobs stepping down. I've been coming to Slashdot for the news/commentary for about 13+ years...and still plan to do so.

I think that sums it up for me as well. Wish I had created an account when I started reading, though.

Re:So long and thanks for the OMG PONIES!!! (1)

basscomm (122302) | more than 2 years ago | (#37204602)

This is a pretty big shock, but I can't say that it's completely unexpected. I kind of got the impression that Taco was phoning in some of the posts of late (he hasn't commented on anything since 2009), and the stories about him visiting tech companies' campuses seemed to be some kind of effort to get this site back toward its roots.

But, without being too big of a downer, I'd like to thank Rob for all he's done and wish him the best in whatever he ends up doing.

Thanks (1)

Chang (2714) | more than 2 years ago | (#37204484)

Rob,

Thank you for creating Slashdot

I know you had plenty of help along the way but as a wise person once said - ultimately, all we have to offer to each other is ourselves. You definitely gave more than your share of time and energy to making plenty of people happier. You suffered fools with class and you should be proud of what you have done.

Good luck

Thanks Rob! (1)

G (2545) | more than 2 years ago | (#37204496)

Don't comment very often but have been here since pretty damned close to the beginning. I've read just about every day of my life since then. Hope everything is and will continue to be great. I'm sure there will be the normal trolls and whatnot, but the bottom line is: You will be missed.

Godspeed!
Gerald

Re:Thanks Rob! (1)

G (2545) | more than 2 years ago | (#37204584)

btw: First Post(er)! Only one older (by UID) is Hemos and he doesn't count. Denny comes close but I still win. . .for the moment.

Gerald

Thanks for the community (1)

WyzrdX (1390963) | more than 2 years ago | (#37204498)

Just wanted to sat good luck and thank you for the /. Hope you find something else to do with your time.
.
From ages 11 to 40 Well wishes from the Arthur Family

Re:Thanks for the community (1)

WyzrdX (1390963) | more than 2 years ago | (#37204568)

Just wanted to sat good luck and thank you for the /. Hope you find something else to do with your time.
From ages 11 to 40 Well wishes from the Arthur Family

Wow I cant spell this morning Just wanted to SAY*

Fuck dude, good luck (1)

bernywork (57298) | more than 2 years ago | (#37204508)

It'll be interesting to see what you do next, I'll put money on anohter website. Maybe web journo? I think there are more than enough people out there who would give you a chance because of what you have done for the tech community.

Best of luck,

Berny Stapleton

Thank you! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37204514)

For being my favourite source of geeky and tech-related news and discussions. /. was the first website I actually added to my - very small - list of Adblock Plus exceptions.

Good Luck (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37204516)

Good luck with you and you're life.

As part of my resignation, after this story appears I will lose the ability to post. For me, this is the most bitter pill to swallow. Posting stories has always been my favorite part of the job. I created Slashdot to share these stories with my friends from IRC and school. It was never 'work'.

Hey, I have a suggestion on that. Why don't you start a CMS in perl or something, and post stories that you like there?

Nice little site you made here, Rob. (1)

jcr (53032) | more than 2 years ago | (#37204520)

I hope you have a great time doing whatever you decide to do next.

-jcr

I knew it! (4, Funny)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 2 years ago | (#37204524)

I always thought it suspicious that I never saw Taco and Steve Jobs in the same room. Now I finally know for sure that they're the same person!

Thanks for giving us this forum Taco/Steve. But I still hate iOS.

Farewell (1)

Smivs (1197859) | more than 2 years ago | (#37204530)

All the best for the future...thanks for your services to Geekdom - beyond the call of duty.

You're welcome. (1)

RyuuzakiTetsuya (195424) | more than 2 years ago | (#37204532)

End of an era. /. is and has been in good hands.

What do you plan to do from now on? Are you going to pursue the Peter Gibbons dream of doing nothing?

Thank you, CmdrTaco (1)

rumith (983060) | more than 2 years ago | (#37204534)

Slashdot is firmly ingrained in geek culture, it is a nexus for our kind (and hopefully will be such for many more years to come). May all your future endeavors be as successful as this one. Salute!

You will be missed (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37204548)

Thanks for /. CmdrTaco, I grew from a geeky 10yo playing with Free-DOS to a hardware hacker, programmer, UNIX sysadmin, network engineer, and most importantly a Linux user. Over these years from young child to adult, /. has always been there. I always looked forward to waking up and seeing what amazing things happened in the IT world while I slept.

So thanks for all of this, and good luck CmdrTaco.

what about Jon Katz? (1)

inkscapee (1994086) | more than 2 years ago | (#37204550)

No nostalgia for Jon Katz? Goodbye Cmdr Taco, I will miss your staunch defense of typos and bad grammar. You done good with Slashdot, long may it reign!

Today ... (5, Insightful)

nosfucious (157958) | more than 2 years ago | (#37204552)

Today a little piece of my inner nerd just died.

Please don't let me wake up and suddely find that I'm a responsible 40 year old IT professional/business person. I'll be repeating that as I stumble home drunkenly tonight.

Thanks (1)

Gruuk (18480) | more than 2 years ago | (#37204554)

I've had the pleasure of meeting the Slashdot crew waaaaaay back in 1999 (I think at ALS); seeing the people responsible for my favorite geeky site was very cool (and so were they). It will be strange to not have CmdrTaco on the only website I've visited almost every day since 1998.

Thanks dude, you made many days spent at work a lot more enjoyable.

So long... (1)

SIGBUS (8236) | more than 2 years ago | (#37204558)

...and thanks for all the first posts!

It's been a great run - I hope your next endeavor hits it big.

It's hard to imagine... (1)

SwedishChef (69313) | more than 2 years ago | (#37204560)

I can't imagine a Slashdot without a Cmdr Taco. You have written and posted things that were - at least at the time - important or interesting or funny or memorable. Not everyone can say that. Best of luck.... and, oh, one more thing.... I always assumed that the name /. came from the Unix method of executing a program or utility in the subdirectory you were in but since that's ./ (the reverse).... how in the world did the name come about?

Oh well.... thanks for all the fish.

Thanks Rob! (1)

lisco (844292) | more than 2 years ago | (#37204562)

Thanks for the years of great news and a great site! Good luck on your future adventures, you will be missed!

Stop ruining the economy! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37204566)

Get a job, you out-of-work bum!

Nooooooooo!!!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37204570)

This anonymous coward (I had an account, several actually, long ago but have forgotten all my login info) who's been there from almost the very beginning says thanks for everything all these years but especially Natalie Portman, covered in hot grits and not for all the goatse links. It's been great fun and the place won't be the same without you . (damn, it's not even April 1st). Fare well and good luck.

Best of luck and thank you. (1)

Lord Juan (1280214) | more than 2 years ago | (#37204574)

I just added you in G+, so I am guessing this is not the last that I hear from you, but it is going to be strange to not see your name in many articles in the future. Good look in your future endeavors.

Thanks so much (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37204580)

Just wanted to say thank you for everything man.
It's been a hell of a ride!
You take care and good luck to you in your future endeavors!

Thanks (3, Funny)

fons (190526) | more than 2 years ago | (#37204598)

Slashdot has always been a beakon of good taste on the Internet.

It helps me stay grounded to the truly important stuff that matters in a chaotic world of information overload.

It helped me be confident about my own opinions.

Thanks
Peter Van Hende
'Trendwatcher' for Belagcom

New Poll! (2)

NoseSocks (662467) | more than 2 years ago | (#37204600)

New Poll!
When you saw the news that CmdrTaco was resigning your first thought was:

1) So Long, and Thanks for all the Fish: 99.99%
2) Some other option
3) Yet another option
4) A fourth option
5) CowboyNeal

Seriously, I think the collective all thought option 1 at the same time.
We all are individuals.
-NS

If I don't check /. for six days consecutively... (1)

iguana (8083) | more than 2 years ago | (#37204624)

I can't even remember when I signed up for /. Been a long long time.

I visit several times a day, nearly every day. Even when out in the boonies of the world (Yachats, OR), I found a way. Dial-up and Links were enough to get my slashdot fix.

I jokingly say I have a living will: if I don't check /. for six days consecutively, consider me brain dead and unplug the machines.

Thank you so much for being a huge part of my geek life these last many years. Best of luck in your future endeavor.

I've been a lurker for about a decade, and I want (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37204628)

to say, thanks for all the dupes :)

It's been Fun! (1)

nebular (76369) | more than 2 years ago | (#37204630)

Of all the posts, I never disliked a CmdrTaco post. You are/were the soul of this place really. I'm not sure where the site will be going, but this news just makes me feel older. I'll miss the slashdot of old and hopefully I'll feel just at home as it moves into the future.

Thank you Rob! (1)

digitaldc (879047) | more than 2 years ago | (#37204636)

Thanks so much for /. and for all the thoughtful articles, comments, and unique points of view over the years.

Hoping for more good things in your future!

Good luck Rob!!!

Congratulations and Condolences (1)

AB3A (192265) | more than 2 years ago | (#37204640)

I wish you well. This must be hard for you, walking away from something you have herded for the last 15 years.

Don't look back. Make something cool.

Steve Jobs isn't the only leader in this world...

Godspeed Sir (1)

psyclone241 (733888) | more than 2 years ago | (#37204644)

Wow, it's amazing how time has flown by.... It was 97-98 that I began my career in IT and in 99 was introduced to Slashdot. I have to admit, I read anonymously from my darkened caves and never posted, I didn't even sign up for an account. I've been reading pretty regularly, almost religiously since then. I finally created my account in the last little while and actually posted a couple of times. I hope that you have great success in whatever life is leading you into. I am glad that you are spending time with family, tis important, very important! You have been part of my 'extended' family for a long time, very sad to see you go. News for Nerds, stuff that matters! It's the reason I still read /. Thank you for what you started. Good Luck and Godspeed Cmdr, you will be missed.
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