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So Long, CmdrTaco, and Thanks For All The Posts

timothy posted about 3 years ago | from the gonna-let-you-finish-but dept. 238

With CmdrTaco moving on to his temporary retirement home, the Slashdot editors who will continue to poke and prod at reader submissions (the heart and soul of this site: without readers, there'd be nothing to talk about as well as no one to talk about it) would like to offer an extended 'Thank You' to Rob, and offer some thoughts on the years so far, as well as what comes next. (Of late, though, we're lucky to have the growing contributions of Clinton Ebadi, aka Unknown Lamer, who got an oddball start on the Slashdot page a long time back.) Read on for a few words from Samzenpus, timothy, and Soulskill.

From Samzenpus:

I first met Rob Malda about 12 years ago while he was living in what we affectionately called The Geek House. At that time, Rob was just one of a motley crew of nerds who would assemble in the living room every night. They could usually be found sitting in foof chairs bathed in computer screen light. What made Rob different was how passionate he was about a website he made, something called Slashdot. Before I knew it, Slashdot had grown and I was working as user support. A few years later I was posting stories and Slashdot was a geeky household name. In that span Rob changed a lot. His Foof chair morphed into an Aeron, tubes of Pringles became business lunches, and we convinced him to embrace the wonders of natural light. He proposed to his wife and now has two kids. What didn't change in all that time was his passion for making Slashdot a great site. In the FAQ, Rob says that Slashdot is like an omelette: a combination of important news, interesting discussions, and fun stuff. What makes it great is the variety of ingredients. Rob may have started the omelette, but we'll keep it cooking and make it bigger and better with the stuff that matters.

From timothy:

In 1998 or 1999, my housemates Alvin and Dan (both of them Comp-Sci students at UT-Austin, where I'd been a lowly advertising major) pointed out to me a little site called "" A strange name, and a page that seemed to be nothing but black text over an assault of white and green. It took a minute or two to parse what was going on, but then — Whoah! Smart people were discussing (and arguing about!) Linux, The GIMP, patents, and Neal Stephenson: I was hooked instantly. I've been posting stories to the site since early 2000, and in that role I've gotten to know CmdrTaco a bit. I didn't realize beforehand just how much effort can go into a simple-looking web page, and how hard it is to decide how many people to please at any given time.

Rob — CmdrTaco — has that whole span of time never wavered in his dedication to the site, and to the readers. A small example, but one that has always impressed me given what's at stake: as banner ads have infested the Web, Rob has fought for modesty and sanity rather than some of the intrusive pop-ups, interstitials, autoplaying videos and other discourtesies of modern online advertising. (We'd probably all like it if the site could exist with no ads at all, but in an imperfect world keeping them tolerable rather than obnoxious is a respectable stance, even if it means disappointing some advertisers.) And while we've been through plenty of experiments with user interface elements, new sections, and allocation of the moderator points that make the whole thing go, Rob's also taken a hard line about distracting features that don't speak to the site's core: News For Nerds, Stuff That Matters (and building conversations around those things). It's notable that Slashdot is one place where the marketplace of ideas is encouraged to bloom more than it is at many newspapers' sites, and even our friend "Anonymous Coward" can freely have his say. We like that, though it gets messy sometimes. It's meant a lot of sleepless nights for Rob and his shifting corps of engineers, trying to figure out ways to let readers help algorithmically bat down the trolls and flamebait, and to give some recognition to readers who contribute their insightful or funny comments.

It's very strange to think of reading Slashdot without CmdrTaco in the lead — even when I've disagreed with him on some particular design issue, I've never doubted his sincere belief that the readers come first. Rob isn't being frozen in carbonite, though — despite his claim of "no plans," he's got his own maker-style projects to work on, a few kids to take care of, and probably about 15 years of sleep deprivation to start chipping away at. He promises to remain part of the Slashdot community (he's still user No. 1, after all), and I expect will be a sort of unofficial Editor Emeritus for the foreseeable future. And that's good, because we'll keep working on ways to make the site friendlier and easier to use, but still dedicated to the same News for Nerds.

From Soulskill:

So, what changes from here on out for You, The Reader? Well, surprisingly little. Rob has always been clear and vociferous in defining what makes a story appropriate for Slashdot, and those standards have become deeply ingrained in the rest of the editorial staff. Slashdot won't be the same for us, but we’ll work hard to make sure the content we run continues to educate, inform, entertain, or some combination thereof. As always, feedback is welcome, and you can head over to /recent to have a direct impact on the submissions process. The engineering team continues to streamline the site’s layout and add useful functionality in order to facilitate what matters most to us: giving you folks a place to read and talk about news that matters to you.

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Sheesh (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37209794)

He's great, but he's not dead!

Re:Sheesh (3, Funny)

jaymz666 (34050) | about 3 years ago | (#37209896)

Rob or Steve Jobs? Hmmm

Re:Sheesh (1)

jhoegl (638955) | about 3 years ago | (#37210040)

Wasnt this posted already?
Its like they created a new thread because the other thread had a lot of posts and they didnt want their message to be overlooked.

Re:Sheesh (4, Funny)

maxwell demon (590494) | about 3 years ago | (#37210292)

Wasnt this posted already?

Its like they created a new thread because the other thread had a lot of posts and they didnt want their message to be overlooked.

They just wanted to proof that they are also capable of making dupes. So you don't have to worry losing that essential feature of Slashdot. :-)

DIAF, Rob Malda! (1)

KDAWSON sucks (1165799) | about 3 years ago | (#37210940)

Comments from KD? Come on. Forgot your meds today, Rob? Unknown Lamer deserves the electric chair. Soulskill needs to be robbed and then punched in the face with a S.W.A.T. style battering ram, and then kdawson needs to be slapped around in a pit of nitric acid and then hung up to dry.

You slashdot editors SUCK and ALL need to be replaced with people who might have picked up a little English in primary school.

Re:DIAF, Rob Malda! (1)

kdawson (3715) (1344097) | about 3 years ago | (#37211038)

Ummm, that was timothys psot not Robs. How about you take a chill pill & relax dude. Everything's going to be fine. There are going to be some changes here but we are going to continue providing you with good stories.

now, Would you care to be civil and maybe make some civil requests?

Re:Sheesh (1)

PopeRatzo (965947) | about 3 years ago | (#37210504)

He's great, but he's not dead!

Why not? Did the trap fail again?

Bathing (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37209806)

"They could usually be found sitting in foof chairs bathed in computer screen light."

Because we all know that's the only type of bathing a slashdot editor would be a part of.

Re:Bathing (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37209854)

Unless it's kdawson and him at the glory hole getting bathed in semen.

So long, and thanks for all the fits. (5, Funny)

blair1q (305137) | about 3 years ago | (#37209816)

He'll be back.

I stole his spacebar.

Re:So long, and thanks for all the fits. (1)

colenski (552404) | about 3 years ago | (#37210716)

In my iPhone's Productivity group, there is only one icon, Slashdot.

Thank YOU from a long-time /. reader (4, Informative)

xmas2003 (739875) | about 3 years ago | (#37209852)

I can't say as much the original post, but am sure I speak for many /. readers throughout the years when I also say thank you for all the posts Rob.

Re:Thank YOU from a long-time /. reader (1)

happy_place (632005) | about 3 years ago | (#37210318)

Same here. Cheer's CmdrTaco! Here's to a normal life...

Ask not for whom the Commander Taco bell tolls... (2)

Anne_Nonymous (313852) | about 3 years ago | (#37209870) tolls for Rob.

Another Dupe on /.??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37209874)

Just kidding. Good luck, Rob.

Unknown Lamer (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37209884)

Yup, 11 years later and he's still true to his name.

Also, do you think Taco was pretty annoyed that Jobs had to go and preemptively one-up him?

Re:Unknown Lamer (4, Funny)

Kiaser Zohsay (20134) | about 3 years ago | (#37210044)

Also, do you think Taco was pretty annoyed that Jobs had to go and preemptively one-up him?

Did you see the department that Taco's post was listed under?

Re:Unknown Lamer (3, Interesting)

ender- (42944) | about 3 years ago | (#37210088)

Yup, 11 years later and he's still true to his name.

Also, do you think Taco was pretty annoyed that Jobs had to go and preemptively one-up him?

Actually I was wondering if maybe there was some standing bet or ultimatum that CmdrTaco would have to retire from Slashdot when Steve Jobs retired from Apple.

At any rate, I have to add my voice to the chorus of "Thank You CmdrTaco!" Slashdot is by far the site I have been regularly visiting for the longest time and I wouldn't have it any other way.

Don't forget? (2)

GooberToo (74388) | about 3 years ago | (#37209890)

Don't forget your towel. Thanks for all the fish.

Sadly, yet another nail in the coffin for /.

Hey Taco (0)

Dexter Herbivore (1322345) | about 3 years ago | (#37209910)

You've copped some abuse over time, but stuck with it regardless. Congratulations on sticking on regardless of the G.I.F.T. [] (at times) community.

Re:Hey Taco (1)

Threni (635302) | about 3 years ago | (#37210604)

Why would anyone care about abuse from random anonymous idiots?

Book (2)

DarrylM (170047) | about 3 years ago | (#37209926)

Thanks so much for your reflections, everyone. I've been coming here since 1998 (and, like many, registered far too late to get a cool, low UID). What's amazed me is the nature of the community and the discussion that happens here. Certainly, there are the usual trolls but more often than not I see really good, even deep discussion on here. This is a testament to the people who come here and - especially - to the great moderation and meta-mod system that's encourages that type of discussion. When I compare the discourse here to that on most news sites, /. is consistently far ahead of what exists elsewhere.

So thanks for that, Rob! We'll miss you. And I saw that you were musing about writing a book. Please do so! I, for one, would be very interested to read about your time in /. from your own perspective.

Re:Book (1)

AntEater (16627) | about 3 years ago | (#37210852) many, registered far too late to get a cool, low UID...

What constitutes a cool, low UID? I've never felt like one of the cool ones. I hung around for several weeks before registering to comment. I might have gotten a 4-digit UID if I had been a little quicker.

So long CmdrTaco... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37209932)

R.I.P mon frère!

thanks for all the fish (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37209934)

I don't post much.. but thanks for a useful site.

Re:thanks for all the fish (2)

hobo sapiens (893427) | about 3 years ago | (#37210038)

You don't post much?!

You magnificent bastard! You post all the best stuff!

Re:thanks for all the fish (1)

jhoegl (638955) | about 3 years ago | (#37210090)

awesome, awesome to the max.

Re:thanks for all the fish (1)

lateralus_1024 (583730) | about 3 years ago | (#37211150)

I don't always post, but when I do...

Thank You (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37209936)

What else is there to say? Thank you for 15 years, changing my life umpteen ways, keeping me hopeful that the old spirit that drove us back in the day still lives on, and providing such a good gathering place for us all. I suspect that if we all live to be 500, we'll still be waking up with the impulse to check slashdot.

You made something great, guys. Take a bow.

Thank you (1)

mapuche (41699) | about 3 years ago | (#37209942)

/. is the first site I visit every week day.

Who? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37209946)

I simply do not recall a CmdrTaco. I highly doubt there ever was such a person. Next you'll be telling me his uid was #1. Utterly ridiculous, anyone of importance has at least 4 digits in their uid. Anyone who believes in this fictional 'CmdrTaco' character should have their head examined.

Times, they are a changin' (1)

rbrewrr (583450) | about 3 years ago | (#37209960)

Wow. Never thought I'd see the day that /. would be without CmdrTaco. Best of luck and thanks for the stories! Glad you and the rest kept this site as relevant for as long as you have.

So long, and thanks again for all the fish. (4, Interesting)

Tackhead (54550) | about 3 years ago | (#37209974)

Hopefully in before the usual comparisons to Jobs' resignation - but I'll argue that Slashdot did for social media what Jobs did for Apple.

No, not Web 2.0's social media, but Web 1.0's social media: a place that was pseudonymous, but still reputation-based. A place where pseudonyms stood alone - no "like" or "+1" buttons. Not a place for 140-character tweets, but a place for paragraph- and essay-length commentary.

To stretch the analogy, in the first incarnation of Jobs' Apple, users bought Macintoshes not to show off their respective bling, but to get work done. (No, not coding work, office work - but it was work nonetheless, and it was work that couldn't be done nearly as easily, nor as well, under the Wintel equivalents of the mid-80s.)

Likewise, Slashdot - and the rest of Social Media 1.0 - were not built so much as place in which to speak, but as place in which to listen. I've learned far more in the comments from the past 12 years of Slashdot posts than I could ever have learned from the agglomerated mewlings of marketroids and demagogues alike.

At any rate, so long, CmdrTaco, and thanks for all the fish.

And thanks for having what was by far the coolest booth at the 1999 LinuxWorld Conference and Expo at Javits/NYC.

Re:So long, and thanks again for all the fish. (5, Funny)

blair1q (305137) | about 3 years ago | (#37210062)

no "like" or "+1" buttons.

If only I had mod points...

Re:So long, and thanks again for all the fish. (1)

Hemos (2) | about 3 years ago | (#37210550)

Spot on analogy, Tackhead. +1, you.

Re:So long, and thanks again for all the fish. (1)

UnknownSoldier (67820) | about 3 years ago | (#37210910)

> but I'll argue that Slashdot did for social media what Jobs did for Apple.

I'll second that ! /. made usenet-style forum posting/browsing usable. The ability for mods to tag a post informative / insightful / etc. gave readers the ability to filter out s/n which

I call Reddit the dig of /., because it seems like every other site is dominated by group think -- at least on /. you can have a different opinion, and depending on your debating / arguing skills, at least get acknowledged.

Thanks for all the stories /.

So long, CmdrTaco (2)

Isaac-Lew (623) | about 3 years ago | (#37209976)

I had the pleasure of meeting Rob at ALS 2000 (I *still* have the tshirt from that somewhere!) I hope all goes well for you & yours from here on out!

First Jobs, now Taco?!?! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37210012)

Whatever shall I do??

Enjoy your retirement Cmdr! (1)

silverglade00 (1751552) | about 3 years ago | (#37210014)

At first, I didn't believe this was true. However, Netcraft has confirmed it. So enjoy your time, CmdrTaco, but I suggest staying on this side of the globe. For I hear that in Soviet Russia, Slashdot retires YOU!

Re:Enjoy your retirement Cmdr! (1)

RelaxedTension (914174) | about 3 years ago | (#37210130)

I bet he's off to finally build a beowulf cluster...

Re:Enjoy your retirement Cmdr! (1)

Bucc5062 (856482) | about 3 years ago | (#37210502)

Rumor has it, his wife made a deal regarding Natalie Portman and hot grits if he stepped away from the /. keyboard. It could be the only way to get him to stop.

Many thanks. A great example of geekchievement. (1)

pep939 (1957678) | about 3 years ago | (#37210022)

Many thanks indeed, it's wonderful to see projects like these flourish into what Slashdot has become. At one point or another, I think we all started one, two or several projects, websites or other nerdy enterprises we found incredibly interesting at the time... It's "success stories" like these that keep me motivated to jump head-first without fear into the the next project! Who know, given the right circumstances and sequence of actions, maybe it will actually become something big like this. :)

My only regret is not to have joined this community sooner, although I had been reading it for a couple of years... anyway 'Big Up" as we say!

*Sniff* (-1, Troll)

Erect Horsecock (655858) | about 3 years ago | (#37210030)

I learned about Linux and Unix here Then I learned about Macs and OS X from apple.slashdot The biggest thing I learned was how to troll. Thank you Rob

Tis the end of an era (1)

msobkow (48369) | about 3 years ago | (#37210066)

Two big losses in one week. The iconic NDP politician Jack Layton in Canada, and now Rob's leaving SlashDot.

Baby's all grown up, Rob. Time to let 'er go and find that "trophy wife" job instead of futzing further with Slashdot. :)

Dupe! (2)

Fortunato_NC (736786) | about 3 years ago | (#37210078)

Similar story appears only five stories down. The editing on this site SUCKS!

Break out the /. memes and the low IDs (1)

mr_null (16516) | about 3 years ago | (#37210084)

Thanks for all your hard work CmdrTaco.

Now where'd I put those hot grits...

Re:Break out the /. memes and the low IDs (4, Interesting)

velkro (11) | about 3 years ago | (#37210210)

Token post from low ID user here...

Re:Break out the /. memes and the low IDs (2)

FrostedWheat (172733) | about 3 years ago | (#37211166)

Good to see you've stuck to the site all these years...

Re:Break out the /. memes and the low IDs (1)

AntEater (16627) | about 3 years ago | (#37210892)

Now where'd I put those hot grits...

Did you pour them down your pants?

Thanks (1)

Stargoat (658863) | about 3 years ago | (#37210094)

Thanks for all the insightful posts and for all the hotgrits and the insensitive clods. Without you, the seachange in social sites would have been so different and without the anonymous coward, it would have been more like Facebook sooner; that is to say in a word, bad . Thanks even for the GNAA. It won't be the same /. without you.

CmdrTaco (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37210102)

But what's going to be the CmdrTaco option now?

Thanks for the good posts and fun times over the years.


Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37210128)

Can someone please reach JonKatz and michael so that we can get their reaction to Rob leaving


slashdotted... (5, Informative)

madhatter256 (443326) | about 3 years ago | (#37210138)

No one says a website is "yahooed" or "googled" or "Drudged" if it's been hit by a enmass of visitors after being posted on slashdot or any other site.

It's only on that when a link is posted and it's visited by a ton of people that their server simply acts like it's been DoS attacked, we say the site has been "slashdotted" or /.ed ;-).

Slashdot still continues on making little known websites temporarily 404 on visitors even while you're gone...

Re:slashdotted... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37210520)

It's only on that when a link is posted and it's visited by a ton of people that their server simply acts like it's been DoS attacked, we say the site has been "slashdotted" or /.ed

It appears you have not been introduced to reddit.

Re:slashdotted... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37210742)

Notch has the same effect when he tweets a link :)

Steve "taco" Jobs (1)

Marble68 (746305) | about 3 years ago | (#37210142)

The timing of this ..... Where'd I put my tinfoil? heh..

Adios Mr. Taco! :)

Many thanks, Rob (1)

iceaxe (18903) | about 3 years ago | (#37210150)

It's been a long strange trip. Thanks for all the hard work, and the whole "getting it started" thing. Now, Onward!

Good ole days. (1)

joshv (13017) | about 3 years ago | (#37210166)

I remember those heady days well. But over time slashdot's lost relevance to me. I stopped posting long ago as the quality of the discourse dropped, and I started linking directly to most of the sites slashdot regularly references. I also became unable (or unwilling) to comprehend the complicated comment filtering crud several years back (really, what's up with that?)

I do have slashdot to thank for helping me discover arstechnica - which has mostly replaced slashdot for my tech news discussion forum needs.

But still, I check slashdot daily.

Have fun Rob, enjoy your family, and find something new and interesting to do.

Good ole days, pssssh! (1)

sup4hleet (444456) | about 3 years ago | (#37210406)

when was the quality of discourse ever good? Back in before 2000 there were a links all over the comments and you needed to don an asbestos suit before replying to anything.

To Samzenpus, timothy and Soulskill: (-1, Flamebait)

DNS-and-BIND (461968) | about 3 years ago | (#37210174)

Why don't you read your own website? It's obvious that you don't, due to the sheer number of duplicate stories that appear, well into 2011. I'm a big fan of the "two stories posted on the front page at the same time" method as well as the "we posted this two months ago and yet I'm treating it as if it just happened because obviously I didn't keep up with my own website."

Re:To Samzenpus, timothy and Soulskill: (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37210340)

Don't be an ass.

That is all.

Re:To Samzenpus, timothy and Soulskill: (4, Insightful)

Soulskill (1459) | about 3 years ago | (#37210652)

Believe it or not, we do read and sign off on every story. Alas, when you've posted thousands upon thousands of stories, a dupe occasionally slips through the cracks.

Still, we try hard not to let it happen (and we do catch the vast, vast majority of duplicate submissions). When it does, we're usually aware of it within a couple minutes of the story going live. But, at that point, there are usually comments, and we're strongly against deleting or hiding what you folks write. So we leave them up, and the few thousand that see it quickly become a few tens of thousands, which inevitably brings a certain amount of disparaging comments. But that's ok.

For any of you who take a peek at the Firehose every so often, tagging things as a dupe there, or leaving a comment saying as much, certainly helps. We do look.

Re:To Samzenpus, timothy and Soulskill: (1)

Abstrackt (609015) | about 3 years ago | (#37210856)

Plausible explanation for dupes?!

La la la la la la! I can't hear you!

Re:To Samzenpus, timothy and Soulskill: (1, Flamebait)

fusiongyro (55524) | about 3 years ago | (#37210904)

I'm pretty sure you don't post "thousands upon thousands" of stories each day, and yet not a week goes by that someone (usually you) posts something that was on the front page three hours before.

K fucking Dawson (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37210178)

Without a doubt one of Slashdot's biggest problem. What did Rob do about him? Not a damn thing. Birds of a feather?

Thank you! (2)

wulfhere (94308) | about 3 years ago | (#37210212)

I started reading this site back in 1999, and I can honestly say that this is the first site I read almost every day. Although I don't post a lot, I learn something almost every day here, and your dedication to the community has always shown. Thank you for that!

I think I never posted any comment in /. but... (1)

okasion (697237) | about 3 years ago | (#37210230)

This really feels like the internet is going away or something. I don't know you man, but here, from Argentina, I have been reading Slashdot since 13+, I am extremely grateful for what you did (although your polls always sucked [just jocking]). I think... no, I know that I learnt so many things thanks to this site. Really dude, thanks.

fixes? (0)

stoolpigeon (454276) | about 3 years ago | (#37210250)

Since this is a time to talk about Slashdot and what will happen to it -- any time line on fixing the layout for Journal pages?

Re:fixes? (1)

Soulskill (1459) | about 3 years ago | (#37210492)

Can you elaborate?

We fixed the cutoff bug a couple weeks ago, and we're working on adding "More" and fixing a journal deletion bug. If there's a layout problem other than that, I haven't seen a report, so any detail you could provide would be helpful.

Poured a bowl of hot grits down my pants... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37210262)

...naked and PETRIFIED!

slashdot = stagnated (1)

MichaelKristopeit422 (2018884) | about 3 years ago | (#37210272)

good move to leave

This isn't a troll? (1)

Coren22 (1625475) | about 3 years ago | (#37210274)

When I read the earlier story, I thought maybe he was poking fun at Jobs leaving Apple and saying he would leave too. I guess it wasn't just a troll. You will be missed Taco.

Big ditto on the thanks (2)

istokj (121) | about 3 years ago | (#37210320)

Having also been a longtime reader here, I owe a lot of the success in my career to both the posts that made it to slashdot as well as the comments (parrot'ing that information in meetings and sales calls has always made me look smarter and more in the know). Even today, I can reference my low user id at slashdot and gain immediate street cred with a lot of very technical people. Thanks rob for putting this place together.

Moderation Tools (4, Interesting)

DarkBlack (5773) | about 3 years ago | (#37210362)

How about fixing it so that I do not have to turn on JavaScript just to moderate? In the past couple of weeks I noticed that I have to turn it on in order to moderate. The result? I don't moderate.

I prefer the old style discussion system because it didn't use JavaScript and I still don't want to use it. Thanks!

Later, Taco! (1)

fudgefactor7 (581449) | about 3 years ago | (#37210368)

...You magnificent bastard! Have fun being ... uh... just plain "Rob," I guess... Or something. Anyway, take care! :)

Thanks (1)

Jon Abbott (723) | about 3 years ago | (#37210420)

Rob, thanks for creating Slashdot. I will always fondly remember the fake flame wars between Bill Gates and Linus Torvalds before UIDs existed. That and all the April Fools' Day jokes. And all the memes... and the good stories... and all the polls with mission options. :^D

Re:Thanks (1)

Jon Abbott (723) | about 3 years ago | (#37210478)

That should read missing options... whoops.

Clinton Ebadi? (2)

sup4hleet (444456) | about 3 years ago | (#37210462)

Sheet mang, I know that cat from back in the CALUG 2004-ish days! Hit me up man if you catch this.

*Salute* (1)

Admiral Burrito (11807) | about 3 years ago | (#37210480)

I accept your resignation. It has been an honor serving with you.

Thanks! (2)

Shifty0x88 (1732980) | about 3 years ago | (#37210516)

Thank you CmdrTaco (Rob),

You have inspired countless tech freaks(geeks) over the years, and hopefully for years to come

You have created a great community here, even if there are a few trolls, you can't kill get them all. =D

Thanks again,
-- Rob aka Shifty0x88

Nah (1)

cyberchondriac (456626) | about 3 years ago | (#37210538)

Screw the posts, I'm just here for the fish.

But seriously, fare thee well.

Great ride, Rob! (1)

ChipR (1424) | about 3 years ago | (#37210548)

I have far from the lowest /. ID, even in this article's comments, but I'm pretty early. Have loved the site since I first stumbled upon it way back when.

My little private company, NiEstu, has the distinction of being one of the first few advertisers to submit banner ads to Slashdot after the (very controversial at the time) decision was made to start posting them. Due to a screwup in the rotation software, my ads got way more impressions than I'd paid for. After a week or so of that, Rob sent me an angry email pointing it out and demanding that I pay for what I had (mistakenly) received. I wrote back, and as I recall I asked him to stop hatin', and to tell me how much extra he though I owed, so we could talk specifics. We went back and forth a couple times like that; after a while he said, ahh screwit, our ad system is all hosed, just forget about it. I always thought that was mighty big of him, and boded well for his future.

So congratulations on your successes, Rob, and may you have many more in the future!

Props. (1)

Goner (5704) | about 3 years ago | (#37210618)

Most major websites owe a lot to the techniques developed at Slashdot. Great work. Happy trails and here's to future success.

yep (1)

manitee (2974) | about 3 years ago | (#37210658)

Old school reader saluting EL CAPITAN

good luck!

Cheers, CmdrTaco! (1)

frknfrk (127417) | about 3 years ago | (#37210694)

I still drink coffee out of my decade+ old mug. Today, a picture:

Cheers, CmdrTaco. I spent many years reading, learning, debating, asking, and clicking on slashdot, though it's been a while since it was my "home" on the web. But it was that for a long time. Thanks for everything, thanks for giving nerds and geeks a place to come for new and links and online community. Best of luck wherever you go from here.

In Soviet Russia (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37210756)

temporary retirement home moving on to YOU! CmdrTaco.

So long, and thanks for all the Ponies (1)

schwaang (667808) | about 3 years ago | (#37210818)

OMG!!! []
Going off and getting a life? Hey that's no fair!

"Temporary" retirement? (1)

JockTroll (996521) | about 3 years ago | (#37210822)

You mean it's not final? Retire that skinjob now.

An oldie but goodie (1)

craw (6958) | about 3 years ago | (#37210860)

This was posted (not by me) a while back. If you remember the inside jokes, you're an old-timer

------- ...and this won't be considered offtopic...

The History of the Slashdot World
From a mailing list written by Seth

2.5 million B.C.: OOG the Open Source Caveman develops the axe and releases it under the GPL. The axe quickly gains popularity as a means of crushing moderators' heads.

100,000 B.C.: Man domesticates the AIBO.

10,000 B.C.: Civilization begins when early farmers first learn to cultivate hot grits.

3000 B.C.: Sumerians develop a primitive cuneiform perl script.

2920 B.C.: A legendary flood sweeps Slashdot, filling up a Borland / Inprise story with hundreds of offtopic posts.

1750 B.C.: Hammurabi, a Mesopotamian king, codifies the first EULA.

490 B.C.: Greek city-states unite to defeat the Persians. ESR triumphantly proclaims that the Greeks "get it".

399 B.C.: Socrates is convicted of impiety. Despite the efforts of, he is forced to kill himself by drinking hemlock.

336 B.C.: Fat-Time Charlie becomes King of Macedonia and conquers Persia.

4 B.C.: Following the Star (as in hot young actress) of Bethelem, wise men travel from far away to troll for baby Jesus.

A.D. 476: The Roman Empire BSODs.

A.D. 610: The Glorious MEEPT!! founds Islam after receiving a revelation from God. Following his disappearance from Slashdot in 632, a succession dispute results in the emergence of two troll factions: the Pythonni and the Perliites.

A.D. 800: Charlemagne conquers nearly all of Germany, only to be acquired by

A.D. 874: Linus the Red discovers Iceland.

A.D. 1000: The epic of the Beowulf Cluster is written down. It is the first English epic poem.

A.D. 1095: Pope Bruce II calls for a crusade against the Turks when it is revealed they are violating
the GPL. Later investigation reveals that Pope Bruce II had not yet contacted the Turks before calling for the crusade.

A.D. 1215: Bowing to pressure to open-source the British government, King John signs the Magna Carta, limiting the British monarchy's power. ESR triumphantly proclaims that the British monarchy "gets it".

A.D. 1348: The ILOVEYOU virus kills over half the population of Europe. (The other half was not using Outlook.)

A.D. 1420: Johann Gutenberg invents the printing press. He is immediately sued by monks claiming that the technology will promote the copying of hand-transcribed books, thus violating the church's intellectual property.

A.D. 1429: Natalie Portman of Arc gathers an army of Slashdot trolls to do battle with the moderators. She is eventually tried as a heretic and stoned (as in petrified).

A.D. 1478: The Catholic Church partners with to launch the Spanish Inquisition.

A.D. 1492: Christopher Columbus arrives in what he believes to be "India", but which RMS informs him is actually "GNU/India".

A.D. 1508-12: Michaelengelo attempts to paint the Sistine Chapel ceiling with ASCII art, only to have his plan thwarted by the "Lameness Filter."

A.D. 1517: Martin Luther nails his 95 Theses to the church door and is promptly moderated down to (-1, Flamebait).

A.D. 1553: "Bloody" Mary ascends the throne of England and begins an infamous crusade against Protestants. ESR eats his words.

A.D. 1588: The "IF I EVER MEET YOU, I WILL KICK YOUR ASS" guy meets the Spanish Armada.

A.D. 1603: Tokugawa Ieyasu unites the feuding pancake-eating ninjas of Japan.

A.D. 1611: Mattel adds Galileo Galilei to its CyberPatrol block list for proposing that the Earth revolves around the sun.

A.D. 1688: In the so-called "Glorious Revolution", King James II is bloodlessly forced out of power and flees to France. ESR again triumphantly proclaims that the British monarchy "gets it".

A.D. 1692: Anti-GIF hysteria in the New World comes to a head in the infamous "Salem GIF Trials", in which 20 alleged GIFs are burned at the stake. Later investigation reveals that many of the supposed GIFs were actually PNGs.

A.D. 1769: James Watt patents the one-click steam engine.

A.D. 1776: Trolls, angered by CmdrTaco's passage of the Moderation Act, rebel. After a several-year flame war, the trolls succeed in seceding from Slashdot and forming the United Coalition of Trolls.

A.D. 1789: The French Revolution begins with a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on the Bastille.

A.D. 1799: Attempts at discovering Egyptian hieroglyphs receive a major boost when Napoleon's troops discover the Rosetta stone. Sadly, the stone is quickly outlawed under the DMCA as an illegal means of circumventing encryption.

A.D. 1844: Samuel Morse invents Morse code. Cryptography export restrictions prevent the telegraph's use outside the U.S. and Canada.

A.D. 1853: United States Commodore Matthew C. Perry arrives in Japan and forces the xenophobic nation to open its doors to foreign trade. ESR triumphantly proclaims that Japan finally "gets it".

A.D. 1865: President Lincoln is 'bitchslapped.' The nation mourns.

A.D. 1901: Italian inventor Guglielmo Marcoli first demonstrates the radio. Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich immediately delivers to Marcoli a list of 335,435 suspected radio users.

A.D. 1911: Facing a break-up by the United States Supreme Court, Standard Oil Co. defends its "freedom to innovate" and proposes numerous rejected settlements. Slashbots mock the company as "Standa~1" and depict John D. Rockefeller as a member of the Borg.

A.D. 1929: V.A. Linux's stock drops over 200 dollars on "Black Tuesday", October 29th.

A.D. 1945: In the secret Manhattan Project, scientists working in Los Alamos, New Mexico, construct a nuclear bomb from Star Wars Legos.

A.D. 1948: Slashdot runs the infamous headline "DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN." Shamefaced, the site quickly retracts the story when numerous readers point out that it is not news for nerds, stuff that matters.

A.D. 1965: Jon Katz delivers his famous "I Have A Post-Hellmouth Dream" speech, which stated: "I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the geeks of former slaves and the geeks of former slave geeks will be able to sit down together at the table of geeks... I have a dream that my geek little geeks will one geek live in a nation where they will not be geeked by the geek of their geek but by the geek of their geek."

A.D. 1969: Neil Armstrong becomes the first man to set foot on the moon. His immortal words: "FIRST MOONWALK!!!"

A.D. 1970: Ohio National Guardsmen shoot four students at Kent State University for "Internet theft".

A.D. 1989: The United States invades Panama to capture renowned "hacker" Manual Noriega, who is suspected of writing the DeCSS utility.

A.D. 1990: West Germany and East Germany reunite after 45 years of separation. ESR triumphantly proclaims that Germany "gets it".

A.D. 1994: As years of apartheid rule finally end, Nelson Mandela is elected president of South Africa. ESR is sick, and sadly misses his chance to triumphantly proclaim that South Africa "gets it".

A.D. 1997: Slashdot reports that Scottish scientists have succeeded in cloning a female sheep named Dolly. Numerous readers complain that if they had wanted information on the latest sheep releases, they would have just gone to

A.D. 1999: Miramax announces Don Knotts to play hacker Emmanuel Goldstein in upcoming movie "Takedown"

seriously? (1)

fusiongyro (55524) | about 3 years ago | (#37210876)

Rob has always been clear and vociferous in defining what makes a story appropriate for Slashdot, and those standards have become deeply ingrained in the rest of the editorial staff.

Except, of course, for the one speaking these words.

Be seeing you (1)

RDW (41497) | about 3 years ago | (#37210886)

"He promises to remain part of the Slashdot community (he's still user No. 1, after all)"

Well, that's 'Who is Number 1?" answered, but how about "Why did you resign?". Rob should not be surprised to wake up tomorrow wearing a number in a mysterious seaside Village patrolled by weather balloons, and kept there until this question is answered definitively...

What!? (1)

iplayfast (166447) | about 3 years ago | (#37210918)

Get back to work!

Fairwell CmdrTaco (1)

Planetes (6649) | about 3 years ago | (#37210944)

It's been great reading your stuff over time. Enjoy whatever awaits you. :-)

The Taco abides.. o/

Thanks from one of the 3-digit-UID club (1)

MadCat (796) | about 3 years ago | (#37210970)

Indeed, thanks for the fish, and thanks for being a consistently addicting requirement of my early-morning "do some web-browsing" routine. Proud to be part of the 3 digit UID club :)

Farewell (1)

MrDiablerie (533142) | about 3 years ago | (#37211016)

After all these years I still visit Slashdot daily. Thanks for the memories!

Another Thanks (1)

jazman_777 (44742) | about 3 years ago | (#37211048)

Thanks to /.--not just Rob but all the good commenters. Nice to see all the old-timers gathered...

Obligatory XKCD (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37211136)

Thanks for everything (1)

franksands (938435) | about 3 years ago | (#37211142)

I am not famous, nor have a miniscule UID, but /. was the first forum I really enjoyed participating and felt at home. Thanks for all the great work and for creating such an awesome environment for us to receive the news the matters, discuss, rant and eventually troll.

Editors, non-snarky question: usability testing (2)

Alaska Jack (679307) | about 3 years ago | (#37211144)

Editors, I am a long-time reader (like many, I lurked for years before signing up for an account), so I'm relatively used to /.'s somewhat quirky interface. But even I am often baffled. Do you ever just sit down with someone unfamiliar with Slashdot, and ask them to navigate around and accomplish certain tasks? Or explain to you, as best they understand, what certain things are, the logic behind the structure, etc?

Someday, I hope Slashdot adopts some kind of left-pane threaded view (like taking Google Group's "tree" view, or the one used Craigslist's help forum, and combining it with the rating and other things that make Slashdot good). In the short term, though, I think some simple usability testing could really help things out around here.

    - Alaska Jack

Thanks for everything Rob (1)

theolein (316044) | about 3 years ago | (#37211200)

This site has brought me more entertainment and information than just about any other over the last 10 years. Take care and I wish you the very best of luck with your family and whatever else you choose to do, mate.


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