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Moderation system (4, Insightful)

tech4 (2467692) | more than 2 years ago | (#37629846)

The moderation system seriously needs thinking and redone. It's constantly abused on Slashdot, up to the point where it really has started to annoy people. All the stories are filled with slashdot groupthink comments and it's always clear what kind of comments will be modded up and which down. This especially comes up within certain subjects - anything anti-piracy will get modded to -1, as does anything that says good things about Microsoft.

This really ruins the comment system as one is supposed to only have certain mindset and he is supposed to do all the same comments over and over again. Then there is the other mod abuse what happens when someone sees a comment he really doesn't like, so he goes on personal war against the poster and downmods all his comments from his comment profile, causing him bad karma and inability to post. Moderation system needs some serious work.

Re:Moderation system (5, Insightful)

jbeaupre (752124) | more than 2 years ago | (#37630006)

Slashdot has probably of the best comment systems on Earth. But it certainly is subject to orthodoxy. Unpopular opinions are modded down, turning some comment threads into echo chambers. I'd rather hear stuff I don't agree with than only one side.

Re:Moderation system (5, Insightful)

bigtomrodney (993427) | more than 2 years ago | (#37630234)

It's certainly not perfect, but I'd agree it's one of the best systems you'll find anywhere on the 'net. Look at the results of the vote systems on Digg and Reddit. Formerly sites that had intelligent contribution that have been brought to the lowest common denominator and worse. You do get a certain type of comment being approved frequently here but it's certainly a better trade-off than endless memes being rewarded while intelligent discussion is relegated to the darkest corners.

Re:Moderation system (1)

fyngyrz (762201) | more than 2 years ago | (#37630300)

To completely fix slashdot's moderation system, downmods need to be removed; upmods need to be attributed; meta moderation needs to be eliminated, and users need to be able to exclude moderators and commenters both from their reading material.

Re:Moderation system (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37630464)

Just make modding history visible per user, after all one needs to be logged in to mod.

If it is open to see to everyone that RandomUser always mods up/down certain opinions, it is at least clear that a trollmodder/astroturfer is active. (I did not check if there exists somebody with the handle RandomUser on /.)

Re:Moderation system (2)

omnichad (1198475) | more than 2 years ago | (#37630540)

While your at it, you might as well have foes' mod points not counted in your view of Slashdot.

Re:Moderation system (0)

Capt.DrumkenBum (1173011) | more than 2 years ago | (#37630488)

My thoughts on the mod system:
Give all logged in users the ability to mod.
Change Moderation to a simple up, or down button. Now instead of a down vote taking a posting down by one, it takes it down by 0.1, so 10 people have to agree that the poster is being a dick before the post goes down by one.
Add to that tracking what a person has moderated in the past, and if you find that someone is constantly modding up posts that most people are modding down, you could reset his moderation to 0.05, or for someone really abusing the system, they might be dropped to 0.0. Allow them to think they can mod, but just don't let it change anything.

It could work. Stranger things have happened.

Re:Moderation system (5, Insightful)

causality (777677) | more than 2 years ago | (#37630454)

Slashdot has probably of the best comment systems on Earth. But it certainly is subject to orthodoxy. Unpopular opinions are modded down, turning some comment threads into echo chambers. I'd rather hear stuff I don't agree with than only one side.

I've found that one can thoughtfully articulate an unpopular opinion in a way that causes others to consider ideas and perspectives they would otherwise be unwilling to entertain. Though they do it for petty and ignorant reasons, that same rigid orthodoxy winds up serving the higher purpose of helping me sharpen a skill that is otherwise more difficult and costly to practice. If they insist on being this way, let them; I will continue to use it constructively despite their narrow-minded intentions.

If you're going to fix something about this site, you should first identify something that can be easily recognized as broken. What comes to my mind is the JS that drives the comment system. It's unresponsive as hell. Most of the time, I have to click "Preview" and "Submit" multiple times before anything happens. Even then, it often won't update to show me the finalized comment, forcing me to use my browser's Refresh button. Since this is neither consistent nor the intended functionality, I consider it a glaring and obvious bug(s). If I were the developer, I would focus on basic usability and getting fundamental functions to work smoothly before I'd move on to larger ideas.

Otherwise, it would be easier to view the staff as a group of professionals if they'd take a small portion of their revenues and hire a good copy editor. Even a part-time copy editor would help tremendously. I frequently see mistakes that even automated spell-checkers would have caught. You're telling me an article submitted to an audience of millions isn't important enough to spend a few hundred milliseconds of CPU time to run a spell-checker? That would cost nothing, even if they can't be bothered to proofread anything. The lack of even basic attempts to achieve quality sends the message that these are not professionals who really care about the quality of their work, that they're just mercenaries who are not doing something they enjoy and value.

Re:Moderation system (1)

sureshot007 (1406703) | more than 2 years ago | (#37630538)

If you're going to fix something about this site, you should first identify something that can be easily recognized as broken. What comes to my mind is the JS that drives the comment system. It's unresponsive as hell. Most of the time, I have to click "Preview" and "Submit" multiple times before anything happens. Even then, it often won't update to show me the finalized comment, forcing me to use my browser's Refresh button. Since this is neither consistent nor the intended functionality, I consider it a glaring and obvious bug(s). If I were the developer, I would focus on basic usability and getting fundamental functions to work smoothly before I'd move on to larger ideas.

This is absolutely a must. Between that, and if you could eliminate the need for html code to format posts, life would be much better.

Re:Moderation system (1)

sourcerror (1718066) | more than 2 years ago | (#37630012)

"as does anything that says good things about Microsoft."

They usually don't, at least lately :)
On the other hand I agree, that anything counter-culture gets too easily upvoted. The opposing point of view might get upvoted as well, but they have to put much more thought into their comment to get the upvote.

Re:Moderation system (4, Insightful)

blair1q (305137) | more than 2 years ago | (#37630024)

I don't see it that way.

Being able to express a contrary opinion while retaining popular support is a skill. Being a dick about it is what gets you modded down to stay.

Targeted moderation attacks do happen, but it's easy to see when they do, and you can request that your karma be repaired and the offender be dealt with. Mod points link back to the modder.

I suppose the one change would be that you never get mod privs if you're not contributing otherwise, and the number you get starts at 1 and goes up with karma and participation. And then you can go to the marketplace and buy armor and weapons and potions and spells...

Re:Moderation system (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37630180)

And then you can go to the marketplace and buy armor and weapons and potions and spells...

VGMix may have a software patent on that already.

Re:Moderation system (5, Informative)

Kozar_The_Malignant (738483) | more than 2 years ago | (#37630248)

If you feel strongly that mod points are being misused, participate in meta-moderation. This does two things. First, it calls attention to poor use of mod points, and second, it will get you mod points more often (assuming your karma OK.)

Re:Moderation system (1)

chphilli (885315) | more than 2 years ago | (#37630052)

Whether you agree with the parent or not, it seems somewhat ironic that the post currently has a score of -1.

Re:Moderation system (2)

Tsingi (870990) | more than 2 years ago | (#37630088)

The moderation system seriously needs thinking and redone. It's constantly abused on Slashdot, up to the point where it really has started to annoy people. All the stories are filled with slashdot groupthink comments and it's always clear what kind of comments will be modded up and which down. This especially comes up within certain subjects - anything anti-piracy will get modded to -1, as does anything that says good things about Microsoft. This really ruins the comment system as one is supposed to only have certain mindset and he is supposed to do all the same comments over and over again. Then there is the other mod abuse what happens when someone sees a comment he really doesn't like, so he goes on personal war against the poster and downmods all his comments from his comment profile, causing him bad karma and inability to post. Moderation system needs some serious work.

I agree with what you say. But none of this is a big secret. Your post would be useful if you suggested a fix.

Re:Moderation system (5, Interesting)

snowraver1 (1052510) | more than 2 years ago | (#37630116)

1) Roll the comments system version back like 6 years. Make it load fast. Make it load all the comments on a single page (according to your moderation score preferences) If i'm browsing at -1, I want to see it all.

2) Make it load faster. Sometimes pages take forever to load, then when they do load, they scroll slowly. I think this is caused by fancy javascripting or something. Just display the comments. We don't need/want any fancy web 2.0 features.

3) We need better trolls. The trolls right now are lame. What happened to GNAA? Maybe you should invite them back.

4) The comment quality is getting worse. Slashdot is now mostly mundane comments. Sure, some are funny, but most lack content.

5) Take a note from Ars Technica. They are getting better commenters, they have original content (why not have feature stories here). Ars's commenting system sucks, but yet they still manage higher quality comments.

6) Delete all accounts numbered 2,000,000+. Remove signup. Invite only.

Re:Moderation system (3)

bigtomrodney (993427) | more than 2 years ago | (#37630282)

I agreed with everything you said, even about the trolls...but you can't be serious about removing members or making the site invite only. The moderation system does a fine job of silencing dumb comments.

The biggest thing to take from this is the old comment system. I really don't know why everything feels so rubbery and unresponsive, I actually did like the graphical side of the site overhaul but the sluggishness kills me. I'd love the old site back for a month.

Re:Moderation system (5, Funny)

Quiet_Desperation (858215) | more than 2 years ago | (#37630342)

snowraver1 (1052510) writes: 6) Delete all accounts numbered 2,000,000+. Remove signup. Invite only.

Agreed, except that we should start at 1,000,000.

Re:Moderation system (1)

cdrudge (68377) | more than 2 years ago | (#37630470)

snowraver1 (1052510) writes: 6) Delete all accounts numbered 2,000,000+. Remove signup. Invite only.

Agreed, except that we should start at 1,000,000.

Agreed, except that we should start at 100,000.

Re:Moderation system (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37630424)

This! Well, 1-5 at least.

Re:Moderation system (1)

elsurexiste (1758620) | more than 2 years ago | (#37630126)

Then there is the other mod abuse what happens when someone sees a comment he really doesn't like...

On those cases, I've seen everyone mods "Overrated" a lot. There's someone with a signature on the lines of "'Overrated' is '-1 Disagree'", and I concur.

Re:Moderation system (2)

serviscope_minor (664417) | more than 2 years ago | (#37630260)

I think when a post which is factually wrong gets modded up to +5 informative, it if fair to moderate as overrated. Does a wrong post deserve +5 informative?

I also think it is probably fair to mod a vapid post which is on +5 insightful as overrated. Does a vapid post desreve +5 insightful?

In both cases, it is fair for the moderator to mod them as overrated as they are in the opinion of the mod, overrated. I personally think that modding overrated should only be done to posts over the default level.

Re:Moderation system (4, Insightful)

AdamHaun (43173) | more than 2 years ago | (#37630408)

To be fair, there are a lot of posts that are overrated even at Score:1.

Re:Moderation system (1)

LordEd (840443) | more than 2 years ago | (#37630140)

So if I say that Microsoft sucks to impose a plus rating, a "I use Linux to listen to my pirated ogg encoded music" for additional plus, and let you know that in Soviet Russia, comments moderate you, I should get a +5 troll?

Re:Moderation system (4, Insightful)

bky1701 (979071) | more than 2 years ago | (#37630152)

Ever think that maybe people on slashdot are just tired of hearing those poor arguments, not only on slashdot, but from the vast majority of the non-technical population? Holding a discredited view isn't something to be proud of, and people not kowtowing to you for it isn't a flaw.

If you have an actual argument to make about something, then make it, and see if it flies. Moderation is to some extent the measure of how well this specific community has taken your comment. And that doesn't always fall along political/sect lines, as you seem to claim. I've seen many comments in favor of copyright and in favor of Microsoft get modded to +5. It is just rarer, perhaps because the people who typically make those comments do not share the same values as the slashdot community, or because they're just assholes.

Re:Moderation system (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37630192)

I do agree on this point. Although I don't often comment on Slashdot, and hell, I don't even have my own UID (blasphemy, I know), just from reading comments rather than interacting with them, it is as though the site as a whole has one concise voice, as heard inside my head. Groupthink is the best way to put it - it becomes less of a debate/discussion platform and starts to border on propaganda.

Re:Moderation system (5, Insightful)

bky1701 (979071) | more than 2 years ago | (#37630240)

It has a single voice if you want it to have a single voice, ie, you already think it does. A whole lot of people claim that on here, but it really is a dead unicorn trope. Why? Because when some story comes up which you would think would cause everyone to fall in line... people start arguing about it. However, confirmation bias works wonders. Funny how people who think slashdot has groupthink seem to disagree amongst themselves as to what, exactly, are the ideas slashdot is groupthinking about...

Re:Moderation system (1)

elsurexiste (1758620) | more than 2 years ago | (#37630406)

Perhaps there are dissenting voices, but I find them by looking for Foes-of-friends, not by moderation. Since mod points equal level of exposure...

Re:Moderation system (4, Informative)

Dunbal (464142) | more than 2 years ago | (#37630442)

It's constantly abused on Slashdot, up to the point where it really has started to annoy people.

Do what I do and read at -1, ignoring all mods. That way it won't annoy you. Yeah you'll run into the occasional goatse/GNAA/epic troll post. So what?

If any changes are made to the moderation system at least let users like me be able to opt out of the new system, because ANY automated system can be abused by non-automated humans. I'd rather take my chances than miss out on the numerous good posts that never get modded up.

Re:Moderation system (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37630480)

I couldn't possibly disagree more.

Does the moderation system get abused? Sure. But you also typically find many dissenting opinions modded up -- in fact, there are plenty which get modded up despite the "Oh noes, I'm saying something some Slashdotters might disagree with, I'm going to get modded down!" In fact, such posts seem much more likely to be modded up.

Re:Moderation system (2)

fermion (181285) | more than 2 years ago | (#37630522)

I do not think that /. has groupthink. Many of my comments are modded up and down. The lame one tend to stay down, while the ones that appeal tend to move up and down. The only thing I have noticed is that a single people who moderte on the basis on personal belief rather than rational discussion. In many cases, if the mod down early, a good comment can be lost n the din of 0 and 1 moderated comment. The one way that this might be prevented is that anyone who negatively moderates a comment(even overrated and the like) that is then predominately overrated would lose a significant amount of karma, or might otherwise put lower in the moderation pool.

SHAPE the future? (4, Funny)

SilverHatHacker (1381259) | more than 2 years ago | (#37629906)

I always liked triangles. Slashdot needs more triangles.

I have trianglaphobia, you insensitive clod!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37629994)

n/t

Re:SHAPE the future? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37629996)

That's what your wife told me, when I was banging her and her sister.

Re:SHAPE the future? (1)

loftwyr (36717) | more than 2 years ago | (#37630016)

I'm a Rhombus fan myself, triangles are just too two-sided.

Re:SHAPE the future? (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37630068)

Two-sided triangles? Are you fucking retarded?

Re:SHAPE the future? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37630048)

Whats wrong with polygons? We should welcome all shapes.

Re:SHAPE the future? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37630324)

Even the Sierpinski's? They can be rather long winded.

Re:SHAPE the future? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37630086)

Rounded or african triangles?

What I hate about Slashdot is ... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37629908)

FIRST POST!

Re:What I hate about Slashdot is ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37630334)

Good. Then you should be happy right now.

is this the bit (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37629974)

where 2^14 people step forward and say "I am 'anonymous coward' on slahdot"?

Re:is this the bit (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37630242)

Everyone knows that Anonymous Coward is one schizophrenic person.

WORK WITHOUT JAVASCRIPT (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37630014)

Make it so I can see all the posts without logging in or Javascript. My usage of the site has gone down dramatically because it's a pain in the ass with the (relatively) new system. I have been reading the site since 1998 and this fucking sucks.

Re:WORK WITHOUT JAVASCRIPT (1)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | more than 2 years ago | (#37630096)

Yeah we need a legacy interface to fall back on when the new stuff that apparently gets little to no testing doesn't work. I usually use the JS interface but it's buggy as shit. I think I only tolerate it because of my development experience.

Re:WORK WITHOUT JAVASCRIPT (4, Informative)

bky1701 (979071) | more than 2 years ago | (#37630496)

Account -> Discussions -> Classic Discussion System (D1)

It isn't as good as the "Interactive" system before the last "improvement," but it does work without javascript. Not sure how you didn't see this, as looking at slashdot without JS offers this to you.

Re:WORK WITHOUT JAVASCRIPT (2)

Tsingi (870990) | more than 2 years ago | (#37630122)

I agree with this wholeheartedly. My home puter, which has more js restrictions on it, won't let me moderate. So I don't.

Re:WORK WITHOUT JAVASCRIPT (1)

Hatta (162192) | more than 2 years ago | (#37630418)

What do you mean? I've run /. without javascript since 2 redesigns ago. It works better without javascript than with it.

Improve Slashdot By Rewinding To What It Grew On (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37630020)

Stop hitting the web server on my NAT box for ok.txt every time I post.
Don't assume that any cookies you set will ever be sent back.
Don't use referer fields at all, just send straight HTML.
Don't use all this horrible crashy javascript.

Ideas.... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37630036)

Fire timothy, fix moderation, fix the damn slider for browsing comments, shorten the time to repost after posting one comment as AC. I have to sit here forever it seems waiting to post the next comment.

Re:Ideas.... (1)

kiwimate (458274) | more than 2 years ago | (#37630264)

I'd forgotten about the slider. It never worked so I ignored it. The front page doesn't work; most of the elements overlap so you can't see half the items. I can't get to my account info. Most of the site features just don't work. Test them sometime.

article selection (5, Insightful)

rish87 (2460742) | more than 2 years ago | (#37630064)

Some really terrible articles get through sometimes. Articles from some no-name person's blog that contain no or very few external links to anything to back up the crap put forth on their site.

Re:article selection (1)

webheaded (997188) | more than 2 years ago | (#37630486)

Good point. I normally enjoy the stuff that comes through but sometimes I really wonder what the hell the editors were thinking with some of the blogspam. Like seriously...do you guys even look at some of those links? Sometimes it's literally a copypasta job. Come on now.

Finally, a meta-thread! (5, Insightful)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | more than 2 years ago | (#37630072)

Better quality editing.

Sounds mean but it has to be said. Some of the stories over the last year or two have had blatant errors in the summary (one was even in the title, about some incident at a nuclear plant), I remember at least a few troll stories that got through, it's shameful. It seems like the posters are often putting more effort into the posts than the editors are putting into the articles.

Re:Finally, a meta-thread! (5, Informative)

loteck (533317) | more than 2 years ago | (#37630350)

I really enjoy the community and the moderation system on Slashdot. The combination of the 2 are working well together, in my opinion, and I told them that.

I also lambasted the editors for not editing, for headlines that are downright false, and various other editorial issues. One thing that stops me from suggesting slashdot to my friends is that I never know when some story is going to get posted with completely false information in the headline or summary, with a 100+ comment conversation that ensues about information that isn't even accurate.

When that happens, and it happens often, it makes the site look foolish and by extension it makes me look foolish for having suggested it. Slashdot needs to tighten up the editorial department, for me that is the single biggest area for improvement on the site. I told them as much.

Put the comment system (1)

bky1701 (979071) | more than 2 years ago | (#37630080)

Back to how it was about a year ago, when it worked fairly well with or without Javascript. As it is now, it doesn't seem to work right either way...

How about having lots of pictures of male penises (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37630090)

all over the place. I know that most of the manly /. users are in love with their maleness. There is nothing, I think they would like better that to see penises all over the page. /. users could have a section where they send in pictures of their manhood, and compare them. Also there could be a section where we call people who disagree with us a faggot.

Seriously, I think the major problem with /. is there are not enough dicks on the page. Also, maybe we could have a section where we talk about the affects of penises on global warming. How about a section specifically reserved for laughing at those faggots who are relgious. Or better yet, how about a section where we talk about how much smarter we are that the regular population.

I want at least on professional editor (4, Interesting)

onyxruby (118189) | more than 2 years ago | (#37630108)

All I want is at least one professional editor. Somebody to do basic things like check for dupes, make sure stories aren't wholesale ripped off, basic fact checking, that kind of thing. This is done by almost every other professional news media site out there, can Slashdot please make this /one/ change?

Re:I want at least on professional editor (1)

onyxruby (118189) | more than 2 years ago | (#37630134)

You see how an editor would be handy, they could catch my typo of "on" instead of "one" and /fix/ it. As I so clearly demonstrated, editors are useful things.

Read your own goddamned bug tracker? (4, Informative)

Blakey Rat (99501) | more than 2 years ago | (#37630120)

How about you read your own bug tracker and actually fix, or at least respond in some way, to the bugs in it?

Re:Read your own goddamned bug tracker? (1)

blakesterz (126049) | more than 2 years ago | (#37630274)

YES THIS! I said as much in my survey. I ran a site on slashcode for years and gave up trying to get things fixed and just moved on to Drupal.

Re:Read your own goddamned bug tracker? (1)

Blakey Rat (99501) | more than 2 years ago | (#37630352)

It's just stupid. Why are they running a survey when they have a WHOLE DATABASE of things to fix that, as far as I can tell, no Slashdot staff member has ever bothered to read?

First thing's first: respond to the years and years worth of feedback you have in your bug tracker, then, when you're finished with that, ask for more.

What do you dislike? (3, Insightful)

gQuigs (913879) | more than 2 years ago | (#37630146)

Bad stories. Useless stories. Stories that are identifiable after reading the first couple comments that they are in fact non-stories, trolling, or something like that. Stories should be demote-able, so less of Slashdot need waste their time with them.

Make logging in easier. (1)

rolfwind (528248) | more than 2 years ago | (#37630170)

I'm not sure there is much to improve. For years, the ever-changing (and oft confusing ways) to show/hide comments drove me nuts. But the current iteration of the slider bar works well.

Often, I type a comment just to find I'm not signed in (/. seems to like signing one out rather quickly). The old way I could have signed on at my post without losing my post. If I click log on at the top, I often lose my post. I have to remember to right click->new tab it. I greatly preferred the old way. I often lose posts and really don't bother retyping them.

I would also like to see /. get more story volume like Reddit but w/o losing IQ. I still come here because the posts are still more intelligent than most of the net, many social media sites included. Plus, unlike reddit, I like how the moderation often tells me why something was upvoted (I sometimes don't get humor of everything because I don't keep up with the latest trends/games/books/series/etc).

Shut it down! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37630176)

Give the money back to the share holders!

This needs to stop (5, Insightful)

SteveTauber (996603) | more than 2 years ago | (#37630190)

Articles shouldn't start like this: "Mr Submitter, with his first accepted submission, writes: [summary]". No one gives a fuck.

Posting doesn't work (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37630200)

Half the time I try to post and use the capcha thing it thinks I'm a bot and kicks me out. Fix it.

Tech problems make the site less fun.... (5, Interesting)

sampson7 (536545) | more than 2 years ago | (#37630202)

I filled out the survey, but I will share my major concerns here as well. I use IE 7. My company mandates its use and locks things down fairly well. I am a lawyer interested in science and tech policy, but with no actual computer skills (i.e., I programmed a few lines of HTML in my youth, but that's about it).

Over the past few years, my user experience has gone into the gutter, with very few corresponding benefits. Boxes often overlap, and the whole site freezes on a regular basis. Most other sites are fine.

As a result, I show up less. Sure, I could read it on my home computer, but eh. What's the point if you can't sit on a conference call while reading?

Easy (4, Insightful)

Quiet_Desperation (858215) | more than 2 years ago | (#37630280)

More poines.

Oh, and more selection on the moderation. -1 Insane and +1 Really Insane and -1 Fanbois and +1 Well Played, Sir

Survey submitted. (1)

mrflash818 (226638) | more than 2 years ago | (#37630292)

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SEARCH!!!! (4, Insightful)

sconeu (64226) | more than 2 years ago | (#37630356)

The search function completely sucks. If I'm looking for a comment that I *KNOW* was posted in an story, but can't remember the story, good freaking luck finding it.

I usually wind up with better results by using google ("search text" +site:slashdot.org).

Re:SEARCH!!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37630550)

I made the same comment in the survey.

RSS Hyperlinks (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37630378)

RSS needs html tags too. Story abstracts show up as plain text, though comments are well implemented. We can even post directly from the feed but can't RTFA. Even if we don't care to RTFA, context is lost without the blue underlining.

I would also encourage the editors to read /.'s feed to reduce the frequency of dupes.

Slow preview progress circle (4, Informative)

Issarlk (1429361) | more than 2 years ago | (#37630384)

In 2011 we shouldn't have to wait 10 seconds after hitting preview for our less than 1kb of text to be checked and displayed back.

Re:Slow preview progress circle (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37630476)

It's because they're scanning your host for signs its a proxy. You'll generally notice subsequent posts go through faster.

Lack of vision (1)

Spy Handler (822350) | more than 2 years ago | (#37630396)

The firehose submissions and peer review and all that stuff isn't working out too great. Analogy would be HP, where they test the wind, do consumer opion surveys, commitee meetings, just to decide what to do.

What slashdot really needs to do is get Steve Jobs (or an equivalent) with a clear vision and just do one thing, and do it with excellence. Be Apple, not HP.

Comment Threshold Slider (1)

afourney (2183166) | more than 2 years ago | (#37630410)

The comment threshold slider is completely broken on multi-touch devices. You can't "click and drag" in any modern multi-touch browser (iPhone, Android, Touchpad, Playbook, etc.) If you try, it just pans the page. "Touch and drag" is the universal pan / scroll gesture.

A Few Things (5, Insightful)

nwf (25607) | more than 2 years ago | (#37630436)

In addition to the moderation / meta-moderation issues noted (confirmation bias anyone?) Changes over the past year have made reading /. on a mobile device (e.g. iPhone) almost impossible. Page loads take forever and it must be trying to calculate pi to 1 billion places for each page load. Plus, clicking a collapsed story to show it will scroll to the top. That's stupid. The "More" links are lame, too. You can keep clicking "more" to get more stories (since it only displays like 5), but when you go into a story to read comments and then come out, all your extra stories are gone. A simple "next page" feature would be far more useful. AJAX is all fine, but /. abuses it to the point where it detracts from site functionality.

Oh, and more stories about ponies.

Dsyexila (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37630466)

I thought the title of this article said "Help shape the funeral of slashdot,"

I gasped until I read it right.

Edit your posts (3, Interesting)

Dunbal (464142) | more than 2 years ago | (#37630514)

Being able to edit/delete your posts would be favorite. Yeah I know there's the preview button but often mistakes can slip through a quick proof-read. For a further example, look at how many actual submission titles/commentaries are riddled with spelling and grammatical errors... Now imagine the comments.

Thank You (1)

0101000001001010 (466440) | more than 2 years ago | (#37630534)

Everybody's a critic, including myself. So you're about to have to read some strong responses. But please keep in that, IMHO, there's still no place on the Web like Slashdot. So thank you for keeping it together, warts and all.

Quote thing-a-ling at the bottom. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37630542)

The randomly generated quotes at the bottom are rarely funny. Why not stick to lists of quotes from real people?

Drop politics (0)

Shivetya (243324) | more than 2 years ago | (#37630560)

and quit trying to sneak your obvious political slant into posted stories by putting them into the wrong categories. So do your best to remove the slant from the site. You could also drop stories about whack jobs like Phleps clan going after Steve Jobs because it had no place here, it might work at Digg but we know where their bias got them.

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