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Slashdot Coming Attractions

samzenpus posted about 2 years ago | from the what-we've-done-and-what-we're-going-to-do dept.

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We've been busy at Slashdot. As you have probably noticed, we've added a couple of new Slashboxes recently:

  • Most Discussed: Highlighting recent stories with the most active discussions
  • This Day on Slashdot: Featuring the biggest Slashdot stories of the day all the way back to the beginning.

We also pushed through a number of fixes to the user experience and upgrades to the site infrastructure in recent months including:

  • Upgrading Slashdot to modern hardware and new versions of MySQL and Apache
  • Cleaning up the topics pages
  • Improving methods for sharing submissions
  • Thumbnails for articles with videos
  • Flag-a-comment abuse reporting
  • Removal of old and unused Slashboxes
  • A much overdue overhauling of the FAQ
  • Fixes to user preferences
  • The launch of the Slashdot Hall of Fame (that little badge icon next to the logo)
  • Fixes to the D2 comment system. Highlights include bug fixes to the comment score slider, a better abbreviated view (if you quote the parent, that's removed so people can see your first sentence instead), and general reliability improvements to the AJAX magic
  • And many more...

In addition, we're working on modules to highlight top submissions and we've launched Slashdot TV at http://tv.slashdot.org/ . We plan on launching more in the weeks to come. Some of these new sections will feature original content that isn't normally run on the front page. We're also planning a new mobile experience and we'll need your feedback to help us with the look and usability. Our goal through all these changes is to make your Slashdot experience a good one. We are listening to your complaints and concerns and promise to keep giving you News for Nerds and Stuff that Matters.

So, readers, what do you want to see in the coming months?

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Timeline (5, Funny)

BillCable (1464383) | about 2 years ago | (#39596091)

Clearly you should switch to Timeline format for all content.

Re:Timeline (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39596453)

I've been around here for over 15 years and seen it change over time. The latest incarnation with its automatic loading and fancy inline data retrieval sucks balls.

So new Slashdot... Is it good or is it whack?

You really want to bring my machine to its knees (4, Insightful)

line-bundle (235965) | about 2 years ago | (#39596097)

Don't you?

Re:You really want to bring my machine to its knee (5, Funny)

felipekk (1007591) | about 2 years ago | (#39596387)

It's the retribution. For years we've been Slashdotting all these websites who had some cool content to show us. Now it's time for retribution and Slashdot all the reader's computers.

Source code (4, Interesting)

NighthawkFoo (16928) | about 2 years ago | (#39596099)

Do you still provide the source code that runs the site? I remember that slashcode.com [slashcode.com] would track your changes in the past. Is this still true? I see that the last post there was in 2009.

Re:Source code (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39596419)

I'll say what the hive mind has been thinking for a while: Let's fork /. !!

Re:Source code (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39596547)

The people here are as much of a problem as the site.

A bit late for April Fools, isn't it? (5, Insightful)

realityimpaired (1668397) | about 2 years ago | (#39596101)

Seriously... a bit late, no? A lot of this flies directly in the face of stuff that Slashdot has been saying for years... comment reporting for abuse? Does this mean that abusive comments can be removed? That kinda defeats the point of the kind of discussion that Slashdot has been built on....

Re:A bit late for April Fools, isn't it? (1)

game kid (805301) | about 2 years ago | (#39596361)

A lot of this flies directly in the face of stuff that Slashdot has been saying for years... comment reporting for abuse? Does this mean that abusive comments can be removed?

That was when Slashdot was Slashdot. Now they're Slashdot, an entirely different husk of the old one. ;)

That reminds me, I wanna write up a "fierce independence" pledge that devs can take, should they want to do some honest commerce and show that they're full-on indie, and not just calling themselves "indie" as some nebulous "Honchos" [slashdot.org] pull the strings. It'll probably exclude-by-design bunches of self-proclaimed "indie"s and "nonprofit"s (certain browser makers, game companies, and tech websites come to mind) but it seems more and more necessary. Something analogous (but not functionally equivalent) to a GPL for governance, I guess; but hopefully not as extreme as a "Declaration of Hipsterness" or whatever either. I mean, I still buy stuff after they become cool.

Re:A bit late for April Fools, isn't it? (2, Funny)

LurkerXXX (667952) | about 2 years ago | (#39596421)

It was a request by all the vendors who pay for the slashvertisements we've had lately. Err, I mean 'stories'.

Re:A bit late for April Fools, isn't it? (5, Interesting)

roman_mir (125474) | about 2 years ago | (#39596435)

How about abusive moderation?

I have entire pages of comments (in fact if you just look at my comments right now, it's filled with that stuff), with comments that had been moderated up and down a few times, +5 to -1 to +5 to -1 or 0. All that while there are many replies to them, so clearly, these comments generate 'interest', whatever it is.

Does it make sense to have wild swings in comment moderation in that case, doesn't it mean that in reality those comments are at least 'interesting' enough to a large number of people?

It looks to me, the real problem with /. is a weird moderation scheme that encourages people to moderate not based on merit of the comment, but instead based on their own biases and it's used to silence opinions.

Re:A bit late for April Fools, isn't it? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39596477)

Seriously... a bit late, no? A lot of this flies directly in the face of stuff that Slashdot has been saying for years... comment reporting for abuse? Does this mean that abusive comments can be removed? That kinda defeats the point of the kind of discussion that Slashdot has been built on....

It depends on how it's implemented. If comments can be removed or censored, that's bad, but if flagging past a certain threshold just triggers a review of the user by the editors, who if they deem them to be nothing but a troll, would then be banned (but all comments would remain)? That's reasonable.

GOD DAMN IT, THIS IS WHY I AVOID REDDIT! (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39596489)

I'm disappointed to see utter bullshit like "Flag-a-comment abuse reporting" and "Thumbnails for articles with videos" and "general reliability improvements to the AJAX magic" included in this list.

I intentionally avoid sites like reddit, StackOverflow, and especially Hacker News, because of the high degree of censorship that goes on at such places. You can't hold, never mind express, a non-mainstream opinion there. It really stifles the discussion. At least Slashdot allows differing opinions and ideas to be expressed, without the outright censorship we see elsewhere.

The worst part about the censorship is that it happened to people who were expressing absolutely correct, yet unpopular, ideas. Many of them were merely years ahead of the rest of the crowd. For example, some people who I saw get targeted a lot were those who didn't have a raging hard-on for Ruby on Rails. They'd correctly point out that Rails is a pretty typical framework, and similar functionality had been available in Perl, PHP and Python years earlier. They'd correctly point out that there's nothing special about Rails' ORM. They'd correctly point out that Ruby's and Rails' performance is actually quite horrible. Yet despite being completely correct, they'd receive hundreds or even thousands of unjustified "mod-downs" and in some cases would have their comments removed and they'd then be banned from the subreddit. As somebody who came from Slashdot, I found that behavior to be abhorrent. At least I could see such discussion at Slashdot, where it was just gone at some of these other sites.

What's all this video crap, too? Reading is so much more efficient than watching video. I'm not going to waste 15 minutes watching some useless video when I could read a transcript or even an article expressing the same information in one or two minutes. So don't even bother with this thumbnail bullshit. As users, we don't want videos. The only people really pushing videos are those who want to cram more "vibrant" advertising nonsense down the throats of "consumers".

And for crying out loud, we don't need "general reliability improvements" to the AJAX crap. STRIP IT THE FUCK OUT! Get rid of it! Go back to the good ol' dropdowns for selecting the moderation level and the number of posts to view. Go back to using to using proven techniques that, get this, actually work and are usable!

I was hopeful that we'd see some great changes when Slashdot first came to us asking for suggestions. But now I fear that Slashdot will become another intolerant shitheap among the reddits and Diggs and Hacker Newses of the Internet. We don't want censorship. We don't want bullshit videos. We don't want half-assed, buzzword-compliant functionality ruining the site.

Re:A bit late for April Fools, isn't it? (1)

mcgrew (92797) | about 2 years ago | (#39596517)

The abuse flag doesn't remove a comment or mod it down, it's for spam and GNAA trolls. Click the flag and a /. editor will have a look. It's up to them to remove it.

The "Hall of fame" page apparently doesn't count anything before the page was first posted; it says I have no submissions when in fact I've had dozens of accepted submissions. Just not recently.

Re:A bit late for April Fools, isn't it? (5, Interesting)

TheRaven64 (641858) | about 2 years ago | (#39596615)

According to the Hall of Fame, I'm the most active commenter for this quarter (I really need to stop procrastinating), which probably means I will be ignored by the Slashdot overlords more than more people, but here are my inflation-adjusted two cents:

Most Discussed. Don't care. It's not like it's hard to see the comment counts on the front page.

This Day on Slashdot. Might be interesting. Probably not though - lots of slow news days. Sounds like an attempt at recycling old content.

Upgrading Slashdot to modern hardware and new versions of MySQL and Apache. Irrelevant to most users. Upgrading to a real database and a more modern web server might be interesting, if only for the flame war in the comments that it would provoke.

Cleaning up the topics pages. Long overdue. Although part of the problem is that most of the current crop of 'editors' are stunningly ignorant of their subject matter and so routinely file things in the wrong category.

Improving methods for sharing submissions. Yes, Slashdot needs more Facebook integration. And more Twitter integration. And it definitely needs to jump on the Google+ bandwagon! The last changes to this crap meant that my user CSS no longer blocks the share button, as it previously blocked the little 'I am an attention whore so desperate for approval that I want to help companies build a database about me' buttons. Please, please, please, provide a user option to turn off all of this crap, if you must have it.

Thumbnails for articles with videos. Even better would be an option of hiding all articles with videos from the front page. The last ones have all been spam, so I wouldn't even have wanted to read them in text form. I usually read Slashdot while waiting for a compile job to finish or while having a short procrastination break, so things that require 100% attention such as videos are of no interest to me. Stick them all in videos.slashdot.org and make it as easy to ignore as idle.

Flag-a-comment abuse reporting. As you say, a step backwards. Slashdot isn't Slashdot without trolls. Mod them down, but don't delete them.

Removal of old and unused Slashboxes. If they're unused, no one will notice or care, so this is irrelevant to everyone. If, as I suspect, by 'unused' you mean 'some people use them, but I don't' then you're just trying to bill removing a feature that people use as an improvement. I suggest you quit Slashdot and get a job at Apple.

A much overdue overhauling of the FAQ. Again, long overdue. Note that overhaul usually implies improvement and please remember that when you do it.

Fixes to user preferences. Bug fixes are good. Currently lots of this stuff was broken by the Web 2.0!11111eleventyone rewrite.

The launch of the Slashdot Hall of Fame. Dear God No! The 'achievements' section was bad enough. I thought this was an April Fools joke when it was launched, but it stuck around. Now we have more of this crap. Clever people are able to learn from the mistakes of others. Most people can learn from their own mistakes. The sign of total idiocy is failing to learn from your own mistakes. Now we have a hall of fame which is going to promote exactly the same behaviour as the old public karma numbers, a system Slashdot abandoned for very good reasons. Please, learn from your mistakes, don't keep repeating them.

Fixes to the D2 comment system. Maybe next time you could do this before making it default? For the record, I mostly like the D2 system. The biggest bug, however, is that you can type a long comment and then accidentally hit cancel instead of preview and lose it (which you couldn't with the old one, as browsers would warn you if you tried to navigate off a page with a full text field). Fix that first! Slashdot always embodied the ugly-but-functional school of design. The rewrite made it no less ugly, but made it less functional. We're happy with Slashdot being ugly, but please make it actually work. Another example: it still requires horizontal scrolling with my preferred browser window width (which makes lines of text in most pages a sensible size). There is just no excuse for that.

That said, I would be perfectly happy with the existing Slashdot infrastructure if the editors would do their jobs! It's not a difficult job - it should take at most half an hour a day. All you have to do is check the posts in the FireHose, verify that the story is interesting, relevant, and cites sensible source. For reference, the Daily Fail is not a valid source for anything. If the submission includes an ad-laden blog with a short summary forwarding to the real article, link to the real article instead. Don't post articles making claims that a later (already published) article refuted. If there aren't enough interesting submissions, look at your favourite tech news sites and post the most interesting story from there. If the submission is in a vague approximation of English, then fix it. That is why your job title is editor - because you are supposed to edit submissions. Oh, and sent Timothy to remedial English classes before he's allowed near a computer again.

Looking forward to exploring the changes... (4, Interesting)

gtvr (1702650) | about 2 years ago | (#39596107)

As a casual user, I do find that some of these features are less than immediately obvious - is there a beginner's guide to some of these features?

Fix the CSS on my Android (4, Interesting)

erroneus (253617) | about 2 years ago | (#39596111)

The top of the page is inaccessible for some reason on my phone. I can't click on my user link because it's "behind" the address bar. Other pages do not do this. Something weird with the CSS I think. So as long as things are being changed and stuff, fix the CSS eh?

Fix copy and paste on the iPad (1)

Richard_at_work (517087) | about 2 years ago | (#39596253)

At the moment (iOS5.1) I cannot highlight anything on the page outside of a text area so I can't copy and paste...

Stick a fork in it (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39596123)

It's dead, Jim.
 
Report abuse? Really? So not only do we have to deal with the Overrated mod on unpopular (yet true) comments, we now will also have to deal with people flagging them as abusive? Unreal.

Comment abuse reporting? WTF? (0)

arcade (16638) | about 2 years ago | (#39596129)

*Sigh*.

So, that's how it's gonna be no that CmdrTaco is gone.

From my heart - to whomever the moron who made this decision was: FUCK YOU.

Shill problem (1)

improfane (855034) | about 2 years ago | (#39596157)

You are right, this will be just as abused just like the current moderation system by shills.

I really would like a user preference that lets me block users greater than a certain UID. This is because there are very few genuine users over a certain ID.

Anyone with me? How do we slow down the shills?

Dear Slashdot Management (5, Insightful)

improfane (855034) | about 2 years ago | (#39596171)

Your website's profitability depends on the comments posted below. You depend on User Generated Content (UGC). This is where most users extract value from your site and the reason why people actually still visit Slashdot.

It's not the articles themselves, people only rarely read those.

If you allow your user base to be diluted by commercial interests, your profits will dwindle as less users come here to socialize and learn. That is why you need to keep the comments off limits for gaming by media and PR companies. If you post a Slashvertisement, not that I like them at least it is separate from the comment section so you're not pretending to be anything but a shill for another company. However, the comment section should represent real users and trolls -- not shills.

Re:Dear Slashdot Management (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39596295)

...as less users come here to socialize ...

You call this socializing?

No wonder geeks have no social skills.

But it just not geeks now. Facebook has everyone "socializing" online and the World is getting lonelier. What a paradox! We can connect to hundreds of millions of people, but it just more isolating and I hate it. My local LUG groups closed down because everyone is online, as an example.

If the internet wasn't a necessity these days (try getting work without it), I'd unplug the fucker.

Re:Shill problem (2)

scdeimos (632778) | about 2 years ago | (#39596231)

New feature: Shill tagging. If a user gets enough of their posts shill tagged (by unique UIDs) within a week/month then their account automatically gets suspended. They can appeal to the /. gods to be unsuspended, otherwise it's suspended for good.

Re:Shill problem (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39596311)

Yep, that way anyone who has anything good to say about Microsoft or Google or Apple or Oracle or whoever the boogeyman is in a given thread can be strung up proper like.

Re:Shill problem (2)

zero0ne (1309517) | about 2 years ago | (#39596467)

I am a real person :(

What about a way to block specific users, which in turn ALSO blocks all their moderation?

Say some group of shills mods post Y down to oblivion, by having them on your block list, those down mods are invisible and not counted. You now see the post for how it is, and if anyone else modded it +1 whatever, you would see that as well, as long as they aren't on your block list as well.

Of course, this could be the way it is currently, but as a /. noob, I don't have a good enough idea of what users to block.

My wish... (4, Insightful)

lxs (131946) | about 2 years ago | (#39596131)

So, readers, what do you want to see in the coming months?

  A clear separation between ads and stories.

Typos??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39596141)

"Our goal though all these changes"

Suggestion: Stop making dumb typos. Really, this is the age of smart phone texting and it is killing grammar and proper spelling. Don't fall into that trap.

Journal entry (1)

tqft (619476) | about 2 years ago | (#39596143)

I just tried to post a journal entry

It may have worked.

Couldn't convince the link to linkify (fish slap with John Cleese at 72).

Couldn't be assed working on it, coz so much stuff has been broken and no idea what will or won't work.

In all seriousness (5, Interesting)

jayhawk88 (160512) | about 2 years ago | (#39596151)

Slashdot right now is the place to go when you want to read about 2 day old news. These days there's very little I see here that I haven't already seen on Ars, Engadget, Giz, TechDirt, BSG, etc.

I know the mission statement probably doesn't care all that much about Slashdot being a news breaker, it's always been more about the discussion, but the discussion becomes a bit stale when the story goes up 18 hours after the rest of the world posted about it. If you want the quality of commenting to rise again, make a concerted effort to get articles up in a more timely manner.

Re:In all seriousness (4, Insightful)

myspys (204685) | about 2 years ago | (#39596233)

If something that is 2 days old doesn't count as news, then I don't read news.

The people who want news the second it's released can go somewhere else, I'm here for the discussions.

Re:In all seriousness (1)

Kneo24 (688412) | about 2 years ago | (#39596401)

A lot of those other places have discussion systems in place. The point they were trying to make is that after two days, the topic has been known and discussed elsewhere in depth.

Re:In all seriousness (2)

QuasiSteve (2042606) | about 2 years ago | (#39596301)

I know the mission statement probably doesn't care all that much about Slashdot being a news breaker, it's always been more about the discussion, but the discussion becomes a bit stale when the story goes up 18 hours after the rest of the world posted about it.

While I appreciate the desire for timely news, there are also up sides to the delay.
One big up side is that the story has somewhat settled down and there's more facts going around than speculation and knee-jerk reactions.

In that respect, though, I do miss Slashback. You'd essentially get the best of both worlds most of the time.
On the one hand you'd have articles posted quickly, loads of knee-jerk comments, as well as some more noteworthy comments.
On the other, after a few days, there would be a Slashback post summarizing a few of the news articles, developments since the original ones, and sometimes including some of the top comments from the previous posts, which then served as a basis for further discussion with a far greater SNR.

http://slashdot.org/archive.pl?op=topics&keyword=slashback [slashdot.org]
( Look for the ones beginning with "Slashback:" )

Re:In all seriousness (1)

mcbridematt (544099) | about 2 years ago | (#39596437)

On the other hand, the SNR seems to be much better than other venues, both in content and discussions. Which is why I keep coming.

reply to comments STILL broken - please fix! (4, Informative)

datapharmer (1099455) | about 2 years ago | (#39596155)

For the love of Linus please fix the bug that causes me to always have a notification that there is a reply to one of my comments. I have tried everything to delete it and nothing works. It is super annoying! If I click on the message it just says that message xxxxxxxxxx isn't found (where xxxxxxxxxx = message ID). Arghh!!!

What do I want? (5, Insightful)

g051051 (71145) | about 2 years ago | (#39596165)

I want Slashdot back!

Lose the gimmicks. Slashdot was great because it focused on hard tech news, and tended to post things that the Slashdot community were interested in. Now, it seems to be at the whims of a few submitters (MrSeb, Hugh Pickens) with the editors asleep at the switch and posting stuff that's not even remotely tech news, typically biased political propaganda.

Stop creating your own vanity projects. You need to stop fantasizing that you're a news *source* and get back to being a tech news *aggregator*. We don't want you to create custom content, and especially not tripe like device destruction porn, reviews, reports from conventions (is there any bigger waste of video than a "from the convention floor" type report?) You're such a late entry to this space that it'll take years to get even remotely good at it, if ever. Find the great content out there, and post stories and links. That's it!

It's just absurd to think that these recent missteps were simple errors in judgement. The claim that the infamous hoodie video was intended (per Soulskill) as "a quick, silly, completely non-serious video" is suspect. Why would something *intended* as a silly video even be on the front page and not in Idle? How out of touch do you need to be to think that the readers wouldn't be offended and instantly assume an ad masquerading as a story?

And in spite of the massive negative feedback (which must have been massive indeed to rouse the editors from their slumber to actually acknowledge the problem), you *still* ran that atrocious Plantronics tripe, and pretended to be surprised that people hated it.

Honestly, the recent changes stink of you trying to pad your resumes.

So right (5, Insightful)

improfane (855034) | about 2 years ago | (#39596207)

The problem I think is that geeks no longer run Slashdot, they no longer choose the stories to post. Instead it's by social media/blogger types which is not what Slashdot's target audience is interested in...

Re:So right (3, Interesting)

tomhath (637240) | about 2 years ago | (#39596359)

Instead it's by social media/blogger types which is not what Slashdot's target audience is interested in

Sad, but apparently true. Certain topics (e.g. politics, social issues like race or gay rights, green energy/global warming, etc.) always draw more comments/page hits/advertising. I left Fark because it turned into a cesspool of blogger wannabes shouting at each other. Please keep the News For Nerds angle here, especially in an election year when every other media outlet is full of Unbiased Reporting (patent applied for 2012).

Re:What do I want? (2)

thsths (31372) | about 2 years ago | (#39596335)

> I want Slashdot back!

Seconded. This is not Slashdot, this is Slashdot theatre, stages by bad actors with no technical expertise whatsoever.

It has gone from a place were you would find serious technical news stories to one of the worst places on the net. Always looking for the next outcry and the next provocation posting, worse than even the tabloid press.

Re:What do I want? (2)

TaoPhoenix (980487) | about 2 years ago | (#39596563)

And I want my comments back!

At my glacial pace, I am finally thinking of starting a blog. It occurred to me that I have a wealth of comments I have posted over the years here. Give us a "12-click" method that exports all of your comments out into your choice of a few file types.

For a site that talks about the evils of lock-in, I made a half hearted attempt to neo-google (Startpage) my comments from Slashdot by using a web search engine.

Re:What do I want? (1)

Kneo24 (688412) | about 2 years ago | (#39596613)

Now, it seems to be at the whims of a few submitters (MrSeb, Hugh Pickens) with the editors asleep at the switch and posting stuff that's not even remotely tech news, typically biased political propaganda.

Slashdot has always been at the whim of a few submitters. Now lately I noticed they've been trying to change that, but it doesn't change the fact that it's still like that. Years ago I tried to participate in the submission system and a few of the stories I submitted were not added, but only a day or two later they were added, word for word, with a different submitter.

Thanks (1)

Keick (252453) | about 2 years ago | (#39596209)

I know you often hear more complaints than compliments so I just want to say thanks!!!. The whole staff is doing a bang up job and if I could buy you all a round I would.

Re:Thanks (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39596483)

Great, shills for Slashdot itself now.

Go out gracefully (1)

Swampash (1131503) | about 2 years ago | (#39596235)

Let's be honest. Slashdot's time has past. It's now a place to see "news for nerds" that everyone has already seen and discussed to death for days elsewhere, and to see "stuff that matters" but only where "mattering" is a some connection, any connection, anything to get the word "Apple" in the headline of an article.

The advertisements posted as articles were the straw that broke the camel's back.

Go out gracefully, Slashdot.

Re:Go out gracefully (1)

wye43 (769759) | about 2 years ago | (#39596423)

Related articles, next, previous, most discussed, this day on slashdot, all unnecessary cross-linking for an obvious reason.

Slashdot looks like a SEO link farm these days. Its simply disgusting.

Capture the value of the experts (1)

CoryFoy (2254778) | about 2 years ago | (#39596245)

I spend a lot of time on reddit as of late, but putting aside the idiocy that can be present, there's one thing that I really like. When I see a story - especially a science/tech story - I can click onto the comments and immediately see the top-rated ones. What I like about that is that well-informed opinions have opportunities to rise to the top. I know the slider switch is a way of handling that, but I really wish there was a way that I could click on a story and see the highest comments sorted as such. The one thing that has kept me coming back to /. after all these years is that the people are great and can have a lot of knowledge to share. I wish we had a way to highlight that in a better way. One thing I do love about Slashdot - if I saw a cool story yesterday, I can actually find it. I like the timeline aspect of that.

More Brests (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39596257)

You asked, I always like to see them any shape any size big little doesn't much matter as long as they are not man boobs

Mobile bugfixes (3, Interesting)

NathanE (3144) | about 2 years ago | (#39596273)

How about fixing the mobile version of the site? Its been broken for months:

- In Safari on my iPhone, going to slashdot.org fetches the 5 most recent stories. At the bottom of the page is a "Many More" link. Clicking it doesn't actually fetch the _next_ 5 oldest. Instead it fetches stories from earlier in the day SORTED IN THE REVERSE ORDER. This makes it very difficult to use the mobile site to catch up on news missed during the day. It wouldn't be so bad if .....

- The "Fullscreen" link at the bottom of the mobile version would actually work. The text says "Change view: Mobile - Fullscreen", leading one to believe that the fullscreen link should take you to the normal version of the site. But clicking it simply reloads the mobile version of the page with the "ss=0" URL parameter.

No more Ads in the Articles! (2)

begleysm (1220372) | about 2 years ago | (#39596279)

I think most slashdot users would to no longer see advertisements in the articles section!

Wasn't very broken, don't fix much (4, Informative)

msk (6205) | about 2 years ago | (#39596281)

I've been here a while and my opinion is that Slashdot was fine until ads and videos started to steal space at the top of the page.

For the most part, it wasn't broken. Be very careful in what you fix. Gawker has gone to Hades with its redesign.

Re:Wasn't very broken, don't fix much (1)

Captain Hook (923766) | about 2 years ago | (#39596433)

For me at least, Gawker is completely inaccessible without javascript and they don't offer enough for me to be bothered to turn it on each time I visit, so I just stopped visiting.

Stop using fsdn.com (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39596287)

Why do you put your stylesheet, icons, etc on fsdn.com instead of within slashdot.org? I ask because my work blocks fsdn.com (and no, they're not going to change it) since to corporate it's apparently either filled with porn or evil hackers. Which turns browsing slashdot.org back to using a lynx browser.

Host site critical elements in your own domain.

I still can't log in (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39596291)

Somewhere along the line, Slashdot broke nicknames with punctuation. Since my cookie expired, I have been unable to log in. The only work around is for an admin to change the nickname. How about we just fix the bug, please?

This is what is needed (5, Insightful)

metrix007 (200091) | about 2 years ago | (#39596307)

  • A revamp of all JS code. Minimialize it. It should be fast and snappy, not.....what it is. For example, no code needs to be run when I just want to close the tab.
  • UNICODE support. Slashdot is US Centric. It's users are not. Even if they were, not all stories are.
  • Don't require manual HTML paragraphs to break up text. Allow HTML, but don't mandate it just to get readable text.
  • Automatically expand or disallow URL shortness. They are not needed and only used for malicious purposes on this site.
  • Submit stories of note. Stop submitting slashvertisments or trolling articles to get hits. Incorporate some basic editing. Hire an editor if necessary.

slash code should work on more browsers. (1)

smillie (30605) | about 2 years ago | (#39596319)

I've tried 6 different browsers on 4 different platforms and none of them render slashdot properly. All of them render something different than the others. Firefox on Solaris was so bad I gave up reading slashdot at work. I would think Firefox on Linux would render it properly but it leaves out major chunks of screen that show up in Opera.

Is anyone going to acturally quality test your changes this time?

Viewing comments (3, Insightful)

NathanE (3144) | about 2 years ago | (#39596321)

Having to click 7 times to view all the comments on this page is very annoying. The link at the bottom of the page says "Get N more comments" where N is the total number of comments on the article. Clicking it only returns 5 at a time. This makes it hard to read discussions when you have to continually scroll to the bottom of the page, click a link, scroll back up, continue reading for a little bit, scroll back down, click a link, repeat.

Working spinner won't go away (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39596339)

There's an annoying "Working" status control on the Bottom of the main page that won't go away even after everything is loaded. iOS 5.1. Occurred after I hit "More".

Stop refreshing (2)

RedHat Rocky (94208) | about 2 years ago | (#39596345)

I'm not a fan of having the home page constantly refresh. I prefer to do that when I'm ready. You know, the way it worked for years. ;)

Unfortunately, with the way it is currently working, I actually end up reading slashdot less, as I lose my place.

And no, I don't RSS or other feed junk, have always hated that.

Lose "Many More" link and provide per-date URLs (5, Insightful)

Morgaine (4316) | about 2 years ago | (#39596363)

Slashdot used to have a perfectly working front page for "today", plus specific URLs for the day before, the day before that, and so on. It used to employ some of the good principles of Roy Fielding's thesis on REST, where each page is a resource with a distinct address that makes sense. You could give someone a link and know exactly what they're seeing. Well no more.

Instead of that sane technical design, now we have some kind of utterly broken page expansion system linked through "Many More", and you never know what the hell you're looking at, and when you return from a nested page you're seeing something totally different. It's a technical disaster, and given that this pretends to be a technical site, its technical design is quite beyond the pale.

Bring back a bit of sane web technology please. Lose the totally unhelpful "Many More" which is a wholly broken design, and bring back dated pages.

Re:Lose "Many More" link and provide per-date URLs (3, Interesting)

jandar (304267) | about 2 years ago | (#39596603)

Since "Many More" I'm often frustrated by not being able to navigate the article-stream in a meaningful way.

The feature I'm missing most (after getting rid of "Many More" ;-)) is a mode to read from old posts to the newer ones with current position saved between visits.

First, take the haters with a grain of salt (1, Insightful)

Phoenix666 (184391) | about 2 years ago | (#39596371)

Most adults know you editors don't work for free, just as we don't work for free, and that the bills have to be paid somehow to keep Slashdot running; and we know that advertising is one of those ways. So please ignore all those ragging on you for the presence of advertising. You provide real value to the world so don't let the haters distract you from that fact.

And to all the haters doing the hating: grow up.

Suggestions (1)

e.colli (630500) | about 2 years ago | (#39596377)

Would be nice a more democratic comment voting system like reddit/facebook instead of the current moderation points model. And lighter comment boxes could lessen eye fatigue.

Why I'm anonymous (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39596379)

I hope the view customisations are easier. I stopped signing in cos my settings hid most of the posts (and for the life of me I can't fix it).

Don't ask for suggestions (1)

JoeCommodore (567479) | about 2 years ago | (#39596389)

The more you are guided by random user feedback instead of having someone giding the site consistently the more messed up it will probably get. Do what you think is right, and if it feels bad, make it better.

Flagging? (1)

thesandtiger (819476) | about 2 years ago | (#39596415)

What constitutes a flaggable comment?

Will it be like the "overrated" mod, which basically means, "I disagree with you and want to shut you up, but I'm too much of a chickenshit to risk internet karma points if other people disagree with me"?

Mobile Slashdot (1)

Phoenix666 (184391) | about 2 years ago | (#39596429)

As an android user there are three issues I've noticed when visiting the site.

The first is that when you tap the link "Many More" at the bottom of the page and then read one of the article it exposes, when you go back you're not back where you started but at the beginning again and have to click "Many More" again. That's not so bad when you only previously clicked it once, but when it was 2-3 times to get to what you wanted to read, and given the delay for "Many More" to work, it tends to break the mobile experience.

The second is when you do click "Many More" the presentation of the oldest previous articles thus exposed gets shown first, so that it appears that no new articles have been posted since the last time you visited the site. You have to persevere clicking "Many More" to get to the actual new articles. That triggers the aforementioned first issue ;-)

Third is that the CSS needs a little help adjusting page widths. You can't read threaded comments in normal letter mode, so you have to tilt your phone to landscape orientation to make it legible. But the page width on the site doesn't always automatically adjust.

So right now reading the site on a regular laptop is a much better experience, in terms of usability. The mobile issues I mentioned are sub-optimal, but I am still grateful to be able to get a Slashdot fix on the go.

From An Old Fart (3, Interesting)

lobiusmoop (305328) | about 2 years ago | (#39596461)

In 1995 I bought a Psion Series 3 organizer. [wikipedia.org]. Back then, 16 years ago, it was state-of-the-art. Despite modern advances, I'm still using it occasionally today, mostly as a small database and pocket-typewriter, even though it runs at 7MHz with 2MB ot storage/RAM. The reason is simple - you really don't need GHz of compute horsepower and billions of bytes of storage/memory when you're only working with text. I like this ethos in our media-saturated world, but Slashdot does seem to be railing against it, with pageviews gobbling up hundreds of K of bandwidth for what is essentially a few K of entropy.
I guess what I'm trying to say is "Don't be ashamed of keeping it simple guys. "

Expand All Comments (4, Insightful)

Phoenix666 (184391) | about 2 years ago | (#39596465)

This may not apply to the newcomers who read the site in AJAX mode. I prefer the classic mode (yes, I'm that old).

When reading comments I would appreciate a toggle to "expand all comments" so that I can see comments ranked below my default viewing threshhold. It mostly applies when I'm moderating and would love to be able to browse at 0 or -1 to catch the good comments that were late to the first post party; given that you can only see "Re: [parent post title" instead of the body of the comment, you tend to not bother clicking on them to avoid an endless dance of "click, hit -Back" to see what they wrote.

There are also occasionally discussions where I would be interested to see the back-and-forth between others because they seem particularly well-informed or even funny but their subsequent replies aren't modded as highly as their originals, so you have to enter the "click, hit -Back" game again if you want to see the whole thing.

I still love Slashdot, but having that "expand all comments" option would improve my experience.

Moderator Points (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39596475)

When did the number of mod points change to 15? Or did I just reach some magical level where the heavens open up and rain down continual mod points.

(Posting anon so as not to piss off the Gods of Slashdot)

Re:Moderator Points (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39596551)

It seems like the more you mod, the more points you get. Don't let your points expire or you get 5 next time around.

What about actually seeing who modded what? At the very least have a breakdown that shows how the final score was derived: 15 x (+1) + 13 x (-1) = +4 Insightful.

Fix login so I can use my account (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39596501)

Please fix the login so I can use my account. It will no longer accept my username, either in the login screen or directly in the URL, I would guess it's most likely because the username contains "!=". I've tried using the bug reporting feature to no effect, it's been almost a year since I've been able to use my account. If it can't be fixed, then at least give me a way to change the user name or login by ID number.

Posting=!Working as Anonymous Coward.

Better Archiving and Bookmarking (4, Interesting)

Phoenix666 (184391) | about 2 years ago | (#39596525)

Over the years since Slashdot started I have often read articles and insightful comments that I have later tried to find again, but to no avail. Google provides some relief, but searching through Slashdot's own system is a lost cause.

I have always wanted two things to change that:

1. A better archiving system, perhaps tab based or somesuch so that I can easily zip back through everything on, say, SCO.

2. The ability to flag or save interesting articles or even comments on articles such that I have a personal folder where I can save an article on Copyleft and then fold the comments such that Lawrence Lessig's insightful one remains visible underneath the article summary. Slashdot would be an even better geek touchstone then than it already is.

Don't Like the Idea of Abuse Reporting (1)

Hugh Pickens writes (1984118) | about 2 years ago | (#39596535)

Slashdot is the one place on the web where you can find unfiltered comments if you choose to read at -1.

We don't need censorship on Slashdot. If you don't like a comment just mod it down.

If it ain't broke don't fix it.

Abuse reporting is going to create a host of new problems.

FAQ usability (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39596541)

The FAQ content is great but requires me to click on every section and subsection I want to read, making perusing it hard. A table of contents and then all content inline below it would be more readable.

NNTP (2)

value_added (719364) | about 2 years ago | (#39596569)

Yeah, there's probably still some mention of it in the FAQ, but seriously, how plausible is it that a few Slashdot readers opting to use their favourite news client to read what's on these pages represents a serious loss of advertising revenue?

Slashdot's gotten "prettier" over the years, but no amount of Web 2.0 is going to offer features (commonplace 20 years ago) that encourage and facilitate proper discussions.

As it is now, I'm inclined to view the words on my screen like grafitti on a bathroom wall. Some of it may be worth reading, but trying to make real sense of it often isn't worth the trouble.

What about IPv6 (2)

pantaril (1624521) | about 2 years ago | (#39596577)

On 8 June, 2012, second world IPv6 day is planned. This time, varisous service providers will keep IPv6 active on their sites even after this date.

Will Slashdot join the IPv6 world day this time? I'd expect it from good technology site focused on geek audience, but maybe it's too much to expect it from slashdot?

Block Annoying Users (2, Informative)

Phoenix666 (184391) | about 2 years ago | (#39596581)

I would appreciate being able to block an annoying user within a threaded discussion. Just, a "please be invisible right now because you post way too much" button. I've tried switching my relationship to those folks and it does nothing.

Re:Block Annoying Users (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39596631)

It's me you're talking about, isn't it? Fuck you!

Raise the 200 friends limit please (1)

advid.net (595837) | about 2 years ago | (#39596597)

I've reached the 200 friends limit on slashdot, so I decided to keep track of certain friends (confirmed) or to queue new ones in case a friend an inactive friend frees a slot.

I hope the 200 limit will be raised. 1000 should be fine for everybody !
New hardware often means more power...

My journal tell more [slashdot.org] about that, some other readers agrees.

Just don't screw up the UI / layout. (1)

AbRASiON (589899) | about 2 years ago | (#39596621)

I'm using 'classic mode (well, I believe I am anyhow)
When I log in to the site with my username and password it looks correct to me. IIRC you guys did a re-design a couple of years back which was repugnant, don't kill off the classic one.

(If you can forward this to the idiots @ IMDB as well, I'd appreciate it. I still quake in fear at the thought of ever having to use their new layout)

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