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Dice Buys Geeknet's Media Business, Including Slashdot, In $20M Deal

timothy posted about 2 years ago | from the always-the-last-to-know dept.

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wiredmikey writes with the press-release version of news that we'll probably be updating as more details trickle down to the editors: "Dice Holdings (Owner of job sites including Dice.com) reported this morning that it has acquired Geeknet's online media business, including Slashdot and SourceForge. 'We are very pleased to find a new home for our media business, providing a platform for the sites and our media teams to thrive," said Ken Langone, Chairman of Geeknet. 'With this transaction completed, we will now focus our full attention on growing ThinkGeek.' Dice Holdings acquired the business for $20 million in cash. In 2011, the online media properties generated $20 million in Revenues." The AP has a small piece with the news, too. Update: 09/18 16:16 GMT by T : Ars Technica has a story up as well.

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Let's Just Hope They Leave Well Enough Alone (5, Informative)

eldavojohn (898314) | about 2 years ago | (#41374651)

*looks at Dice's News Page [dice.com] *

*looks at Slashdot*

*begins nervously wringing his hands*

Re:Let's Just Hope They Leave Well Enough Alone (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41374707)

What's the difference? I see Apple PR on both.

Re:Let's Just Hope They Leave Well Enough Alone (4, Insightful)

radiumsoup (741987) | about 2 years ago | (#41374715)

the userbase of /. is so well entrenched, modifying the brand too much would surely kill it.

see: Gawker

Re:Let's Just Hope They Leave Well Enough Alone (4, Funny)

Tharsman (1364603) | about 2 years ago | (#41374841)

Oh I'm sure: the days of Slashdot are now numbered.

Re:Let's Just Hope They Leave Well Enough Alone (5, Funny)

lxs (131946) | about 2 years ago | (#41374865)

Has Netcraft confirmed it?

Sorry, But Its Still Dead, Jim. (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41375133)

Oh I'm sure: the days of Slashdot are still numbered. (FTFY).

This site died the first time it was sold. I go back to the year 1998 and I can tell you that Slashdot lost its "mojo" (or "jumped the shark" to use one of slashdot's old memes), a LONG time ago. Just the addition of the face***k link was proof of that.

Like everything on the Interwebs, /. is here today, gone yesterday.

Re:Let's Just Hope They Leave Well Enough Alone (5, Insightful)

Hatta (162192) | about 2 years ago | (#41374875)

I don't think they care about /. They care about ThinkGeek. I'm more worried about Sourceforge. The world could do with /. pretty easily, but Sourceforge serves an important function.

Re:Let's Just Hope They Leave Well Enough Alone (5, Informative)

somersault (912633) | about 2 years ago | (#41374951)

If you RTFA, you'll see that GeekNet have sold on Slashdot, SourceForge and Freecode, while retaining ownership of ThinkGeek:

Ken Langone, Chairman of Geeknet, added, "We are very pleased to find a new home for our media business, providing a platform for the sites and our media teams to thrive. With this transaction completed, we will now focus our full attention on growing ThinkGeek."

Re:Let's Just Hope They Leave Well Enough Alone (1)

Chris Mattern (191822) | about 2 years ago | (#41374921)

Which doesn't mean that some idiot won't try. See: Star Wars Galaxies.

Re:Let's Just Hope They Leave Well Enough Alone (4, Insightful)

denis-The-menace (471988) | about 2 years ago | (#41375135)

See http://digg.com/ [digg.com]

Uh-oh. It looks just like Dice.com's site!
We are so fucked!

Re:Let's Just Hope They Leave Well Enough Alone (5, Informative)

Soulskill (1459) | about 2 years ago | (#41374719)

This is still pretty new to us, but we've been looking at this as a positive thing -- we were worried earlier that if we were rolled into a business that focused entirely on news, we'd be expected to conform to company standards -- see the Gawker sites, for example.

Re:Let's Just Hope They Leave Well Enough Alone (1)

Jeng (926980) | about 2 years ago | (#41374817)

we were worried earlier that if we were rolled into a business that focused entirely on news, we'd be expected to conform to company standards

Is that why you guys were trying to put out video submissions?

Care to Elaborate? (5, Interesting)

eldavojohn (898314) | about 2 years ago | (#41374891)

This is still pretty new to us, but we've been looking at this as a positive thing

Hey, I mean, you'll have to forgive me if I can't discern whether you're saying that under duress or while you're busily shredding documents or while you're issuing cyanide capsules or if you're genuinely optimistic about the move. So if you have the time, I'd like to know what aspects of this make your statements genuine. As you noted with the Gawker thing, I get a little uptight about my small little things being bought up and consumed by bigger fish. The bigger the fish that eats you up, the more layers of direction come down upon you. People complain about comments being un-editable and static but I love that. It makes this feel permanent, it allows me to verbally pin people down, etc. But if Executive A five layers removed from you decides it needs to be his way, what are you gonna do? On top of that, how would you have handled the Microsoft source code and Scientology spats if there was someone with money looming over you reminding you of the stakes and telling you to back down?

-- we were worried earlier that if we were rolled into a business that focused entirely on news, we'd be expected to conform to company standards -- see the Gawker sites, for example.

Okay, fair enough. However, I know very little about Dice. And to counter your argument, an advertising company bought MySpace [slashdot.org] which used to be a social networking site. And now, surprise surprise, it's more ads than user created spaces [myspace.com] . You can argue that MySpace was dead already. You can argue that some change had to be made. But I want to know why you feel safe to pick this out to be a plus and not a minus for my overall Slashdot addiction. How do I know Slashdot isn't going to become a vector tool to get eyeballs over to Dice's bread and butter jobs site?

If you have doubts or genuine concern, I'm not asking you to be the turkey with the long neck when farmer Dice comes around looking for his first meal so feel free to reply as Anonymous Coward. I mean, I'm not talking about my employer on web forums so I understand but your arguments should stand on their own -- sans Slashdot icon.

Re:Care to Elaborate? (5, Funny)

crazyjj (2598719) | about 2 years ago | (#41374995)

while you're busily shredding documents or while you're issuing cyanide capsules

I think you just described a typical day at Yahoo.

Re:Care to Elaborate? (5, Informative)

Soulskill (1459) | about 2 years ago | (#41375145)

Well, I'll answer what I can; we editors are not part of the decision-making process, so I first heard this news only a few hours ago myself. This is my reaction from what I've heard today from the higher-ups. Duress isn't a factor -- in fact, one of the quotes from the meeting I most liked was in response to a question about whether we were posting news of the announcement on Slashdot, and how the community would react. The Dice folks simply said, "Let them talk." I'm sitting in a conference room right now next to a gentleman from Dice, and he's just been curious what people are saying; hasn't suggested any comments or messaging at all.

As far as being consumed by a bigger fish, keep in mind that Geeknet (aka SourceForge aka VA, etc) was a bigger fish itself. If you think about Geeknet's business, it was rather broadly spread. Slashdot's a news site, ThinkGeek's an e-commerce business, Sourceforge is its own thing. They have common roots, but they don't really go together. I've been aware of Dice, but not terribly familiar with it, but wouldn't you say its business would tend to fit Slashdot better than ThinkGeek?

As far as the MySpace situation.. well, not all companies are alike, and not all companies see value in the same way. The crew currently running things is more concerned about the Slashdot user experience than some others have been in the past, and that's been a plus. Obviously, I can't see the future, so I don't know how it's all going to play out. But my initial impression is positive. I'm thrilled at the possibility of getting a bigger investment into Slashdot, both from an engineering perspective and an editorial perspective.

Re:Let's Just Hope They Leave Well Enough Alone (2, Interesting)

samazon (2601193) | about 2 years ago | (#41374931)

God forbid the news services of /. be held to any kind of standards. Sorry, but I was a reporter for several years and you guys could use someone with a little editorial background on your staff. Not that I know anything about any of you guys, but you let a whole lot of bias slide through these so-called news stories. (Hint: A news article with bias is called an opinion article, and has a dedicated location on most reputable journalistic publications quite separate from the "news" topics.) The "company standards" of Dice seem quite worse, though, so I'm on the "leave /. alone" bandwagon. Too bad Vice didn't buy it, I'm quite fond of Motherboard.

Re:Let's Just Hope They Leave Well Enough Alone (5, Informative)

crazyjj (2598719) | about 2 years ago | (#41375059)

All too often, "standards" means pushing positive "stories" about advertisers, censoring any content from the public that might offend said advertisers, and generally turning your site into a boring shitfest that no traditional /. user would be caught dead on if Peter Jackson himself came down from geek heaven and offered them them a prop sword from LotR and a handjob in exchange for staying.

Re:Let's Just Hope They Leave Well Enough Alone (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41374999)

And then you might have to actually employ some kind of dupe-checking process... ;)

Re:Let's Just Hope They Leave Well Enough Alone (0)

poetmatt (793785) | about 2 years ago | (#41375125)

"If you had to confirm to company standards" - so you mean actually focusing on quality and not the type of horribly selected random crap we get?

Articles on slashdot range from "interesting" to "Why the hell did this even make frontpage when it's explicitly wrong and has a misleading headline", to "why are we posting unvalidated tech propaganda", firehose be damned.

Re:Let's Just Hope They Leave Well Enough Alone (1)

Coisiche (2000870) | about 2 years ago | (#41374735)

Looked at it. Didn't like it much.

Then read some of the few comments attached to articles. Still didn't like it much.

Re:Let's Just Hope They Leave Well Enough Alone (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41374765)

*looks at Dice's News Page [dice.com] *

*looks at Slashdot*

*begins nervously wringing his hands*

What's the worst they can do?

Hire editors?

Re:Let's Just Hope They Leave Well Enough Alone (4, Insightful)

AwesomeMcgee (2437070) | about 2 years ago | (#41374963)

The worst they could do? Turn slashdot into a dice.com advertising board. Negative comments? Gone. Advertisements for "related job openings" on every article? Added. Users with lots of comments that have the word "java" in them? Your slashdot inboxes will be full with dice.com adverts.

Re:Let's Just Hope They Leave Well Enough Alone (4, Funny)

TWX (665546) | about 2 years ago | (#41375001)

You got some problem with Indonesia or something?

Re:Let's Just Hope They Leave Well Enough Alone (1)

TheGratefulNet (143330) | about 2 years ago | (#41375131)

please.... don't rage me, Mo!

Re:Let's Just Hope They Leave Well Enough Alone (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41374775)

Good god what crap... no text flowing, no proper scaling. They might as well just post a PDF. When will websites like that finally get a clue about how HTML is supposed to work?

Re:Let's Just Hope They Leave Well Enough Alone (5, Insightful)

crazyjj (2598719) | about 2 years ago | (#41374821)

You'll know there's real trouble when they actually start censoring comments, instead of just allowing users to mod them. The day that Natalie Portman sex jokes, a racist comment claiming Apple is being run by "a bunch of niggers," or a good old-fashioned flamefest is replaced on /. with a bunch of "This post was removed due to Dice content standards violations" boilerplate is the day a lot of us leave Slashdot for good. Here's to hoping that day never comes.

Re:Let's Just Hope They Leave Well Enough Alone (5, Insightful)

Jeng (926980) | about 2 years ago | (#41374861)

If they start censoring posts you can be sure there that the ability to post anonymously will also be taken away.

Dice is run by a bunch of (5, Funny)

naroom (1560139) | about 2 years ago | (#41375049)

This post was removed due to Dice content standards violations.

Re:Let's Just Hope They Leave Well Enough Alone (5, Funny)

nherm (889807) | about 2 years ago | (#41375069)

In 2012, war was begginng

Anonymous Coward (AC): What happen ?

Thimoty: Somebody set up us the bomb.

AC: We get signal.

Thimoty: What !

AC: Main screen turn on.

Thimoty: It’s you !!

Dice: This post was removed due to Dice content standards violations.

Re:Let's Just Hope They Leave Well Enough Alone (2)

vlm (69642) | about 2 years ago | (#41374825)

On Dice.com "GitHub for Enterprise, Yes, Enterprise
When I talk to developers, they go on and on about how Github is one of the most amazing resources"

Guess what dice just bought today... yes, sourceforge. Great product placement guys. Heck of a job.

Re:Let's Just Hope They Leave Well Enough Alone (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41374829)

Not exactly awe-inspiring, is it? It's not as gaudy as the "OMG Ponies!" theme, but my reaction was similar upon looking at the content.

Re:Let's Just Hope They Leave Well Enough Alone (1)

crazyjj (2598719) | about 2 years ago | (#41375119)

I think "OMG Boring!" would be more accurate. Looking at Dice's news site is like walking into a Baskin-Robbins and finding only vanilla, being served by a butt-ugly clerk.

Slashdotted, text/Webpro. (3, Informative)

MRe_nl (306212) | about 2 years ago | (#41374837)

Dice Holdings has acquired the online media business of Geeknet. This includes such notable tech sites as Slashdot, SourceForge and Freecode.

The acquisition price is $20 million, which the companies say is the same amount the properties generated in revenue in 2011.

In case you're unfamiliar with the sites, Slashdot is a user-generated tech news site. You used to hear the term "slashdotted" a lot, when as site got so much traffic from the site that its servers crashed. There's actually a sizable Wikipedia entry about the "Slashdot Effect".

SourceForge is an open sources software site for developers, and Freecode is a large index of Linux, Unix and cross-platform software and mobile apps.

Slashdot gets over 5,300 comments a day and 3.7 million unique visitors per month. SourceForge gets 40 million unique monthly visitors, and about 80% of them are from outside of the United States, according to Geeknet. Freecode gets about 500,000 unique visitors per month.

"The acquisition of these premier technology sites fits squarely into our strategy of providing content and services that are important to tech professionals in their everyday work lives," said Dice Holdings Chairman, President and CEO Scot Melland. âoeThe SourceForge and Slashdot communities will enable our customers to reach millions of engaged tech professionals on a regular basis and significantly extends our company's reach into the global tech community.â

"We are very pleased to find a new home for our media business, providing a platform for the sites and our media teams to thrive," said Geeknet Chairman Ken Langone. "With this transaction completed, we will now focus our full attention on growing ThinkGeek."

Re:Slashdotted, text/Webpro. (1)

vlm (69642) | about 2 years ago | (#41375005)

important to tech professionals in their everyday work lives,

(Grizzled tech gladiator raises his arm in salute toward emperor) For those who post to /. while at work, we who are about to be downmodded salute you! SPQR!

Re:Slashdotted, text/Webpro. (1, Insightful)

AwesomeMcgee (2437070) | about 2 years ago | (#41375029)

Slashdot communities will enable our customers to reach millions of engaged tech professionals on a regular basis and significantly extends our company's reach into the global tech community.

And with this, Slashdot is dead. Dice effectively bought the brand name so they could productize it. Dice has *no* use for the community or news, it's far too.. unconventional.. to be used for corporate gain. The brand name however.. that can bring in the money. Your slashdot user account might as well be a cnet.com user account now.

Re:Slashdotted, text/Webpro. (1)

mooingyak (720677) | about 2 years ago | (#41375169)

The acquisition price is $20 million, which the companies say is the same amount the properties generated in revenue in 2011.

Something sounds very wrong with those numbers. The ratio I usually hear of company sale price to earnings is on the order of 5 or 6 to 1. If said properties had $20m in revenue, the sale price for them should be over $100m

Job ads per news thread? (1)

dhalsim2 (626618) | about 2 years ago | (#41375105)

After checking out news.dice.com, my guess is that they'll keep /. more or less the same, but add a list of related jobs to each news thread.

Focus on building ThinkGeek? (4, Insightful)

MetalliQaZ (539913) | about 2 years ago | (#41374677)

As in the retail sales? That doesn't give me a warm and fuzzy feeling for Slashdot...

Re:Focus on building ThinkGeek? (3, Insightful)

larry bagina (561269) | about 2 years ago | (#41374937)

Va Research aka VA Linux aka VA Software aka SourceForge Inc aka GeekNet is a clusterfuck of failure. Like the Banjamin Button of companies, going from $320/share to under $1 in 2011. (They would have been delisted but the rules were temporarily suspended after 9/11). And now they're a web store that could be run by the "CEO" in his spare time.

Does anybody buy their shit? I know some ./ people did to support slashdot but other than their ads here, I wouldn't know of them.

$20,000,000? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41374685)

Are you telling me that Slashdot is worth less than a cheapy mp3 player full of songs? Sheesh! To Dice: if it ain't broken, don't "fix it".

Re:$20,000,000? (4, Insightful)

jigamo (1554711) | about 2 years ago | (#41374867)

In this article [theverge.com] , it mentions that the revenue for Slashdot, SourceForge, and Freecode (the 3 acquisitions) was $20 million last year. I'm not totally sure what it means to sell them for 1 year's revenue, but the article interpreted that fact as as a suggestion of trouble within the 3 sites.

Re:$20,000,000? (1)

Bramlet Abercrombie (1435537) | about 2 years ago | (#41374967)

This price does seem low, but it doesn't mention the expenses incurred generating that revenue.

Re:$20,000,000? (1)

ArsonSmith (13997) | about 2 years ago | (#41375041)

with $26 million in expenses then that number suddenly isn't so great. (I don't know and severely doubt that's the case, but it is possible.)

Re:$20,000,000? (3, Interesting)

Tharsman (1364603) | about 2 years ago | (#41374915)

I think slashdot is not even worth the cost of the MP3 player battery for them. They likely aquired the whole bag in order to get their hands in SourceForge.

Re:$20,000,000? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41375079)

I heard the negotiations were converging towards $8 million. Then one of the Dice guys logged on Slashdot and said, "Wow, check this out! Warp drive might be possible!" GeekNet's CEO then dropped a timely hint about Paul Allen and Stephen Wozniak possibly being interested, and the deal was done.

Slashdot sold out! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41374691)

Paid Micro$oft shills, all of ya! BOYCOTT!!!

Oblig (5, Funny)

broginator (1955750) | about 2 years ago | (#41374697)

I for one welcome our new Dice overlords.

Re:Oblig (2)

postbigbang (761081) | about 2 years ago | (#41374749)

Perhaps things can get better. Taco-- get back on the horse, dammit.

I, for one, welcome our new Dice overlords. (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41374701)

Had to be said.

Re:I, for one, welcome our new Dice overlords. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41374997)

I for one don't. I'm merely here for the free food. This is just distracting the wait staff.

Re:I, for one, welcome our new Dice overlords. (1)

TheGratefulNet (143330) | about 2 years ago | (#41375153)

"first you get slashdot.org, *then* you get the power, THEN you get the women."

Oblig. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41374705)

Dice Holdings is the greatest company in the universe. Be prepared for exciting articles about how Godly Dice Holdings is.

Sold for 1X revenue? (5, Insightful)

ip_freely_2000 (577249) | about 2 years ago | (#41374717)

Did someone have a casino loss to pay off?

Re:Sold for 1X revenue? (2)

ottothecow (600101) | about 2 years ago | (#41374799)

That's what I was wondering....

Are we missing something? I'd love to buy an entrenched business for one year's worth of revenue...even if revenues were slowly declining.

Re:Sold for 1X revenue? (3, Insightful)

jeffasselin (566598) | about 2 years ago | (#41374873)

They may have been doing 20mil in revenue, but they don't mention what the profits were (or probably losses).

Re:Sold for 1X revenue? (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41374971)

Here is an even better deal for you: Walmart has a revenue of $443 billion in 2012 and the market cap is only $248 billion.

Re:Sold for 1X revenue? (5, Funny)

sartwell (1895728) | about 2 years ago | (#41374815)

I think someone realized that all Slashdot readers use adblockPlus!

Re:Sold for 1X revenue? (3, Insightful)

vlm (69642) | about 2 years ago | (#41374869)

Terror of what happens to future earnings when igoogle goes away along with my /. RSS feed.

And please, Mr. Geeknet (1)

aglider (2435074) | about 2 years ago | (#41374721)

Would you explain us what'd be the future of /.?

Re:And please, Mr. Geeknet (5, Informative)

Soulskill (1459) | about 2 years ago | (#41374907)

The media business part of Geeknet is being moved over as a whole. So, all of our projects and priorities are continuing unchanged. In fact, we just had a meeting about this, and the folks from Dice were very clear about not wanting to interfere with the community.

Re:And please, Mr. Geeknet (1)

tetrahedrassface (675645) | about 2 years ago | (#41375017)

Is there a chance that Taco will return? Let's start a kickstarter to bring him BACK!

Re:And please, Mr. Geeknet (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41375085)

and the folks from Dice were very clear about not wanting to interfere with the community

Riiight. And we'll just have to take their word for it...

Farewell slashdot... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41374727)

... I knew it was over when CmdrTaco jumped ship.

Re:Farewell slashdot... (1)

Jeng (926980) | about 2 years ago | (#41374939)

Why is it only AC's that bother to post that they are leaving?

No one knew you were here before, and they don't give a shit that you aren't here now.

Please keep the URLs working (5, Insightful)

Bill Dimm (463823) | about 2 years ago | (#41374729)

Dice,

Please preserve the old stories and comments at their current URLs instead of running over the place with a bulldozer like the acquirers of Digg did. Many of us have hundreds of bookmarks that we don't want to see broken.

Thanks,
    Everyone

Re:Please keep the URLs working (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41374787)

Prediction: sf.net (the domain) will be the first to go. You have any idea how much that must be worth?

Re:Please keep the URLs working (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41374811)

Bookmarks? Those are so last century, who still uses bookm- eyes youtube bookmarks.. oh.

Re:Please keep the URLs working (4, Informative)

Soulskill (1459) | about 2 years ago | (#41374923)

I don't think this will be an issue, but I'll make sure everybody's aware of it.

Re:Please keep the URLs working (1)

QuasiSteve (2042606) | about 2 years ago | (#41375093)

While I agree that keeping bookmarks working is a Good Thing - what on Earth are you doing relying on an online service for preservation of data that is important to you?

Now would be a good time - regardless of the intention that URLs and the data they present will probably remain the same - for you to use something that downloads your bookmarks.

Re:Please keep the URLs working (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41375107)

Yea, Digg, after purchase, buried itself. Even through the bad, I still lurked a little on Digg. But start taking away content and the way I was previously digesting it, I'm gone.

Better Overlords? (5, Interesting)

TheNinjaroach (878876) | about 2 years ago | (#41374763)

I hope Dice proves to be better corporate overlords than the ones that sent CmdrTaco packing.

Re:Better Overlords? (1)

tetrahedrassface (675645) | about 2 years ago | (#41374927)

I do too. Perhaps Malda will return!

Oh Goody! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41374767)

Og goody, now there'll be more of a drive to monetize Slashdot. That can only be good for the quality of stories posted... Right?...

Taco Come Back (4, Funny)

RapidEye (322253) | about 2 years ago | (#41374771)

Save us CmdrTaco, you're our only hope!

I hope they don't just let it languish (4, Interesting)

TheSpoom (715771) | about 2 years ago | (#41374773)

Already some discussion on this over at Hacker News [ycombinator.com] .

Anyone know if Rob would want to take back control of Slashdot if we ran a Kickstarter to get it back in the hands of someone who gives a shit?

Not that I'm saying Dice will treat /. badly... but I don't have high hopes for innovation.

Re:I hope they don't just let it languish (3, Interesting)

Nemyst (1383049) | about 2 years ago | (#41374883)

Considering what "innovation" did to Lifehacker and other Gawker sites, I think the last thing you want is innovation.

Re:I hope they don't just let it languish (3, Interesting)

TheSpoom (715771) | about 2 years ago | (#41374961)

Both extremes are bad. If they just leave it completely on its own and ride its ad revenue into irrelevance, that's just as bad as bulldozing it and rebuilding, Digg-style.

As Futurama's "God" once said, you have to use a light touch. Here's hoping Dice knows what they're getting into.

Re:I hope they don't just let it languish (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41375039)

Do you think you can beat $20M with a Kickstarter campaign?

Re:I hope they don't just let it languish (2)

TheSpoom (715771) | about 2 years ago | (#41375113)

No. I think after a year or so, give or take a few months, the remaining value might be significantly lower.

Leave it alone (3, Insightful)

Psykechan (255694) | about 2 years ago | (#41374785)

Dear Dice,

Take a look at the history of Digg to see what happens when you mess with a community site. You have a choice to make. If you screw it up, people will leave.

I, for one... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41374845)

I, for one, welcome our new Dice Holdings overlords.

Fork? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41374849)

Is it time for a fork of Slashdot?

New Overlords (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41374851)

I for one welcome our new polyhedral overlords. May they smite our enemies with the pointyness of a d4 and bathe us in the glory of a d100

Who is Dice? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41374853)

Is Dice a real company or a shell? If Dice is some sort of holding company, who controls holding interest?
Not ready to jump on any conspiracy theories just yet, but if you witness a core values shift in geeknet or geeknet properties in the coming months it might be time to make some noise.

It's important to know that open source projects are inherently "social" in that 100% of their value is their use and developer base. OSS licenses free the code from potential bad actors (OSS software cannot be bought out, purchased, or shelved). If a social site (Like Slashdot) or a project site (Like sourceforge) become tainted, the users and developers can pick up and move elsewhere.

If one day you wake up to find Slashdot's staff has been replaced and there is a new flood of posts extolling the virtues of DRM, the evils of net net neutrality, and the joys of Microsoft's easy and simple enterprise licensing - You know it's time to go elsewhere. And that's ok, because you know everyone else will be coming with you.

The Past (1)

fermion (181285) | about 2 years ago | (#41374863)

I take it to mean that Sourceforge, Slashdot, and even Thinkgeek is the past. Dice has to be one of the most sleazy job sites on the net. I am sure they are going to do anything they have to in order to increase the profits on these properties. Already I am reading slashdot less because of the pop over ads on tablets. Why does everyone think if you have a tablet you like to have more intrusive ads.

Its like I am a very ambivalent about this because, you know, the sun also rises to whatever crap is going to happen will happen. If /. et al is not profitable, and the owners want to take the money and run, then that is life. If /. has been taken over by radicals and corporate interests who care more about protecting revenue than having a discussion, then these are the consequences. I am pretty sure Google has a legion of employees here to protect their interests, as well as everywhere else. Have you seen the android wiki page? Total market speak, and unlike other pages, there is no one calling them on it. Can't have a discussion here on Google without getting moded down immediately. But enough of the conspiracy theories. It is just wait and see.

:-( Oh... (2)

eagee (1308589) | about 2 years ago | (#41374885)

I honestly don't have a problem with Dice, they seem like a fine company. It's just that slashdot is the last place on the internet I still go for nerd news that isn't mostly crap. I wish it still had real humans behind it instead of a faceless corporation. *sigh*

Top ten effects of Slashdot being bought by Dice (5, Funny)

SuperKendall (25149) | about 2 years ago | (#41374905)

10 ) Consolidates Slashdot and Thinkgeek into ThinkSlash, you can moderate items but you also get promoted product placements under every +5 post.

9 ) Last answer on polls now always "Man I could use a new job".

8 ) All posts with word "Monster" auto-modded to -1.

7 ) User profile now includes mandatory job history and expertise fields.

6 ) Tired of too many Apple stories? Too bad.

5 ) Freed of need to bring in ad revenue because of Dicean sugar daddy, Slashdot now works full time on original goal - Cowboy Neal as first man on Mars.

4 ) Anyone with a five digit UID or lower gets to be a bit player in the next Dice.com SuperBowl commercial.

3 ) Troll posts now forwarded to employer to free up jobs for more highly moderated users.

2 ) Big plans for edgier SlashDot after future additional purchase of SuicideGirls.com

1) JOBS FOR EVERYONE!

Re:Top ten effects of Slashdot being bought by Dic (1)

TheSpoom (715771) | about 2 years ago | (#41375091)

Tired of too many Apple stories? Too bad.

At least some things never change.

Don't do a Digg (1)

Dynamoo (527749) | about 2 years ago | (#41374913)

The recent takeover of Digg killed what what was left of it stone dead. On the other hand, Reddit's corporate parents leave it well alone and it has prospered. There is a lesson to be learned there.

Re:Don't do a Digg (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41375021)

... that we need to kill reddit? :p

Preserve the Golden Goose (2)

AllanL5 (814677) | about 2 years ago | (#41374933)

SlashDot, ThinkGeek, AND SourceForge? Man, that's about 1/2 my normal browsing. I agree trying to change stuff will kill the goose that lays the golden eggs. But I've seen a lot of dead geese in my time.

IT job listings on Slashdot (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41374959)

coming soon (except for those reserved by editors, of course)

A user announcing this speaks volumes (0)

ReallyEvilCanine (991886) | about 2 years ago | (#41374965)

A user provides sketchy details and a link to a content-less press release, and that gets posted, while Taco et al. sit around & scratch their asses. Par for the course, really. At least there won't be another 10,000-word navel-gazing post from Malda about temporarily becoming a "millionaire". At least, not until FB buys out this deal when it all rolls over.

woof.

This thread (1)

Sparticus789 (2625955) | about 2 years ago | (#41375033)

Is going to hit 1000 comments no problem.

Who cares (2)

finkployd (12902) | about 2 years ago | (#41375075)

This site jumped the shark when it was renamed Slashdot from Dips and Chips :P

Welcome!!! (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41375081)

I for one welcome our new corporate overlords.

Now can I get a job?

SourceForge (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41375111)

Seeing this story makes me think about SourceForge. That used to be a thing. Today it is no longer hip. It seems like GitHub is now the go-to location that SourceForge used to be.

It strikes me that GitHub is to SourceForge as Google is to Yahoo. SourceForge deserves some respect for coming first, but the experience is "heavy", less modern. Pages are full of images and ads and visual distraction. Page loads are generally slow from all that content. GitHub did to source code hosting what Google did to search interfaces in the 90s: they trimmed the fat. It has a very light feel and footprint. It doesn't get between you and the code. It has different ideas and goals about how to make money, which do not compromise the experience.

I guess GitHub had the benefit of coming later, thus not having all the baggage of what is now 2 decades of hosting projects. Still, seems like a missed opportunity for SourceForge.

Digital Illusions (1)

Trracer (210292) | about 2 years ago | (#41375123)

My first thought was "What does Digital Illusions CE ( http://www.dice.se/ [www.dice.se] of Battlefield 3 fame) want with slashdot?".

This is Obviously going to be Awesome (1)

InvisibleClergy (1430277) | about 2 years ago | (#41375167)

I mean, remember when Oracle acquired Java from Sun? That was awesome, right? I mean, I'm sure that Dice is buying Slashdot and SourceForge out of the goodness of their hearts, rather than trying to turn them into profit-making machines. Right?

...right guys?

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