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CmdrTaco Looks Back on Fifteen Years of Slashdot

Unknown Lamer posted about 2 years ago | from the hot-grits dept.

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CmdrTaco sent in a link to his weblog post looking back on his experience running Slashdot for fifteen years: "For me the story of Slashdot is utterly inseparable from my own life. I built it while still in college: when normal people did their homework or had personal lives, I spent my evenings making icons in The Gimp, crafting perl in vim or writing a new story to share with my friends. I’ll never forget the nights spent tailing the access_log and celebrating a line from microsoft.com or mit.edu with friends like Jeff, Dave, Nate, and Kurt."

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178 comments

Yeah, welcome to the club, pal (5, Insightful)

crazyjj (2598719) | about 2 years ago | (#41539583)

Over the last few years, my light hearted sarcasm was slowly replaced by bitterness. Somewhere along the line became unable to hide my feelings from my friends, family and finally even my co-workers.

Yeah, that's called "aging" and it's pretty common. Generally speaking, your chronological age bears a proportional relationship to the percentage of time you spend bitching about shit. By the time you're collecting Social Security, it's pretty much 95% bitching (the other 5% consisting mostly of bragging about your retarded grandkids, who you think are geniuses for some reason).

Re:Yeah, welcome to the club, pal (0, Troll)

0racle (667029) | about 2 years ago | (#41539611)

I can't wait to see this modded 'Insightful.' Slashdot truly is in decline if it doesn't happen.

Re:Yeah, welcome to the club, pal (2, Interesting)

ccguy (1116865) | about 2 years ago | (#41539721)

By the time you're collecting Social Security, it's pretty much 95% bitching (the other 5% consisting mostly of bragging about your retarded grandkids, who you think are geniuses for some reason).

The slashdot population will no doubt spend that 5% doing something else. Probably bitching to new programmers about how their language is crap because it was designed for retards, as opposed to the ones we used to have that really exercised the brain.

Re:Yeah, welcome to the club, pal (1)

expo53d (2511934) | about 2 years ago | (#41540247)

You fancy kids and your Python scripts. Bring me back my Cobalt!

Re:Yeah, welcome to the club, pal (3, Funny)

JustOK (667959) | about 2 years ago | (#41540309)

Back in my day we spelled it Cobol AND WE LIKED IT!

Re:Yeah, welcome to the club, pal (5, Funny)

Cid Highwind (9258) | about 2 years ago | (#41540713)

You kids today with your shift keys and CAPS LOCK. We had to spell it COBOL, because we were too poor to afford lower-case letters.

Re:Yeah, welcome to the club, pal (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41540951)

In Soviet Russia, lower-case letters are too poor to afford YOU!

Re:Yeah, welcome to the club, pal (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41542085)

This is forced and not funny. Yet someone modded it up.

Re:Yeah, welcome to the club, pal (1)

mcgrew (92797) | about 2 years ago | (#41541359)

I think he was referring to crushing cobalt to make blue pigments with. But back in MY day we spelled "Cobol" COBOL because it's an acronym. I probably misremeber (the old brain cells get calcified, ya know) it stood for Crappy Old Bad Obsolete Language. Oh, wait... no, that's not right. COmmon Business-Oriented Language.

And yes, that "calcified" was a nod to the late great Asimov's Foundation. AND WE LIKED IT!

Re:Yeah, welcome to the club, pal (2)

crazyjj (2598719) | about 2 years ago | (#41541479)

In my day it was spelled 0110001101101111011000100110111101101100.

Re:Yeah, welcome to the club, pal (1)

Lumpy (12016) | about 2 years ago | (#41540095)

GET OFF MY LAWN!

Damn Kids.... mumble mumble.... TURNIPS!.... mumble mumble....

Re:Yeah, welcome to the club, pal (1)

grub (11606) | about 2 years ago | (#41541601)

Taco really should post a goatse link to /.
Only then will he be Free.

taco (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41539605)

Taco had lots of gay sex partners over those years...

Re:taco (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41540855)

Fortunately, he accepted Christ into his heart, stopped being totally gay, and even married a woman. He occasionally even has sex with her (but only anal and she has to wear a strap-on).

The Problem with Trading Hands (4, Interesting)

eldavojohn (898314) | about 2 years ago | (#41539651)

We found one that could: Selling Slashdot was the right decision at the time: we never could have survived the growth, and the lean years after the bubble burst. However, the long term consequences of the decision wouldn’t be clear for years.

This is so obvious to me. It's like watching a band sign a big contract thinking it's the greatest thing to ever happen to them. Even with the latest move Slashdot editors think it's only a good thing [slashdot.org] . If you sell, you need to consider that you're selling your freedom, your control and your future. The bigger the company you're sold to, the most abstracted away from you all those things are. So consider all that and price it accordingly. I mean, now it'll probably go to the highest bidder ... what if a giant just wanted to buy Slashdot to shut it down because of the negative press it generates for them?

Re:The Problem with Trading Hands (3, Insightful)

crazyjj (2598719) | about 2 years ago | (#41539673)

Slashdot editors publicly claim they think it's only a good thing

FTFY

Re:The Problem with Trading Hands (4, Insightful)

phantomfive (622387) | about 2 years ago | (#41539767)

It's the most depressing article ever on Slashdot. It makes it sound like Slashdot is dying.

Re:The Problem with Trading Hands (5, Funny)

Onymous Hero (910664) | about 2 years ago | (#41540075)

It's the most depressing article ever on Slashdot. It makes it sound like Slashdot is dying.

Let's not jump to conclusions - after all, Netcraft hasn't confirmed anything yet...

Re:The Problem with Trading Hands (3, Interesting)

AnotherShep (599837) | about 2 years ago | (#41540089)

Is Netcraft here to confirm it?

Re:The Problem with Trading Hands (4, Insightful)

Lumpy (12016) | about 2 years ago | (#41540149)

It has been for years, you should have been here in the beginning.

The biggest problem is that the fight against the trolls and shills was lost. I have watched really good insighful posts get modded to oblivion because it said anything negative about Android, even when it was 100% true and offered a solution. Same for Microsoft Shills and shill mods. The Moderator system seems to be really easy to game, and it's really really easy to make an autoposter that reposts the +5 comments to the dupes to get into the moderation pool. Read at -1 and look at the insane amount of spam that get's on the site.

Although slashdot could get worse, Gawker Media could buy Slashdot and install their crap-tastic commenting system.

Re:The Problem with Trading Hands (1)

smooth wombat (796938) | about 2 years ago | (#41540295)

Read at -1 and look at the insane amount of spam that get's on the site.

I have no choice but to browse at -1. Even though I tell the system to browse at 1, I see everything.

I guess selling wasn't the smartest move since this simple act can't be done correctly.

Re:The Problem with Trading Hands (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41540373)

I guess selling wasn't the smartest move since this simple act can't be done correctly.
 
And selling caused this how?

Re:The Problem with Trading Hands (1)

TheRaven64 (641858) | about 2 years ago | (#41540697)

I think his point is that people who can't tell the difference between 1, 0, and -1 probably didn't get a great deal when they sold...

Re:The Problem with Trading Hands (2)

Soulskill (1459) | about 2 years ago | (#41541749)

I have no choice but to browse at -1. Even though I tell the system to browse at 1, I see everything.

Is this on the mobile version of the page? That's a known bug that should be addressed by the new mobile site, which is available at http://mbeta.slashdot.org/ [slashdot.org] . If not, can you provide details about your browser version and OS version, and perhaps a screenshot of what you're seeing? The comment slider is currently working as expect for me on all my browsers. If you'd like to do so privately, feel free to email soulskill@slashdot.org (or feedback@slashdot.org where the engineers will see it as well).

Re:The Problem with Trading Hands (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41540771)

What moderation/commenting system is better?

Re:The Problem with Trading Hands (1)

localhost8080 (819098) | about 2 years ago | (#41541681)

I lost track during the SCO wars. its not been the same since :(

Re:The Problem with Trading Hands (2)

Saxerman (253676) | about 2 years ago | (#41541515)

The internet is a big place. And the competitive advantage held by the early Slashdot was the community. Certainly a 'nerd news' feed was also relatively nice and novel, but all that can be easily duplicated elsewhere. And it was. But for perhaps the first decade Slashdot was around, it felt like a quasi-niche group of smart kids. But too much of a good thing becomes... some other kind of thing. More and more people arrived and started to comment. Some of the old timers left. Eternal September had come to Slashdot.

I still read here regularly. I even comment occasionally. But I no longer think of this place as the nerd-cool water cooler chat room. Things change. After the meta newsfeed there was the meta-meta news feeds. The meta cubed and squared stuff is coming. The real challenge will be the same one Slashdot faced. How do you attract the positive community you want, while exuding those you don't want... without making the rest feel excluded?

Re:The Problem with Trading Hands (3, Informative)

CubicleZombie (2590497) | about 2 years ago | (#41539789)

However, the long term consequences of the decision wouldn’t be clear for years.

Consequences like the MTV "Jersey Shore" banner ad on this article.

Re:The Problem with Trading Hands (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41540159)

Consequences like the MTV "Jersey Shore" banner ad on this article.

That is just retargeting based on your past browsing behavior. Clear your Cookies Mr. Situation..!!

Re:The Problem with Trading Hands (5, Insightful)

korgitser (1809018) | about 2 years ago | (#41540235)

what if a giant just wanted to buy Slashdot to shut it down because of the negative press it generates for them?

Easy.. we'll make our own slashdot, with blackjack and hookers. On second thought, scrap the /.

Re:The Problem with Trading Hands (1)

hazah (807503) | about 2 years ago | (#41540649)

Ahh forget the whole thing.

Re:The Problem with Trading Hands (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41540599)

It's like watching a band sign a big contract thinking it's the greatest thing to ever happen to them.
 
You're really missing the point here. A band, just like Slashdot, reaches a point where they have to make a decision. They can either realize that they're never going to get enough of a leg up on the industry so they either need to let their work go or they need to sign. If they let their work go they choose to let themselves drown, if they sign they need to navigate a sea of corporate sharks and hope they come out ahead.
 
It's a depressing set of circumstances but sooner or later you either have to go big or go home in certain industries. Sorry if that burns some on a self-rightous level, it must or there wouldn't be all this crying about it. If you're good enough at what you do you'll be given free reign and you'll be able to use corporations as a stepping stone instead of being their servent. Plenty of others have done it, most don't know how.

lol slashdot (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41539679)

what a dump.
reddit has destroyed you. please unplug your last server.

Re:lol slashdot (1, Troll)

not already in use (972294) | about 2 years ago | (#41539907)

If anything, the more level-headed users have left for reddit. The only people who stick around here are people who scream "SHILL!" the second anyone has an opinion about Microsoft that isn't paranoid in nature.

Re:lol slashdot (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41540871)

Lulz, way to prove the point, Mr. Troll-modder

Re:lol slashdot (3, Interesting)

tqk (413719) | about 2 years ago | (#41540519)

what a dump.
reddit has destroyed you. please unplug your last server.

This is the phenomenon I wonder about. So many ACs moan about how bad /. is for whatever reason, yet they're still here. Why? Haters just gotta hate? Do you enjoy figuratively stirring entrails? You've nothing better to do than subject yourself to what you clearly see no need for?

That's just sad. That's a self-abusive personality. No, your character flaws have no effect on me, btw.

Re:lol slashdot (1)

liquidpele (663430) | about 2 years ago | (#41542149)

Funny thing is that if anything is dying it's reddit... it's basically just an image board at this point, with a few small subs complaining about that fact.

AC the whole time (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41539681)

I've been here since the start, but I've never wanted or felt I needed to create an account.
In an age where we'll soon see sites require a facebook login for access (Or worse yet, a "like") despite all the "Natalie Portman, naked and petrified" and "Hot grits" and page widening trolls, thanks for keeping anonymous access an option.

AC- Anonymous before "Anonymous"

Re:AC the whole time (5, Funny)

FatAlb3rt (533682) | about 2 years ago | (#41539859)

Seriously - why are you still showing your face around here?! I've seen some of the stuff you've written. Most of it foul, disgusting, or just downright stoopid.

Re:AC the whole time (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41539975)

Now now Mister Haynesworth it is not as if you never had an off day.

Re:AC the whole time (1)

nevermore94 (789194) | about 2 years ago | (#41540991)

I have also followed /. since it had the original college domain name but I never bothered to create an account until one day I finally wanted to submit a story. If I had any idea how big of a deal having a small UID would have become I certainly would have registered much earlier. Oh well, at least I like my big 6 digit UID because Seven ate Nine and I graduated in 94.

Re:AC the whole time (3, Funny)

afidel (530433) | about 2 years ago | (#41541031)

I would have done the same had it not been for John Katz, the day they added the option to block authors for registered users was the day I signed up.

No One Cares! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41539689)

You can speak, but you can't force anyone to listen.

Go back to your soapbox on the corner please.

Thank you! (5, Interesting)

farrellj (563) | about 2 years ago | (#41539715)

For spending that time to create this community. I've had many years of enjoyment from your work!

From an early admirer...

Farrell

Re:Thank you! (2)

Drey (1420) | about 2 years ago | (#41541807)

* Pours out some of his 0x28 ounce *

Hmm.. (1)

platypusfriend (1956218) | about 2 years ago | (#41539719)

I guess I don't feel like such an idiot for using vim and tailing my access log. :)

Personally don't care what CmdrTaco thinks (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41539727)

People don't go to websites to see what their founders care about, they go to websites to see what they care about. I'm sick of these circlejerking CmdrTaco posts, who cares what this sell-out thinks about anything.

Re:Personally don't care what CmdrTaco thinks (1, Troll)

FatAlb3rt (533682) | about 2 years ago | (#41539883)

Thanks for speaking for the collective. Apparently you think that ACs are highly regarded around here.

Re:Personally don't care what CmdrTaco thinks (1)

lister king of smeg (2481612) | about 2 years ago | (#41540091)

i thought it was only emos and hipsters that complained about "selling out" when it really means being somewhat profitable

A good read (4, Insightful)

willie3204 (444890) | about 2 years ago | (#41539731)

And one that any person who reads slashdot daily should take in.
Being slashdotted still means something to the people that were around when it happened daily...

Re:A good read (3, Interesting)

Nocturnal Deviant (974688) | about 2 years ago | (#41540481)

yeah. wow....thinking about this has made me nostalgic and slightly depressed.

Interesting navel gazing (3, Interesting)

damn_registrars (1103043) | about 2 years ago | (#41539837)

At least he recognizes that the site was in decline when it was sold. Some might criticize him for not doubling down and putting himself back in to it, but he made his choice.

Welcome to the new slashdot - facebook news for conservatives.

Re:Interesting navel gazing (4, Interesting)

CanHasDIY (1672858) | about 2 years ago | (#41539925)

At least he recognizes that the site was in decline when it was sold. Some might criticize him for not doubling down and putting himself back in to it, but he made his choice. Welcome to the new slashdot - facebook news for conservatives.

Yea, I've been seeing that strawman pop up here pretty much daily for the last decade: "Oh, there's a bunch of posters with whom I disagree, Slashdot is falling apart, becoming a haven for the [insert group you don't like]!

The behavior would be astonishing, if I weren't as well versed in human nature.

Re:Interesting navel gazing (-1, Troll)

damn_registrars (1103043) | about 2 years ago | (#41540403)

Yea, I've been seeing that strawman pop up here pretty much daily for the last decade: "Oh, there's a bunch of posters with whom I disagree, Slashdot is falling apart, becoming a haven for the [insert group you don't like]!

Well, I cannot force to you pay attention to the front page if you don't want to.

However anyone who does pay attention can confirm:

  • There are at least 2 front-page stories about facebook or it's founder in any 24 hour period - and often many many more
  • There is at least 1 front page story in any 24 hour period that is promoting conservative principles - and often more
  • There is at most one article in a week that looks favorably on a liberal concerp - and often less

Don't even try to tell me this site isn't dedicated to facebook news for conservatives. It's too bad it wasn't sold to facebook, then the transformation would have been complete, I suspect facebook was smart enough not to get that deep into politics, though.

Re:Interesting navel gazing (4, Interesting)

Microlith (54737) | about 2 years ago | (#41540621)

Go ahead, don't just make claims like that. Back them up with actual links. I want you to show me a consistent, frequent pattern of what you have just stated.

Don't even try to tell me this site isn't dedicated to facebook news for conservatives.

No, you have to show that this is the case. You have yet to do so.

Re:Interesting navel gazing (2)

CanHasDIY (1672858) | about 2 years ago | (#41540967)

Go ahead, don't just make claims like that. Back them up with actual links. I want you to show me a consistent, frequent pattern of what you have just stated.

Don't even try to tell me this site isn't dedicated to facebook news for conservatives.

No, you have to show that this is the case. You have yet to do so.

For example, by typing "facebook" into /.'s built in search bar; doing so, you will find precisely 2 facebook stories from this week; 2 / 3 != 1 per day.

For last week, 5, except 3 of the 5 aren't actually about facebook directly - 2 / 7 != 1 per day, either.

Sadly, disproving the aforementioned theory probably took far less time than damn_registrars spent positing it.

Re:Interesting navel gazing (-1, Troll)

damn_registrars (1103043) | about 2 years ago | (#41541419)

For example, by typing "facebook" into /.'s built in search bar

That was your first mistake, you assumed that for some reason the search bar on slashdot would work. That thing hasn't worked right since ... well possibly ever. It misses far more than it gets right.

But you are new here, so I can give you a pass on that.

Sadly, disproving the aforementioned theory probably took far less time than damn_registrars spent positing it.

Although it appears you don't understand the concept of a theory, either. Please hand in your geek card on your way out the door.

Re:Interesting navel gazing (2)

CanHasDIY (1672858) | about 2 years ago | (#41541841)

For example, by typing "facebook" into /.'s built in search bar

That was your first mistake, you assumed that for some reason the search bar on slashdot would work. That thing hasn't worked right since ... well possibly ever. It misses far more than it gets right.

I'm not the one making outrageous claims and failing to back said claims with evidence. Don't like the source I cite? Provide your own or STFU (or get seen as the nonsensical troll you're currently coming off as).

Sadly, disproving the aforementioned theory probably took far less time than damn_registrars spent positing it.

Although it appears you don't understand the concept of a theory, either. Please hand in your geek card on your way out the door.

It appears you don't know the difference between literary and scientific definition.

Re:Interesting navel gazing (1)

fustakrakich (1673220) | about 2 years ago | (#41540643)

Man, you are such a goof. There is no 'liberal/conservative' in the advertising business.

Re:Interesting navel gazing (1)

damn_registrars (1103043) | about 2 years ago | (#41541483)

Man, you are such a goof. There is no 'liberal/conservative' in the advertising business.

Turn off your ad block, then count the anti-Obama ads that show up on the slashdot front page.

Then, go troll someone else. You weren't interesting the last time you trolled me.

Re:Interesting navel gazing (1)

fustakrakich (1673220) | about 2 years ago | (#41541563)

So what if there's anti Obama ads in there? It's business, not ideology that keeps this site afloat. Get over it, you dweeb.

Re:Interesting navel gazing (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41542037)

Turn off your ad block, then count the anti-Obama ads that show up on the slashdot front page.

All I ever see are ads for IBM, barracuda, and Intel. Can't say I've ever seen any political ads on /. (maybe back during the early primaries), and I don't use adblock. Methinks you're the victim of targeted advertising, Mr. Swing-State.

Re:Interesting navel gazing (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41540981)

How did this get modded insightful??? Let me translate for you:

"Waaaaah us tolerant liberals can't shut out all constructive conversation by conservatives by modding them down anymore. Now we have to actually have an inteligent argument to make our case. Waaaaah!!!!!"

Seriously dude, there are plenty of liberal web sites out there that will welcome you with open arms.

Re:Interesting navel gazing (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41540615)

The behavior would be astonishing, if I weren't as well versed in human nature.

Indeed. I first noticed this syndrome with MUDs back in the day. Imms would come or go; changes to gameplay would be made, and players would inevitably pine for the golden days that never really were.

Imagine my shock when I found out this applied to every facet of life.

Re:Interesting navel gazing (2)

Jawnn (445279) | about 2 years ago | (#41540807)

Yea, I've been seeing that strawman pop up here pretty much daily for the last decade: "Oh, there's a bunch of posters with whom I disagree, Slashdot is falling apart, becoming a haven for the [insert group you don't like]!

If you think that's all it is, you have not been paying attention. Informed, well-reasoned disagreements are part of what made /. what it is, or was perhaps. Sadly, those have been largely supplanted by ill-informed and logically flawed disagreements. So yeah, even though it's to be expected as more and more of the retards find their way here, it is still lamentable. Wading through the dross, to get to something interesting/insightful/informative, grows more wearisome with each passing week, it seems.

Re:Interesting navel gazing (3, Insightful)

CanHasDIY (1672858) | about 2 years ago | (#41541013)

Yea, I've been seeing that strawman pop up here pretty much daily for the last decade: "Oh, there's a bunch of posters with whom I disagree, Slashdot is falling apart, becoming a haven for the [insert group you don't like]!

If you think that's all it is, you have not been paying attention. Informed, well-reasoned disagreements are part of what made /. what it is, or was perhaps. Sadly, those have been largely supplanted by ill-informed and logically flawed disagreements. So yeah, even though it's to be expected as more and more of the retards find their way here, it is still lamentable. Wading through the dross, to get to something interesting/insightful/informative, grows more wearisome with each passing week, it seems.

Again, I've heard this argument many, many times over the past decade of following Slashdot, and not a soul, yourself included, has been able to provide any evidence whatsoever of any deviation from the norm.

If you honestly believe "ill-informed and logically flawed disagreements" are a new concept to Slashdot (or even humanity in general), I propose that perhaps you are the one who hasn't been paying enough attention.

Re:Interesting navel gazing (1)

DerekLyons (302214) | about 2 years ago | (#41541747)

If you think that's all it is, you have not been paying attention. Informed, well-reasoned disagreements are part of what made /. what it is, or was perhaps. Sadly, those have been largely supplanted by ill-informed and logically flawed disagreements.

Nah. The same crap has been going on about as long as I've been perusing Slashdot (well over a decade). And for about the same amount of time people have been bitching about it and claiming it heralds the imminent demise of the site.

The reality is this: Slashdot has always been a haven for mediocre debate that, because of the moderation system, tends heavily towards group think and emphasizing what's popularly known over the facts.

Re:Interesting navel gazing (1)

helix2301 (1105613) | about 2 years ago | (#41540655)

I agree the site has been declining reddit and mashable have been really up to date faster. I used to say I don't be leave it until it's on slashdot. Not anymore half the time slashdot misses the stories for stupid blog post. The site has hanging while taco was hear now not that much anymore.

Pretty generic (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41539875)

It struck me that this same blog could have been posted by countless other entrepreneurs in various fields, just changing the name and a (very) few details.

As Miller Lite's ad agency would say: Less filling.

I ran a board in college, too (1)

ackthpt (218170) | about 2 years ago | (#41539971)

It was fun, some of the flame-wars, the me-toos, attacks of the sillies, etc. All about 20 years before /. came along. Funny how anonymity on a network produces such similar behavior in completely independent groups separated by time.

Thanks for creating a legend (4, Interesting)

abhi2012 (2739367) | about 2 years ago | (#41540015)

Thanks for creating slashdot, a place where I feel the most comfortable to read nerd news. Its clean, simple and is definitely by a team who understands the concept of a technology blog. Its really sad to leave something one has created and nurtured for so many years but I suppose that's the fact of quite a few products in the market now.

Slashdot editors (1)

MagicM (85041) | about 2 years ago | (#41540025)

For me the story of Slashdot utterly inseparable from my own life.

You can take the editor out of Slashdot, but you can't take the Slashdot-quality editing out of... him. The guy that. Whatever.

Screenshots? (2)

RevWaldo (1186281) | about 2 years ago | (#41540045)

So how about some screenshots of how the site looked back in the day?

.

Re:Screenshots? (3, Informative)

armanox (826486) | about 2 years ago | (#41540087)

Never forget OMG Ponies! [desiringmachine.org]

Re:Screenshots? (1)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | about 2 years ago | (#41540301)

So how about some screenshots of how the site looked back in the day?

Seconded!! I'd love to reminisce about the good ol' days when the HTML on the site worked.

Re:Screenshots? (2)

Cid Highwind (9258) | about 2 years ago | (#41541485)

Who needs screenshots when we can use the wayback machine to party like it's 1999 [archive.org]

first grammatical error? (2)

loshwomp (468955) | about 2 years ago | (#41540049)

It kills me to point this out, but his first "sentence" isn't even a sentence:

For me the story of Slashdot utterly inseparable from my own life.

Re:first grammatical error? (1)

spire3661 (1038968) | about 2 years ago | (#41540133)

Protocol only facilitates communication, it is not required to enable conversation.

Summary of the last 15 years (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41540119)

BSD is dying
this
'nuff said
correlation != causation
epic fail
IANAL, but
ftw!
1. something something, 2. ???, 3. profit
RTFA
wtf?
I see what you did there
cool story, bro
Star Trek
That word does not mean what you think it means
Battlestar Galactica
It's a trap
Natalie Portman
This is the year of Linux. --posted from my iPhone 4S
your wrong
loose
lowest common denominator
lol lol looooool
i wRiTe LiKe tHiS cuZ iM a T00L. epic!
prolly
dunno
I think Microsoft (and now here's an unnecessarily long sentence inside a parenthesis to make you forget about the main sentence) sucks.
blame Micro$oft
Apple fanbois
Microsoft fanbois
in 3, 2, 1...
sarcasm tag
Nothing of value was lost
Bwahahaha
troll
+1
mod parent up
Slashdot members have little to no social skills
your mom's basement
Free as in beer. (Free as in prune juice for typical slashdot users)
Duke Nukem Forever
Bill Gates borg
Developers! Developers! Developers!
iPad/iPod killer. Lame.
Al Gore invented the internets
640k is all you'll ever need
Tomato and DD-WRT because I'm el33t haxor
you must be new here
All you base are belong to us
FUD
you typical American elitist
You insensitive clod
goatse
Imagine a beowulf cluster
good luck with that
I, for one, welcome our new overlords
netcraft confirms it
you + point = over your head. whooosh
tl;dr
My smug superiority usually prevents me from responding to an AC, but here goes
I am a know-it-all in my high horse
first post
citation?
fixed that for you
that's what she said
Orwellian 1984
RMS
thank you, captain obvious
Sports? Girls? Sex? This is slashdot hahaha (Score:5, Insightful)
Get off my lawn
what does this have to do with news for nerds?
Slashvertisement
dupe
slashdot has gone downhill recently im outta here

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Re:Summary of the last 15 years (1)

inode_buddha (576844) | about 2 years ago | (#41540611)

this

+1
.

Re:Summary of the last 15 years (2)

AragornSonOfArathorn (454526) | about 2 years ago | (#41541545)

I see what you did there. For great justice!

Re:Summary of the last 15 years (2)

GlennC (96879) | about 2 years ago | (#41540709)

Hot Grits!
What brand of crack are you smoking?
In Korea, only old people post lists of memes.
In Soviet Russia, memes list YOU!

Re:Summary of the last 15 years (1)

jdray (645332) | about 2 years ago | (#41540763)

I think you forgot "frist psot".

Re:Summary of the last 15 years (1)

hazah (807503) | about 2 years ago | (#41540847)

In soviet russia... In korea, only old people...

Re:Summary of the last 15 years (3, Insightful)

Daniel Dvorkin (106857) | about 2 years ago | (#41540887)

"I'll probably get modded down for this, but ..." (comment goes to +5 immediately)

When's the dupe? (5, Funny)

Chiller (1883) | about 2 years ago | (#41540157)

If history is any indication, we'll see a dupe of this tomorrow. Probably posted by CmdrTaco himself!

Re:When's the dupe? (1)

TrailerTrash (91309) | about 2 years ago | (#41540633)

With a link to goatse in the body text.

Thanks for All The Fish (4, Interesting)

Phoenix666 (184391) | about 2 years ago | (#41540243)

CmdrTaco, a /. account was the first one I created on the Web proper when i returned from China. I lost that 4 digit userID then due to economic & geographic dislocations, to my ongoing regret now. But in the ensuing years I came to feel like you were a brother I had never met. When you left Slashdot, it felt like a death in the family.

I don't say that to be maudlin, but to mean your time at Slashdot was not just a chapter in your life and its, but in the lives of many. May we all do so well in life.

Re:Thanks for All The Fish (1)

Razgorov Prikazka (1699498) | about 2 years ago | (#41540879)

>> I lost that 4 digit userID [...]

You were Phoenix6666 back then? ,-)

Ah (2)

JustOK (667959) | about 2 years ago | (#41540335)

I'll never forgot...

Ah, typos. Way to really summarize the ./ experience.

I for one.... (1)

Laserfuzz (157714) | about 2 years ago | (#41540489)

Thank our CmdrTaco overlord. Slashdot introduced me to a unbelievable amount of time wast....information. I am not a programmer, coder whatever you call yourself but have benefited from reading articles and even rants. So thanks!

WTF. (3, Interesting)

MRe_nl (306212) | about 2 years ago | (#41540493)

"Before it was the famous nerd hub, Slashdot was simply my homepage. When I left, I was denied the right to continue to post on the page that I still called home".

Why?

Long time User (see UID of three digits) Agrees (5, Insightful)

dbarron (286) | about 2 years ago | (#41540549)

I'm sad to see the changes...and I will agree that SlashDot is not what it was. I've been considering frequenting it less. I seldom post, but I do read a lot of articles (and quite often commentary).
Course, I'm not what I was 15 years ago either :)

Re:Long time User (see UID of three digits) Agrees (1)

Red Herring (47817) | about 2 years ago | (#41540945)

Personally, I am (ahem) quite a bit more than I was 15 years ago.

[Self: Put down the donut and walk away...]

Re:Long time User (see UID of three digits) Agrees (2)

sconeu (64226) | about 2 years ago | (#41540987)

Yeah, sure. That's what *EVERYONE* says... "I only read Slashdot for the articles..."

Re:Long time User (see UID of three digits) Agrees (2)

aussersterne (212916) | about 2 years ago | (#41541967)

Agreed. My first Slashdot account was in the high four digits, not as old school as yourself, but I've been reading for a while. My current Slashdot account is newer still.

But back in the day, Slashdot was THE place online for a generation of people (young and old, but the overlap of a particular community and a particular time period) that saw computing, technology, and the Internet come of age and that were deeply interested in and involved with these things at all levels.

I wonder if maybe some of the Slashdot decline is due to the diversification and growth of its users. For a moment in history (the '90s, basically, tapering off in the early '00s) humankind underwent a massive technological transformation. Because mainstream society was behind the curve despite its best efforts to grok what was going on, the technology community needed its own meeting place for discussion, news, announcements, and so on.

But once the transformation was complete and we had become "a network society," I wonder if the community, too, diversified in its interests. When I started reading Slashdot I was part salesman and part network admin, talking smaller organizations that didn't know what a network was (much less what it was for) into letting me build them one. Because these things were once at a significant premium, there was a market for people like me that weren't working at the enterprise level or in R&D who had connections and could get their hands on tons and tons of cast-off tech junk and cobble it together into working systems at affordable costs, often so idiosyncratic as a result that we had to be the ones that administered them.

In the '90s my two-car garage was packed to the gills with network equipment, cabling, racks and racks of spare parts, and stacks of computing systems in mid-recycle (there was a time when I specialized in taking off-lease desktops in quantity and helping to recycle them as parallel clusters for funds-starved research projects at local state universities). I was a salesman, an architect, a technician, a plumber/electrician, a software engineer, and a scientific computing specialist all rolled into one.

Today, I own a Mac, and iPhone, and an iPad. The only "parts" I have in my entire house amount to a currently unused external hard drive and a box of cables, none of which are particularly specialist in nature (some USB, some firewire, some HDMI, a few RCA audio, etc.) The only occasion I have to solder things is when a household item is broken and I feel like getting out the screwdriver, VOM, and soldering iron. If I do any "development" at all, it's just some basic HTML, PHP, and JS on my homepage. It must be 10 years since I touched C, 15 since I touched ASM (last batch was Motorola 6809 in an embedded system, I think).

From hardcore techie I've transitioned into working as an editor and an lecturer in mass media. I garden and keep goldfish. I guess you could say that I grew up, but the market also has a hand in this—computing and technology became commodities; coding and deployment became nigh-on unskilled labor. Few research projects need more computing power than they have in the principal investigator's iPhone, and more often than not there is now off-the-shelf software for Windows or Mac to do almost anything they want to do, now firmly established in channels.

Former tech industry friends have followed the same paths. People from the local computer club that used to load up their entire van with junk every Saturday to get together and solder, breadboard, and code for 12 hours now spend Saturdays on football, or on the yardwork, and are perfectly happy with a DVR, an XBox, and a couple of laptops and smartphones in the house.

Slashdot is in decline in a way, but it's because the sorts of territory that Slashdot used to cover are in decline. There's just not much to talk about. Enthusiasm for hacking the latest console or iPhone is not nearly as intense, widespread, or filled with unlimited possibilities as was hacking on Linux and evolving ISA Wintel hardware back in the day. Those latter things promised us a new, completely revolutionized world of global networked computing and everyday computational possibilities in personal and professional life (and, in fact, they have delivered—the job is largely done). Today's hacking is more similar to the goldfish keeping that I do (a hobby, one of many that are possible, not too essential for life, but pleasant) than to the global social and technological revolution going on in the '80s and '90s.

In a lot of ways, I think that's what happened to Slashdot and the Slashdot community. The job got done. There's just not that much to talk about anymore, but Slashdot is still here. So the space gets filled with consumerism (My brand is better! No, your brand is shit, my brand is better!) and a weird combination of leftover naivete and pessimism (Linux can still win, let's use thousands of man hours on an endless discussion of GNOME! Um, no, epic fail, Linux won and lost and the game is over!)

Like Taco, I rarely read Slashdot anymore. What do I read with my gadgetry and network connection? Mostly books—fiction, history, and so on—from the Kindle store.

Everyone grows up, even Taco.

Slashdot's doing well, the internet at large isn't (4, Interesting)

concealment (2447304) | about 2 years ago | (#41540925)

This was interesting reading. Bittersweet, because there's always doubt over a sale. No matter what anyone says, if you created it, it's yours and you have a moral right to it. In the hands of commerce however, others control it, and use facts/figures to justify actions based on knowledge from the past.

I think it makes sense instead for Slashdot to think of the future. There is always going to be room for a site that covers geek topics, and no one does it like Slashdot. It's a potent mix of technology, culture and politics that has always been at the forefront of changes in the technology field. If anything, it's time for Slashdot's "owners" (the community is the real owner) to re-invest in updating the site, and to stay the course. Don't try to make it into Facebook, because Slashdot and its appeal are fundamentally different.

What's dying is the internet as it has become in successive iterations: post-1996, post-2002, and whatever came after that. AOL wrecked the internet and died, Myspace died, Facebook is failing because the power users are leaving, since the site has become basically a work-day time-waster for cube slaves. The branching of the internet audience into niches is the real story here, not the attempt of a few people (even Wikipedia) to control what everyone is thinking.

If I had one suggestion, it would be to cover more of the underground. People are living outside the grid, even if from within the grid, in more ways and more interesting ways than ever before.

Proposal (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41541027)

>> And Iâ(TM)ll never forgot the palm sweating nervousness waiting for a reply when I proposed to my girlfriend on the front page of Slashdot.

I think we all did a little "palm sweating" that day, if ya know what I mean.

Just like Justin Frankel at Winamp (1)

HockeyPuck (141947) | about 2 years ago | (#41541149)

So slashdot was sold to Andover.net on n June 29, 1999 for $1.5 million in cash and $7 million in Andover stock at the IPO price (see ultra depressing GeekNet stock chart) [yahoo.com]

Winamp was sold to AOL on June 1999, for $80m.

With CmdrTaco's bitterness, I can't help but see this quote apply from Justin Frankel (founder of Winamp and later gnutella):

"For me, coding is a form of self-expression. The company controls the most effective means of self-expression I have. This is unacceptable to me as an individual, therefore I must leave." - from a blog posting announcing his resignation from AOL [slate.com]

Cmdr, you should sit down with Justin and compare notes...

slashdot prospered while digg did not (1)

peter303 (12292) | about 2 years ago | (#41541295)

I see maybe two reasons: (1) Slashdot was hybrid moderated and rated. Digg was all rated. That way digg seemed to be just another variation of google news. I always found more interesting stories on slashdot.

(2) Digg sold its soul to the venture capitalist looking for "social media" plays. They lost their techie heart and just became another advertising site.
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