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Welcome to Slashdot 2.2

CmdrTaco posted about 13 years ago | from the oh-my-goodness dept.

Slashdot.org 353

Welcome to Slashdot, now running Slashcode 2.2. Since we never upgraded Slashdot to 2.0, this is a huge deal. The changes are numerous, but non-obvious unless you happen to be a fairly frequent user who actually hits most of the functionality on the site. Read on for an executive summary of major features and random props to folks that made it happen.

Ok, lets start with a minor vanity thing that I love. Krow set it up so you can hit unix style homepages to get fellow user info pages. Its just nicer to look at and easier to remember. I love it.

Messaging is in place. If you're logged in, hit your user preferences page and you'll see the option to configure it. You'll see notification on the homepage when you have messages. There are a variety of message types, like notification of replies to your comments, or moderations done to you. You can choose from a couple of different delivery mechanisms currently, right now email and web. Eventually we'll offer other options, but if people submit patches from CVS, "Eventually" will be sooner. Jabber is definitely planned. Inter-User messaging should happen soon too. Also note that the messaging replaces the old headline-mailer. I think you'll enjoy some of the other stuff you see there. All this messaging is the 0th child of Pudge.

Journals are a long awaited feature that people on Slashcode.com really like, so we brought it over here. Everyone contributed bits and pieces to this sucker, and its fairly complex so don't be surprised if there are some bugs. Users can enable or disable comments. Journals also features Friends Lists. This will be extended in the future, but for now you can use it to track a quick list of journals you want to scan regularly. Eventually friends will be bigger, but we'll worry about that after 2.2 settles down.

Discussions can now be created to house your own little chats without bugging us. This replaces the old hidden sids which were bugs to some, and features to others.

There are rss feeds scattered throughout the site now that will need to be documented so people can find them. The user help stuff will be updated soon.

There are several new user options for comment display. I'll let you poke around them yourself and see how they work. Some you'll like, some you won't. You'll notice that the old 'Fake Email Address' is now gone. We decided that it simply was to easy to abuse, so instead we offer auto spam proofing of your real email address. Of course this is purely optional for you paranoid spam-free types. This is Jamie's, as was the new domain linking stuff, and countless other usability features.

Meta Moderation received an overall at the maniacal hands of Cliff. Under previous versions of Slashcode, meta moderations were single autonomous events, and therefore fairly easy to manipulate by malicious users. Now M2's are tallied and when a consensus is reached, judgement is made (and karma is adjusted appropriately).

The 1% of submissions that are accepted will show up on User Info pages now. So now the 99% of you who have your submissions rejected will have something else to complain about to me an average of 15 times a day.

Forgotten passwords can be resent even if you don't remember your nickname. I can't fathom how so many people could forget their nicks, but you sure did. CowboyNeal is dancing in the streets with Mic Jagger and David Bowie knowing that he will have to respond to half as many people who can't figure out how to login. Also, plain text passwords aren't sent in emails any more, so while we're still not pretending Slashdot is secure, its more secure then it was.

A huge new deal is the fact that all the old articles have been re-imported back into the database. 2 million of them. Old discussions will continue to be closed out as they age, but users will still be able to adjust order and threshold when they view them. This was a really nasty task for Cliff since he had to import nearly 4 years of HTML back into the database... including a dozen different comment formats that evolved over that time. A huge task, but one that he managed to pull off by the deadline. And I think any users who read older stories will appreciate it.

CaptTofu fixed tons of security issues and greatly improved a lot of the security stuff that most of you will never notice. But believe me it makes dealing with bots and denial of service attacks a lot easier now (for example, if a robot is hitting us as they so often do, we can ban them without restart httpd). Tofu also had to "Manage" the team, which makes cat herding seem like a party.

We have some new hardware too. Replacing our 6 600mhz web servers are 5 shiny new dual ghz boxes. OSDNs Netops staff mercilessly beat these things into submission. Thanks to Yazz, Kurt, Toad and Trish. And also props go out to Uriah on the West Si-eed for helping with some raid bios problems that messed with our database stuff and really though us for a loop.

We also gotta thank the guys at SourceForge for having a functional bug tracking system that we (and the trolls *sigh*) could use. We love you all, and we shouldn't let little things like a language barrier stand between us. Lets both port to ML. Its like switzerland for web pages!

I also wanna thank Hemos for being our man on the inside, and Richard French, OSDN boss-man for giving us the room to put this all together.

I know I forgot to thank someone, and I apologize, but its past midnight and I've been going for 16 hours today.

Allright this is only scratching the surface. There are so many more little things that you'll notice, and either submit thinking they are bugs, or hate, or love, or whatever. But we're not fooling ourselves by thinking that we're out of the woods yet. There are still several dozen significant bugs that need fixing so we're gonna keep going. And then we have to update the FAQ with all new FAQs and corrections to the old FAQs! The real test will be when loads pick up. We expect that there will continue to be brief periods of trouble for the next couple days, but it shouldn't be significant since we did a lot of load testing, and managed to get the new setup to handle 2x Slashdot's normal peak load. We think things will be all right, but thanks to you all for having patience.

Now holy shit, I'm gonna sleep.

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Kikes (-1, Troll)

Ralph JewHater Nader (450769) | about 13 years ago | (#2171523)

Slashcode is zionist to the core. Taco is probably a jew. He must be killed.

Re:Kikes (1)

famillionaire (512391) | about 13 years ago | (#2171580)

It gives me a strange feeling of happiness to see that you've gotten the first post on this new incarnation of slashcode. It's like that confirmation I needed that this is, indeed, the same old slashdot that I, and I think all of us, have come to know and love.

unang post! (-1, Offtopic)

Pao|o (92817) | about 13 years ago | (#2171527)

usang post!

Thanks for the hard work (4, Funny)

EvlG (24576) | about 13 years ago | (#2171534)

Just want to say thanks so much for all the hard work you guys have done to make Slashdot the community it is today. Looking forward to using all the new features and speed improvements!

FUBAR (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2171536)

FUBAR post!

way cool (0, Redundant)

mindpixel (154865) | about 13 years ago | (#2171537)

hey this is neat...

I am Second !! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2171539)

I am 2 dammit !

This lameness filter sucks

Awesome (4, Interesting)

Rayban (13436) | about 13 years ago | (#2171540)

Looks good so far. It's a shame we don't have a moderated submission queue, though. :) Has anyone considered this?

Keep up the good work!

Re:Awesome (1)

AnalogBoy (51094) | about 13 years ago | (#2171590)

Such a queue would severely cut down the amount of propaganda and possibly increase the amount of "News for nerds" and "Stuff that matters". In other words, no, they will never have it here. :)

Re:Awesome (5, Interesting)

mindpixel (154865) | about 13 years ago | (#2171626)

I've submitted 11 articles - 6 have been accepted - which I think is pretty damn good. But I would still like to see this become a true Direct Democracy.

I vote to open the submission queue to the public!!!

Re:Awesome (2, Insightful)

Phork (74706) | about 13 years ago | (#2171632)

umm, then this wouldnt be slashdot, this would be k5. It really bothers me when new people demand magor changes to a site, if you dont like a site, go to another site.

Re:Awesome (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2171637)

If you want a moderated submission queue, you know where to find it [kuro5hin.org] .

No 2.0? (2)

gad_zuki! (70830) | about 13 years ago | (#2171541)

I should fire up Netscape 6 and we'll have a perfect match!

What the...? (3, Funny)

J'raxis (248192) | about 13 years ago | (#2171542)

Two-millionth post!!! (nice bug!) :)

Re:What the...? (2, Funny)

floodle (409717) | about 13 years ago | (#2171605)

I think that they should keep this bug. Think about it. No more 'first post' losers popping up! By the time anyone could type in:

w00h00! I g0t th3 two b1ll10n, 0ne-hund3rd s3cond, thr33 hundred f0rty 3ight thou5and, s3ven hundr3d and f1r5t p0st!!!!

there would already be twenty or thirty posts. They'd stop trying after a while. Problem solved!

Re:What the...? (2)

J'raxis (248192) | about 13 years ago | (#2171659)

True, but see what I said here [slashdot.org] .

This seems to make the comment number completely useless however when I'm reading a story with, say, 200 comments, and I'm going by comment 150, I know where I am (75% done). But if I'm reading the story and the comment is numbered 2701450, well...

Metamoderation (3, Troll)

bconway (63464) | about 13 years ago | (#2171543)

Is it now possible to claim 2 moderations as unfair without losing karma yourself? I thought that was a pretty piss-poor choice, especially with the rampant crackhead moderation that's been going on recently. Great work, guys.

Re:Metamoderation (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2171557)

I just marked 2 as unfair and karma stayed the same. I never really investigated before - I always sort of assumed the limit was 5; ie 6 unfairs and you lose.

Re:Metamoderation (2, Insightful)

zerocool^ (112121) | about 13 years ago | (#2171634)

dude come on now, what if there are 2 moderations on your meta-moderation page that *are* unfair. That, to me, is the entire purpose of the MM page. You look at a series of comments, most of them are fair, but some are unfair, and with the number of moderators out there, there's bound to be a percentage of alterrior motives at work.

I just tell it like i see it, and if there's a comment that i feel that my personal judgement comes into play too heavily to decide without personal influence, i just leave it neutral. But if its an unfair moderation, i.e. off topic for something that is only slightly off topic (and that's kind of the spirit of slashdot, discussing topics and tangents) then i mod it unfair.

Re:Metamoderation (5, Insightful)

bconway (63464) | about 13 years ago | (#2171663)

That was EXACTLY my point. In the old metamoderation system, if you marked two or more moderations as unfair (which was often the case) you would automatically lose a point of karma. That was quite ridiculous for those of us who actually metamoderated fairly.

congrats! (1)

chuqui (264912) | about 13 years ago | (#2171544)

(clap clap clap clap clap)

well done -- looks good so far.

Seems to be loading faster for me. (1)

Rop (61919) | about 13 years ago | (#2171545)

Is there any reason for this? I mean was anything done in terms of speed for slashcode 2.x ?

You are a moron (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2171577)

Gee...

Could it be the faster servers they installed as it says above?!

Sometimes I wish people would think before they spurt out crap!

Read the whole fucking story moron!

Re:You are a moron (0, Flamebait)

Rop (61919) | about 13 years ago | (#2171599)

Ohhhh an anonymous dumbass can insult!!! DUH that is why i asked it if was ALSO do to the code lord ass!

Now go to bed!

Neato! (1)

Sloppy (14984) | about 13 years ago | (#2171546)

Well done, dudes.

There's certainly a few kinks (1)

Dancin_Santa (265275) | about 13 years ago | (#2171547)

that need to be worked out, but I'm sure you guys are going to do a really good job getting those ironed out.

Good work sir, carry on.

Dancin Santa

You've reached your maximum number of comments you (1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2171548)

You've reached your maximum number of comments you can post: 33 comments over 4 hours.

What is the meaning of this you fucks?

Hey you wanker wannabe coders fix the anon account already.

caffeine (1)

cornflux (168139) | about 13 years ago | (#2171549)

Now holy shit, I'm gonna sleep.
Sleep? Isn't that what we needed before there was caffeinated water and mints?? Hmm...

Well, enjoy the rest...

Re:caffeine (1)

tenman (247215) | about 13 years ago | (#2171636)

and after only 16 hours...

Can I still use journals (4, Funny)

Hairy_Potter (219096) | about 13 years ago | (#2171552)

if I'm stuck with a non-journaling file system,like Win 98?

Re:Can I still use journals (1)

aliebrah (135162) | about 13 years ago | (#2171657)

Windows 98 is a file system?

Great (2)

mind21_98 (18647) | about 13 years ago | (#2171553)

...but will it be stable for more than a month at a time?

Re:Great (1)

DrkShadow (72055) | about 13 years ago | (#2171687)

Even if not it'll still outlast Windows...

-DrkShadow

These dual Athlon systems, right? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2171555)

Or should we call you hypocritical? I'd hate to think you're using Intel when you've told us how evil they are. That would just seem wrong.

The new trolltalk has been created (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2171556)

Trolltalk has moved to http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=20352 [slashdot.org]

Is the look ever going to change? (5, Interesting)

Xafloc (48004) | about 13 years ago | (#2171558)

I mean come on...Slashdot has looked the same forever. Are we ever going to get some visual changes. Something to keep the site looking fresh?

I am not sure about the rest of you, but I think Slashdot is looking just a bit out-dated. Now, I am not saying let's go make Slashdot look like the millions of phpnuke site and there look-alikes, but I am sure with all the talent over there that they can come up with something new.

Maybe it's just me

Re: Is the look ever going to change? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2171568)

I've thought the same thing. I think that it would be neat to be able to set custom colours, like at My Yahoo! [yahoo.com] . I know that things are customizable now, but there could be more variety IMO.

My Yahoo (1)

Mac Nazgul (196332) | about 13 years ago | (#2171585)

Ohhh yeah, I have seen the quality pages with the black backgrounds and hot pink titles that people have made of their custom home page portals.

It's called a brand, and considering the amount of work down to improve the underlying content, you can't expect much more for a fairly minor number release.

Re:Is the look ever going to change? (1)

quartz (64169) | about 13 years ago | (#2171594)

Dude, who needs THEM to change the way Slashdot looks? Whenever I get bored with the current look of Slashdot I do some hacking to Konq's stylesheets, and voila! a new and improved Slashskin. :-) But shh! don't tell them. They might sue me for "modifying their content without authorization" or something. Remember the fuss they made over Smart Tags?

Re:Is the look ever going to change? (3, Insightful)

Villain (19081) | about 13 years ago | (#2171620)

I find it somewhat refreshing to find a site that doesn't feel the need to reinvent itself every few months. We all know exactly where to find everything when it comes down to it, I think most of us would prefer a functional old design over some crappy flash intro or other garbage everyone would just skip over anyway.

Re:Is the look ever going to change? (3, Funny)

localman (111171) | about 13 years ago | (#2171622)

Aw man! One of the reasons I love Slashdot is that it has stuck by it's guns and remained one of the gawd awfulest looking sites on the web!


Seriously, though, I'm sick of website (and application) appearance makeovers. 9 times out of 10 they decrease functionality and increase the level of annoyance.


However, I've been happy with the same woman for ten years now so I guess I'm not the average guy.

Re:Is the look ever going to change? (1)

Snuffub (173401) | about 13 years ago | (#2171635)

Hey are you the same "Local Man" who the people at the onion always write about??? can i get your autograph?

Re:Is the look ever going to change? (2)

NonSequor (230139) | about 13 years ago | (#2171645)

I don't think Slashdot is terrible looking, but I do wish the frontpage used the soothing blue color used for the Developers section.

Re:Is the look ever going to change? (3, Interesting)

scrytch (9198) | about 13 years ago | (#2171669)

I *like* slashdot's look -- when it's slashdot green and not some godawful khaki/mauve category "theme". I like the subtle grey header bars that go all the way across as opposed to advogato's neon bars of varying widths. I like the subdued colors over the garishness of most nuke sites.

Other comments: automunging the real email address and ditching the fake one. What slash munges, a spambot can unmunge. You do know that most spambots already auto-unmunge the standard munging done to listserv archives? Now I'm going to have to get a throwaway account just for slashdot.

Lameness filters are still lame.

Running post numbers are nice, I just hope it really didn't have anything to do with FP and more about unique id's. "first post" still means "first post" after all.

Would be nice to support some javascript in the clients if they're capable of it. Glasscode's async scoring mechanism is a nice example of what you can do with javascript.

Re:Is the look ever going to change? (2)

Sloppy (14984) | about 13 years ago | (#2171671)

Change your browser preferences. Then the whole darn web, along with Slashdot, will get a brand new look.

Re:Is the look ever going to change? (5, Interesting)

iomud (241310) | about 13 years ago | (#2171679)

I really like the developers section colors, light grey and blue. I agree that slashdot is in need of a new look perhaps user selectable themes so that each user can pick from a number of slashdot layouts to looks at.

good job (2)

tophernet (73111) | about 13 years ago | (#2171564)

things look good. keep up the good work.

Journals, etc. (2)

Alien54 (180860) | about 13 years ago | (#2171566)

I didn't like the journals in Slash 2.0 from an admin viewpoint, mostly because of abuse (goatsex, etc) (Journals are not moderatable, of course, and this makes sense in that context), and the fact of the added drive space this can use up on a smaller system (such as provided by slashhosting.com)

I would like to see more toggle on/off configuration for the plugins.

here is some advice (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2171569)

Sounds like real trouble. You're going to need plenty of legal advice before this thing is over.
As your attorney, I advise you to rent a very fast car with no top. And you'll need the cocaine.
Tape recorder for special music. Acapulco shirts. Get the hell out of LA for at least 48 hours.

Congrats. (1)

pcwhalen (230935) | about 13 years ago | (#2171570)

Finally, slashdot won't get slashdotted.

I'm loving the changes already! (1)

whiteranger99x (235024) | about 13 years ago | (#2171571)

What can i say without sounding redundant?
I am very impressed with the new features of the new system Slashdot is using...I'm already experiencing better response and load times.

What impresses me most is better interactivity potentials with other /. users courtesy of the Journals, and Friends Lists :D

However, what would REALLY kick ass is an ability to change the color scheme of the site, i'll give you guys time ;)

THANKS AGAIN SLASHDOT for the fun! :D

Re:I'm loving the changes already! (1)

ackthpt (218170) | about 13 years ago | (#2171589)

Not only that, but hyperlinks show the site you're going to. Less easy for those sneaky old goatse.cx tricks links.

Re:I'm loving the changes already! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2171683)

Unf (0, Redundant)

PrdgmShift (230136) | about 13 years ago | (#2171572)

Unf

Kudos on a Good Job (2, Interesting)

ackthpt (218170) | about 13 years ago | (#2171573)

But I miss a few things:

My fake email address :)

Single spacing on the user page

#1-#9999 message numbers


Thanks to whomever for moving it to the GHz machines, hope this means less bogging down in heavy traffic.

Re:Kudos on a Good Job (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2171582)

#1-#9999 message numbers

I Agree! It just seem strange without them...

Re:Kudos on a Good Job (1)

Pinball Wizard (161942) | about 13 years ago | (#2171666)

#1-#9999 message numbers


yeah, but technically, no more First Posts.

FP 8.0 (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2171576)

better than ever
bitch

Did you upgrade cowboyneal? (4, Funny)

defence budget (410076) | about 13 years ago | (#2171578)

Which version of cowboyneal is /. currently using?

I had to change my subject for the lameness filter (3, Interesting)

RESPAWN (153636) | about 13 years ago | (#2171579)

Whoa! What's with the comment numbers? No more first posts? What are all the /. trolls going to do now? /. will end up losing half it's readership because of this oversight. Bad choice, Mr. Taco.


-----


Lameness filter encountered. Post aborted! Reason: What do you want? A medal?


Subject: No first posts?


Actually, I want you to let me post my frickin' comment.

Re:I had to change my subject for the lameness fil (2)

J'raxis (248192) | about 13 years ago | (#2171647)

Nah, now they'll just complete to get posts like #2,172,000 or #3,000,000 or whatever.

So this isn't a bug. Heh. I see that now after browsing through the old, old stories and seeing lower (but still large) comment numbers. I had thought it was just a bug like that "you already submitted this comment 2387467324320975 hours ago" thing I saw a week ago.

Seems to rock so far. (2, Interesting)

Chakat (320875) | about 13 years ago | (#2171583)

The journal looks cool, other than a bug which I have dutifully submitted. The hardware seems impressive (can you imagine a beowulf of /. clusters?). I haven't had a chance to play around with the archives yet, that'll probably be the next thing I do; god I hated digging through the archive's viewing mode. Nested viewing is SO much better than the flat mode.

One question, though. What kind of CSS is allowed with that <DIV> tag? Anything fun, or is it one of those you could tell me but then you'd have to kill me sort of deals?

Congrats all around, you guys kick ass!

fake e-mail address vs auto spamproofing (3, Interesting)

jesser (77961) | about 13 years ago | (#2171584)

There are several new user options for comment display. I'll let you poke around them yourself and see how they work. Some you'll like, some you won't. You'll notice that the old 'Fake Email Address' is now gone. We decided that it simply was to easy to abuse, so instead we offer auto spam proofing of your real email address. Of course this is purely optional for you paranoid spam-free types. This is Jamie's, as was the new domain linking stuff, and countless other usability features.

How was the fake e-mail address field "abused"? And how can automatic spam-proofing possibly be good enough that a clever spammer wouldn't be able to get around (especially with the source code visible)?

Re:fake e-mail address vs auto spamproofing (2)

tswinzig (210999) | about 13 years ago | (#2171658)

How was the fake e-mail address field "abused"? And how can automatic spam-proofing possibly be good enough that a clever spammer wouldn't be able to get around (especially with the source code visible)?

There's this thing called RANDOM. And even though you know it's happening, you can't predict its outcome.

Cool, huh?

journaling (1)

quannump (310933) | about 13 years ago | (#2171586)

jeez ... journaling looks pretty complicated, good job /. team and thanks for making me waste my time at work so well

Aaaaaaah (2)

Dutchie (450420) | about 13 years ago | (#2171587)

Finally /. runs at a decent speed again!



Did you really have to take a bunch of systems from the original cluster in order to build the new one?!?!

Nice ! (1)

ferratus (244145) | about 13 years ago | (#2171588)

It's quite difficult to say anything in this discussion without being redundant but I really want to say that the update is really good.

It seems to be quite solid except for a few request that takes some time (/.'ed ?). Congratulation on the great work. Now you just need to add those other 2 billions features that didn't make it in 2.2 :)

As someone else already said, I think a skin system would be neat for the next update. (Who needs sleep anyway ?)

Take That, You Tricksters! (1)

Kaio (471336) | about 13 years ago | (#2171591)

Display the URL of every link automatically! No more goatse.cx for me! Bwa ha ha ha ha!

Re:Take That, You Tricksters! (0, Offtopic)

jedwards (135260) | about 13 years ago | (#2171630)

Yeah, thank god it is foolproof [1075594134]

i0n (1)

s0ma (217695) | about 13 years ago | (#2171593)

fp on 2.2!

Oh no! (1)

metrazol (142037) | about 13 years ago | (#2171596)

Slashdot is turning into Everything 3! Run for the hills, the node police are going to hunt me here too!

first (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2171598)

2.2 post

speaking of 2.2, linux sucks

Posting error. (1)

gooberguy (453295) | about 13 years ago | (#2171602)

GAH, I kept on getting an error when I try to post. :(

D/\ Gooberguy

VIA Chipset (1)

GigsVT (208848) | about 13 years ago | (#2171603)

Hope the new cluster isn't P4's with the VIA chipset. :)

lameness filters (5, Insightful)

jesser (77961) | about 13 years ago | (#2171607)

The lameness filters are really getting on my nerves. More than half of my comments over the last few weeks hit some filter or another before I managed to get the comment through.

  • Every time I screw up in a comment -- trigger some other lameness filter, forget to put a subject, anything -- I get a "it hasn't been 20 seconds since you hit reply".
  • I like to read the entire article before posting to make sure I'm not putting up something redundant with an existing score:3 post, but if I use that strategy and then end up deciding to post two comments, I invariably get "it's been less than two minutes since your last comment post."
  • I got a cryptic message about "postersubj compression" when I tried to reply to this comment [slashdot.org] . Changing the subject of my reply made the error message go away, but it took me 5 minutes to figure out how to get aroudn the filter (mostly because of the 20 second rule).

Others have complained about shell scripts being rejected as "junk posts", and having comments rejected as having been posted before slashdot existed. Some of these are just Bugs, but many seem to be intentional. Does the lameness filter serve any purpose that moderation doesn't?

IMO, there should be two filters:

  1. No duplicate posts. Not so much to filter out "lameness", but to help people who accidentally hit "Submit" twice or hit it again when slashdot forgets to respond to the first post.
  2. No more than five comments from one poster within two minutes.

Re:lameness filters (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2171627)

Ya the filters are getting pretty lame. I'm all around getting bored with slashdot. I think it's time to move on. I read it less and less. I always do that hang around some site for like a year and then get sick of it and go some other place on those coffee breaks or moments of boredom. I think i'm pretty much done with this site. It's not just all the bugs and lame filters, it's just i'm bored of all the stupid propoganda, half of the discussion is not about anything in reality. Some very non-newsworthy thing or another gets posted then some paranoid teenagers blow it out of proportion. For a while i thought this site was for professional programmers and open source developers. I realized a while ago that it's really for teenagers with no friends and college kids that are to uptight to actually go out to a kegger or something. Just dumb asses. I dont remember who said it but i think it was summed up best as "He's not gonna see that, Smart people don't actually read slashdot, dude". It still didn't lose it's charm, the childish shannigans can lighten up a rough day. But as they say "the thrill is gone". I mean when it's a battle just to get a post through, bleh, screw it.

Re:lameness filters (2)

IvyMike (178408) | about 13 years ago | (#2171676)

I agree; I've been hit with lameness filters on several posts, and I think no reasonable human would have agreed with the filter. I'm hoping that the slashdot crew occasionally views what the filters are culling, and perhaps make adjustments in the future. ( I would not like the feature to go away, but I do think it's overly draconian right now. There is a happy medium, but it will take constant adjustment to reach it.)


Thanks guys (1)

jabagi (83535) | about 13 years ago | (#2171608)

I really don't care about the lack of visual changes. The look of this site is something I have grown very accustomed to. I was bothered with messaging just last night, it is funny that just 8 hours later it's here.
I'll go fiddle with my homepage options now...
Thanks people for Slashdot 2.2

Good job all! (1)

x136 (513282) | about 13 years ago | (#2171611)

Looking good!
I've noticed quite a few little things that I like already.
Now it loads at a respectable speed on my poor old 132MHz 604 also.

What cluster? (1)

Antoshka (444302) | about 13 years ago | (#2171617)

I wonder whether /. uses any existing cluster like Beowulf [beowulf.org] or Mosix [mosix.org] ?

But does it run on Windows? (1)

BagMan2 (112243) | about 13 years ago | (#2171619)

well?

bloody hell (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2171624)

I never even noticed any difference

Presenting SleepDot 2.2 (1)

kleenx (457564) | about 13 years ago | (#2171625)

Let's all thank the krew of slashdot for spending yet another late nite improving the quality of the way we recieve our news :)

*clap clap clap*

I would like to raise a toast... for me, its gonna be one stiff drink and praise the creators, virtual god if we even wanted to call it.

Let's let all the guys know that they should sleep now, and hope that all the bugs get found by morning, BEFORE the main stream rush. If not? Well, we'll all have some more news to keep our eyes on ;)

Thanks everybody!! ;)

Hey... (3, Interesting)

Electric Angst (138229) | about 13 years ago | (#2171628)

I'm just curious, how many bugs from old slash, or new, were first discovered by trolls [geekizoid.com] ? Do you feel that the trolls did you a service, like the way white-hat hackers reveal holes in certain software [microsoft.com] ?

fi1rst post! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2171629)


first post! nayh nayh, ..

wait.. what the bloody fuck? What is this? 20,000 post? Oh no! What am I going to do ! Posting goatse.cx links was my only way to rebel against the system! WHAT! OH GOD MOMMY HELP ME.. bring back first post! please! dear lord yahweh or the highway

comment number# allocation is illogical & brok (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2171633)

Ok, I've got a big problem with this. I don't want each article for a story being displayed as number #2.3million. What happened to each story having its articles starting from #1 up? It's absolutely chaotic having everything labled a number starting from Slashdot's very conception! Please fix this, or it will drive _all_of_us_mad_. It makes it damned downright difficult to navigate through a story's comments.

Rant over :)

Re:comment number# allocation is illogical & b (1)

lemox (126382) | about 13 years ago | (#2171667)

Yeah, but it makes "first post!"'s a thing of the past.

some annoying filters ain't gonna save this place (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2171640)

Ya the filters are getting pretty lame. I think the old quote favorite among slashdotters is true now "those who would trade a little liberty for a little safety deserve neither". Well putting on these stupid filters and pissing off hundreds of legitimate users and it doens't even stop the trolls. This is bullshit. But it's not just that. I'm all around getting bored with slashdot. I think it's time to move on. I read it less and less. I always do that hang around some site for like a year and then get sick of it and go some other place on those coffee breaks or moments of boredom. I think i'm pretty much done with this site. It's not just all the bugs and lame filters, it's just i'm bored of all the stupid propoganda, half of the discussion is not about anything in reality. Some very non-newsworthy thing or another gets posted then some paranoid teenagers blow it out of proportion. For a while i thought this site was for professional programmers and open source developers. I realized a while ago that it's really for teenagers with no friends and college kids that are to uptight to actually go out to a kegger or something. Just dumb asses. I dont remember who said it but i think it was summed up best as "He's not gonna see that, Smart people don't actually read slashdot, dude". It still didn't lose it's charm, the childish shannigans can lighten up a rough day. But as they say "the thrill is gone". I mean when it's a battle just to get a post through, bleh, screw it.

Feature: filter out certain comments? (5, Insightful)

occam (20826) | about 13 years ago | (#2171642)

Cmdr, is it possible to filter out "Humor" comments with this new version? For some threads that's about half of the (supposedly) high value comments, but I'd really just like to read info. I've looked through the preferences without finding that feature.

Thanks,

= Joe =

Re:Feature: filter out certain comments? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2171653)

The humour is the only thing of value on here my friend. Thanks to this silly little karma system, people make up all kinds of shit just in hope of getting a +3 informative. I have seen so many +3-5 informative/insightfuls with fake crap in it. But the stupid little teen mods don't know the difference. If it's long and has a nice format and uses a few big words and no swears they'll believe it. Using slashdot posts as a source of information is a really bad idea.

Re:Feature: filter out certain comments? (3, Insightful)

J'raxis (248192) | about 13 years ago | (#2171665)

I'd like to see a full-blown filter system à la Usenet killfiles. Currently we can killfile story authors [slashdot.org] , why not users in general? Would probably be more useful than moderation as you make your own decisions as to what's crap and what's not.

Where's the name from? (1)

Anderlan (17286) | about 13 years ago | (#2171654)

It makes me think of this [seigneur.org] .

Friends (2)

Lando (9348) | about 13 years ago | (#2171664)

Hmmm,
Wondered how the friends worked so I started digging. Apparently to add a friend you must click on someone's journal entry. From there you are able to select add a friend.

I don't see a method of adding a friend unless they have made a journal entry.

As far as looking up user pages, is there any way of doing a search for users?

Lando

Re:Friends (2)

Lando (9348) | about 13 years ago | (#2171673)

Further notes on friends.

Friends can by added with no journal entry by locating the user and entering their slashdot user # in the url below.

http://slashdot.org/journal.pl?op=addmeta&uid=[U se r #]

Just testing (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2171670)

I saw a post that I thought had a "read more of this comment", now I swear it's gone. So to test out my theory I shall post a long message
123
foo
1234

1234
And Pretend that is an insightful post.
1234
Because
1234
I'm not a troll, I'm a pioneer.
1234
How else to expect it to get better.
1234
If it isn't raised to the public
1234
What about code red
1234
People wouldn't drink it if it wasn't marketed well.
Because
1234
I'm not a troll, I'm a pioneer.
1234
How else to expect it to get better.
1234
If it isn't raised to the public
1234
What about code red
1234
People wouldn't drink it if it wasn't marketed well.
It's also fun to test out the limits of these new lameness filters.
People wouldn't drink it if it wasn't marketed well.
Because
1234
I'm not a troll, I'm a pioneer.
1234
How else to expect it to get better.
1234
If it isn't raised to the public
1234
What about code red
1234
People wouldn't drink it if it wasn't marketed well.
I think it will piss people off, and make them more likely to post against them.
People wouldn't drink it if it wasn't marketed well.
Because
1234
I'm not a troll, I'm a pioneer.
1234
How else to expect it to get better.
1234
If it isn't raised to the public
1234
What about code red
1234
People wouldn't drink it if it wasn't marketed well.

123
foo
1234

1234
And Pretend that is an insightful post.
1234
Because
1234
I'm not a troll, I'm a pioneer.
1234
How else to expect it to get better.
1234
If it isn't raised to the public
1234
What about code red
1234
People wouldn't drink it if it wasn't marketed well.
Because
1234
I'm not a troll, I'm a pioneer.
1234
How else to expect it to get better.
1234
If it isn't raised to the public
1234
What about code red
1234
People wouldn't drink it if it wasn't marketed well.
It's also fun to test out the limits of these new lameness filters.
People wouldn't drink it if it wasn't marketed well.
Because
1234
I'm not a troll, I'm a pioneer.
1234
How else to expect it to get better.
1234
If it isn't raised to the public
1234
What about code red
1234
People wouldn't drink it if it wasn't marketed well.
I think it will piss people off, and make them more likely to post against them.
People wouldn't drink it if it wasn't marketed well.
Because
1234
I'm not a troll, I'm a pioneer.
1234
How else to expect it to get better.
1234
If it isn't raised to the public
1234
What about code red
1234
People wouldn't drink it if it wasn't marketed well.
I'm getting tired of this. Godspeed to thou, in all your journeys.
123
foo
1234

1234
And Pretend that is an insightful post.
1234
Because
1234
I'm not a troll, I'm a pioneer.
1234
How else to expect it to get better.
1234
If it isn't raised to the public
1234
What about code red
1234
People wouldn't drink it if it wasn't marketed well.
Because
1234
I'm not a troll, I'm a pioneer.
1234
How else to expect it to get better.
1234
If it isn't raised to the public
1234
What about code red
1234
People wouldn't drink it if it wasn't marketed well.
It's also fun to test out the limits of these new lameness filters.
People wouldn't drink it if it wasn't marketed well.
Because
1234
I'm not a troll, I'm a pioneer.
1234
How else to expect it to get better.
1234
If it isn't raised to the public
1234
What about code red
1234
People wouldn't drink it if it wasn't marketed well.
I think it will piss people off, and make them more likely to post against them.
People wouldn't drink it if it wasn't marketed well.
Because
1234
I'm not a troll, I'm a pioneer.
1234
How else to expect it to get better.
1234
If it isn't raised to the public
1234
What about code red
1234
People wouldn't drink it if it wasn't marketed well.

I hope... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2171681)

your new servers are running MS software, you know, for the stability and security features.

Old servers? (1)

lmd (413644) | about 13 years ago | (#2171685)

What will happen to the old servers?

Cmdr you wussie (1, Flamebait)

IvyMike (178408) | about 13 years ago | (#2171686)

Its past midnight and I've been going for 16 hours today.

This has to be a typo, right? I pretty much do this every single day of my life, as do most of the people here. ( Except for the college students, who stay up past 4am and have been going for 36 hours.) Or maybe you've been working for 16 hours, which while it probably isn't an everyday occurance for most of us, isn't exactly uncommon either.

Complaining about 16 hours or work isn't going to impress anyone. Re-read some of JWZ's stories [jwz.org] to recalibrate your "that was lots of work" meter.

P.S. Don't get me wrong, I do like the new features a bunch. Rock on.

Can I have my old nick back? (3, Insightful)

Ungrounded Lightning (62228) | about 13 years ago | (#2171688)

Is the limit on nick size still there and still too short for "Ungrounded Lightning Rod"?

I'd like to update my Sig but I don't plan on doing that unless/until I can get the 'ol nick back.

(While we're at it, is the limit on sig size still so small that I have to abbreviate? You didn't shrink it any more did you?)

(We'll see momentarily...)

The new cluster... (1)

ergo98 (9391) | about 13 years ago | (#2171691)

It certainly feels very, very speedy now, though perhaps that's because everyone went to bed (of course I'm stereotyping that everyone lives in -05:00) when it was screwing up earlier. While there has been no "update" about how the upgrade went, it was apparent earlier that it neither happened in the one hour period, and when it did come up a multitude of quirks surfaced. I say this not to criticize but rather to poke fun at our profession: If a software developer tells you it'll take an hour, presume 4. :-)

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