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Slashdot Subscribers Now See The Future

CmdrTaco posted more than 11 years ago | from the well-isn't-that-special dept.

Slashdot.org 1018

We're pleased to announce the newest reason for you to subscribe to Slashdot. Besides the ability to suppress banner ads, limit journal postings to friends, and a few plums, Subscribers now see stories posted on Slashdot from The Mysterious Future! These stories are recognizable by the red title bar, and the lack of a time stamp. Subscribers will be able to beat the rush and read the links before everyone else. You can hit the link below and I'll explain exactly what this means. If this appeals to you, you could read the subscriber FAQ or just go subscribe.First off, this feature doesn't change anything for non-subscribers. All Slashdot stories are put into the story queue before you see them. The time stamps on these stories vary tremendously. Sometimes the story is posted days in advance (like, say, a Book Review or an Ask Slashdot where time isn't critical and we post a set number a week) Other stories are "Breaking News" and are posted just seconds before they go live. But most stories are posted 20-30 minutes before they go live. This time window gives other authors a chance to take a look at them. To fix spelling, to check for dupes (HAH!) or even to reject the story outright!

So while subscribers won't see news posted at the last minute before everyone else, most of our stories will be available to them 10-20 minutes before everyone else. This means they can click through and beat the Slashdot Effect.

Another possible feature addition that we're discussing is to allow subscribers to post during this window. We haven't decided if that's a good idea or not. Since subscribers are still subject to all the same restrictions as anyone else in the forums, they could still be moderated into oblivion if they were jerks about it so it's probably not subject to all that much abuse, but this is still something we're only considering. Feel free to discuss it in this forum, or to contact me with opinions.

A couple of notes here:

  • Subscribers have a variable on their subscriptions preference page that tells us how many banner ads they wish to "Spend" per day. This number must be at least 10 for you to be eligible to see the Mysterious Future plum. This means that your $5 subscription will last 100 days- or, $15-20 a year.
  • You also need to hit the checkbox to disable ads on the Index. Once you hit your Max Pages for the day, you will see ads again, but you will also be eligible for the plum.
  • These notes will be clarified on both the subscriptions page and in the FAQ very soon. Your feedback will help us decide how best to explain this since it's not exactly black & white here. Give us a couple weeks and it should all be blazingly obvious from the documentation how everything works.

In closing, this is a new feature and we appreciate all your feedback, both good and bad. We decided to implement this after tons of feedback from you, and we're really excited about it. This is a really great incentive for users to subscribe, but it also can give subscribers a chance to alert us in advance if stories have mistakes in them. We'll likely be expanding this sort of functionality in the future.

Now please go subscribe and help support Slashdot!

Update To clarify the timing. Right now the mysterious future is set to 20 minutes. That number is not a promise tho, since a story posted 11 minutes before "Air time" would be seen slighter later. A story posted 30 minutes in advance will be visible 20 minutes early.

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Hah! First! (5, Funny)

sulli (195030) | more than 11 years ago | (#5449386)

Is that a Subscriber Benefit too?

Re:Hah! First! (5, Insightful)

gmuslera (3436) | more than 11 years ago | (#5449431)

If you see the article hours before most of slashdot readers, I think that yes, this will be a subscriber benefit. For the others a lot of discussions will start half full just when the article is widely available.

Re:Hah! First! (5, Funny)

staplin (78853) | more than 11 years ago | (#5449560)

There'd just be 2 varieties of first posts...

FPP: First Paid Post!

and

FUP: First Unpaid Post!

All it takes is a few trolls with some available cash...

The futures is at other URLs: +1, Patriotic (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5449482)



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you as a resident in the F.U.S.A. (Fascist United States of Amerika),
please read the news at Cursor [cursor.org]

Thank you and have a John_Ashcroft-free
day!

Cheers,
W00t

Re:Hah! First! (4, Insightful)

idiotnot (302133) | more than 11 years ago | (#5449508)

Actually, it would be, and AC's (unless they're logged in, posting anonymously) would be 30 minutes and 100 comments behind.....

I could start reading at zero again.

FWIW, I did subscribe. It wasn't much. I just wanted to get the ads out of the story pages. Banner ads don't bother me. I went back and checked before I posted, and I've still got like 400 out of the 1000 pages left. It's been worth it, I think, and this will just convince me to renew when the time comes.

mho (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5449399)

this is too confusing to become successful.

But... (5, Funny)

Rudy Rodarte (597418) | more than 11 years ago | (#5449400)

doesnt /. want to be free??
;)

Re:But... (5, Funny)

bellings (137948) | more than 11 years ago | (#5449459)

doesnt /. want to be free??

No. Only information wants to be free. Slashdot has managed to avoid that for a looong time.

Re:But... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5449504)

information wants to be $6.95 in packs of 12.

Re:But... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5449577)

Information does not want to be free. Information does not want anything. It's not alive. People want information to be free.

That just means... (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5449406)

That just means we get to see dupes that much quicker!

-FT

/. effect? (4, Insightful)

Lothar+0 (444996) | more than 11 years ago | (#5449407)

Will this now result in a pre-/. effect? Maybe the subscribers will be nice enough to mirror /.-ed sites on their own sites before the rush, but I'm not holding my breath.

WOW! (5, Funny)

gpinzone (531794) | more than 11 years ago | (#5449408)

No only do you stop getting ads that even the most brain dead ad-blocker could have gotten rid of for free, you also get to be Taco's personal dupe checker! I can't wait to send my money in!

Re:WOW! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5449580)

Stupidhead

Great! Now I can see dupes before they are posted! (5, Funny)

indros13 (531405) | more than 11 years ago | (#5449414)

Great! Now I can see dupes before they are posted!

Great! Now I can see dupes before they are posted! (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5449469)

Great! Now I can see dupes before they are posted!
Great! Now I can see dupes before they are posted!

Let them post! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5449416)

I'll subscribe to slashdot if you allow early posting... anything to help me get fr1st psot!

unfair (1)

adamruck (638131) | more than 11 years ago | (#5449420)

isn't there some sort of ethical problem with this sort of thing?

Re:unfair (1)

Enzondio (110173) | more than 11 years ago | (#5449461)

Could you elaborate a bit on how this is unethical?

Re:unfair (2, Insightful)

adamruck (638131) | more than 11 years ago | (#5449534)

well.. it seems to me that for a news orginization that promotes open source, there would be some sort of mentality that information should be free, to everyone, at the same same time, in the same context, etc.

Also what are the implications for karma whoring... how long before we have subscribers getting all of the karma(mirroring and other methods), and the non-subscribers all being modded redundant.

Rich people can afford things shocker! (2, Funny)

PhilHibbs (4537) | more than 11 years ago | (#5449570)

It was discovered today by our intrepid reporter adamruck [slashdot.org] that people that have lots of money can afford things that people that don't have lots of money can't! This, he reported, represented "some sort of ethical problem". We must be able to find [google.com] a better social system than this, surely!

Re:unfair (1)

bmetzler (12546) | more than 11 years ago | (#5449588)

isn't there some sort of ethical problem with this sort of thing?

Please eleborate. There is nothing ethical in question here. In fact, there is nothing in question here. Just a chance to see stories before the unwashed masses.

-Brent

Future Messages? (4, Funny)

agrounds (227704) | more than 11 years ago | (#5449421)

So, since I'm a subscriber, am I actually typing this in the future as well since the title bar is green? It's really red, but I am seeing it green, thus I must be operating in the future! Jeez, and I though Babylon 5 was confusing!

Is this going to be like K5? (3, Interesting)

mhesseltine (541806) | more than 11 years ago | (#5449425)

By that I mean, will readers be able to make suggestions, corrections, etc. to the stories? Or, once submitted, the story is "set in stone" and won't be updated?

Also, will someone begin "karma whoring" and mirroring pages and posting links to the mirrors?

Re:Is this going to be like K5? (1)

leviramsey (248057) | more than 11 years ago | (#5449502)

That would be really interesting. Subscribers having the ability to make editorial comments, with additional links and first dibs on getting them into the updates... cool.

And when everybody subscribes... (1)

cyclist1200 (513080) | more than 11 years ago | (#5449426)

We'll find that in actuality the links will be slashdotted before the story is posted!

Future Postings.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5449430)

I posted this tomorrow....

What? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5449434)

You can subscribe to Slashdot?

Uh huh.. (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5449438)

Does that mean we get the dupes first too, Malda? Personally, I'd be willing to subscribe if your staff were willing to clean up their act. You included.

hmmm (0, Offtopic)

tx_mgm (82188) | more than 11 years ago | (#5449444)

so maybe this is why the slashdot effect still runs unchecked. now you can get around it by paying. very sneaky.

Re:hmmm (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5449484)

Isn't there the chance people will get pissed off and spend less time here, if there's even more chance of the sites mentioned in the story being slashdotted?

Let this day be marked. (0, Troll)

Klowner (145731) | more than 11 years ago | (#5449445)

As my last day visiting slashdot.

Money hungry pigs.

Re:Let this day be marked. (3, Interesting)

quantaman (517394) | more than 11 years ago | (#5449592)

As my last day visiting slashdot.

Money hungry pigs.


Why? Did you lose any benefits as a non-subscriber? Ummmm... no. Did you gain better quality of service as a non-subscriber? Ummmm... yes (less dupes). So are they giving subscribers an extra benifit while actually positively affecting your /. experience? Yes.

So why are you saying your going to leave /. ? (we both know your not going to)

Benifit? (1)

Quasar1999 (520073) | more than 11 years ago | (#5449447)

How about a mysterious phone call or email to the poor sap who's running the webserver that's about to be slashdoted? Then EVERYONE can have the benefit of seeing the story...

Otherwise, I'll sign up, and put a bot on the page that will keep track of what's being posted, mirror it on a free site, and make millions! ;)

Great... (1)

dJCL (183345) | more than 11 years ago | (#5449448)

Now all the trolls will have incentive to subscribe, so they can do all the variations of 'First Post' before anyone else has a chance... Maybe the idea of keeping posts out until release would be a good idea... Ah well, I'm still broke, so i'm not participating.

hmm (1)

adamruck (638131) | more than 11 years ago | (#5449449)

So while subscribers won't see news posted at the last minute before everyone else, most of our stories will be available to them 10-20 minutes before everyone else. This means they can click through and beat the Slashdot Effect.

your assuming the people who value posting first actually read the article.. thats a pretty rash assumtion

Awesome (5, Insightful)

RedWolves2 (84305) | more than 11 years ago | (#5449451)

But..
Another possible feature addition that we're discussing is to allow subscribers to post during this window. We haven't decided if that's a good idea or not. Since subscribers are still subject to all the same restrictions as anyone else in the forums, they could still be moderated into oblivion if they were jerks about it so it's probably not subject to all that much abuse, but this is still something we're only considering. Feel free to discuss it in this forum, or to contact me with opinions.

I don't think that is a good idea. I think the fact that users can read ahead of time and then they can prepare their posts. This might make better prepared comments.

Not too shabby (1)

Rydia (556444) | more than 11 years ago | (#5449452)

While I think allowing them to post would be a bit much, this would be nice since I'd be willing to wager that the subscribing members make up a decent chunk of the people that actually read every article in the story before posting, and their number should be small enough that it'll both spread the load on the remote webserver a bit AND would probably have no detrimental effect on the rest of us.

Although it is really, REALLY confusing.

It seems to me.. (2, Interesting)

jonnythan (79727) | more than 11 years ago | (#5449453)

That this is kinda counterproductive.

Subscribers are probably the ones to load /. the most, right? Well, you get a subset of the most vigorous /. readers as subscribers... and that serves to null the good effect of beating the /. effect.

Also, the more subscribers you get, the smaller the benefit is for each subscriber. I would think that before long, the /. effect will just start when the red bar appears. Am I missing something?

Re:It seems to me.. (1)

lousyd (459028) | more than 11 years ago | (#5449566)

Subscribers are probably the ones to load /. the most, right?

I doubt it. I'd bet there are a thousand Slashdot readers for every Slashdot subscriber.

-lousyd

Re:It seems to me.. (3, Informative)

cascino (454769) | more than 11 years ago | (#5449578)

Also, the more subscribers you get, the smaller the benefit is for each subscriber. I would think that before long, the /. effect will just start when the red bar appears. Am I missing something?
The only difference between the above hypothetical situation and the current situation is that in above, everybody's paying a /. subscription. That's the intended effect.

Do subscribers... (1, Interesting)

FortKnox (169099) | more than 11 years ago | (#5449454)

Do subscribers get input when something goes wrong, or are they, like regulars, just left in the dark?

Slashdot does metaphysics! (1, Funny)

djkitsch (576853) | more than 11 years ago | (#5449455)

Ah, so does that mean we're not seeing dupes, we're seeing posts from parallel universes? We can't complain about them, otherwise our parallel selves won't be able to read /.!

I say open the posting to subscribers early (1)

leviramsey (248057) | more than 11 years ago | (#5449458)

Hey, if all the FP trolls^H^H^H^H^H^Hcrapflooders want to subsidize Slashdot for me, I have no problem with that...

well golly (5, Informative)

JeanBaptiste (537955) | more than 11 years ago | (#5449463)

Thats a pretty good idea. I would still think the /. effect would be better suppressed if slashdot would mirror stories, especially if its running off of somebody's mother's DSL connection.

Still, this offering may finally make me a subscriber. And I do like the idea of a subscriber getting to post first. The types of people that would subscribe are probably not the same ones that post the goatse.cx links and such. I'd even go so far as to maybe allow a subscriber another +1 bonus to karma, or maybe allow a subscriber a higher karma cap, or even let a subscribers post get modded to +6... but what do I know...

Re:well golly (4, Insightful)

leviramsey (248057) | more than 11 years ago | (#5449547)

Thats a pretty good idea. I would still think the /. effect would be better suppressed if slashdot would mirror stories, especially if its running off of somebody's mother's DSL connection.

Maybe make the Slashdot mirror only for subscribers?

if everyone subscribes (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5449465)

sites will still get slashdotted then what am I paying for?

Pros and Cons (1)

Niles_Stonne (105949) | more than 11 years ago | (#5449473)

This Plum might actually cause me to subscribe.

I don't think that "Early Posting" should be allowed, I fear that it will alenate the non paying members a bit.

Re:Pros and Cons (1)

sharekk (654035) | more than 11 years ago | (#5449590)

So subscribers get to post early, they're more likely to be karma'd up and more likely to be read. Doesn't that make karma somewhat useless? I thought the point of the system was for interesting people would be modded up. If someone interesting can't get within the first 200 posts they're not going to be noticed as often. maybe I'm misunderstanding how this works, I'm new to the system.

-10^10th post! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5449478)

W00t!

eat shit slashdot (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5449479)

I don't care and neither should you... i'll spend my money on drugs and bitches not slashdot.

Outstanding. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5449481)

I needed a little incentive to QUIT READING SLASHDOT. Finally, this is it.

Buh bye!

delay... (1, Troll)

wantedman (577548) | more than 11 years ago | (#5449487)

So now, instead of being four months late reporting a story, now it's four months PLUS a week.

paying for what ??? (5, Interesting)

mirko (198274) | more than 11 years ago | (#5449489)

  1. So subscribers will pay to let you batch your weekly job ?
  2. they will only be able to warn you about dupes before the slashdot crowd

ergo: they pay you to help you doing your job ?

(just a question : not a flamebait)

seeing the future of slashdottings (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5449490)

So this means a site could be slashdotted before the future reaches us?

I don't value Karma that much (1)

spruce (454842) | more than 11 years ago | (#5449499)

I don't value my Karma so much that I need an edge on all the other posters. And for the Slashdot effect, I just wait till it's over. It's not like the news here is so important that a few hours makes a difference.

Now I would subscribe for things like better editing, or story moderation, but this isn't that big of a deal to me.

Interesting (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5449501)

Subscribers get to be First Post and to filter out the dupes! :-) What a bargain.

So compelling!!! (5, Funny)

ThinWhiteDuke (464916) | more than 11 years ago | (#5449503)

OSDN outsources slashdot editing to its subscribers base. These happy few will have the privilege of beta testing dupes, broken links and poor spelling and grammar. They will also be the sole beneficiaries of the prestigious first post award as well as the (somewhat less prestigious) AYBABTU, ISR and Beowulf Cluster awards.

Must find my credit card, quick!

Comments on Subscriptions (5, Interesting)

malachid69 (306291) | more than 11 years ago | (#5449506)

After reading the article, I was prepared to just close the link since I have no interest in paying to visit ANY site. Hell, at least I registered with /., I still won't do that for the NYTimes articles that keep getting posted -- I just ignore every single one.

And pay to PARTIALLY disable banners? Very lame. I never see them anyways, since I have gotten so accustomed to ignoring them... It's amazing at how trained you can get at ignoring pretty much all graphics on all sites.

But, to top it off, I read ALL of the comments to this article so far. Not a single good one -- doesn't that hint at something?

Malachi

So now we need to subscribe (1)

buffer-overflowed (588867) | more than 11 years ago | (#5449509)

Otherwise by the time us non-paying plebes get to see the articles, they will be /.ed. So the future becomes the present and the present becomes the past or some such, and non-paying Slashdot becomes News for Nerds. Stuff that mattered. Or is that Sites that Existed? My head hurts, wish taco had phrased it differently.

I can't wait for the editorial comments!! (1)

MongooseCN (139203) | more than 11 years ago | (#5449510)

Now instead of just exaggerated comments from the editors, we can have completely fabricated AND exaggerated comments!

Maybe allow subscribers to moderate stories? (5, Interesting)

hackstraw (262471) | more than 11 years ago | (#5449512)

I've noticed that the shere volume of stories in the past few months has increased, yet the quality of them is kinda variable. ask slashdot hovers around unbearable, but is sometimes good.

Why can't subscribers get a chance to mod stories during this "preview" time, and possibly even keep silly stories and dups from getting posted to the "real" slashdot.

Allowing posting would be bad! (5, Insightful)

DavidpFitz (136265) | more than 11 years ago | (#5449515)

Another possible feature addition that we're discussing is to allow subscribers to post during this window.
But this would mean 2 things:

(1) If a story gets pulled, lots of comments could already be posted. This would be pretty annoying if you had spent some time posting.
(2) Moderation is biased torwards early posters, and as such it would provide a disincentive for non-subscribers to post, thereby reducing the amount of discussion. This could be a good thing, since subscribers (hopefully!) provide more worthwhile reading.

Subscribers will (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5449519)

Subscribers will get to laugh at dup postings before the unwashed?

Capitalist pig-dogs!!! (-1, Flamebait)

JesusHelper (594290) | more than 11 years ago | (#5449528)

HA HA HA!!!! Nice, now non-subscribers are assured to get only outdated stories. You guys just can't accept that your non-profit status can seem to generate revenue, can you?

Wait a second! (2, Funny)

Demon-Xanth (100910) | more than 11 years ago | (#5449530)

You have to PAY to get "First Post" now?! What is this place coming to? SELLOUT!

(as promised)

Tyranny! (-1, Troll)

forkspoon (116573) | more than 11 years ago | (#5449532)

Tyranny! 'Tis tyranny of the highest order to commercialize Slashdot! I'm going to a new free site that hasn't sold out.

No Anonymous early posts (4, Insightful)

binaryDigit (557647) | more than 11 years ago | (#5449541)

I'm a bit ambivilent about the early posting idea, since having an early post is directly related to the number of people likely to see your post, that "privilege" suddenly becomes a paid one. So people who might actually have something worthwhile to contribute suddenly have to become paying members.

But anyway, that is not the point of this post. I just wanted to say that if they do allow early posters, that they should NOT allow these early posts to be anonymous. This should help keep the quality of the early posts up. Maybe even have another modifier that increases any negative moderation by 1, again to try make the privilage of early posting a true privilage and keep abuse down.

Ambigious (1)

jimmyCarter (56088) | more than 11 years ago | (#5449543)

But most stories are posted 20-30 minutes before they go live.

-or-

So while subscribers won't see news posted at the last minute before everyone else, most of our stories will be available to them 10-20 minutes before everyone else.

Lame (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5449546)

I don't care about reading articles before anyone else(like anyone does it anyways...). Use the money to buy Taco a spellchecker and we've got a deal!

Bad (1)

mnmn (145599) | more than 11 years ago | (#5449549)


I'm deeply troubled to have payers see stories first. Theres something wrong there. After all, its the readers mostly who submit stories, not the people who get paid.

Then again I know the economy is bad, but this idea might not sound nice to all slashdotters. This has been a very free site for us with very little ads. Slashdot might later increase ads and maybe popups if the economy goes down with the war, to push more geeks to pay.

Ideally, slashdot sort of things should be paid for by taxpayers, grants from the government. Turning this into a business model does not appeal to me. Hey readers! whats the next best thing to slashdot??

One problem I see with this... (4, Insightful)

Champaign (307086) | more than 11 years ago | (#5449552)

Is the fact that if subscribers post first, their postings will always be read first. If their postings are read first (or potentially the only comments read as I often get bored when reading tons of comments and stop half-way through), they will be moderated first. Assuming positive moderation, they will get the mod points and higher karma.

In a round-about way this is a bit like selling karma (something I think you've avoided).

Good show! Could I purchase 1.25 kg of enlightment please?

Fuzzy numbers? (1)

mshomphe (106567) | more than 11 years ago | (#5449553)


But most stories are posted 20-30 minutes before they go live.

...most of our stories will be available to them 10-20 minutes before everyone else.

I like how the numbers decrease...

Beating the slashdot effect? (5, Insightful)

FearUncertaintyDoubt (578295) | more than 11 years ago | (#5449562)

Gee, I'm sure all the web sites that are suddenly and violently knocked off the web will be happy to know that slashdot is doing this for their subscribers. This seems a little like saying, well, my movie theater is quite flammable, so if you pay me $5 more, I'll make sure to seat you by an exit so you can get out before everyone else dies. It doesn't change the core problem, i.e., that slashdot is posting stories where they know from the outset that the effect is going to be a massive web server smackdown, and providing neither a mirror or a warning to anyone that this is about to happen.

Perhaps now there will be a little bit of warning. When you start seeing the first referrals from slashdot on your web server, those are the subscribers -- the advance guard before the real assault.

uh...yeah.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5449564)

Ooooh...

I can pay to be the first to hit links to obscure Swedish websites outlining how to develop a communications protocol using radishes and eggplant juice?

I can also have the honor of NOT being irritated by advertising?

Such service...

Beta version (3, Funny)

carlos_benj (140796) | more than 11 years ago | (#5449571)

I must have stumbled onto the Beta version because I see stories all the time and then, wow! a couple days later I see the same story.

You don't know how relieved I am since I just thought something had changed in the Matrix and they were onto me, y'know....

One more benefit. (2, Informative)

gokulpod (558749) | more than 11 years ago | (#5449573)

...could be to let suscribers vote on stories, suggest spelling mistakes, notice dupes etc. Not only will it attract more suscribers, it will also help raise the quality of slashdot postings.

(yes, i do read k5)

Slashdot Liability Prevoked (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5449574)

Congratulations Slashdot. You have just become financially liable for the Slashdot Effect.

By having a system with a financial incentive with a major goal being the avoidance of the Slashdot Effect you have now acknowledged it; and are financially reaping rewards for it.

Congrats.

a microcosm lesson for everyone (4, Insightful)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 11 years ago | (#5449576)

if you pay more, you get more

unfortunate, but true

for healthcare, for the legal system, for media/ information

equality is an illusion

true in life, true in not-real-life internet communities

sad but true

HG Wells would scream... (1)

Apostata (390629) | more than 11 years ago | (#5449579)

Quote: "Subscribers now see stories posted on Slashdot from The Mysterious Future!

Okay, share the time machine. Jeez...

Not a real hardship, pay up! (1)

Delta-9 (19355) | more than 11 years ago | (#5449585)

I saw that /. was offering ad-free browsing for a measily $5. So I went off to paypal and sent in my $5. I read /. rather often, so I didn't have any problem giving them some cash.

Then I realized that I can limit the usage of my 1000 subscribed points. So if this "subscriber" plan bothers you pay up, then customize the utilization of your 1000 points and you can make them last a damn long time.

If you only spend 1 point a day and you visit /. everyday, I throw away that many pennies a year into those give a penny take a penny jars at all the stores. (When I actually pay cash)
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