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Slashdot Design Changes for Wider Appeal

CmdrTaco posted more than 8 years ago | from the omg-i-heart-ponies-lol dept.

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Our marketing department has done extensive research over the last 3 quarters and discovered that our audience is strangely disproportionately skewed towards males. Like, 98.3% males to be precise. To correct this oversight, we have decided to subtly tweak Slashdot's design and content to widen our appeal to these less active demographics. Don't worry! We'll still continue to serve our core audience, but we hope you'll work with us as we try to find a balance that will work for all.

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Never mind (5, Funny)

erick99 (743982) | more than 8 years ago | (#15038542)

I can definitely feel myself getting in touch with my inner....oh, never mind...

Re:Never mind (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15038629)

What changed? [User Agent: w3m]

Re:Never mind (5, Funny)

hirnfurz (640803) | more than 8 years ago | (#15038634)

At first I thought I misclicked, got to a porn site and started looking around in case anybody was watching me. But then I remembered: the porn site was blue...

Re:Never mind (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15038652)

I just got my inner self all over my chest and hand.

Dupe (1)

entrylevel (559061) | more than 8 years ago | (#15038546)

From tomorrow? Is it April fools anywhere in the world yet?

Re:Dupe (2)

G)-(ostly (960826) | more than 8 years ago | (#15038618)

So this is slashdot's "NO YOU" to April 1st?

Re:Dupe (1)

Carnildo (712617) | more than 8 years ago | (#15038624)

Over in England, where they run on GMT, it's half an hour past midnight. But this is an *American* forum! It says so right in the FAQ!

Re:Dupe (1)

terrymr (316118) | more than 8 years ago | (#15038658)

Not to mention all the + timezones ... just cuz the usa is in - land it doesn't mean everybody is.

Re:Dupe (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15038628)

Yes. Oz / NZ.

Re:Dupe (2, Insightful)

Kjella (173770) | more than 8 years ago | (#15038645)

Well, my logic might be off but since it's long past midnight here and the dateline is west of the US, I suspect everywhere except North and South America.

Re:Dupe (2, Informative)

mabinogi (74033) | more than 8 years ago | (#15038659)

In more than half the world actually.

Besides, we all run our system clocks on UTC here don't we?

OMG! (5, Funny)

American AC in Paris (230456) | more than 8 years ago | (#15038549)

This. Is. Sooo awesome!

You guys are totally invited to my sleepover.

We're gonna talk about servers, and soldering irons, and building your own computer, and cameraphones, and open source software, and

OH! oh oh oh!

I heard that Linus and Richard might try to sneak in! They're sooooo cute! *SQueaL!*

*giggle*

Re:OMG! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15038602)

OMG

LOLICOPTER!!! :)

Re:OMG! (5, Funny)

Pantero Blanco (792776) | more than 8 years ago | (#15038646)

"I heard that Linus and Richard might try to sneak in! They're sooooo cute! *SQueaL!*"
Oh, but Mitnick has that adorable bad boy thing going on!

Re:OMG! (1)

rob1980 (941751) | more than 8 years ago | (#15038660)

Pillowfight!!!

I was gonna comment (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15038550)


but im gonna play with my Ken N Barbie dolls instead, i cant wait till action man turns up

It's working already! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15038552)

It's working already! We've been Flickr'd [flickr.com] ! Time for Slashdot to expereince the Flickr Effect first-hand!

"See anything wrong with this story" (3, Funny)

Space cowboy (13680) | more than 8 years ago | (#15038553)


HELL, YEAH, but only briefly before I scraped my eyes out of my skull with my fingernails.

Simon

haha (1)

porkThreeWays (895269) | more than 8 years ago | (#15038554)

My eyes! Zee goggles zey do nothing!

Re:haha (1)

Ruberik (935611) | more than 8 years ago | (#15038626)

New tags: terrifying, horrifying

Where's the pr0n? (4, Insightful)

chill (34294) | more than 8 years ago | (#15038555)

If they are 98.3% skewed towards males, where is all the front page pr0n?

OMG (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15038556)

I LOVE IT!!!1!1!!!!eleven!!1!

First post! (2, Funny)

Randseed (132501) | more than 8 years ago | (#15038557)

You're a day early, guys. When feminists attack, next on Slashdot.

April Fools (2, Funny)

krray (605395) | more than 8 years ago | (#15038558)

April Fools.
Haha.
Now PUT IT BACK.
My eyes are bleeding already...
Unbearable and almost unreadable.

Argh, my eyes! (1)

Spaceman40 (565797) | more than 8 years ago | (#15038559)

Ze goggles, zhey do NOTHING!

Re:Argh, my eyes! (1)

porkThreeWays (895269) | more than 8 years ago | (#15038644)

Beat you by 4 posts

Hmm (5, Funny)

Shawn Parr (712602) | more than 8 years ago | (#15038560)

As strange as it feels looking at this, it still is better looking than the IT color scheme... ;)

Mod parent up (1)

TopSpin (753) | more than 8 years ago | (#15038636)

Indeed, a few Slashdot sections do inflict greater pain than the Ponies scheme.

Great. (3, Funny)

saltydog0302 (708039) | more than 8 years ago | (#15038561)

I hope you're selling matching panties.

Pink == bad (0)

rippofrank (936044) | more than 8 years ago | (#15038562)

very not cool, good thing i have the slashdotter extension

april fools... (-1)

helstar (172465) | more than 8 years ago | (#15038566)

talk about a lame april fools joke

oh my eyes (1)

atari2600 (545988) | more than 8 years ago | (#15038567)

Time to load up lynx (sorry Firefox :( ). April Fool that!

I say... (4, Funny)

RingDev (879105) | more than 8 years ago | (#15038568)

F' the other 1.7%

-Rick

Re:I say... (1)

eyrieowl (881195) | more than 8 years ago | (#15038611)

mr. taco is trying to facilitate just that....

Re:I say... (1)

Turor (770192) | more than 8 years ago | (#15038648)

Hey! Your giving away my super secret plans!

Re:I say... (5, Funny)

CAIMLAS (41445) | more than 8 years ago | (#15038664)

F' the other 1.7%

I'm trying, I'm trying!

The Goggles. (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15038569)

They do nothing.

Actually (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15038571)

I think I like the pink more than I like the horrible purple color in the Games section.

Datestamp (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15038572)

... and here come the April Fool's tricks. This is so predOMG! Ponies!!!

And so it begins... (1)

PCM2 (4486) | more than 8 years ago | (#15038573)

...this year's sampling of asinine non-jokes, made-up stories, and time wasters.

I see we've actually begun several hours before April 1 this year ... gosh, you got me twice already.

Re:And so it begins... (1)

sconeu (64226) | more than 8 years ago | (#15038621)

No, it's midnight April 1, UTC.

Re:And so it begins... (1)

nhavar (115351) | more than 8 years ago | (#15038666)

You're making it sound as if April 1st is somehow different from the other 364 days.

OMG ponies (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15038574)

But.. (1)

Tepshen (851674) | more than 8 years ago | (#15038575)

Isnt this a day early? Someone needs to get a proper calender!

Sir, I believe you have made a mistake (1)

Carnildo (712617) | more than 8 years ago | (#15038578)

Sir, I believe you are four and a half hours early, even for the time zone you live in. Although it is indeed past midnight over in England, as you yourself said repeatedly, this is an *American* forum.

zOMG I 3 the new design LOL (2, Funny)

eggstasy (458692) | more than 8 years ago | (#15038579)

Thank you so much for the redesign. That old green was sure ugly!
Pink is like, the new, uh, pink!
I 3 pink!
Now, where are these ponies!!! Give me ponies. Now.

Exponential AI system (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15038580)

Dear Slashdot :

I have decided that i want a sexchange. Current medical technology yeilds a very poor result. A vagina can be made from the penis, but it will likely have hair inside of it, and there is a good chance of damaging the sensitive nervs, which would make sex unpleasurable. Breasts can only get but so big, nipples would not function. There would be no reproductive capability, and bone structure cannot be modified. The body chemistry cannot be changed, hormonal problems would be likely, and interacting with society would be awkward, as things like gait and voice would still be masculine. There is no way to change neural wiring in the brain to accomidate. The end result would be a sterile woman who looks like a man. Obviously this is not an option here.

It will be most likely at the pace things are going, several hundred years before medical technology progresses to the point where sex reassignment surgery would yeild satisfactory results. It is unfortunate that i will not live long enough to benefit from more advanced technology, so i will have to create it myself.

My plan is to build an AI system which can revise and improve on its self. It would be a cognitive AI system, a truely intelligent machine. Each time it improves on it's self, by modifying it's source code, it would increase in it's intellectual capacity in an exponential manner. It would quickly surpass the level of intelligence in human beings. Being that it would be superintelligent, it could run a profitable business, to generate income, which it would use to buy materials needed to improve upon its self.

Obviously i would steer it to focus it's time on developing technology in the following fields:stocks/investment, biotechnology, nanotechnology, chemistry, medicine, electronics. Being that it gains intelligence in an exponential manner, it should be able to develop the required technologies needed to proform an exceptional sex change. Not only would i transition over to being female, i would actually be a real woman, with full reproductive capability. Any sort of mental defects would be resolved, and i would have a completely healthy new body, void of any detromental conditions. This means i could live on for ever, looking great and the only way of death would be if somebody killed me or if got into an accident of some sort.

So my question to the guests of 4chan, is your thoughts on this process. Also i would be interested in hearing any ideas you have for creating such AI and approprate hardware to run it on. Please refrain from ethical discussions, as i think it is 100% ethical to produce a machine which could solve all of humanitys health and technology problems.

thank you Slashdot for your time and support.

April Fools??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15038581)

Hey, April Fools day isn't until tomorrow.

yay! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15038582)

I love ponies. Do you love ponies too?

Re:yay! (1)

DeBeuk (239106) | more than 8 years ago | (#15038654)

I love ponies. Do you love ponies too?

Ahhh.
You're cute, so I baked you a pony!

Huzzah! (4, Funny)

Sneftel (15416) | more than 8 years ago | (#15038583)

Huh. I suddenly have this urge to collect all the Slashdot Dream-House Playsets, each sold separately.

Not even trying (1)

barzok (26681) | more than 8 years ago | (#15038584)

Oh come on. This isn't even trying for 4/1.

Pink and Green???? (2, Funny)

technoextreme (885694) | more than 8 years ago | (#15038585)

Wow. Everything is pink except for the little area where the reply button is. I guess CowboyNeal really did let his girlfriend redesign the website.

Great news today! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15038588)

In other news, Blizzard has announced the Alliance race for their WOW expansion pack, the wisps [worldofwarcraft.com] .

WFT are you guys talking about? (5, Funny)

tak amalak (55584) | more than 8 years ago | (#15038589)

I think I need to upgrade from this grayscale monitor.

OMG, Shoot me (1)

shackfu (564892) | more than 8 years ago | (#15038590)

And still 5 hours to go...

Early?! (1)

ReverendRyan (582497) | more than 8 years ago | (#15038591)

Its 4:30 in the afternoon on the 31st. Whats with OSTG going early with the April Fools? They have my timezone on file... Oh well. suppose I can put up with the pink for two days instead of one.

=P

What date is it? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15038593)

Somewhere it's already eno lirpa.

Sheesh Taco (1)

Dunbal (464142) | more than 8 years ago | (#15038594)

The lengths a guy will go to to get laid... It's still not going to work. Ow my eyes!!!

you are not funny (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15038595)

Clint Eastwoods orangutang was funnier. Get over yourself.

Um... (1)

symbolic (11752) | more than 8 years ago | (#15038596)


Wouldn't you also have to include *content* that those on the other side of the fence might find interesting?

Re:Um... (1)

symbolic (11752) | more than 8 years ago | (#15038643)

Haha...joke's on me (I hope). I forgot that it's very close to the 1st of April. If this is in fact the case, it worked! (at least in my case).

OMG ... I think I'm gonna hurl! (1)

URSpider (242674) | more than 8 years ago | (#15038598)

Let's all hope this is an early April Fool's joke ...

My eyes! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15038599)

Would the homosexual developers please line up in front of the firing squad....

I believe Ambassador Kosh said it best... (2, Funny)

JoshWurzel (320371) | more than 8 years ago | (#15038600)

"And so it begins"

Also

"The avalanche has already started. It is too late for the pebbles to vote."

ah well (5, Funny)

Umbral Blot (737704) | more than 8 years ago | (#15038601)

I was more amused when there was no official explanation and we were all going "WTF WTF!". I mean with no explanation some of us were forming complex theories involving girls raised to be hackers by their evil masters, barbie, who have trained to seek out and destroy geek culture starting with slashdot.

Ugh (1)

AKAImBatman (238306) | more than 8 years ago | (#15038604)

Yep, it's April Fools again. And here I thought that the Saturday date would mean that I'd miss Slashdot's bad humor this year.

Thanks Taco. (Like, totally not. Fur sure.)

I'm just waiting (5, Funny)

MechaShiva (872964) | more than 8 years ago | (#15038605)

I can't wait for them to publish the other extreme with the "OMG!!! Titties!" theme.

Pink and Green (1)

tempest69 (572798) | more than 8 years ago | (#15038606)

I still see some slashdot green here.... what kind of wider audience the colorblind? The people who dont vomit at pink and green, this is a small portion of the populace... What has been wrought?

Storm

Nice (1)

troy144 (884688) | more than 8 years ago | (#15038607)

I love ponies too! Pink is the new Yellow!

Nice! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15038608)

I love the new layout.. Fits perfectly with everything.. :) :D

Not early at all (1)

manual_overide (134872) | more than 8 years ago | (#15038613)

It's April Fools already if your clock is set to GMT

Mr Slave Likey (1)

wiz31337 (154231) | more than 8 years ago | (#15038616)

Oooooh, Chesus Chriiiist, finally a website that understands me!

BAHAHAHAHA (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15038617)

Ok This was a bit of a shock to turn to. Thought process was a little slow, starting somewhere around, who defaced slashdot and ending with ahhhhhh.

ass sex? (1)

CAIMLAS (41445) | more than 8 years ago | (#15038620)

If you guys are lusting after some hot ass sex, why didn't you just say so. I'm sure there are plenty of people on here willing ot oblige.

Bring on Britney (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15038622)

Why don't we have a separate section for bubble-gum snapping Britney Spears stories... just for good measure.

Now all those digg readers are right. (1)

uberjoe (726765) | more than 8 years ago | (#15038623)

Slashdot is sooooo totally gay.

OMFG SO FUNNY! (1)

maelstrom (638) | more than 8 years ago | (#15038625)

/me loads digg.com

Mod Points (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15038627)

Posting so I don't accidentially mod anything in this thread...

What's with all the bitching? (1)

Sporkinum (655143) | more than 8 years ago | (#15038631)

Kudos to the editors! I dig silly krap like this.

BURN IN HELL!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15038632)

I mean, I fullheartedly welcome to move to attract more women to the site but that color scheme has just got to go man...

Lynx browser user here. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15038633)

I don't get it.

Friday 31 March 2006 (1)

Peale (9155) | more than 8 years ago | (#15038635)

Little early, are we? :)

ZOMGWTFPONIESBBQ!!11! (1)

zakarria (948686) | more than 8 years ago | (#15038637)

At first I thought my computer had reverted to XPs Fisher Price look on me (I usually keep it set to classic), but then I realized I'm running gentoo at the moment... and that even XP doesn't like ponies.

Ponies? (1)

hysma (546540) | more than 8 years ago | (#15038638)

Isn't this just fantastic.

Huh? (1)

Frumsapop (227229) | more than 8 years ago | (#15038639)

I thought the same thing. It's early for April fools. I also agree... My Eyes! My Eyes! :)

Mmmm.... Ponies (1)

MaliciousSmurf (960366) | more than 8 years ago | (#15038640)

... April Fool's? Of course, I happen to love a good pony steak every once in a while, especially with A1...

Why, (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15038641)

I think it's just *super*!

OMG (1, Informative)

serenarae (154753) | more than 8 years ago | (#15038642)

OMG guys, this is so totally like OMG wow PINK!!!

Gag me with a spork fellas. Pink is such a gross colour :P April fools? I certainly hope so...

Us girls need to stick together! Pink is so totally last year...

this isn't april fools. (1)

JimBobJoe (2758) | more than 8 years ago | (#15038647)

It must be the announcement that Slashdot has been bought up Rupert Murdoch. After all, why does Slashdot suddenly resemble Myspace?

What in world is this! (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15038649)

Uggh...now Slashdot looks like someone poured Pepto Bismol (c) all over it.
It hurts.

What's come out of this? (1)

grumpyman (849537) | more than 8 years ago | (#15038650)

So does that mean we'll get laid?

Holy Crap!!! (1)

PontifexMaximus (181529) | more than 8 years ago | (#15038651)

I thought I was having a stroke. Thanks for clearing that up.

redesign (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15038653)

so slasdot's designer finally desided to come out of the closet, it's about time :P

Like OMG! Linus Torvalds is SO Hot! (1)

Foofoobar (318279) | more than 8 years ago | (#15038656)

Like Linus Torvalds is so cute. I wonder if he wears boxen or briefs?

MySpace (1)

nox_freak (839282) | more than 8 years ago | (#15038657)

SUPPORT: Y, is my myspace login account not workiung????? Plz help..

Lol (1)

MBCook (132727) | more than 8 years ago | (#15038661)

I haven't laughed so hard in a long time as when I saw this new design, and especially the new motto: "OMG! Ponies!".

I have a great idea for an April Fool's joke. I think Alabama should send out a press release that says they have developed a Nuclear Warhead and will use it to defend themselves from Tennessee at all costs.

GMT, people! Get with the program! (1)

Limburgher (523006) | more than 8 years ago | (#15038663)

/. has a worldwide readership, and so the Aprilfoolery has begun at the closest thing to a common time we have. If they'd reall ywanted to be anal, they could have started 12 hours ago, when the International Date line hit 4/1.

I feel more womanly already. (1)

perfessor multigeek (592291) | more than 8 years ago | (#15038665)

Ooh! Now I'll need to get a whole new persona.

-Rustina

-giggles!-

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