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Underground Mac Community Foils a Coup

kdawson posted more than 6 years ago | from the fortunately-bloodless dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "In an attempted palace coup that would not have been out of place in a Shakespearian tragedy, a moderator faction at Mac Serial Junkie, one of the largest underground Mac communities, was shut out this weekend after it was discovered that many staff members were plotting a coup. The plans included a surreptitious takeover of the domain name macserialjunkie.com. In an Open Letter to the Community, the founders of MSJ explain how a number of people at the highest levels of the underground planned their takeover activities for almost two years, only to be foiled at the last minute."

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Who cares? (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20531051)

I assume this is some sort of piracy forum, but regardless, who cares? This stuff happens all the time on forums and IRC. Owner X doesn't do much/disappears leaving Y in charge. Y gets upset that he's doing all the work while X enjoys ownership. Y plots takeover, and either does or fail and is replaced by Z.

tag this whocares (3, Insightful)

Kreigaffe (765218) | more than 6 years ago | (#20531067)

seriously, e-drama. seriously.

Re:tag this whocares (5, Insightful)

quanticle (843097) | more than 6 years ago | (#20531101)

No kidding. This is like the stories about scams and drama in EVE Online, but even more irrelevant.

Re:tag this whocares (5, Insightful)

ScytheBlade1 (772156) | more than 6 years ago | (#20531137)

This is one story that I honestly feel could be deleted, and no one would care.

Because no one cares.

Get this off the front page.

Re:tag this whocares (5, Funny)

sg3000 (87992) | more than 6 years ago | (#20531167)

> tag this whocares

No, there's too much of a risk that someone will think that Dr. Who or those simpletons the Grinch was ripping off actually care about this tempest in a teapot.

It would make more sense if Slashdot started a section specifically for stories like this. They could combine it with stories about changing alliances among pre-teen girls at our local Junior High School and which C-list celebrities are feuding with their former cast members. They could even reuse the OMG Ponies theme.

Re:tag this whocares (5, Funny)

quanticle (843097) | more than 6 years ago | (#20531283)

Yes, and to further drive home the distinction, they could even place it under a different domain. Something like, Fark.com [fark.com] perhaps...

/kidding
//this is probably too irrelevant even for Fark
///slashies on Slashdot

Re:tag this whocares (4, Funny)

mikael (484) | more than 6 years ago | (#20531459)

Yes, and to further drive home the distinction, they could even place it under a different domain.

Perhaps the Mac Serial Junkie People's Front?

or the Popular Front of Mac Serial Junkie?

or even the People's Front of Mac Serial Junkie?

but not to be confused with the Popular Front of Mac Serial Junkie.

Re:tag this whocares (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20531665)

Splitters!

Re:tag this whocares (1)

pegr (46683) | more than 6 years ago | (#20531975)

Yes, and to further drive home the distinction, they could even place it under a different domain. Something like, Fark.com perhaps...
/kidding
//this is probably too irrelevant even for Fark
///slashies on Slashdot


 
Dang! If you had a 5 digit or lower UID, that comment would have been even funnier!

(metamod note: Consider the context of this comment before moderating. Gawd, I love self-referential humor...)

Oh god... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20531363)

You know I'm going to hold you personally responsible for this if they create gossip.slashdot.org. I can just hear them now discussing how popular sites like TMZ and The Smoking Gun are.

On the plus side, though, it might bring more girls to Slashdot.

mrahahahaha... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20531077)

The mac evil shall continue...!!!!

Re:Who cares? (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20531097)

Yea, it's a site to swap software serial numbers. Amusing that people who are content to rip off other people's hard work suddenly think they have the moral high ground when they're about to be ripped off themselves. Pot, kettle, etc.

Re:Who cares? (4, Funny)

gEvil (beta) (945888) | more than 6 years ago | (#20531261)

Pot, kettle, etc.

Boiling water? Tea? Why yes, I would love a spot of tea.

Re:Who cares? (3, Interesting)

vertinox (846076) | more than 6 years ago | (#20531645)

Amusing that people who are content to rip off other people's hard work suddenly think they have the moral high ground when they're about to be ripped off themselves.

Are we talking about the CEO who laid off half the development team, required the remainder to work over time, and then gave himself a bonus by firing the rest after the product went gold or the pirates?

I say this because more than naught developers are underpaid for their work and then have the hounds released on them by the bean counters when quarter figures need to look better.

I don't say this to justify piracy (and I highly disapprove of it), but at the same time it could be developers work is being undermined by pirates when they are really getting the proverbial shaft by their management or publisher is often the real root of the bane of the developers.

Personally, I always buy direct from small time developers directly... It helps them more than having a large corporate structure of marketing types showing government officials powerpoint presentations on all their theoretical losses so they can get a tax break and still lay off their developers.

Re:Who cares? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20531781)

Personally, I always buy direct from small time developers directly...

Foolishness. I prefer to buy indirectly from small time developers directly. Although on occassion I'll buy directely from small time developers indirectly. Have to keep ambiguity on its toes. There's nothing worse than complacent ambiguity. Except for the evils of tautology.

Re:Who cares? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20531717)

Pot, bong, etc.

Fixed that for you.

Re:Who cares? (1)

Paperkirin (888073) | more than 6 years ago | (#20531751)

The worst thing, IMO, is that that kind of place tends to rip off mostly Mac shareware developers, the people who sell their apps for about €/£/$10–30. Hardly expensive stuff, and these guys are probably the ones hurt most by piracy.

Drat! (4, Funny)

peacefinder (469349) | more than 6 years ago | (#20531861)

"Yea, it's a site to swap software serial numbers."

Darn, I was hoping it was a site about Mac serial ports. I was gonna go ask a question...

Subterranean Homesick Blues (2, Insightful)

zeromorph (1009305) | more than 6 years ago | (#20531213)

Thanks so far, for making sense out of this post, but:

"... one of the largest underground Mac communities ... a number of people at the highest levels of the underground planned their takeover activities for almost two years,...

WTF? No seriously WTF?

Re:Subterranean Homesick Blues (5, Funny)

gEvil (beta) (945888) | more than 6 years ago | (#20531279)

Highest levels of the underground? That means they're just below the surface, right? And they've been planning their takeover for almost two years? They don't sound all that motivated to me...

Re:Subterranean Homesick Blues (1)

zeromorph (1009305) | more than 6 years ago | (#20531399)

Maybe they were digging their way up.

But why then on slashdot? /*ducks*/

Re:Subterranean Homesick Blues (2, Funny)

david.given (6740) | more than 6 years ago | (#20531419)

Highest levels of the underground? That means they're just below the surface, right? And they've been planning their takeover for almost two years? They don't sound all that motivated to me...

I presume their train got stuck at Edgeware Road.

Underground, overground... (3, Funny)

edittard (805475) | more than 6 years ago | (#20531605)

I'm a womble, you insensitive clod!!!!

Re:Subterranean Homesick Blues (1)

UbuntuDupe (970646) | more than 6 years ago | (#20531471)

Mixed metaphors: if you don't understand them, please, just don't use them. (tm)

Re:Who cares? (3, Funny)

rlp (11898) | more than 6 years ago | (#20531317)

Underground Mac community?? Do Morlocks use Macs?

Re:Who cares? (1)

NeilTheStupidHead (963719) | more than 6 years ago | (#20531763)

Grues perhaps? It is dark. Etc etc

Re:Who cares? (5, Funny)

ksheff (2406) | more than 6 years ago | (#20531367)

CmdrTaco is getting scared that CowboyNeal is going to take over.

Re:Who cares? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20531499)

Owner X doesn't do much/disappears leaving Y in charge. Y gets upset that he's doing all the work while X enjoys ownership. Y plots takeover, and either does or fail and is replaced by Z.

Wait... so is kdawson Y or Z?

Re:plot thickens (1)

autoDuelreturns (732083) | more than 6 years ago | (#20531501)

wait, there's got to be more to this. an "underground" site exposed on slashdot. could the story submitter be trying to bring the forum to ruin from a different angle. yep... I tried... I still don't care.

Re:Who cares? (1)

wdhowellsr (530924) | more than 6 years ago | (#20531569)

Exactly! This is computers were talking about, not social and political regimes that affect our lives. I've worked with almost every type of computer, operating system and programming language over the last thirty years and when deciding what is best for a client I don't act like some high priest, either for MS or AP, when deciding what type of system to implement. I don't care if you don't believe in God but please don't replace him (or her) with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates!

THIS IS IMPORTANT (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20531629)

Are you too blind to see that the existence of coups in the online universe is something important?

IT IS IMPORTANT FROM A SOCIOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVE! This is an interesting display of the dynamics of social networks carried through the medium of the web rather than through good old sound and flesh to flesh contact!

You are all dismal idiots. This is as nerdy and geeky as it gets. Slashdot. News for nerds. (And, by extension, sociologists who study nerds.)

None of this has anything to do with what the site is, nor that it is a pirate site. (I defy any of the self-righteous posters to tell me they've never installed Windows with the same CD twice, or Office, etc.)

WHAT IS IMPORTANT IS THAT A COUP TOOK PLACE ONLINE, AND HOW SAID COUP TOOK PLACE.

Re:THIS IS IMPORTANT (1)

Ajehals (947354) | more than 6 years ago | (#20531845)

I agree with the sentiment of your post, this is News, maybe not front page, but if there is nothing else, why not. Saying that,the sociological element of this is probably not all that important, I am sick and tired of people

1) ..Creating on-line versions of real life things (like social networks) and then claiming them as innovative and new. They are not, the technology may be, the speed of intercommunication may be, but the concept is not new, novel or otherwise innovative.

2) ..Being surprised that on-line versions of real life things tend to create activity and patterns that are similar to those of their real world counterparts. Just because you have taken something and put it "on the net" does not mean that it will be drastically different that in the real world. Communications are faster and the scope is larger, that's all. It is not magic.

Anyway, on a less serious note:

I defy any of the self-righteous posters to tell me they've never installed Windows with the same CD twice, or Office, etc.
You're right. Always download a clean CD image before installing, never use the same Windows or Office CD twice.

Well that's the policy I use for my Debian CD's, 100+ NetInstall CD's and counting, they don't seem to work for more than one install.... on account of them being used as coasters afterwards usually. The down side of this activity is that I seem to have gotten into the mindset that CD's are easily replaceable and readily downloadable, it comes as a shock every time I destroy a Music CD or DVD, that I can't just replace it. Damn you open source!!.

Hmm... (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20531083)

Hm. I wonder who submitted this story? The foiled coup members, maybe?

Re:Hmm... (1)

edittard (805475) | more than 6 years ago | (#20531633)

If they mention anything about locked bank accounts don't believe them. Or at least, contact me so I can act as an intermediary and route the fee payments through my account. This will firewall you from any small possibilty of attempted fraud.

This Is News For Nerds?? (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20531085)

This sounds like it should be an item in a high school newspaper. No wonder, it's a kdawson story, poster of all useless and leftist drivel.

Are you guys going to cover how Timmy is going to plotting to take over the treehouse next?

kdawson is a shared account (3, Interesting)

Nymz (905908) | more than 6 years ago | (#20531421)

Anytime there's a story that's not story-worthy, or obviously false politcal propaganda, they use the kdawson account to publish it, thus saving their own reputation. There is no way it could be one man.

Re:This Is News For Nerds?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20531461)

As a Leftist, I take offence to that comment.

Don't know what kdawson's deal is, but don't try to pin his actions on us.

Re:This Is News For Nerds?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20531757)

But all he can do is sit in his wheelchair and say his name....unless....oh god its the perfect cover! I better grab my magnum and get up that tree pronto!

who fucking cares? (2, Insightful)

Reality Master 201 (578873) | more than 6 years ago | (#20531095)

No, really, who fucking cares? Is there nothing better to post as a story, anywhere on the intarweb?

Re:who fucking cares? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20531117)

kdawson found this news why? whoc ares about some Mac privacy site that no one even heard of before

Re:who fucking cares? (5, Insightful)

Derek Loev (1050412) | more than 6 years ago | (#20531129)

I've said it before and got modded down. But I'll say it again (and get modded down).
Was anybody surprised Kdawson posted this? Seriously, anybody.

One person was (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20531183)

Zonk, and boy, he's pissed he didn't get to post it.

Ob: lame dupe joke, about dupes (lame, not funny) (5, Funny)

edittard (805475) | more than 6 years ago | (#20531667)

Zonk, and boy, he's pissed he didn't get to post it.
Not true. Strictly speaking, he only didn't get to post it first. Just wait a day or two.

Re:who fucking cares? (1)

Dogtanian (588974) | more than 6 years ago | (#20531571)

I've said it before and got modded down. But I'll say it again (and get modded down).
Was anybody surprised Kdawson posted this? Seriously, anybody.
This is possibly the worst story I've seen on Slashdot ever. Seriously; it's so obvious that 99% of people will neither know nor care about MacSerialJunkie and its stupid infighting that one has to suspect there were other motives behind putting it on the front page.

I've never accepted that the editors are as stupid or as incompetent as some people think they are. For example- the dupes situation. In at least one case, a duplicate story has been posted by the *same* editor who did the original (Zonk IIRC). Yet everyone seems to be go along with the "crap editors" theory... and never seems to consider that being a commercial site, /. wanted to get more mileage and page views out of a good story, and intentionally "duped" it.

So I'm kind of sceptical about the reasons for such an obviously duff story going on the front page. I don't know what they are. Maybe kdawson is secretly getting paid by Digg to make /. look bad (much as I loathe Digg, I suspect that even this story wouldn't have made it to their front page- or maybe I'm giving them too much credit). Okay, so maybe not- perhaps they just wanted to generate discussion. Bingo- they succeeded! Or... whatever it was there has to be a reason for inflicting such obvious non-news on us.

Re:who fucking cares? (1)

jollyreaper (513215) | more than 6 years ago | (#20531603)

I've said it before and got modded down. But I'll say it again (and get modded down).
Was anybody surprised Kdawson posted this? Seriously, anybody.
Me. But I'm new here.

Re:who fucking cares? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20531157)

Let us all follow Reality Master 201's example. We need to completely ignore that any one of us could take the time to submit a more interesting story for peer review in the firehose. Instead we should post dumbshit remarks on a thread we care nothing about.

p.s. the captcha is dumbfuck

Re:who fucking cares? (1)

Reality Master 201 (578873) | more than 6 years ago | (#20531795)

Eh. You eat penis.

Re:who fucking cares? (5, Funny)

morgan_greywolf (835522) | more than 6 years ago | (#20531269)

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Re:who fucking cares? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20531345)

n0 wai w3 ju5t di5s M$ 4nD 8i77 6at3s

didn7 u g3t t3h m3m0??

Re:who fucking cares? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20531551)

I wonder if that would make a good password.

Re:who fucking cares? (1)

edittard (805475) | more than 6 years ago | (#20531693)

Hey, it works for my luggage!

pirates are not honest ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20531099)


well who would of thought that

darwin in action

Been there... done that... split appleinsider... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20531139)

Seriously, this isn't the first mac related forums/web site to undergo a major fractious split. It happened three plus years ago with Appleinsider cum Appleinsider and AppleNova...

So? (0, Redundant)

Usekh (557680) | more than 6 years ago | (#20531147)

And 99.9999% of Slashdot readers even vaguely care why? I mean this type of thing happens on dozens of boards/MU*/groups or whatever just about daily. Whop-de-fucking-do

Days of our lives (5, Funny)

dekkerdreyer (1007957) | more than 6 years ago | (#20531155)

This is quite a soap opera, but I think only people who regularly post on those forums could really care. So here's to the three of you.

Next week on slashdot: How one moderator over at knittingmachines.org thwarted an attempt by 31337gr4ndm4 to copy the patterns of beloved moderator iknit4u.

Re:Days of our lives (1)

Erik K. Veland (574016) | more than 6 years ago | (#20531413)

I have been a member there for 6 years and even I couldn't care less.

Re:Days of our lives (1)

Jeff DeMaagd (2015) | more than 6 years ago | (#20531711)

Yeah, from the headline, I somehow thought it might be at least somewhat relevant to some part of the real world. I thought it would be something about a Mid-East or SE Asian country, or at least something like Luxembourg, but coup against a web site?! Come on kdawson.

WGAF (3, Insightful)

DoctorPepper (92269) | more than 6 years ago | (#20531161)

All of you GROW UP! go on, get out of your parent's basement, into the real world. Get a real job and a (girl|boy)friend and just get on with your lives!

None of this shit means anything outside of your silly little group. Sheesh!

Re:WGAF (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20531217)

And who says I give a shit about what's outside of my "silly" little group? Now, I don't even own a mac. Never visited the site. I'm just tired of people like yourself pissing on how other people decide to live and spend their time.

Re:WGAF (3, Funny)

thijs_w (876018) | more than 6 years ago | (#20531327)

[...] get out of your parent's basement, into the real world. Get a real job and a (girl|boy)friend and just get on with your lives!

You must be new here.

Re:WGAF (5, Funny)

Poromenos1 (830658) | more than 6 years ago | (#20531443)

Man, you did not just use a regular expression when telling people to get girlfriends. Tell me that's not it.

Re:WGAF (1)

QuantumG (50515) | more than 6 years ago | (#20531737)

Yeah! Stop being all cerebral and get back to breeding ya dirty apes.

Idiot.

In response to prior comments: I CARE (1)

heinousjay (683506) | more than 6 years ago | (#20531171)

No, I'm lying. I couldn't possibly care less.

*Yawns* (1)

ZwJGR (1014973) | more than 6 years ago | (#20531179)

Story is irrelevant, and the title is a contradiction.
It's hardly "underground" if it's on /. and every man and his dog can read all about it.
This story sounds like a gaggle of teenage Wow/second life-types plotting little games from their mums' basements...

Hardly: "News For Nerds. Stuff That Matters"

Re:*Yawns* (1)

Derek Loev (1050412) | more than 6 years ago | (#20531497)

The "News for Nerds" part seems relevant. It's that "Stuff that Matters" part that's the problem.

Slashdot has officially (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20531187)

become digg. Nonstories nonstop!

Underground Mac Community Foils a Coup (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20531223)

Oh god I fucking hate gay people.

It had to be said (5, Funny)

Cait Sidhe (1026312) | more than 6 years ago | (#20531265)

Internets: Serious Business

Re:It had to be said (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20531801)

web serial swapping warez forums: THE DEEP UNDERGROUND OF THE INTARWEBZ

And people wonder why slashdot is 1/4th as popular as it was years ago.... this is some of the worst rubbish that has ever made it to the front page. You guys are taking your Apple fanboyism too seriously... I much preferred the over powering FOSS Linux fanboyism.

coup? underground movement? (1)

z_gringo (452163) | more than 6 years ago | (#20531277)

If that wasn't a joke, These people seem way too full of themselves.

Who the hell are those people anyway? I have never heard of any of it.

Re:coup? underground movement? (1)

Loke the Dog (1054294) | more than 6 years ago | (#20531353)

Well, it wouldn't have been very underground if you had.

How the hell did this make the front page? (3, Insightful)

djkitsch (576853) | more than 6 years ago | (#20531289)

I mean...really? Slow news day, huh?

Re:How the hell did this make the front page? (1, Redundant)

OS24Ever (245667) | more than 6 years ago | (#20531375)

Thought I was on Digg for a minute, I got pretty confused.

Well, quite! (2, Funny)

djkitsch (576853) | more than 6 years ago | (#20531679)

I thought this site had editors....!

Stupidity (1)

MikeBabcock (65886) | more than 6 years ago | (#20531355)

Why on earth did this get posted to the main page? This might be the dumbest tripe I've seen on Slashdot in a while (although I'm sure someone will reply with worse).

News for Nerds. (1)

MillionthMonkey (240664) | more than 6 years ago | (#20531807)

Stuff that would not have been out of place in a Shakespearian tragedy.

I wonder... (1)

Ginger_Chris (1068390) | more than 6 years ago | (#20531361)

...If this mac coup and the dead parrot mentioned earlier are somehow connected in a larger and more fiendish plot to take over all the internets. Maybe kdawson is trying to show us simple, innocuous (and downright boring) news pieces, and believes that a bunch of intelligent (and handsome) people such as ourselves will solve and prevent the diabolical plot. Maybe.

tag: firehoseabuse (4, Insightful)

Nimey (114278) | more than 6 years ago | (#20531373)

I see the trolls are gaming the firehose.

Re:tag: firehoseabuse (1)

Moderatbastard (808662) | more than 6 years ago | (#20531745)

I see the trolls are gaming the firehose.
That I can live with - I won't worry until they can manipulate the moderation syste
>> Post truncated - below threshhold

The motive is clear (1)

darkhitman (939662) | more than 6 years ago | (#20531393)

They did it for the lulz.


... Which would explain this story, if this were 4chan. Since it's Slashdot, though, one can only wonder.

In Other News (5, Funny)

Stevecat (198954) | more than 6 years ago | (#20531397)

SmR writes
"In an attempted anthill coup that would not have been out of place in a tragic Discovery Channel special, the red ants in my backyard, owners of one of the largest anthills underground in my backyard, were doused with gasoline this weekend after it was discovered that a faction of the worker ants were plotting a coup. The plans included an unprecedented and sneaky incursion into my kitchen trash containing an old big Mac, cereal, and tasty junk. In an unexpected move I placed some honey-soaked borax in their trail and the poison infiltrated into the highest levels of their underground empire. Then dousing thier anthill with gasoline I ended their reign of almost two years, and thus they were foiled before my wife got home."

Honestly, I think my story is more interesting.

SmR

Re:In Other News (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20531429)

If you dump confectioners' sugar on your wife's "beave-pie", the ants will march right in and carry off the eggs. This will prevent you from accidentally impregnating her when your downstairs neighbor slams the front door and startles you into an orgasm while you're having sex (and using the rhythm method for contraception). It happened to Barton George Dawes. *nods spastically*

Re:In Other News (1)

Derek Loev (1050412) | more than 6 years ago | (#20531511)

I for one would have welcomed your new ant overlords.

Mac's (0, Troll)

pjh3000 (583652) | more than 6 years ago | (#20531403)

This involves obscure mac stuff. Does anyone normal care?

Re:Mac's (1)

mrzebra (103509) | more than 6 years ago | (#20531475)

I was wondering the same thing. This hardly seems newsworthy.

Actually... (1)

djkitsch (576853) | more than 6 years ago | (#20531747)

...even us obscure Mac owners don't care. It's that tedious.

If kdawson is having such a boring Sunday that this stuff appeals, why don't we petition for an OMGPONIES!!! revival to liven up the day? Everyone likes ponies...

Or, alternatively, a topical OMGPARROTS!!! day - a memorial, if you will.

I have often wondered about doing this (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20531433)

Many organizations could be taken over by a small number of people. Some of those organizations actually matter to the rest of us. For example, we have Microsoft's latest efforts to subvert the ISO.

I read the letter mentioned in TFA and was quite puzzled about what the mechanism for the coup would be. It seems to me that the only real way to take over the message board would be to capture ownership of the domain name. It's something like the freedom of the press belonging to the guy who owns the press.

The message board in question isn't very interesting to most of us. On the other hand, the same sort of thing could happen to organizations that we do care about.

Profit? (1)

laparel (930257) | more than 6 years ago | (#20531481)

Hmm, so we got the suspects. Do we have motive? How much does the site earn? It may be interesting if profit is a driving force for the coup... If you were the site owner, what can you do when a coup does go successfully and hijacks all the ad revenue of the site?

coup member (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20531493)

i am one of those who attempted the coup so i am really getting a kick out of these replies.

I found it interesting.. (3, Insightful)

erktrek (473476) | more than 6 years ago | (#20531509)

I know nothing about this site and I found it interesting from a social dynamic perspective. Also it's probably important to learn about such co-opting strategies.

Not sure who is in the "right" here but the domain owners kinda get the last word on what they want and how to do things don't you think?

It's also kind of curious that the first few posts here seem to be so vitriolic against the posting of this article. As I recall /. is supposed to be "news for nerds" or some such. It seems to me "Coups" and "Underground Mac Movements" are about as nerdy as you can get.

Then again, I must be new here...

Re:I found it interesting.. (3, Insightful)

EllynGeek (824747) | more than 6 years ago | (#20531555)

It's also interesting how many people who don't care took the time to post flames about how much they don't care. It's important to the people involved, and as you said possibly a good lesson for any online community. As far as nerdy stuff goes, well, /. is heavily-infested with trolls who are not nerds, and don't really have skills of any kind, except wandering all over the Internet putting down everything and everyone.

Re:I found it interesting.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20531655)

Try watching wall paint dry - you'd probably find it interesting from material state transition and fluid dynamic/energy transfer perspective.

Dr. Ron Paul will win the NH primary (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20531533)

What is this , spam spillover from digg?

My How Slashdot has fallen. (1)

SirStanley (95545) | more than 6 years ago | (#20531539)

Seriously... this is news?

Re:My How Slashdot has fallen. (1)

Zephiria (941257) | more than 6 years ago | (#20531609)

Its not news, its GEEK-FARK.com(TM)

There are losers on the internet (1)

sholden (12227) | more than 6 years ago | (#20531703)

News at 11.

File under "Who gives a shit" (3, Insightful)

rudy_wayne (414635) | more than 6 years ago | (#20531849)

After reading the "open letter" only one thought comes to mind.

These guys really need to get a life.

It's not bad - it just needs the "humor" tag (1)

CharonX (522492) | more than 6 years ago | (#20531863)

From the site ...began to plot their dastardly plans...
Come one, who can avoid imaging those Villians twiddling their beards in glee, in anticipation of their devious dastardly deeds.

Mac fanboys is serius bizness (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20531903)

From a purely social standpoint, this is relatively interesting. Understanding how such a takeover was planned and later thwarted, I can see this as a human interest story, and I can see why the leader in question is rather proud.

Except that it's a failed leadership change at one, just one, singular website that very few people care about. One. A number that is even less than two, though it's debatable that this story is worth more than zero. If I wanted to track zomg teh internets drama TIHS IS SERIUS!!!1!!1!, I'd track MySpace. What's next? Front-page news about how some random fansub group is changing their font? A Harry Potter fanfic site nobody's ever heard of running out of ideas? A report on how some sysadmin successfully patched his/her webserver to use the latest version of PHP due to security flaws?

Oh, wait. It's a Mac fanboy website . This changes everything. Thanks, Slashdot. It's great to know the sort of stuff that matters.
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