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What Your Favorite Web Sites Say About You

ScuttleMonkey posted more than 6 years ago | from the funhouse-mirrors dept.

It's funny.  Laugh. 163

Jimmy writes to tell us that CNET is running an article on what your favorite Web sites say about you. One example takes a look at the possible origins of Facebook readers; "The typical Facebookers are what you'd get if YouTube and Flickr went halves on a baby. Yes, the site was created to help university students connect and have a good time, but connecting and having a good time generally involves unruly, drunken behavior, which is inevitably caught on film and posted for your entire friends list to see.'" The article also takes a look at eBay, Flickr, Slashdot, and several others.

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163 comments

Not very interesting.... (4, Interesting)

BWJones (18351) | more than 6 years ago | (#20541827)

From TFA: The average male Slashdot user probably looks a lot like our model -- but has more acne and bigger glasses. Users are 23 years old but look twice their age and steadfastly refuse to accept the fact that Windows is actually not a bad operating system. Far from being lovable dorks, the Slashdotters have a vicious streak. They hunt like spiders, awaiting the arrival of an article from their victims -- usually a hapless news reporter. The second moderators accept a story, they pounce -- pedantry, suspicion and anonymity their weapons of choice.

If you read the other entries, it is less an info piece and more of a fluff piece for c/net to blow their own horn when you get to the end. How do articles like this get posted to Slashdot?

That said, while there are those of us that have been around since '98 or so, many Slashdot users that started participating in this forum back have continued to participate and additionally have created their own blogs. All in all, I'd have to say that whether or not I visit a website says less about me than the content that goes into my blog [utah.edu] does.

Re:Not very interesting.... (2, Funny)

everphilski (877346) | more than 6 years ago | (#20541919)

If you read the other entries, it is less an info piece and more of a fluff piece for c/net to blow their own horn when you get to the end. How do articles like this get posted to Slashdot?

you think the mods made it to the /. entry? :)

Re:Not very interesting.... (3, Interesting)

Jarjarthejedi (996957) | more than 6 years ago | (#20541991)

Yeah, cause it's not like being a geek has little to do with appearance. Whatever happened to the recognition that stereotypes are usually wrong?

Begin Infinite Recursion (4, Funny)

sconeu (64226) | more than 6 years ago | (#20542695)

Whatever happened to the recognition that stereotypes are usually wrong?

That's a stereotypical response.

Re:Begin Infinite Recursion (3, Funny)

djh101010 (656795) | more than 6 years ago | (#20543813)

Whatever happened to the recognition that stereotypes are usually wrong?

That's a stereotypical response.

Yeah, yeah...your type always says that.

Stereotypes are wrong? Please explain (1)

tacokill (531275) | more than 6 years ago | (#20544371)

You make the assertion that stereotypes are "usually" wrong.

Please explain and back that up. Because from where I stand, stereotypes can be dead on accurate. Not all, mind you, but enough of them to make the case there is some basis in reality.

Case in point: women. The stereotype is that they are more emotional beings than men.
...and that is pretty well documented through the sociological and scientific studies in the area. It turns out that women DO think differently than men. So is that stereotype wrong? No, but it might be in some individual, specific cases.

Another case: the stereotype of Fox news watchers is that they are uninformed (or, to be nice: "have misperceptions").
...and it turns out, that is correct. [worldpublicopinion.org] Are all of them that way? No, but enough have "misperceptions" that it is statistically significant.

Stereotypes have been around for a long time, with good reason. They aren't "wrong" anymore than jealousy or anger are wrong. They just are.

INSULTING PICTURE (3, Funny)

cromar (1103585) | more than 6 years ago | (#20542033)

The average male Slashdot user probably looks a lot like our model -- but has more acne and bigger glasses.

How the fuck would they know? Aren't we all buff über mensch!?

Re:INSULTING PICTURE (2, Funny)

dal20402 (895630) | more than 6 years ago | (#20542187)

How the fuck would they know? Aren't we all buff über mensch!?

On the Internet, no one knows you're a god.

Re:INSULTING PICTURE (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20542305)

But everybody knows your mother dresses you funny. Then there are the cheetos stains.

Re:INSULTING PICTURE (4, Funny)

kv9 (697238) | more than 6 years ago | (#20543313)

How the fuck would they know? Aren't we all buff über mensch!? On the Internet, no one knows you're a god.
on ze internets nobody noes your german

Re:INSULTING PICTURE (1)

kc2keo (694222) | more than 6 years ago | (#20543915)

I do not look like the guy in that picture at all. just visit link below and see my portraits page: http://mouyiosmachine.hopto.org:8080/assortedpics/portraits.php [hopto.org] Going a bit offtopic... How does the web page design look? Still a work in progress. Wanna get opinions from other people.

Re:Not very interesting.... (5, Insightful)

SatanicPuppy (611928) | more than 6 years ago | (#20542113)

Oh come on, it's obviously tongue in cheek.

Did you read the bit about CNET?


CNET.co.uk attracts a wide variety of users but they almost always have one thing in common: they're gorgeous. Oh, and they like technology. Sure, they use MySpace, Facebook and once, misguidedly, even created a Twitter account (but they're sorry for that last part).

They're the best sort of people to be around. They're highly educated, well-travelled and they possess the sort of qualities every mother tries to instil in her child. They'll one day go on to broker world peace, cure the incurable and are the very reason we wake up for work in the mornings. They're great and we love them all. Even the ones who think we sold them something and ring us up to complain.


Don't start trying to fact check a joke piece...Unless you're doing some meta-humor by living up to their "Suspicion and Pedantry" snark.

Re:Not very interesting.... (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20542877)

The jap chick on the last page is pretty hot. You can almost see up her shorts!

Re:Not very interesting.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20542887)

It would have been funnier if they were harder on subjects like Flickr:

The average Flickr user is a lover of life. They are never without their camera and waste no opportunity to capture the moment. They travel often, absorbing new cultures as they go. Their goal is primarily to create a digital record of their adventures, so that by the time they're older, they'll have access to an unlimited supply of photos with which to bore and embarrass their grandchildren at family reunions.

Some might say the Flickr user has a dark side -- they can be show-offs, and often brag to their less financially fortunate friends about their adventures. "Look at me standing in the shadow of the Louvre!" is a common cry. "Don't you wish you could be as beautiful and happy as I look standing at the top of the Eiffel Tower?"

For the most part, though, they live for the moment and are tolerant and embracing of new people and cultures. All in all, Mr and Ms Flickr are sweethearts.
I mean, come on, the only downside of Flickr users is they are too elitist and brag about their travels, their looks, and their happiness a bit too much?

I'd come up with something worse to say about them if I bothered to frequent the site, but to me, it's about as interesting as talking about Photobucket or ImageShack users (i.e. people who want a place to dump photos) with the added distinction of some weird bragging and commenting habits.

I would expect about as much from a journalist though. Of course they're going to be more favorable to flickr than the average person. At least we didn't get to hear their opinions of a Blackberry site.

Re:Not very interesting.... (1)

SatanicPuppy (611928) | more than 6 years ago | (#20543031)

I know a bunch of professional photographers, and I check their flickr pages for the amusing crap that they shoot, which they can't really get published. That's about it though. Otherwise it is seriously over-arty for me, and I have a high tolerance for that stuff.

Re:Not very interesting.... (1)

Goaway (82658) | more than 6 years ago | (#20542159)

I can only assume you mean it's not very interesting because it is simply stating the obvious.

Mod article... (1)

Kelson (129150) | more than 6 years ago | (#20542173)

They hunt like spiders, awaiting the arrival of an article from their victims -- usually a hapless news reporter. The second moderators accept a story, they pounce -- pedantry, suspicion and anonymity their weapons of choice.

Hmm, it sounds like that should get the article modded -1 Flamebait! :-D

Re:Not very interesting.... (2, Insightful)

Jennifer York (1021509) | more than 6 years ago | (#20542247)

The reason this gets posted is because it's a list. The fscking "List" format blog posts are driving me mad.
"10 ways to..."
"6 not so smart cats"
"30 things to do with..."

The structure is so simple: The headline hook writes itself, and the content can be complete horseshit but once it hits digg, you've got a front page post.

I challenge you to try it: go to flickr, grab ten random photos based on a meta tag. Assemble them in a list, with perhaps some witty comments, but even that's not needed. Get five friends to digg it.

Wait for the traffic storm to hit.

Re:Not very interesting.... (5, Funny)

eln (21727) | more than 6 years ago | (#20542567)

5 ways to piss off Slashdot readers:

1.) Post a question that is answered in the summary (or better yet, the title).
2.) Use a Slashdot meme in an unfunny way.
3.) Be kdawson.
4.) Post obvious karma whores, such as "text of article in case of Slashdotting".
5.) Write your comments in list form.

Re:Not very interesting.... (1, Funny)

kv9 (697238) | more than 6 years ago | (#20543595)

6.) ???
7.) Profit!

Re:Not very interesting.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20542319)

as an employer I look at ur bebo, myspace , facebook or neo-narcissist website du jour and this effects my judgement of you.

Sorry but you cannot say whatever you like with impunity.

Re:Not very interesting.... (3, Interesting)

metlin (258108) | more than 6 years ago | (#20542329)

Precisely.

The one thing that some of us who've been around long will remember is that apart from the dupes and the bad editing, Slashdot has changed a lot over the years.

When it started out, it was for geeks of a certain age and demographic. Over the years, those users have grown up, and with them, so has Slashdot.

Compare the number of actual technology articles from the older versions of Slashdot with the number of articles relating to business, politics and management of technology on today's Slashdot. Slashdot has broadened its horizons, and the discussions tend to be a lot more balanced (if you do not believe me, just go over to Digg and see the trolls and the flamebaits out there).

And yes, the average Slashdotter was (and is) probably a geek or a nerd, but I think that as they have matured, so has the website? Do we see the occasional crap posting and foam-at-the-mouth zealotry? Of course. But compared to the amount of actual, sane discussion, the percentage of idiocy is surprisingly less.

Secondly, Slashdot is not just about the main articles - it is also about the posters having their journals and having sub-communities of posters.

Over simplification and stereotyping has been the bane of many an analysis, and this article (if it can be called that) is no different.

Bleh.

Re:Not very interesting.... (1)

seaturnip (1068078) | more than 6 years ago | (#20542799)

Slashdot would have done better to remain narrowly focuses on technical stuff. Whenever any other topic is covered the comments are largely ignorant. For example, slashdot pop-science articles are filled with almost nothing but +5 Funny comments.

Re:Not very interesting.... (4, Funny)

Gilmoure (18428) | more than 6 years ago | (#20543311)

...are filled with almost nothing but +5 Funny comments.

I use my +3 shield of suspicion and +2 helm of sarcasm to counter that.

Re:Not very interesting.... (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20543407)

slashdot is balanced? Um, what about all the discussions on anything related to biology or evolution (you know, the theory)? Those are pretty much the *definition* of one-sided.

Re:Not very interesting.... (1)

Ossadagowah (452169) | more than 6 years ago | (#20544233)

Slashdot has broadened its horizons, and the discussions tend to be a lot more balanced

The articles also receive 1/5th to 1/10th the amount of reader responses that they used to. If traffic keeps declining, slashdot may not seem like such a viable idea.

I'll tell you one thing (1)

vtcodger (957785) | more than 6 years ago | (#20542359)

I can't speak for the whole article because I only struggled through about half a dozen pages before I got fed up.

But I can tell you with reasonable confidence that crave.cnet.co.uk has roughly zero chance of becoming my favorite site until they clean up their web pages and put more substantive material and less junk on each page.

Can't say that I thought all that much of the content either. Not very insightful and not especially funny. I don't think this is one of those little things that get's pasted up on cubicle walls and passed around in the office mail and email.

Does that make me a vicious slashdotter hunting like a spider?

Not very accurate either (2, Funny)

an.echte.trilingue (1063180) | more than 6 years ago | (#20542409)

I'm 28, athletic, and my first +5 post (or at least, the first one I remember) was in defense of windows security, which indicates that at least 4 other people agreed that windows is OK as an OS. I don't wear glasses and I am married to a woman who is pretty high on the physical attractiveness scale (and yes, I have had sex with her).

I think I am probably also pretty indicative Slashdotters. I think that the slashdot comment system is a pretty good way to hold authors accountable for what they write, and anonymity is no shield since the moderation system is pretty good at filtering bullshitters out (although not perfect).

It sounds to me like this author is your typical tech journalist who graduated with a C average from some no-name school, has brought the same mediocre performance to his job, and has been called for it on slashdot. Now, he's bitter.

Re:Not very accurate either (1)

Bastard of Subhumani (827601) | more than 6 years ago | (#20542955)

I am married to a woman who is pretty high on the physical attractiveness scale (and yes, I have had sex with her).
Hate to break it to you like this, but you're new there too.

Re:Not very accurate either (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20544059)

Yeah, you've gotta love the slashdotters who are so proud of themselves for "breaking" the geek stereotype because they married the first girl who would sleep with them twice.

Re:Not very accurate either (1)

heelrod (124784) | more than 6 years ago | (#20543709)

You're so full of shit! freakin nerd. Sim's lives dont count dude

Re:Not very accurate either (2, Funny)

db32 (862117) | more than 6 years ago | (#20543977)

Things to note. 1. "12oz curls" is not "athletic". Neither are any actions accomplished in a virtual sense. 2. +5 post can be +5 funny so maybe they were just laughing at you 3. Not wearing glasses doesn't mean you don't need them. 4. "high on the physical attractiveness scale" doesn't mean much if you do need glasses 5. I won't even touch the moderation system. 6. It sounds to me like this poster is your typical slashdot poster that didn't RTFA and realize the whole thing is a damned joke.

Re:Not very accurate either (1)

pebs (654334) | more than 6 years ago | (#20544027)

Sorry, but someone with a million+ Slashdot ID is in no place to comment about what the typical Slashdotter is like.

And yes, my ID isn't exactly low, but this is not my first account! ;)

Re:Not very interesting.... (2, Funny)

cortesoft (1150075) | more than 6 years ago | (#20542859)

Yeah! They are so wrong... I am a 24 year old male, thank you very much.

Re:Not very interesting.... (1)

Gilmoure (18428) | more than 6 years ago | (#20543267)

Bah! I only read Slashdot and Ghastly's Comic [ghastlycomic.com] . And Ghastly hasn't been updating lately. I have no life [livejournal.com] .

Re:Not very interesting.... (1)

jc42 (318812) | more than 6 years ago | (#20543757)

It reminds me of an article that P.J.O'Rourke wrote years ago for the National Lampoon. It was a list of ethnic groups, with a nasty, insulting characterization of each group. My favorite was Canadians, who were described as being just like white Americans, only more boring.

It can be fun to read such things, and recognize yourself in all the groups that you belong to.

I am a bit puzzled by the comment that Windows is "not a bad operating system". By all the rating criteria I know of, it's easily the worst system that I've ever used. At least on a small computer. (I'd admit that IBM's mainframe systems, which once upon a time I was sorta forced to learn, are all good competitors for the title "worst computer system ever". But those are a totally different sort of beast, and comparing them with the likes of Windows, linux, Solaris, OSX, etc. would be like comparing an auto with a railroad locomotive. Such comparisons are rather pointless. ;-)

My favorite site (5, Funny)

paiute (550198) | more than 6 years ago | (#20541853)

My favorite site is one that posts noninsightful stories with titles designed to grab maximum nerd traffic and also lacks a print link to let said nerds bypass the ten pages of ads.

Re:My favorite site (2)

jd (1658) | more than 6 years ago | (#20542321)

You're either looking at the adult pages or a commercial news website.

Another child.. (1)

jshriverWVU (810740) | more than 6 years ago | (#20541865)

personally I think a better example would be http://www.collegehumor.com/ [collegehumor.com]

If YouTube and Flickr went halves on a baby (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20541903)

A bloody mess with tiny organs?

They bismirch /. Gasp!!! (4, Funny)

140Mandak262Jamuna (970587) | more than 6 years ago | (#20541921)

They claim slashdot users pounce on hapless writer or reporter and trash them using pedantry and anonymity according to that site. Come on guys, let us show them what is real ripping to shreds is. Show no mercy! Attack!

Scotty load the missles.

Aye Sir, fully loaded with 25 Gigatons of sarcasm

Add pedantry

Yes sir, 45 Teratons of pedantry added

And some anonymity too

Aye Sir, anothe 12457 Teratons of anonymity added

Fire at the abominable site

Re:They bismirch /. Gasp!!! (1)

Strong Anonymity (1144247) | more than 6 years ago | (#20542331)

Pfft. You're stupid. You obviously don't know that 1000 teratons equate to 1 petaton.

Er. We were to fire at their site? Oh.

Re:They bismirch /. Gasp!!! (1)

bersl2 (689221) | more than 6 years ago | (#20542679)

I prefer my quantities of abstract concepts in the *load system, you insensitive clod!

You know, "buttload", "assload", "shitload", "fuckload"... you're only supposed to reach "butt-ton", "asston", etc. until after you exhaust all the *loads, and that's several orders of magnitude too much for just one article.

Pffft. (0)

morgan_greywolf (835522) | more than 6 years ago | (#20541925)

Slashdot's tagline is "news for nerds", so no prizes for guessing what type of people visit the site. The average male Slashdot user probably looks a lot like our model -- but has more acne and bigger glasses. Users are 23 years old but look twice their age
Hardly. I'm 35 and don't wear glasses. I do wear contacts, and have a backup pair of glasses, but these are compact, sleek designer frames.

I do have a beard that makes me look maybe 4-5 years older, though.

I dress professionally at work, but at home, I dress quite young and fashionably. My wife calls me a 'metrosexual', though somehow I'm not sure if this term fits.

steadfastly refuse to accept the fact that Windows is actually not a bad operating system.
Hey! I resemble that remark!

But given your 'facts' about Slashdot users, I'd say your probably off on this 'fact', too. Then again, we all have opinions don't we? Nothin' wrong if someone else likes Windows, even though I don't.

Far from being lovable dorks, the Slashdotters have a vicious streak. They hunt like spiders, awaiting the arrival of an article from their victims -- usually a hapless news reporter.
Yeah, and you're next! Have at 'im, boys!

Even more (0)

wanderingknight (1103573) | more than 6 years ago | (#20542093)

The article states that more than half the traffic Slashdot gets comes from Windows machines and not from Linux ones... but seems to forget the fact that there are a lot of people who use Linux at home and are forced to use Windows at work.

Re:Even more (1)

SatanicPuppy (611928) | more than 6 years ago | (#20542151)

I use windows at work, at least for my desktop. Every now and then I have to fire up Access or Visual Studio or some crap, and the PHBs get ticky if I'm not running Outlook so they can send me those annoying meeting requests.

I like linux, and I advocate linux, but I'm not a zealot. Use the tool that'll get the job done best.

Re:Even more (1)

morgan_greywolf (835522) | more than 6 years ago | (#20542153)

Like me and, apparently, you. ;)

Re:Pffft. (1)

dgatwood (11270) | more than 6 years ago | (#20542213)

I do have a beard that makes me look maybe 4-5 years older, though.

Me, too. Many people tell it makes me look five years younger than my actual age instead of ten or twelve.... At least now that I've hit 30, they've stopped carding me in theaters....

*sigh*

10 pages of advertisements? (4, Funny)

farker haiku (883529) | more than 6 years ago | (#20541931)

10 pages of advertisements, check
no printer friendly page link, check
no interest in reading this article, check.

No thanks slashdot. Next?

Am I a Karma whore, or what? (1)

rts008 (812749) | more than 6 years ago | (#20542047)

here ya go, the only relevant page: (http://crave.cnet.co.uk/0,39029477,49292669-3,00.htm) if you want to see the photo referenced in TFA.

"SLASHDOT
What's the story?
Slashdot is a well-respected science and technology news aggregation Web site. It lists user-submitted news stories with a bias towards geeks. Each story is vetted by a moderator before being posted, at which point visitors can leave their opinions in Slashdot's highly active forums. It was created in September 1997 by Rob 'CmdrTaco' Malda, who still runs the site.

The first Slashdot submission was recorded on 31 December 1997. By 18 August 2004 it had recorded 10 million posts. During this time its users helped create a unique subculture that was responsible for the propagation of several Internet memes. Among these were Al Gore's spurious claim to have invented the Internet, Chuck Norris' refusal to use email because he comes from the cowboy generation, and countless hyperlink-related 'pranks' involving the Goatse phenomenon.

Slashdot's core audience is thought primarily to be Linux users. Contrary to popular opinion, however, over half of its visitors use a Windows PC. Approximately a third use some form of Linux, with 10 per cent using Mac OS X.

Did you know?
Before Slashdot was Slashdot, it was known as 'Chips & Dips'. The site was launched in July 1997 but less than three months later it was renamed. The name Slashdot was allegedly chosen to confuse those poor souls who pronounce the full URL of the site ("h-t-t-p-colon-slash-slash-
slashdot-dot-org"). You've got to love geek humour.

What Slashdot says about you
Slashdot's tagline is "news for nerds", so no prizes for guessing what type of people visit the site. The average male Slashdot user probably looks a lot like our model -- but has more acne and bigger glasses. Users are 23 years old but look twice their age and steadfastly refuse to accept the fact that Windows is actually not a bad operating system.

Far from being lovable dorks, the Slashdotters have a vicious streak. They hunt like spiders, awaiting the arrival of an article from their victims -- usually a hapless news reporter. The second moderators accept a story, they pounce -- pedantry, suspicion and anonymity their weapons of choice."

This was where I stopped reading.

Re:Am I a Karma whore, or what? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20542417)

Users are 23 years old but look twice their age and steadfastly refuse to accept the fact that Windows is actually not a bad operating system.

Shows what they know, I'm 25 and Windows is terrible.

Re:10 pages of advertisements? (1)

fbjon (692006) | more than 6 years ago | (#20542673)

10 pages of ads on the site, 10 pages of ads.
Block one ad, but no printlink,
11 pages of ads on the site.


Resistance is futile

Target Audience (2, Insightful)

psychicsword (1036852) | more than 6 years ago | (#20541965)

Every site has its target audience just like almost every corporation does. All this seems to be doing is defining the target audience. If Slashdot's website wasn't based on "News for Nerds stuff that matters" then I bet there would be less geeks and nerds on this site... that is what digg is for.

The website doesn't make your personality your personality choses to revisit the website.

Re:Target Audience (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20542239)

well if they were no hapless victims on slashdot some of those vicious geeks /nerds would get bored, you know who you are.

The ones who read a book someday and give themselves the right to judge, the ones who cant make a difference between THEORY and FACTS and, since it's been said or written by someone with a large I.Q. it surely must be the whole truth even though it has not been proved, i wont say it but e=mc cough cough....

IP Violation (5, Funny)

Renaissance 2K (773059) | more than 6 years ago | (#20541983)

How the hell'd they get my prom photo for the Slashdot page?

Re:IP Violation (1)

Eberlin (570874) | more than 6 years ago | (#20542315)

Wait, you went to the prom? I'm not sure whether to be amazed, awed, or inspired by that.

On second thought, I'm gonna have to ask you to turn over your geek badge.

Re:IP Violation (1)

eln (21727) | more than 6 years ago | (#20543111)

Now now, he never said he went to the prom with another person. He was in the A/V club, so he was helping out with the sound board.

Re:IP Violation (1)

Renaissance 2K (773059) | more than 6 years ago | (#20543489)

Aw, that's the second time in a week I've been asked to turn in my geek badge. The fake ID guy is getting suspicious.

Re:IP Violation (1)

Gilmoure (18428) | more than 6 years ago | (#20543505)

I asked a girl to the prom but she told me she wasn't going. I worked that night at a pizza place, putting anchovies under the cheese of all the pizzas. Later, I found out she had gone to the prom, but had shown up with her girl friend. Apparently, everyone but me knew she was gay. Man, high school sucked.

Wow! (4, Funny)

Quiet_Desperation (858215) | more than 6 years ago | (#20541993)

OK, let me get this straight....

A list of what I like says something about me.

Truly, is there no bounds to what science can reveal?

I am well and truly stunned.

Re:Wow! (3, Funny)

everphilski (877346) | more than 6 years ago | (#20542189)

Your new science intrigues me. Tell me again how sheeps bladders may be employed to prevent earthquakes?

Re:Wow! (1)

sconeu (64226) | more than 6 years ago | (#20542749)

No, no. Lists of what we like tell stuff about us, but only if the Earth is shaped like a banana.

All of the above. (3, Funny)

king-manic (409855) | more than 6 years ago | (#20542035)

If you frequent all of them would you then be an EMO, uber geek, trivia nerd, photographer, with an antique obsession, who enjoys poorly made video blogs, and gets smashed reguarly with your college buddies, while constantly chatting about nothing with low self esteem, whilst also enjoy shilling for a has been tech blog?

Re:All of the above. (4, Funny)

Spy der Mann (805235) | more than 6 years ago | (#20542411)

If you frequent all of them would you then be an EMO, uber geek, trivia nerd, photographer, with an antique obsession, who enjoys poorly made video blogs, and gets smashed reguarly with your college buddies, while constantly chatting about nothing with low self esteem, whilst also enjoy shilling for a has been tech blog?

There's a site for those. It's called "digg".

And finally, CNET readers: (2, Funny)

ettlz (639203) | more than 6 years ago | (#20542039)

They're the best sort of people to be around. They're highly educated...

and almost NSFW! [cnet.co.uk]

Re:And finally, CNET readers: (1)

19thNervousBreakdown (768619) | more than 6 years ago | (#20542521)

Why do I have a sudden craving for a roast beef sandwich?

At least they have good taste in laptops. Thinkpads with the IBM logo (why is that still there?) Photoshopped out.

AD-FREE VERSION (3, Informative)

InvisblePinkUnicorn (1126837) | more than 6 years ago | (#20542045)

Behold! [cnet.co.uk] , the article is slightly more reader-friendly. Still not worth reading, though...

Missing entry: 4chan.org (5, Funny)

spellraiser (764337) | more than 6 years ago | (#20542051)

4chan.org
What's the story?
4chan.org is an increasingly popular hangout for those who call themselves 'Anonymous'. It breeds misfits, criminals, and The Internet Hate Machine, which is a term that is used to describe the collective processing power of the thousands of hackers on steroids who frequent the site.
Did you know?
Disturbingly, 4chan.org is the source of almost every popular internet 'meme' that has surfaced since 2004 or so.
What 4chan.org says about you
If your favorite site is 4chan.org, you're a terrorist who likes to blow up vans, and should be locked away for a very, very long time. You also like to say 'LULZ' a lot, which is a diabolical corruption of 'LOL', which means 'Let's Order Linguini' ... 'Linguini' being a street term for crack cocaine.

Re:Missing entry: 4chan.org (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20542341)

Rules 1 & 2...

Re:Missing entry: 4chan.org (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20542595)

lurk moar, there are no rules you fool.

except rule 34 of course.

Re:Missing entry: 4chan.org (1)

Gilmoure (18428) | more than 6 years ago | (#20543563)

What about LOL Cats [icanhascheezburger.com] site?

What about Live Journal [livejournal.com] ?

My sites says... (2, Funny)

svendsen (1029716) | more than 6 years ago | (#20542091)

I need major therapy and a healthier outlook on sexual fantasies....

What about the forbidden site? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20542099)

I'm curious: what does goatse say about its visitors?

By their standards, my guess is:

Naive foolish n00bs who don't know basic online safety and heartless trolls whose goal in life is to make people go without eating for a couple of days.

So... (1)

moore.dustin (942289) | more than 6 years ago | (#20542105)

So, this is saying if you join a community/website then you are probably inclined to be interested or involved in whatever the subject matter that site is. What a shocker, people belong and participate in things that interest them. This has been true forever, give me a break. I wonder if everyone involved in drafting and signing the Declaration of Independence were into politics in some form?

Another article aiming just to get hits while producing nothing that would be seen as being anything more than 'mildly entertaining'.

Re:So... (3, Insightful)

Kelson (129150) | more than 6 years ago | (#20542279)

So, this is saying if you join a community/website then you are probably inclined to be interested or involved in whatever the subject matter that site is.

Actually, it's describing a caricature of each site's target audience. It's more of a humor piece than anything else.

So.... (1)

Chineseyes (691744) | more than 6 years ago | (#20542119)

So hypothetically speaking, if my favorite sites were 2 girls 1 cup [2girls1cup.com] , Goatse [goatse.ca] , and Tubgirl [tubgirl.com] what would that say about me?

Hypothetically speaking of course. NSFW!! I repeat NSFW!!

Re:So.... (1)

kv9 (697238) | more than 6 years ago | (#20543545)

So hypothetically speaking, if my favorite sites were 2 girls 1 cup, Goatse, and Tubgirl what would that say about me?
is that the fabled swap.avi I keep hearing about, yet did not dare to check out?

Since slashdot is one of my favorite sites (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20542125)

I must be a mindless, complaining drone.

What does pr0n mean? (1)

Associate (317603) | more than 6 years ago | (#20542127)

And does it matter what kind?

CNET is so jealous! (1)

BoyIHateMicrosoft! (1044838) | more than 6 years ago | (#20542179)

I think CNET is just drinking a little too much haterade as of late. They might also just be jealous cause Slashdot readers can actually understand big words and stuff. I love how they say that people that read here must look like the dude in the pic. For one I'm female and two my glasses aren't taped, well they aren't today. They are superglued. Thank you very much!!

oh geez. (1)

that IT girl (864406) | more than 6 years ago | (#20542251)

What Slashdot says about you: Slashdot's tagline is "news for nerds", so no prizes for guessing what type of people visit the site. The average male Slashdot user probably looks a lot like our model -- but has more acne and bigger glasses.
Which is sexy.

Users are 23 years old but look twice their age and steadfastly refuse to accept the fact that Windows is actually not a bad operating system.
Well, I'm not 23, nor do I look twice that, but Windows...actually...yep, it is a bad operating system. Especially when you have options.

Far from being lovable dorks, the Slashdotters have a vicious streak. They hunt like spiders, awaiting the arrival of an article from their victims -- usually a hapless news reporter. The second moderators accept a story, they pounce -- pedantry, suspicion and anonymity their weapons of choice.
Why, thank you! :)

Re:oh geez. (1)

that IT girl (864406) | more than 6 years ago | (#20542397)

Oh, and sorry to reply to myself, but... hapless news reporter?? Couldn't they be compared to the most vicious of spiders themselves??

Re:oh geez. (1)

cez (539085) | more than 6 years ago | (#20544415)

Wow... OT, but I think this might be a first... two CONSECUTIVE comments on slashdot by women! That made my day... gotta love IT chicks ;)


CNET is so jealous!(Score:1) by BoyIHateMicrosoft! (1044838) on Monday September 10, @02:16PM (#20542179)

I think CNET is just drinking a little too much haterade as of late. They might also just be jealous cause Slashdot readers can actually understand big words and stuff. I love how they say that people that read here must look like the dude in the pic. For one I'm female and two my glasses aren't taped, well they aren't today. They are superglued. Thank you very much!!


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oh geez.(Score:1) by that IT girl (864406) on Monday September 10, @02:22PM (#20542251)

What Slashdot says about you: Slashdot's tagline is "news for nerds", so no prizes for guessing what type of people visit the site. The average male Slashdot user probably looks a lot like our model -- but has more acne and bigger glasses.

Which is sexy. Users are 23 years old but look twice their age and steadfastly refuse to accept the fact that Windows is actually not a bad operating system.

Well, I'm not 23, nor do I look twice that, but Windows...actually...yep, it is a bad operating system. Especially when you have options.

Far from being lovable dorks, the Slashdotters have a vicious streak. They hunt like spiders, awaiting the arrival of an article from their victims -- usually a hapless news reporter. The second moderators accept a story, they pounce -- pedantry, suspicion and anonymity their weapons of choice.


Why, thank you! :) --

Insulted (1)

Dan East (318230) | more than 6 years ago | (#20542263)

I'm insulted. The geek pictured on the Slashdot page doesn't even have real glasses. In fact, they don't even have lenses!

Now, if you noticed that as well, then yes, you are a geek too, and Slashdot is your favorite site to visit regularly.

Dan East

Re:Insulted (1)

Gilmoure (18428) | more than 6 years ago | (#20543617)

Can't stand movies that have glasses with flat glass in them. Can tell they're not real. Hell, if you can't start a fire with your glasses, you don't deserve to call them glasses.

Re:Insulted (1)

Reverend528 (585549) | more than 6 years ago | (#20544163)

In fact, they don't even have lenses!
Lenses reflect light, making photography much harder. It's pretty common practice to use fake ones for photo shoots like this.

Tasty (1)

6Yankee (597075) | more than 6 years ago | (#20542355)

The typical Facebookers are what you'd get if YouTube and Flickr went halves on a baby.

A plateful of bones?

Slashdot is more diverse (3, Insightful)

athloi (1075845) | more than 6 years ago | (#20542377)

They hunt like spiders, awaiting the arrival of an article from their victims -- usually a hapless news reporter. The second moderators accept a story, they pounce -- pedantry, suspicion and anonymity their weapons of choice.

I know you're just doing it for the laughs, guys, but that's short-sighted. Slashdot is one of the more diverse (in terms of opinions, not genetics and gender) web sites I've run across, much more so than myspace, for example. Libertarian Christians and Mac-using bisexual Buddhists can agree on the necessary traits for any BIND replacement here without much rancor.

I think the article sells it short.

What your grammar says about you: (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20542961)

"The typical Facebookers are what you'd get if YouTube and Flickr went halves on a baby."
Went halves on a baby? Went halves on a baby?!

Listen, if you want to be "cool", don't make up slang! (In this case, for "...if YouTube and Flickr had a baby together".)

This goes for every subject! Don't ever make slang up! Ever. No matter how appropriate you think it is, just don't do it. Some examples:

Retro
  • Don't (make up slang): "Tie it up girl!"
  • Do (use the original): "Oh, behave!"
Engineer
  • Don't (make up slang): "Whenever you lowchance it you get the lose."
  • Do (use the original): "If it can go wrong, it will."
Teen girl
  • Don't (make up slang): "Shigoo!!! Lowtails!!!!"
  • Do (use the original): "OMG!!! Ponies!!!!"
Digg
  • Don't (make up slang): "Viz or it wasn't!"
  • Do (use the original): "Pics or it didn't happen."
Slashdot
  • Don't (make up slang): "Man, the scoremasters must be hitting the big one hard today."
  • Do (use the original): "Whoever mod'd this up is on crack."
(Oh, and linkaloo [blogspot.com] . Would you in-room with these people?)

Re:What your grammar says about you: (1)

WilliamSChips (793741) | more than 6 years ago | (#20543633)

Actually, teen girl is the exception. In general, shows that make up vocabulary, like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Kim Possible, tend to have their characters sound more like real teen girls than those who use "totally radical "slang.

Did anyone else read it as this: (1)

damburger (981828) | more than 6 years ago | (#20543013)

"The second moderators accept a story, they pounce -- pedastry, suspicion and anonymity their weapons of choice."
Or are my old eyes starting to fail?

My favorite websites all say the same thing (1)

Jack9 (11421) | more than 6 years ago | (#20543043)

I have excellent karma.

YUO FAIL iT (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20543049)

world-spannin6 pallid bodies and some intelligent out of b0siness enjoy the loud is ingesting which don't use the members all over non nigger patrons

whoa, dudes!! what a totally tubular (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20543159)

and comprehensive list!!

however, in an effort to save everyone from having to click that link and then read those words and then click another link to read even more words, here is the article summed up: If you have a favorite website, you are a worthless faggot.

If your favorite is C|NET (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20543317)

You are a complete wanker, a moron who thinks he's intelligent, slogging through ten ad-laden "pages" with three paragraphs of content (if you call that shit "content") per "page".

Fuck C|NET, I'm not reading any article that's three paragraphs on each of ten pages. Does anybody have a printable version?

...and the horse they rode in on. Anyway, here's page 3, slashdot. (picture of a jock wearing taped glasses and a necktie... what nerd wears a necktie? who would confuse C|NET with a nerd site or even a tech site? These asshats are clueless) [cnet.co.uk]

SLASHDOT
What's the story?
Slashdot is a well-respected science and technology news aggregation Web site. It lists user-submitted news stories with a bias towards geeks. Each story is vetted by a moderator before being posted, at which point visitors can leave their opinions in Slashdot's highly active forums. It was created in September 1997 by Rob 'CmdrTaco' Malda, who still runs the site.

The first Slashdot submission was recorded on 31 December 1997. By 18 August 2004 it had recorded 10 million posts. During this time its users helped create a unique subculture that was responsible for the propagation of several Internet memes. Among these were Al Gore's spurious claim to have invented the Internet, Chuck Norris' refusal to use email because he comes from the cowboy generation, and countless hyperlink-related 'pranks' involving the Goatse phenomenon.

Slashdot's core audience is thought primarily to be Linux users. Contrary to popular opinion, however, over half of its visitors use a Windows PC. Approximately a third use some form of Linux, with 10 per cent using Mac OS X.

Did you know?
Before Slashdot was Slashdot, it was known as 'Chips & Dips'. The site was launched in July 1997 but less than three months later it was renamed. The name Slashdot was allegedly chosen to confuse those poor souls who pronounce the full URL of the site ("h-t-t-p-colon-slash-slash-
slashdot-dot-org"). You've got to love geek humour.

What Slashdot says about you
Slashdot's tagline is "news for nerds", so no prizes for guessing what type of people visit the site. The average male Slashdot user probably looks a lot like our model -- but has more acne and bigger glasses. Users are 23 years old but look twice their age and steadfastly refuse to accept the fact that Windows is actually not a bad operating system.

Far from being lovable dorks, the Slashdotters have a vicious streak. They hunt like spiders, awaiting the arrival of an article from their victims -- usually a hapless news reporter. The second moderators accept a story, they pounce -- pedantry, suspicion and anonymity their weapons of choice.
We've all been not only misrepresented, but slandered. Most nerds are NOT dorks, most look NOTHING like the model (most of us are either overweight or underweight), do NOT look twice our age (I'd look 110; most people think I'm 40), and Windows is a bad operating system. I want the thirty seconds of my life back that I wasted clicking looking for slashdot in TSFA.

-mcgrew [kuro5hin.org]

Re:If your favorite is C|NET (1)

Arimus (198136) | more than 6 years ago | (#20543781)

I'd really like to know roughly what the average of /. readers is... I suspect in 1997 it was probably around 20 but I'd guess now its around 30 as alot of us from the earlier days are still around...

Dear oh dear (1)

replete phoenix (1092639) | more than 6 years ago | (#20543661)

There is a remarkable sense of humour failure going on here. I've been a slashdot user for many years, and I don't look anything like that picture. But you know what, my life is full enough for it not to bother me. I thought the slashdot thing was amusing, and it's really not supposed to be taken so seriously. Oh, and for the people that moan about ads. Come on, this is how the net works. Companies provide free content, which they pay for with adverts. It's not a new model, and bitching about it is a bit like moaning about having to watch ads on live TV. If you don't like it, some tech savyy geeks like you should be able to work adblock.

heh, yeah .. i got a full life, too. no big deal. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20544117)

ain't no sweat off my back, dawg.

sup, brah?

What?! When did they start talking?? Oh God...... (2, Funny)

notclevernickname (1152517) | more than 6 years ago | (#20543765)

What are they saying?? Look it is not true.... It was only that one time, I was only looking for the failed Donkey Kong tv show... I didn't know that searching for "donkey show" in Google would bring that up....
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