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Ask Rob Malda

Roblimo posted more than 6 years ago | from the once-every-seven-years-is-enough dept.

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We last interviewed CmdrTaco, along with Hemos, in January 2000. Slashdot's 10th anniversary seems like a good time to put Rob back on the hot seat. He's older now and married, his former hobby site now has well over one million registered user IDs, and Linux has gone from "upstart" operating system to a normal part of the IT landscape. So ask away, one question per post. Expect to see answers to at least 10 of the highest-moderated questions next week. And if you miss your chance to participate in this interview, don't worry. We'll probably do another one with CmdrTaco sometime between 2014 and 2017. CT: Also the clock is ticking if you want to sign up for a Slashdot 10-Year Anniversary party if you want a T-Shirt or a shot at the $1k ThinkGeek gift certificate.

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Silly Question (5, Interesting)

LiquidCoooled (634315) | more than 6 years ago | (#20868833)

I assume that through the ether you have met Kevin Rose, but do you two get along or is it pistols at dawn?

My Question for Rob Malda (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20868991)

Why do you look like such a psycho?

Seriously, Rob looks like he escaped from the nearest infirmary.

Time for a better hair cut, Rob.
(posted anonymously for obvious reasons)

Sincerely,
Kevin Rose

Re:Silly Question (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20869191)

Is it true that Zonk is your evil alter ego (as seen in Dr. Malda and Mr. Zonk) ?

Re:Silly Question (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20869273)

Hi Rob! I'm just breaking into the gay porn industry, and I was wondering if you have any advice, particularly in the field of receiving anal sex from dogs? It feels great once they get going, but the knot hurts like hell when they pull out. Do you have any advice on how to loosen up a little so it doesn't hurt so much?
Thanks,
Anonymous Coward

Active users? (5, Interesting)

BWJones (18351) | more than 6 years ago | (#20868839)

Rob,

Q: How many of those one million registered user IDs are active?

Explanation: I have seen a fair number of folks that have defected to other platforms/communities to find resources or tools that Slashdot does not provide. I've continued to hang around as I appreciate what Slashdot has to offer, but are there any plans to change anything?

Oh, and congratulations on 10 years.

Re:Active users? (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20869311)

And how many subscribers?

God Smack Your Ass !! (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20868843)

Why Taco?

Why haven't you fired Kdawson yet? (4, Interesting)

SIIHP (1128921) | more than 6 years ago | (#20868857)

Ok, that was a little antagonistic, but in all seriousness, why do you allow the kind of unprofessional editing that Kdawson engages in?

Re:Why haven't you fired Kdawson yet? (1, Interesting)

deftcoder (1090261) | more than 6 years ago | (#20868927)

It's amazing how poor of an editor he is, considering the fact that he has a degree in English! (check his personal site)

Re:Why haven't you fired Kdawson yet? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20869587)

Actually, that's not amazing at all.

English majors tend to be underachievers.

Re:Why haven't you fired Kdawson yet? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20868939)

Also, what do you plan to do about the obnoxious fuckwitted flame-baiting bastards who turn disagreements with an editor's work into personal attacks, rather than just switching off that editor in their account preferences?

Re:Why haven't you fired Kdawson yet? (1, Offtopic)

SIIHP (1128921) | more than 6 years ago | (#20868977)

"Also, what do you plan to do about the obnoxious fuckwitted flame-baiting bastards "

He lets you post AC, isn't that enough?

Wait Wait Wait (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20869753)

"turn disagreements with an editor's work into personal attacks, rather than just switching off that editor in their account preferences?"

I didn't see any personal attack, and since when is ignoring a problem better than trying to correct it?

Are you a government employee or something?

Re:Why haven't you fired Kdawson yet? (2, Interesting)

moderatorrater (1095745) | more than 6 years ago | (#20869051)

I also have problems with some of the editing that happens on the site. While it's not consistent, it seems like at least once a day, either Zonk or kdawson post an article that is highly inflammatory and represents the article poorly (so badly that it looks like they're blatantly lying about what the article says). Some of the complaining that goes on isn't warranted, but a lot of the times they have a real point.

Job Specs? (1)

Harmonious Botch (921977) | more than 6 years ago | (#20869619)

Assuming that you might fire some unnamed editor, what are the job specs for his replacement? Pay? Bennies? Hours? Qualifications?

Re:Why haven't you fired Kdawson yet? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20869079)

Because he is better than Zonk.

Re:Why haven't you fired Kdawson yet? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20869117)

How do you prevent editors from engaging in moderation abuse? And what exactly happened to cause the unusual down-moderation of the 'first Slashdot troll post investigation' thread [slashdot.org] ?

Re:Why haven't you fired Kdawson yet? (0, Flamebait)

JeanBaptiste (537955) | more than 6 years ago | (#20869295)

Heck, hire me. I have no experience whatsoever and am fully confident I could do a much better job.

Retirement (1)

HoosierPeschke (887362) | more than 6 years ago | (#20868867)

Have you thought about what you want to do when you decide to retire from the /. admin dept or will you continue to here until your fingers fall off?

Why did you turn off the new comment system? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20868881)

Why did you turn off the new comment system? Come on! If there was one thing I wanted to ask you it was, "What the hell are you thinking?"

Did you not think we would complain about that abomination?

Over/under (3)

Harmonious Botch (921977) | more than 6 years ago | (#20868889)

When will the over/underrated mods be mettamodded?
Thanks

Re:Over/under (2, Informative)

garcia (6573) | more than 6 years ago | (#20869413)

Along those lines, "When will long time users, such as myself, who have not had mod points in *years* be given an explanation as to why they haven't seen them?"

Re:Over/under (0)

SlamMan (221834) | more than 6 years ago | (#20869491)

Ditto to that (hence the sig).

Re:Over/under (5, Funny)

jollyreaper (513215) | more than 6 years ago | (#20869775)

Along those lines, "When will long time users, such as myself, who have not had mod points in *years* be given an explanation as to why they haven't seen them?"
I've only ever gotten mod points once. I figured they were just stingy with them. How often do they come up for most people?

MOD PARENT UP (1, Funny)

Captain Splendid (673276) | more than 6 years ago | (#20869713)

There's a lot of us want an answer to that question.

/. Polls (3, Interesting)

sepluv (641107) | more than 6 years ago | (#20868891)

Do the editors bet on which option will win in /. polls and are half of the votes for the CowboyNeal option actually by CowboyNeal repeatedly clicking his mouse. Inquiring minds want to know.

Do it again (5, Interesting)

Rinisari (521266) | more than 6 years ago | (#20868903)

If you were to redo Slashdot all over again, what would you change? I'm not just talking Slash, I'm talking the entire thing.

The question everyone wants to ask (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20868911)

Why does Zonk still have a job?

Re:The question everyone wants to ask (5, Funny)

debilo (612116) | more than 6 years ago | (#20869017)

Why does Zonk still have a job?
He doesn't. He's a Slashdot editor.

Re:The question everyone wants to ask (-1, Troll)

Harmonious Botch (921977) | more than 6 years ago | (#20869211)

Because he is better than KDawson

Why has /. turned into Digg? (4, Interesting)

DAldredge (2353) | more than 6 years ago | (#20868913)

Why has the number of technical articles dropped so much over the years? IOW - why are you trying to turn /. into Digg?

Re:Why has /. turned into Digg? (4, Insightful)

debilo (612116) | more than 6 years ago | (#20869271)

Why has the number of technical articles dropped so much over the years? IOW - why are you trying to turn /. into Digg?
Oh, come on. Slashdot may suck at times, but Digg is an utter mess. The majority of the stories posted on the front page of Digg usually resembles an exclamation mark orgy, whoever posts the most wins automatically. The comment system is irritating at best, and really useful comments are rare. Someone once said that he reads Digg for the stories, and Slashdot for the comments. Basically, Digg is Fark.com without the humor, and Slashdot is lightyears away from turning into Digg.

Re:Why has /. turned into Digg? (1)

jellomizer (103300) | more than 6 years ago | (#20869525)

Well you were there from early on. I got in when it was just starting to catch on... The problem is when more people use the site the average IQ of the site moves to the average IQ of the world. Slashdot users are no longer smarter then the average internet user they are just the same the only difference is they are somewhat interested in technology. But that happened when things get popular they try to move to the common ground. Technical Specs and articles have been replaced with cool case mods, to technical politics. A story about Microsoft abuse and attempt to get a government contract will get more interest then say the technical specs of the newest iPod, or how to hack your iPhone to install Linux on it. Having people posting on Slashdot improves impressions of adds, thus increased revenue, and it gets people coming back to continue their rants. If there is an article that is politically charged (GPL2 vs. GPL3 or Linus vs. RMS) and people are posting back and forth arguing their points and more adds get displayed to their screen, assuming they haven't blocked the adds or are not a subscriber. So in short more money is out there to lower the technical stuff and make it more general base.

Re:Why has /. turned into Digg? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20869711)

Slashdot users are no longer smarter then the average internet user they are just the same the only difference is they are somewhat interested in technology.
I think you just broke my irony meter!

Any mutual "I can't belive it's ...!" moments? (5, Interesting)

gevmage (213603) | more than 6 years ago | (#20868921)

Wil Wheaton has written about meeting a famous author, I think it was Larry Niven, and being completely blown away that Niven was at least as jazzed about meeting Wil as vice versa.

I'm sure you've met lots of folks that us normal mortals only see on TV. Anyone in particular that you were really excited to meet who hyperventilated when they realized who you were?

OMG! (4, Funny)

Jello B. (950817) | more than 6 years ago | (#20868923)

In the recent Wired interview [wired.com] , it was said that the interview was conducted over the phone, so my question is...

Does saying "OMG!" out loud make you as much of a dork as I think it does?

What is this crazy tags thing? (5, Interesting)

Reality Master 101 (179095) | more than 6 years ago | (#20868933)

Considering the FAQ hasn't been updated in almost a year, could you explain exactly what tags do these days? At one time, it seemed to be a vote-based system, now I have no idea how tags show up on articles. Frankly, since I didn't understand it and my tags didn't seem to affect anything, I gave up on using the feature.

Could we get a definitive answer to how tags work?

Re:What is this crazy tags thing? (5, Interesting)

timster (32400) | more than 6 years ago | (#20869551)

The followup question to this is: since the tagging system seems to be a complete failure even when restricted to a small subset of users, what hope remains for its future evolution? At this point, why not just shut it down and give up?

By 'failure', I mean that the tags we see are generally ridiculously useless (like a "science" tag on a story in the Science section) or otherwise simply degenerate ("haha" seems to be the most common tag). It's hard to imagine what purpose the system would serve even if people were honest with it. Further, the idea of tagging comments as a future moderation system now seems completely horrible.

Re:What is this crazy tags thing? (1)

Reality Master 101 (179095) | more than 6 years ago | (#20869637)

By 'failure', I mean that the tags we see are generally ridiculously useless (like a "science" tag on a story in the Science section) or otherwise simply degenerate ("haha" seems to be the most common tag).

The tag thing is useless, but at least the old vote-based system was entertaining. I looked at it as a variation on the "from the [xxxx] department". Some of the tags were pretty funny sometimes.

Okay, I'll bite (5, Interesting)

Skyshadow (508) | more than 6 years ago | (#20868943)

Something I've been sort of curious about for ages:

Can you talk a little about how you experienced some of the dotcom insanity, specifically as it unfolded here at Slashdot? For a while, it seemed like Slashdot was about to become wunderkind central -- the sale to VA, the infamous ESR post about uber-wealth, etc. I'd be interested to hear about how that experience translated from your side of the ball.

Thanks. And nice site you got here.

Re:Okay, I'll bite (1)

msuarezalvarez (667058) | more than 6 years ago | (#20869205)

Do you have a link for that ESR post?

Re:Okay, I'll bite (1)

alx5000 (896642) | more than 6 years ago | (#20869265)

And nice site you got here.

Be a shame if anything happened to it...

Hindsight (0, Redundant)

Raindance (680694) | more than 6 years ago | (#20868975)

If you had to do it over again, what would you do differently?

mysql vs postgres (4, Interesting)

moderatorrater (1095745) | more than 6 years ago | (#20868981)

Without getting into a flamewar over what is a highly controversial subject, slashdot runs on mysql, and you've been quoted as saying you would do it with postgres if you could do it all again. I'm just wondering, is that true, do you still feel that way and why?

any annoyed or happy /. effect stories? (5, Interesting)

gevmage (213603) | more than 6 years ago | (#20868989)

Do you have any stores of annoyed sysadmins writing/phoning you and complaining that a link on Slashdot crushed their machines?

Alternatively, anyone whose exposure on slashdot boosted their popularity/traffic enough that they could retire/change jobs/make a major job change?

Re:any annoyed or happy /. effect stories? (5, Interesting)

boaworm (180781) | more than 6 years ago | (#20869277)

Mm, or more to the point.

What sites are you most proud of slashdotting?

Mistake (3, Interesting)

Keebler71 (520908) | more than 6 years ago | (#20868997)

What was your biggest mistake in developing this site?

Related follow-up/Put another way: If you could go back and do one thing differently what would you do?

Most-visited sites.. (5, Interesting)

B5_geek (638928) | more than 6 years ago | (#20869001)

What "Top-5" websites are in your daily/hourly must-read rotation? (Not counting RSS)

What the hell do you do all day? (5, Interesting)

Xunker (6905) | more than 6 years ago | (#20869013)

Ever since GiS [wikipedia.org] went away you've become a sort of man-behind-the curtain type persona, and we don't see much in the way of journal updates or news posts about Slashdot or you yoyrself much. One of the last things most of us knew about the "Real Rob Malda" was the article in Wired [wired.com] years ago regarding the Andover-cum-VALinux-cum-OSDN-cum-Death-keiretsu IPO.

Just what the hell do you do all day now, anyway?

Serious qestion. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20869029)

I know it's been a while since you last answered questions, and there have been many technological advances since then. In particular, there has been astounding progress in the field of medicine and health care.

My question is, since your last interview in 2000, has the improvement in medical technology finally cleared up that chafing cyst on your anus?

What is your actual job? (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20869033)

What do you actually do? If someone were to follow you to work every day for a month, what would they see you spend your time doing?

Re:What is your actual job? (1)

moderatorrater (1095745) | more than 6 years ago | (#20869145)

He burns wads of cash on the fires that he starts in slashdotted servers. What else would he do?

Show Me the Money! (5, Interesting)

HazMathew (207212) | more than 6 years ago | (#20869045)

What kind of revenue does Slashdot make?

Alternatives (1, Redundant)

webvictim (674073) | more than 6 years ago | (#20869047)

Other than Slashdot, what are the websites you most enjoy spending time on, and why?

sex position (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20869053)

Do you prefer receiving anal or giving head?

what was the "oh my god" moment? (5, Interesting)

gevmage (213603) | more than 6 years ago | (#20869057)

Your recent journal entry talks about Slashdot becoming very popular very quickly. But at some point later, you realize that transferring slashdot over to a commercial enterprise would make you actual money that you could live off of. We'd love to hear the story of that meeting/phone call/e-mail/whatever.

Ask Rob (0, Troll)

Charles Wilson (995273) | more than 6 years ago | (#20869071)

...and so I will: Are you happy that /. has turned into a Liberal/Leftist Parrot to the Daily Party Line? CW

Re:Ask Rob (5, Interesting)

moderatorrater (1095745) | more than 6 years ago | (#20869189)

This is another controversial subject, and the parent will probably be modded down, but it is a good question (when phrased properly): How do you feel about the political/whatever climate on slashdot and do you feel that all viewpoints are respected?

Re:Ask Rob (1)

Harmonious Botch (921977) | more than 6 years ago | (#20869395)

Liberal/leftist? What are you smoking? The most prominent feature about slashdot politics is the disroportionately large number of libertarians, not liberals.

poll answer (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20869109)

What'd you vote to the current poll? What's YOUR favorite Slashdot "meme"?

I bet it's Soviet Russia. (In Soviet Russia, CmdrTaco bets on you!)

Thoughts of giving up? (5, Interesting)

martyb (196687) | more than 6 years ago | (#20869115)

When were you most tempted to give up?

Dealing with a bunch of creative, resourceful, tenacious, stubborn, and sometimes outright hostile nerds, I'm sure there were MANY times when you were tempted to just give up on the whole thing. e.g. page-widening trolls; Church of Scientology; Microsoft source code, or even the release of slash code to the community and the barrage of insults.

I'm really glad you held on and persevered, but I'd like to know when you were most tempted to throw in the towel, and even more importantly, I'd like to hear the story around how you held on and kept things going.

Do you view Digg as competition? (1)

rolfwind (528248) | more than 6 years ago | (#20869141)

And how will /. fend them off?

As a longtime /. user, I really like the conversations here much better and find them to be of greater value than at digg. But Digg is more dynamic from a user standpoint, has more stories to choose from (though many are hyped, frivolous), and the conversations are getting slightly better with the tweaks they are applying to the site. I guess I'm really asking if /. is going to become more user oriented in the future or will find another path... or just stay the current course?

Why is CmdTaco such an ass? (-1, Troll)

BLAG-blast (302533) | more than 6 years ago | (#20869161)

Seriously, I have the check the "posted by" and skip the CmdTaco stories. Such bad taste, such stupid comments. Why do you let this redneck school boy post stories and make comments? It really detracts for the website.

Decade (3, Interesting)

Robotron23 (832528) | more than 6 years ago | (#20869163)

With the anneversary of Slashdot just celebrated and an entire decade having passed since you created the site, do you ever wonder what Slashdot will be like in another decade; specifically whether after twenty years you'll possess an active role?

I was thinking what with a family on the horizon plus a lot of other side projects you may bow out after a time; but then again it was kind of inevitable as there's a lot to life besides Slashdot. But nonetheless your insight over tenure is appreciated.

Anyway, thanks for this site Rob; the amount of laughs and great reads it has given in the four years I've browsed here is beyond measure and a lot of people here would agree that despite flaws this place is unique.

Do you regret it? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20869177)

Do you regret your mass banning of moderators [slashdot.org] and other acts of temper against users?

Why not admit you post stories for money? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20869213)

I always wondered why this site wants to act like it
does not get kickbacks for posting certain stories?

i guess you would no longer be considered cool and hip?

i am also guessing that and money is the most important things
driving this site now days.

good luck on your decline.
i come here to read what others say, not the stories/advertisments.

Infrastructure (5, Interesting)

blhack (921171) | more than 6 years ago | (#20869253)

Can you give us any insight into the hardware/platform that slashdot runs on? How many servers does it use? What did you code it in? (a half drunk, coked-up deaf guy screaming HTML into a tin can on a string?) How much bandwidth does it use?

I know this is more than one question, but my MAIN question is just: "What does it take to run slashdot, hardware/software/bandwidth wise?"

Re:Infrastructure (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20869627)

FYI: There is an entry in the FAQ: What kind of hardware does Slashdot run on? [slashdot.org] , BUT it appears to be rather out-of-date (Last Modified: 6/13/00). Taco, could you please see to having this updated? Thanks!

Re:Infrastructure (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20869635)

What did you code it in? (a half drunk, coked-up deaf guy screaming HTML into a tin can on a string?)
http://www.slashcode.com/ [slashcode.com]

In and out of Slashdot. (5, Interesting)

pavon (30274) | more than 6 years ago | (#20869257)

These are probably pretty cliche questions, but I am interested in the answers.

What is a normal day at slashdot like? How much time do you spend improving slashcode vs picking stories vs the normal computer admin tasks vs other stuff. How are the workload/responsibilities split up among the different staff members? How has this changes over the years?

I also remember back in the old days, the work you did with Enlightenment, as well as the animated short you made (Duckpins?). I was wondering if you get the chance to do much programing outside of slashcode, or what other hobbies you spend your free time doing now (besides being married).

Drugs (1)

Gizzmonic (412910) | more than 6 years ago | (#20869261)

What's your favorite drugs? Psilocybin, ecstasy, amphetamine, good old alcohol? If I had to guess, I'd say you were a big amphetamine user.

Oh, so much karma to burn.. (4, Funny)

Anonymous Meoward (665631) | more than 6 years ago | (#20869285)

If you were in Soviet Russia, would a Beowulf cluster of Natalie Portmans and other insensitive clods as our 1337 new goatse overlords (confirmed by Netcraft as dying) have you naked and petrified with hot grits poured down Cowboy Neal's pants (profit!!!) ?

Re:Oh, so much karma to burn.. (1)

jimstapleton (999106) | more than 6 years ago | (#20869519)

What I would give for a few mod points right now - that question is such a good comment and question on the state of /.

What... (1)

inetken (1168073) | more than 6 years ago | (#20869287)

What did you do with your first million?

Do you like? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20869289)

Do you like Steak N' Shake? Do you like Cheetos? Do you like Busch? Do you like MC Hammer? Do you like Packard Bell? Do you like Calamari? Do you like Old Navy? Do you like WWF? Do you like Gray's Anatomy? Do you like Hotels? Do you like Pearl Jam? Do you like Google? Do you like Ann Arbor? Do you like Holland? Do you like your wife? Do you like Cowboyneal? Do you like Urinals? Do you like Coffee? Do you like -1's?

Q&A (2, Funny)

Capt James McCarthy (860294) | more than 6 years ago | (#20869293)

Do you find it ironic when cmdrtaco.net gets /.'ed?

Or

What are your thoughts on the so-called 'slashdot effect?'

Old ID (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20869325)

A previous commentor (further up the page) asked how many IDs were active. I know that an old one of mine isn't, because I changed email addresses and then lost the password. Is there any way to retrieve an older ID that one has lost both the password and the email that the ID is registered to send lost passwords to?

-mcgrew (AKA sm62704)

What was the turning point? (4, Interesting)

Joe the Lesser (533425) | more than 6 years ago | (#20869339)

What do you think the exact turning point was for Slashdot that got the ball rolling. Maybe it happened when it was Chips and Dips, but how did word get out to the professional engineers that told their friends and so on? Did you announce your creation on usenets, was there one loudmouth who advertised for you, do you have any idea how it came to be that this was a mecca for nerds online when it could have just as easily been ignored?

Have you any regrets? (4, Interesting)

cOdEgUru (181536) | more than 6 years ago | (#20869351)

Have you ever regretted starting Slashdot, or invested so much of your time in to this site? Did any actions by your peers, by the community or by your colleagues, as a result of a story posted on Slashdot or related to one, made you ever regret your decision to start Slashdot.

Anyway, been here a guest since 1999, and a member for the last seven. Enjoyed being part of this community, every single day (or when its non-xenophobic).

What? The same old fart again?! (1)

ElGanzoLoco (642888) | more than 6 years ago | (#20869379)

... I mean, forget Cmdr Taco, I want to ask questions to this CowboyNeal guy instead :D

What's your wife like in bed? (5, Funny)

MeditationSensation (1121241) | more than 6 years ago | (#20869383)

That's my question. Please include pics.

Re:What's your wife like in bed? (5, Funny)

Mikkeles (698461) | more than 6 years ago | (#20869673)

If she's like most women I know, breakfast.

Where's Junis? (5, Funny)

isaac (2852) | more than 6 years ago | (#20869409)

Would you publish a follow-up story on Junis?

I found Jon Katz's Message from Kabul [slashdot.org] truly mesmerizing.

Junis surely must have some interesting thoughts on the state of Afghanistan and his feelings towards the USA today. I'm also interested to know if he ever upgraded from that Commodore he was using to download movies - the one he hid from the Taliban in his chicken coop.

-Isaac

Simple Question (4, Interesting)

Billosaur (927319) | more than 6 years ago | (#20869433)

If Google comes to you with a huge pile of cash and says "we want to add Slashdot to out stable of products," perhaps as some kind of competitor to Digg, would you a) be tempted but decline because this is, after all, your baby, b) talk to them a while, negotiate, but ultimately call it off, or c) buy that island you've always wanted and start your own country?

Re:Simple Question (1)

Thanatopsis (29786) | more than 6 years ago | (#20869469)

You know Rob has already sold to the site to VA Software right? He doesn't own slashdot.

What are the biggest threats to /. success? (5, Interesting)

rjamestaylor (117847) | more than 6 years ago | (#20869455)

Slashdot is successful by any measure. You've certainly pioneered many things we now take for granted. Many "slashdot killers" have been attempted and failed or found a different niche. What are the biggest threats to /. success today and going forward?

Are you an alien? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20869457)

Ask Rob Malda
[...]
from the once-every-seven-years-is-enough dept.


Are you an alien, possibly Vulcan (choosing a name like 'Commander Taco' thinking, like Ford Perfect, it is normal), and how does your wife feel about the less-than frequent marital activities?

Ok I got a question (0, Flamebait)

eclectro (227083) | more than 6 years ago | (#20869479)

Where can I find the road out of dupetown and how do I get on it??

-Please browae at -1 to see all my future comments. Thnx.

Two/three part question: (5, Interesting)

Mongoose Disciple (722373) | more than 6 years ago | (#20869515)

Do you still read Slashdot yourself regularly?

If so, what are your favorite and least favorite things about the community?

How will it all end? (1)

Foozy (552529) | more than 6 years ago | (#20869533)

With a bang ("Goodbye- thanks for posting!") or a whimper ("0 replies", "0 replies", "0 replies",...) ???

How much... (5, Funny)

Trails (629752) | more than 6 years ago | (#20869555)

How much do you love tacos?

when will you allow image posting? (2)

jollyreaper (513215) | more than 6 years ago | (#20869615)

Or is the threat of the goatse.cx simply too severe?

What I want to know (1)

steveo777 (183629) | more than 6 years ago | (#20869617)

Is if you secretly stuff the CmdrTaco ballot box option on the poll system from a Windows ME laptop. Silently grinning to yourself, "They'll never know it was me on THIS machine."

Slashdot 10-Year Anniversary party (1)

WormholeFiend (674934) | more than 6 years ago | (#20869629)

Did you write some kind of algorithm in the registration page to prevent your party from being a sausage fest?

Promoting Comments (1)

pipingguy (566974) | more than 6 years ago | (#20869643)

My profile says that I've made 3650 comments to Slashdot over the years. That can't be right, since it would indicate that I've wasted far too much time. What a waste of effort...

Baby Taco (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20869665)

What are the plans with the misses about having babytaco? Any names in mind? Can we pick the name by means of a poll?

The ultimate (1)

rootnl (644552) | more than 6 years ago | (#20869701)

What is your favourite OS? What would then be your Distro of choice? Wat do you actually run at home? Vi or Emacs?

actual real news story? (3, Insightful)

mihalis (28146) | more than 6 years ago | (#20869703)

When will Slashdot stop posting unsubstantiated, or (sometimes) completely merit-free stories with a question mark at the end, as if that was some kind of excuse?

Chris

who of course reads such things anyway

Thinkgeek (1)

Drakemaw (797274) | more than 6 years ago | (#20869741)

Hey Rob, If you had $1,000 to blow on Thinkgeek stuff, what would you buy?

Life's many paths (1)

Nite_Hawk (1304) | more than 6 years ago | (#20869771)

Hi Rob,

What would you have done with your life had slashdot never taken off the way it did?

Nite_Hawk
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