People Hate Slashdot
IWorkForMorons writes | more than 10 years ago
Yeah yeah, I hate my job. That's not the topic of this rant though. I'm still trying to figure this out, but there are people who hate Slashdot. Hell, they even openly admit it. There are even websites promoting ways to try and "take down the evil" or whatever other bullshit they are spouting about. What I want to know is: Why? Why bother? So they don't like the site, or the mods, or Taco and his group. To quote the once-relevent-personality-turn-RIAA-shill James Hetfield, so fucking what. This is a site for geeks to read topics and post whatever inane drivel they want about this driver or that OS or the big evil beast from Redmond or whatever else they want. And yes, as a geek myself, most of it is inane drivel. Most of my stuff is observation and timing, nothing more.
Personally, I like it though. Most "normal" people think it's uninteresting. Boring. Who wants to talk about computers? I just want my MSN and my Hotmail, and that's all I need to be happy. Sadly, this is what many non-geek types think. But that's alright. They don't come here to tell us that we're all geeks and this site isn't worthy of existing. They don't say that this site is unfairly moderated. They don't even know this site exists. So we geeks are left in peace by the uninterested masses. To talk about this device or that review or why SCO execs should be hung up by their toes and placed under a wasp nest. But then the trolls came.
Why are you here? Why bother to come here and post your fanatical lunacy about Goatse Man or TubGirl, or whatever other digusting things I've accidently clicked on? The GNAA and the Yoda guy are just as bad, but thankfully don't include pictures. But why do it? What's the use? What is it about Slashdot that you hate so much. Is it just because you think you've posted some brilliant piece on why MS is a good company, or how BeOS is better then everything else, only to be modded down into oblivion? Does it hurt your ego that much that someone doesn't think you are brilliant? Why declare a "jihad", or whatever you want to call this bullshit, on a geek moderated site? Why spend so much time annoying the living fuck out of everyone? No one want to know how you insert a Yoda doll up your ass. Really, it's not as interesting as you think.
Now I understand why the site is self-moderated. And why it's best to surf at +1, and wait about 20 minutes after a story is posted. The trolls don't usually survive more then 20 minutes. Some sneak through, but they are the ones using the Anti-Slash tools to boost their karma. But most of them are caught, and I don't have to see the bullshit. I can choose to see the BS if I want. Some of it is interesting, if off-topic. Like the anti-American thing I saw yesterday, listing all the US war failures. Like I said, off-topic but interesting. Hell, even the "I for one welcome our Soviet Russian Beowolf-cluster of All Your Base Are Belong to Linux overloads" posts are interesting. At least compared to most trolls. But the trolls trying to bring down Slashdot are ridiculess. If you don't like the site, just go the fuck away. Leave the geeks who want to be here alone, and go do something worthwhile with your time. You're about as bad as the guy I saw in a hockey forum pretenting to be two people arguing with himself everynight. You add nothing to improve the so-called bad condition of this site. When you want to input something useful, come and input it. If it's not as brilliant as you think it is, go find people who will tell you it's brilliant. Just leave us to post our inane drivel in peace...