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German Domain Registrar Liable For Copyright Infringement

Kell Bengal Re:In before Fuck Beta (164 comments)

Serious question: is this a feasible approach? If we can cash them out on a firesale and restore the site back to the ownership of someone who gives a damn, is it worth the psychic damage of giving these fuckers our money? I know Hackaday tried to go private with a kickstarter but failed... could Slashdot have more success?

about 7 months ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

Kell Bengal Re:No. (2219 comments)

Well played. :)

about 7 months ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

Kell Bengal Re:Why? (2219 comments)

You know the only moving most of us have ever down was downstairs to the basement.

about 7 months ago
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Australia's Bureau of Meteorology Dumps Water Data Project

Kell Bengal Re:We are not an audience (112 comments)

WE HEAR YOU We did tell you we wanted feedback.

If they hear our feedback, and yet do nothing to address it, then it is clear that they do not care about our opinions. If they were truly listening to the user base, there would be a simple story announcing "BETA is over - we were wrong, forgive us." At this point, that is what it will take.

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's there to like about the BETA?

Kell Bengal Re:What's there to like (7 comments)

That's great for the short term... but when the exodus is over and the forums are silent and stone-cold, they won't feel quite so accomplished.

about 7 months ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

Kell Bengal Re:Why? (2219 comments)

We tried submitting feedback and we were ignored. So what do you propose we do instead to affect the change (or lack of change) we desire? Sitting by passively and watching something we value go to hell isn't an option.

about 7 months ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

Kell Bengal Re:What that tells me is the spoiled children (2219 comments)

I respectfully disagree. I expect good changes would be welcome (or at least go unnoticed) by the denizens - lord knows /. classic could do with some bugfixes. Instead, we have change that is roundly regarded as being negative.

You can call it childish, but I think we have good justification for caring about the quality of Slashdot as a community forum. Failing to acknowledge negative changes would be negligent of us and risk the demise of something we value. You can stand by silently if you want, but we won't.

about 7 months ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

Kell Bengal Re:The title says it all. (2219 comments)

THIS! A THOUSAND TIMES THIS!

I'm sorry Dice, but you don't make Slashdot great - we do! Piss us off and we'll leave, and you can enjoy the eye-atrocious tumbleweeds and crickets.

about 7 months ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

Kell Bengal Re:why should we trust you? (2219 comments)

Arguably Google Betas were better and got worse when they went 1.0... which is really saying that no matter what label or lipstick you put on it, things go to tell when they get corporate.

about 7 months ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

Kell Bengal No. (2219 comments)

I don't think you have understood. We don't want you to slow down. We want you to stop; reverse; appologise for being so out of touch with your user base; and promise to never do anything so stupid again.

about 7 months ago
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New Zealand Spy Agency Deleted Evidence About Its Illegal Spying On Kim Dotcom

Kell Bengal Re:Fuck NSA ! Fuck GCSB ! Fuck GCHQ ! (222 comments)

This is the first of many boxes - the soap box. If we run a poll (unlikely) we will move to the ballot box. Once that option is exhausted, the only step is the ammobox. In our case, that means leaving and never coming back. So really, it's a choice between public outcry and destruction of slashdot. That's why making ourselves heard matters!

about 7 months ago
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How Edward Snowden's Actions Have Impacted Defense Contractors

Kell Bengal Re:Contact Alice Hill (180 comments)

The problem here is one of a corporation taking a community website and then systematically ignoring that community's input. We've seen it with the moves into business intelligence and the hell-or-highwater drive to beta. While a community website such as Slashdot is valuable to both its users and its owners, the relationship between the company and the community is asymmetrical.

There is relatively few effective mechanisms available to the community to have its will heard, short of simply leaving and never coming back (which defeats the point). Thus, concerned users are identifying the fulcrums around which this problem is revolving and applying leverage there to attempt to restore some balance between the goals of Dice and its user base.

While I agree that we should not be hassling private citizens outside their role as an employee, we are certainly at liberty to express our views and have them listened to. We're trying to save Slashdot's profitibilty, and by extension their employment, by ensuring that the website remains one that is attractive to its user base.

While the designer of the website is on the clock and responsible for the design and deployment of Beta, we are obliged to try to make them see that this is a terrible decision.

about 7 months ago
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New Zealand Spy Agency Deleted Evidence About Its Illegal Spying On Kim Dotcom

Kell Bengal Re:Fuck GCSB! (222 comments)

"Oh no, Beta!" - Snake

about 7 months ago
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NASA Pondering Two Public Contests To Build Small Space Exploration Satellites

Kell Bengal Re:Beta (127 comments)

I am viewing from classic, and I assure you your comment has all the beauty of a cup of coffee in the morning, lit by a soothing green glow.

That's how I will always remember Slashdot when this place is gone. It will be just a memory, but such memories they will be: people like OG and Taco and Ethanol and the GNAA, copypasta tolling about Obama and Al Gore, hot grits and the slashdot effect.

Good memories.

about 7 months ago
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NASA Pondering Two Public Contests To Build Small Space Exploration Satellites

Kell Bengal Re:Beta Haiku (127 comments)

The poem troll is right

This is the end of slashdot

Haiku makes me sad

Burma shave

about 7 months ago
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NASA Pondering Two Public Contests To Build Small Space Exploration Satellites

Kell Bengal Re:NO! (127 comments)

That's just a band aid, not a solution to the problem. The rot goes inward.

about 7 months ago
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Designer Seeds Thought To Be Latest Target By Chinese

Kell Bengal Re:Beta sucks! (164 comments)

Ditto! Slashdot went to hell when it was sold. Let's make a new site with a similar moderation process and start porting across. Is anyone interested in setting up a kickstarter to fund the infrastructure?

about 7 months ago
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Half of US Nuclear Missile Wing Implicated In Cheating

Kell Bengal Re:What are the questions? (313 comments)

Lots of people! High security clearances (and the implication that they are therefore trustworthy), technical training plus an unblemished record will take you far. These people would be excellent for recruiting into fields that require technical skills but not deep specialisation, such that they could be affordably retrained. Sometimes the proven quality and reliability of a recruit is more important than any particular skills they might already have.

about 7 months ago
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The Changing Face of Robotics

Kell Bengal Re:Totally off-topic. (49 comments)

Don't blame me - I voted for Comrade Snowball.

about 7 months ago

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Favourite Slashdot Memories

Kell Bengal Kell Bengal writes  |  about 7 months ago

Kell Bengal (711123) writes "What are your favorite memories from the last 15+ years? Hot grits? The slashdot effect? GNAA? APK sockpuppets? Tell us what will you miss most when you move on!"

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