Ask Slashdot: What Software Can You Not Live Without?
Locate32 is much faster than Agent Ransack
What "news for nerds" sites should I use?
There are a number of options.soylentnews has been mentioned, pipedot is coming along. There are a lot of ex -slashdotter on the comp.misc newsgroup. squte (my own site) provides a slashdot-like interface to newsgroups. There is also technocrat.org - but that seems dead so far.
Chrome 33 Nixes Option To Fall Back To Old 'New Tab' Page
So basically a successful company forced a new UI on their audience, ignoring a mountain of negative feedback, without really understanding the community?
Stack Overflow Could Explain Toyota Vehicles' Unintended Acceleration
Check out this video where someone demonstrates putting both brakes and throttle to the floor at the same time, and yes, it does stop.
It stops even faster with 'brake assist', which automatically cuts the throttle when the brakes are on.
Community-sourced news site, soylentnews.org, goes live
There are other alternatives to Slashdot:
The comp.misc newsgroup
s'qute news groups moderated using a karma system similar to Slashdots
Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!
Creating a new site wouldn't solve the basic problem.
The issue is common with sites built with user content.
Typically the TOS of the site say it can do whatever it wants with the content, and the site owners have an incentive to add as much advertising & costs as possible.
Users can vote with their feet and leave, but there is an element of 'lock-in' because of the user's profile, rep and history on the site.
The longer the site goes on and the more content there is, the bigger the lock-in and so the more the owners can squeeze the user-base.
This makes it inevitable that the site will add more and more burdens on users over time, till a new site comes along that is - at first - friendlier to users. It happened to experts-exchange (replaced with stackoverflow), to Geocities, and now it's happening to Slashdot.
Adding a new site with a new owner would just defer the problem, because the same forces would apply no matter how altruistic the initial owner.
What's needed is an open platform that isn't owned by one site. this is what I've proposed with the Communion network.
This allows many sites to share a discussion, if a user doesn't like what one site does, they can go to another one and continue posting in the same thread with the same ID, the same reputation etc.
In order to join the network, a site has to accept the licence that stops them putting content behind a paywall or otherwise locking it in.
Communion has a user-moderation system similar to slashdot's (although different).