Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!
5-digiter here and avid reader since nearly the beginning. Few comments since there are far smarter people in the forum than me. :) I have to agree with keeping the old site (to me, this is actually a new site compared to the original). The current site is cleaner, leaner, and easier.
1. Comments are king. We can get the stories anywhere.
2. See #1. More whitespace = less comments we can get to. Kill the overkill on whitespace.
3. See #1. Eye-candy = more noise-to-signal. To paraphrase James Carville, "It's the commentor's info stupid."
4. See# 1. Keep comments rankable, nestable, and filterable by rank. Don't want to see the trash.
5. To paraphrase God and/or Google "Don't be evil." Slashdot's ancestry is right there with the web itself, and the open source and Linux communities. Selling info and linking logins to FB, Twitter, etc. is an abomination.
No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service — and No Google Glass, Either
Just leave? Love the quote about Google Glass voyeurs: "already facing a preemptively hostile environment"
Some people think secretly filming people is a pre-emptively hostile act.
Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda Resigns From Slashdot
I've been a long-term reader and like everyone else, am sad to read about Rob's departure. /. was required reading early on in the .com boom days and the rise of Linux. If you weren't reading /., well, you were pretty much out of it. It's now 2011 and I'm still a loyal reader. That says alot with all the abundant distractions on the net.
Rob's biggest contribution by far is the community he and others created here. I mostly lurk given that I'm by far nowhere near the level of expert you encounter here so often, But I've learned more useful tips and been pointed in the right direction by /. commenters more times than I'd care to count.
Thanks to Rob and the entire community.
BTW, seeing your reference to John Katz made me LOL. That shared history (the good AND the bad) is an integral part of /.
What was your first programming language?
WATFIV - Check!
Punchcards - Check!
I was there too, in 1981!