In the era of Web 2.0, it appears that Slashdot has “Jumped The Shark”. The question now, is when did this happen? I remember in the early 2000’s, Slashdot was THE geek website, but something has changed and it appears they have lost the magic. I decided, today, to take them off of my RSS Reader, as I find their stories trite, boring and dare I say, irrelevant to IT?
So the questions of the day are:
When was the exact day, and, what was the exact story, that caused Slashdot to jump the shark?
Who did you replace Slashdot with in your RSS reader?
What is your best bet to the cause of their demise?
UPDATED SPECIFIC REASONS FOR TAKING SLASHDOT OFF OF MY RSS FEED:
Why I think Slashdot has Jumped The Shark?
Please note, comments are now closed as I can’t respond to them all.
Due to an overwhelming response by a fanatical few, I have decided to post in detail, why I no longer find Slashdot interesting, or relevant, and why I have decided to take them off my RSS feed. This is just my opinion, and I am sure each and ever person that uses RSS at some point has made the same decision about another website. If you get angry easily you might not want to read the rest of this post:
1. I am 32, and I have outgrown any interest in the usual stories that appear on Slashdot. A specific example is this story, about a “Coup” attempt in an Apple Underground User Group. I have absolutely zero interesting in ever reading something like this for the rest of my life.
I felt violated reading something that stupid today, and I will admit it may be because of my age, and due to the fact that I now have a wife, a kid, and a life.
2. I never really participated in the community much, I only read stories, and as I mentioned the stories are getting very bad.
3. I am bored of the terms, “Troll”, “Trolling”, and “Dvork”, they make my skin crawl just like it would make my skin crawl to hear someone use the terms, “Your playa hatin”, or “Give me the bling, bling”, or “Far out man”. These terms are so commonly used on Slashdot that it is impossible to avoid them and the only possible alternative is to never read anything on Slashdot.
4. Slashdot played an interesting role in the early 2000’s, as it was a human funneled aggregator for news stories. As technology has progressed, a different model of story submission has started to thrive and it does not require a select group of humans to filter which stories are good and which stories are not good. I believe the model that Digg, Reddit, and DZone use are far superior to the method of story submission and approval that Slashdot uses.
I feel that the method that Slashdot uses is a dying art, and the very poor quality of stories suggests that the human element responsible for editorial content is either very young, or not very good.
5. RSS Readers have changed the way people read technology and other news, and it has caused people to stop having a “home page” anymore. People now have the ability to create their own custom filters and get their own news in anyway they see fit. The role of Slashdot as the only aggregator for IT news has ended. Given a choice, I would much rather use RSS than the editorial process at Slashdot to get news stories.
6. As evidenced by the responses today, it is quite impossible to have a discussion with some outspoken members of the Slashdot community. It would take a large amount of patience, time and energy that I, frankly, am not willing to part with, to discuss why I am “liar, hypocrite, troll, etc”. It is just not interesting to me, and even if it was I would probably need to quit my job just to respond full time to the complaints.
If you feel the urge to yell at me, please remember this is just my opinion and I am very sure other people feel very differently. I do not have the time to discuss the matter anymore due to work and personal obligations, but thank you to the people that did respond. I did learn one very important lesson today though, some opinions are probably best left unsaid, as the effort required to explain it is not worth the cost of expressing it.
In summary, I do feel Slashdot has “Jumped The Shark”, I won’t read Slashdot anymore, and I am sorry I brought it up.