Related link: Digg is Slashdot’s Death Knell
Frankly good riddance. Don’t get me wrong I was a faithful slashdot user, but digg has everything right that slashdot has had wrong.
Hidden submissions. While everyone agrees that a filter to the front page is a good idea it does leave the question of whether the stories are legitimately refused. I’m sure most are legit, but…
User moderated stories. Slashdot has a ‘flavor’. The editor’s. That’s cool. It is their site after all, but people obviously prefer their own flavor. If you don’t like digg’s flavor who’s to blame?
The biggest boon of the open backend is that you don’t have to wait to see that big story to approved by moderation if you don’t want to.
Comments. Flat threads appear to retard flamewars. You can also complete ignore some users. This was a feature if Kuro5hin originally I think.
One hole I see that will be improved, no doubt, going forward is that often there are users voting for stories liking the headline and not actually knowing enough about niche topics to tell if the story is actually worth voting for. People still like to judge a book by its cover.
All that being said I predict a big year ahead for Digg, not that that is hard to do, and tough times ahead for not just slashdot, but many editorially top-down websites.