Re: META: move from mailing lists to slashcode-based site?

From: Dossy (
Date: Sun Dec 30 2001 - 14:42:38 MST

On 2001.12.30, Eugene Leitl <> wrote:
> On Sat, 29 Dec 2001, Dossy wrote:
> > I've set up a slashsite, and it's really not hard at all, and I'd
> > volunteer to do it if nobody else wants to.
> What would that site do that is not already done by Slashdot?

Slashdot is too general, too much signal (and corresponding noise,
obviously). An extrodot would have a more specific focus.

> Or what does?

It's not obvious as to what's new, or how to contribute.
It takes considerable effort to go through the various
categories to check what new material is available, and
the only place where it's obvious you can contribute (in
response to a posted article) is done horribly. Threaded
and in last-in-last-out (sorted by datestamp in ascending
order, newest at the bottom) -- yikes.

Additionally, the annoying pop-up and excessive use of gratuitous
Flash are so intrusive that they detract from the site's appeal,
at least to me.

> How are you going to get people to contribute magnet content, to get
> other people to contribute, making it a sustainable process?

Fame and glory. Chicks and beer. Brute force and ignorance.

Beats me. If people don't contribute, well, they won't. If
they'll contribute content at all, then we can just scrape it
from wherever it's being contributed until people contribute
directly. If nobody's contributing fresh content ANYWHERE,
then no approach is going to work.

> We've tried this, and it just fizzled.

Lets try to self-improve and learn from our mistakes. What
do you feel were contributing factors to the failure of the
attempt? What do you think could be done differently that
would increase our chances of success?

-- Dossy

Dossy Shiobara                       mail: 
Panoptic Computer Network             web: 
  "He realized the fastest way to change is to laugh at your own
    folly -- then you can let go and quickly move on." (p. 70)

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