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Thanks For Reading: 15 Years of News For Nerds 229

Posted by timothy
from the some-of-you-weren't-even-born dept.
Slashdot turns 15 this month! You may have noticed that we’ve swapped out the usual logo for the first of the reader-contributed designs we'll be featuring this month. (If you think you have a better idea, we'd love to see it; all artists whose designs we choose to run will get Slashdot anniversary T-shirts, and one will get a Nexus 7 tablet.) We're also happy to announce an overdue feature here on Slashdot: a blog with information from the developers and editors. We'll use it to provide updates and background information about the site's development (for instance, new features or fixed bugs, or changes in the user interface), and try to answer reader questions about the site at greater length than the FAQ. Shameless tease: today, you can read about the launch of Slashdot mobile in the inaugural post. We might use the blog to expound on story choice or to make non-critical announcements, too. You probably don't come to Slashdot generally to read about Slashdot, though, so don't worry &mdash the blog will live safely and quietly in the background until you want to read it. Since this is a new feature, we're still working out exactly how it should best be used, so feel free to make suggestions below on what you'd like to see. Between now and the end of October, look for a passel of other treats, too, starting with an interview with Woz later today. We hope you'll get together with other readers at one of the many parties planned for later this month, also. Slashdot exists for and because of everyone who reads the site; thank you for being part of it.
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Thanks For Reading: 15 Years of News For Nerds

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  • Congratulations (Score:5, Insightful)

    by frank_carmody (1551463) <> on Monday October 01, 2012 @07:28AM (#41511701)

    To everyone involved, on both sides of the fence!

    The new logo is really great BTW.

  • Haha (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Life2Death (801594) on Monday October 01, 2012 @07:29AM (#41511711)

    The title gives the impress "thanks for reading, we're shutting down /. kthxbi"

    as always, tl;dr

  • Thanks (Score:5, Insightful)

    by AmiMoJo (196126) <(mojo) (at) (> on Monday October 01, 2012 @07:31AM (#41511719) Homepage

    Thank you Slashdot. You created one of the greatest communities on the internet. Yeah, it is a community, despite the fact that we mostly argue with each other all the time :-) No other site comes close to being as insightful and interesting, and occasionally hilarious.

    I'm sure there will be lots of "Slashdot is dying" posts, but I think it is more of an inevitable change. Long gone as the Emacs vs. vi holy wars, to be replaced with the Android vs. iOS wars. How long ago the late 90s seem now.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 01, 2012 @07:41AM (#41511759)

    and five years of news for burned out web admins.

  • Re:Haha (Score:5, Insightful)

    by AmiMoJo (196126) <(mojo) (at) (> on Monday October 01, 2012 @07:59AM (#41511857) Homepage

    Not RTFA is one of Slashdot's greatest traditions.

  • by Spectrumanalyzer (2733849) on Monday October 01, 2012 @08:06AM (#41511897)

    Thank you for bringing me a community with people that are more than willing to give me sleepless nights.
    Thank you for giving me a reason to surf on the job, just to check if that rat bastard Anonymous Coward has brought insult to my name, once more.
    Thank you for bringing us a site that is immediately quoted on a bazillion dupe wannabee sites once it gets slashdotted.
    Thank you for reminding me that I am a geek, no matter where I work, whom I work for - ultimatively Im really your bitch and nobody else.
    Thank you for occasionally making me a moderator and handing me anything between 5 to 15 moderator points just to take it away from me a few days later, just to tell me that every geek is created equal.
    Thank you for posting subjects making it possible to discuss no one else but us geeks would ever dream of discussing.

    And ultimatively...

    Thank you for being the one and only site out there, reminding us all of - that we have no life, really - we dont! ;)

  • by Zarhan (415465) on Monday October 01, 2012 @08:35AM (#41512079)

    You know, like implementing things like IPv6 and UTF-8 support.

  • by concealment (2447304) on Monday October 01, 2012 @10:00AM (#41512773) Homepage Journal

    Having had legitimate posts downvoted to "Flamebait" for offending community pretense, I'm not going to pretend Slashdot is a Utopia. People are still people, and people are still stupid, even when they're smart. On the internet, this all gets turned up to 11.

    However, Slashdot is a better example of what the net can be than "social networking" like Facebook, Myspace, Digg, Fark, Reddit, etc. These sites are clustered around the idea of people socializing through the internet. As a nerd, I think that's foolish. You socialize around being a person who likes to be with other people, and you find people who you respect.

    A lot has changed in the past 15 years. UNIX is now mainstream, running on thousands of devices. Even more, computer technology and networking are now mainstream, with ordinary people navigating wi-fi hotspots and even writing code for their phones. What once was special and unique is no longer so removed from the experience of normal people.

    I miss CmdrTaco and his guidance, but think the team is doing a good job. That's fortunate, as they have quite a task ahead of them: remaining focused on what it is they do well in a world that has surged past their original mission, and now needs new types of guidance with new uses of technology.

An optimist believes we live in the best world possible; a pessimist fears this is true.