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Get Your 15 Years of Slashdot Shirt (For free, Depending) 146

We'll be sending a passel of shirts to the crowd-sourced parties that we hope you'll get to, and to any artists whose Slashdot logo suggestions we end up selecting. (There are nearly 30 parties planned so far, in places as far-flung as Latvia and Nigeria!) But starting today the limited edition Slashdot anniversary shirt is also available from our brethren and sistren at ThinkGeek (still, for now, serving the same corporate overlord as Slashdot). So if you can't land one of the swag ones (sorry!), you can still swathe yourself in the Slashdot livery, which isn't so different from the colors of the Vogon constructor fleet. We'll only turn 15 once, but a clever T-shirt is forever. Update: 09/21 17:12 GMT by T : If you want to come hang out with the folks who post the stories to Slashdot day-to-day, note that Unknown Lamer is hosting a party in Raleigh, NC, Soulskill and Samzenpus will both be in Ann Arbor, and timothy will be at parties (coffee shops are awesome!) in Houston and Austin.
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  • Really? Can we get some pics from there? Who on Slashdot is from Nigeria?
    • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward

      A shitload of reputation managers, judging by the recent standard of comments here.

    • by Medievalist ( 16032 ) on Friday September 21, 2012 @01:11PM (#41412829)

      Who on Slashdot is from Nigeria?

      I'm assuming it's user number 419 [slashdot.org] until proven otherwise.

      • by RatBastard ( 949 )

        419? And I thought I was an oldie!

        • by Svartalf ( 2997 )

          You are...and I thought I was one... >:-D

    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      Who on Slashdot is from Nigeria?

      Is it that nice Prince who keeps sending me checks to cash for him?

    • by hawguy ( 1600213 )

      Really? Can we get some pics from there? Who on Slashdot is from Nigeria?

      I'm amazed that there's a Slashdot party anywhere.

    • by Anonymous Coward on Friday September 21, 2012 @02:46PM (#41413929)
      Subject: Dear Respected One,

      Dear Respected One,


      Permit me to inform you of my desire of go to the slashdot party with you. I got your contact from the International web site directory. I prayed over it and selected your name among other names due to it's esteeming nature and the recommendations given to me as a reputable and trust worthy person I can party and do business with and by the recommendations I must not hesitate to confide in you for this simple and sincere business.

      I am Wumi Abdul; the only Daughter of late Mr and Mrs George Abdul. My father was a very wealthy cocoa merchant in Abidjan,the economic capital of Ivory Coast before he was poisoned to death by his business associates on one of their outing to discus on a business deal. When my mother died on the 21st October 1984, my father took me and my younger brother HASSAN special because we are motherless. Before the death of my father on 30th June 2002 in a private hospital here in Abidjan. He secretly called me on his bedside and told me that he has a sum of $12.500.000 (Twelve Million, five hundred thousand dollars) left in a suspense account in a local Bank here in Abidjan, that he used my name as his first Daughter for the next of kin in deposit of the fund.

      He also explained to me that it was because of this wealth and some huge amount of money his business associates supposed to balance his from the deal they had that he was poisoned by his business associates, that I should seek for a God fearing foreign partner in a country of my choice where I will transfer this money and use it for investment purpose, (such as real estate management). Sir, we are honourably seeking your assistance in the following ways.

      1) To hang out at the slashdot party.

      2) To provide a Bank account where this money would be transferred to.

      3) To serve as the guardian of this since I am a girl of 26 years.

      Moreover Sir, we are willing to offer you 15% of the sum as compensation for effort input after the successful transfer of this fund to your designate account overseas. please feel free to contact ,me via this email address
      Anticipating to hear from you soon
      . Thanks and God Bless.
      Best regards.
      Miss Wumi Abdul

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday September 21, 2012 @12:38PM (#41412449)

    I'd rather have a first post T-shirt.

  • Any way I can get one for free without having to be social?
    • by Anonymous Coward

      Depending on what side of the IP fence /. is sitting these days, they should post high-res versions of the designs under a Creative Commons license so anybody can print them on clothing of their own choosing (or anything else for that matter).

    • by lgw ( 121541 ) on Friday September 21, 2012 @02:59PM (#41414075) Journal

      Hmmm, the shirt seem to come in "XXXL" and "Extra-Virgin", and the store asks for the address of the buyer's mother, in case no one answers the basement door. Talk about targeted marketing! You'd think they'd also sell the shirts in-game in WoW, though ...

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday September 21, 2012 @12:41PM (#41412483)

    Please send your name, address, SSN and a donation of at least $75 to the Nigerian Party Committee (NPC). Don't worry, your information will be safe, the committee is headed by a princess who has a pile of her own money...

  • by Anonymous Coward

    The text at the bottom is lame, though.

    How about something like what the sysadmin typed on "Tron":

    cat | egrep -v "F(IR|RI)ST POST" | more

  • Why 15? (Score:5, Funny)

    by Chemisor ( 97276 ) on Friday September 21, 2012 @12:51PM (#41412581)

    What kind of a geek celebrates the 15th of anything? If you had just waited until next year, we'd have a nice round number to be excited about. But 15? Meh...

    • Why 15? (Score:4, Insightful)

      by Hartree ( 191324 ) on Friday September 21, 2012 @01:01PM (#41412691)

      They started counting with 0, of course.

      • by Chemisor ( 97276 )

        Nice try, but no cookie. A 15th birthday is celebrated 15 years after the birth day. The 0th birthday is usually called celebrating birth, which is an entirely different affair. The former celebrates survival over a period of time, the latter celebrates a beginning of existence. So my point still holds.

        • by Hartree ( 191324 )

          Birthdays are for living things. For a computer system like slashdot, think of it as filling up the first nibble.

        • by hawguy ( 1600213 )

          Nice try, but no cookie. A 15th birthday is celebrated 15 years after the birth day. The 0th birthday is usually called celebrating birth, which is an entirely different affair. The former celebrates survival over a period of time, the latter celebrates a beginning of existence. So my point still holds.

          Exactly, celebrating the 0th birthday would be like having an array index start at 0 instead of 1. No real language does that. The first element in any array always starts at 1 [obliquity.com].

        • Re:Why 15? (Score:4, Informative)

          by Aaron B Lingwood ( 1288412 ) on Friday September 21, 2012 @11:41PM (#41418591)

          Don't tell the Koreans that.

          In Korea, you are age 1 the day you are born. To complicate things further (as with Japan and many other Asian countries) you report the age you are turning in that year (the year being Lunar in Korea and Solar and Japan). So if a child is born on the last day of the year, the very next day that child is already 2.

          So if you ever ask a Korean their age, you should ask them for their 'international age' which will be 1 to 2 years lower

      • And now they have to expand the storage from a nybble to a whole byte!

    • Yeah, they should wait until next year for the nice round number.

    • by joe170 ( 154147 )

      Slashdot's Fth birthday?

    • Yup, I'm right there with you.

  • What's involved/required in hosting a party here? Do I have to pay food and drinks for a bunch of people I don't know if I want to get something going?
  • by Anonymous Coward

    SlashDot is such an outdated name. They should rename themselves to AtHash.

    • I would think that this day in age it would be more apropos to do iAtHash ... but that gives the allusion of iAssHat ... but still seemingly appropriate.
    • by Jeng ( 926980 )

      Slashdot may be an outdated name, but" /. " is rather modern looking.

  • I like shirts that don't explain themselves up front. A shirt that explains the details of the design is rather self-deprecating. You can't have a conversation about the shirt if it already tells any proximal sapiens what it's all about. It's all cool if you get one every year from some charity race to say, "I participated in 1997," but you're generally only going to wear it a few times. If you're seen at the same places with that kind of shirt too often, you're not going to strike up any conversations
  • by MyLongNickName ( 822545 ) on Friday September 21, 2012 @01:02PM (#41412709) Journal

    I've been around for about 8 years I think, probably 18 months to 2 years before I got my Slashdot account.

    Does anyone have any chart showing age of slashdot account by account ID? Something like the highest slashdot ID on Dec 31, 2001 was xxxx, highest slahdot ID on Dec 31, 2002 was yyyy? I would find that interesting.

    • by ffejie ( 779512 )
      Protect your 6 digit id!
      • by cide1 ( 126814 )
        Ok, will do......Every time I've seen this topic come up though, someone with 5 digits will show up, then 4, then 3. I had a 5 digit one in the 80,000s and when I couldn't remember the login way back when, I let it slide and re-registered. Now I wish I had tried a little harder.
        • by kingrat ( 25475 )


        • by deroby ( 568773 )

          You can still try to get it 'back', it probably never was erased.

        • by pr0t0 ( 216378 )

          Yeah same thing for me. I had a 4-digit WAY back in the day, but it was probably a one-off thing when I first signed up. I couldn't remember the login when I became a regular reader later and had to register another. I'm sure the account is still there, but I have no idea what the username even was back then. The email address I used is long gone too; probably a dial-up Earthlink account or something like that.

        • And how many times have you told young whippersnappers to "back up early ; backup often, and be back up soon?"

          Is this your own petard you are hoisting yourself upon?

    • by pridkett ( 2666 )

      I remember visiting Slashdot the day that accounts first went live in 1998. I think they went live around 8am CDT, but for some reason I didn't claim my account until around noon. Now I'm forever saddled with a shameful four digit uid. At least it contains the number of the beast. So, that first day there were at least 2665 accounts registered by about noon.

      • Does anyone in the single digits ever post anymore?
        • We of the Order of the Primary UID only wake the elders for their annual blood feast during the summer Equinox.
          During this time they are given 10 mod points and 20 minutes to make an Insightful post
          Then they are placed back into suspension.

          Now let us pray
          01100001 01101100 01101100 00100000
          01101000 01100001 01101001 01101100
          00100000 01100011 01101111 01110111
          01100010 01101111 01111001 00100000
          01101110 01100101 01100001 01101100

        • by velkro ( 11 ) on Friday September 21, 2012 @04:11PM (#41414807) Homepage
          Doubtful - the single digit users were the original cast of editors... who I haven't seen post a comment (unless it was a meta-slashdot story) for years.
      • by fliptout ( 9217 )

        I'm pretty sure accounts opened in '99 or '00, in the fallout from the Postel flamefest or something. I thought the whole account thing was going to be a fad, thus my high user id.

        • by aok ( 5389 )

          Yeah there was a lot of debate about loss of privacy when it happened. It wasn't until I realized I wasn't able to read EVERY comment on stories (those were the days) that I signed up for an account.

    • I'd love to see that. I have no idea what year I signed up. Might have been 99 or 00 but I'm not sure.

    • by Vairon ( 17314 )

      If I had to guess it would be 1998 but I'm not sure.

    • by antdude ( 79039 )

      I am older than you. I think I started going to /. in summer of 1998, but I don't remember when I signed up though. I cannot find any information on when I signed up. :(

    • by mcgrew ( 92797 ) *

      I think I first visited /. in 1997. That was the year I started my Springfield Fragfest Quake site. But when servers melted, nobody say they were fragfested. But it was pretty popular just the same, I'll never forget 1999 when my then-12 year old daughter came home from school and said "Dad, did you know you were famous?" It seems all her friends were fans of my site, and didn't believe I was her dad! She was really happy when one of the artists at EA who'd worked on her favorite game, Jazz Jackrabbit, emai

  • I must be new here.
  • the anniversary shirt is boring and doesn't catch the _essence_ of slashdot.

    I would prefer a design like this one [imageshack.us] (based on Z34107's comment [slashdot.org])

  • by randomErr ( 172078 ) <ervin.kosch@gmPARISail.com minus city> on Friday September 21, 2012 @01:09PM (#41412801) Journal
    Will there be a Geeks In Space reunion?
  • Sesquidecade is more like it. There.

  • by kdekorte ( 8768 ) on Friday September 21, 2012 @01:11PM (#41412831)
    Just sayin...
  • Where's Anonymous Coward holding a party?

  • Whoo hoo /. remembered my password after so many years, and I'm getting a t-shirt!
  • I missed the 10 year one and I'll be missing the 15-year one too. No parties in my country. There are only 2 other slashdotters from here anyways and I know one of them is no fun at parties :-P

  • Sure I moved out of Raleigh 8 years ago and now you throw a party :-(
  • the shirts should atleast mention the anonymous coward... oh well..
  • by Eil ( 82413 ) on Friday September 21, 2012 @02:15PM (#41413567) Homepage Journal

    If you ever wanted a punch a Slashdot editor in the face, here's your chance!

    • by timothy ( 36799 ) Works for Slashdot

      Hey, I've only been punched in the face a few times, and none of them was while editing Slashdot!

      Alternatively, why stop there, when there's the possibility of a full-on hubbub, or even a fracas?

      (We would love to hear complaints, though, esp. if delivered with good ideas on resolving them.)


  • There are none listed in my current state of residence. There are, however, some 10 year parties listed that aren't too far away. Maybe I'll crash one of those and reminisce about back when slashdot was a little less of a dysfunctional disaster (and had a bit less of a conservative slant on the front page).
  • You could have just written "slashdot", but instead to reflect the editorial standpoint of this site, you use a logo including a right-leaning slash.
  • Only up to XXXL?

  • My reading comprehension must have gone down today. Who gets the free T-shirts? Besides the title, I see 'swag' mentioned once. So _some_ parties have free T-shirts?

    (I was originally suspecting that those who host the parties get the free T-shirts, but I see no mention on the party pages' links.)

  • Free as in beer, or free as in gnu?

  • Does my Tshirt come with a moderation check box list on the back? Then people can check mark if I'm funny, insightful or a troll.
    • by Soulskill ( 1459 ) Works for Slashdot

      No, you see, we'll be handing out what we call "moderation pies" and...

      Actually, let me double check our cleanup budget.

  • I went to a Slashdot [slashdot.org] party and all I got was this lousy T-Shirt [thinkgeek.com]. And what's with the F on the back?
  • No party in Phoenix yet?

    Grishnakh? Time to meet up bud.


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