Is Slashdot still relevant?


Slashdot has long been the web site reporting on the cutting edge of technology and a mainstay on the tech scene. The very concept of the reader submitted story is the basis upon which Digg has been founded and the popularity of Digg proves it’s still a valid concept today. The past few months I have visited Slashdot less and less frequently because I don’t see any stories that jump out at me as containing any information I might be interested in. Slashdot’s RSS feed has been in my reader forever but I can’t remember the last time anything that has appeared there made me stop and take a deeper look. It might just be me but there seems to never be anything that floats my boat. Maybe it’s the proliferation of really good blogs, or perhaps excellent aggregator sites like memeorandum or Blogniscient that provide all the cutting edge tech news I need. It could also be excellent news sites like C/NET or eWeek that have articles that interest me more frequently. Whatever it is Slashdot doesn’t seem to interest me anymore, which is kind of sad.

Yesterday for the first time in a long time I found a Slashdot item on their RSS feed that made me take a look because I couldn’t figure out why a post about a review of the Lenovo ThinkPad x41t should be news. The ThinkPad Tablet PC has been on the market for months now and reviews of the convertible Tablet PC are a dime a dozen. Yet this made the Slashdot front page. Reading the Slashdot synopsis made it a bit clearer why it’s news big enough for Slashdot. The reviewer disses the Lenovo. Slashdot seems to like anything that disses Windows-based devices, but is this news? I don’t think so and I don’t think very many others do either.

Of course Slashdot has discussion threads about their articles but have you visited one lately? Just a bunch of name calling and arm waving, but seldom anything of substance. I definitely think it’s time to get Slashdot off my feed list.



I think every site goes thru it’s ups and downs, due to quality of news happening, quality of submissions, and availability or writers and editors. But Slashdot continues to be one of my daily favorites, and their taste matches very closely to my interests. Have succeeded with submissions, but they are very selective. A good thing and partly due to their great success both at getting readers and at getting people to submit news. I can see where they probably don’t carry as much Tablet news as many would like, but I still give Slashdot a big thumbs up!

Jon Dowland

I posted a news item about the X41 tablet as soon as it was unveiled: the first news source I could find was some regional newspaper and the coverage was scant, so it was no suprise the article wasn’t chosen for slashdot. More suprising was that no article about the X41’s announcement made slashdot.

I think some kind of collaborative story-editing approach to submissions would be sensible here, so someone could have taken my rough-around-the-edges story and added more news sources when they appeared to make it more worthy. Then at least they would have covered that event.


This same debate has been going ’round in those story comments. It has been a little stale lately, but getting better. I still find the comments much more informative than the same story on Digg. Stays in my feed.

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