Rob Malda

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former editor-in-chief of the website Slashdot

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CmdrTaco1190 karma

First Post.

CmdrTaco305 karma

Thanks to you, from the user with account #1!

CmdrTaco289 karma

So did I :)

CmdrTaco249 karma

I always felt our role was to be the most curated. To try to be consistent. We might be a few hours behind reddit, but you can read 10 Slashdot stories at a certain quality level, where reddit or digg you would read 100-200 items in the same timeframe... but the quality bare would fluctuate wildly.

Basically, consistency over speed. Which is frankly a fair consideration.

CmdrTaco243 karma

Fun Trivia: Anonymous Coward is actually user #666!

CmdrTaco233 karma

'First Post' was actually really irritating to me, because there would be a dozen or more of them on many articles. This made the REAL discussion a significant hunk of scroll away to read.

A number of users wrote bots designed to get the First Post, which created a lot of unnecessary load on our servers in an era when we were pretty starved for resources.

We solved that for a few years by writing a script that posted an automatic 'First Post' to stories before readers actually saw it. And then a few minutes later, we would remove the robot created post.

This worked for awhile, but then readers started noticing comments were disappearing, and the system was explicitly designed to never delete a comment... but by then the 'First Post' game had died down, and the moderation system became highly effective at sending them down to Score:-1 almost immediately.

CmdrTaco221 karma

vim.

CmdrTaco199 karma

I stand by the fact that the original iPod sucked. Then they fixed it.

CmdrTaco197 karma

The day I proposed to my wife on the front page.

CmdrTaco181 karma

User #1 here... thanks for clicking on banner ads!