Have you been to the venerable Slashdot lately? I haven’t, and apparently I’ve missed out on a lot.
There was a time that Slashdot was the “go-to” site for somewhat intelligent conversation on geeky topics. This was back in the early days of the Internet, when men were men and wrote their own device drivers. I would start my day powering up my serial terminal connected to my Linux machine and use a text-based web browser to read it. It was great back then.
All I have to say now is.. what. the. actual fuck.
Today this is what it looks like:
I’m not kidding. This is what it looks like today. Nothing but ads on the whole screen.
Slashdot used to be “news for nerds, stuff that matters.” Today it’s “ads for nerds, nothing that matters.”
Sometimes a classic website can do worse than dying. It can become a worthless platform just because of monitization and owners who stopped giving two fucks about the community they serve. Goodbye, Slashdot. May Reddit not stab you too hard.