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 Too Early for Some First Impressions

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Aug 01, 2001
I have decided that for better or worse, /. is still the best forum... so far...

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Further Adventures in First Impressions
That's what I think, anyway. All these slashcode sites... how many are there, can anybody name them all? Anybody? Hands? All these /code sites, and others as well, suffer from a lack of contributors that add credibility to the site. Plastic was a good go at it, but I realized that there are just so many useless opinions and snippets of garbage to wade through that it isn't worth my time to separate the wheat from the chaff.

Then there's k5. Nice, long, thought-out articles that sometimes can be very informative, but who has time to actually read all that stuff? I put k5 in second.

Then there's It was a good idea, but it seems that - and this is something a lot of these sites suffer from - there is a group of people who identify themselves as an elite faction within the site who pat each other on the back and act as if they know each other and mod each other up a lot. Only problem is, they have bought into such a deep and abiding groupthink mentality about themselves that they are afraid to reply to a foreign post unless another member of the group signals its okay to, by replying themselves. At least that's how it looks to me, Andy Rooney...

Did you ever notice that a site can be taken over by a bunch of guys who all live in the same town, or go to the same school, or belong to the same SC clan? I have. In fact, that's the problem with They admit it, too, calling themselves the 17-19 year old males from Florida. They even have an acronym for it. You guessed it: 17-19yomffg. Sounds almost sacreligious, don't you think?

Here's an interesting site: as this is my second day here, I think I'll reserve judgement, but I am not so sure that all these articles are necessarily truthful.

Why would somebody want to tell a long story that was a lie, though? I would think that people have enough to do without making up stuff. But that's just me, Andy Rooney...

So, when all is said and done, I think I prefer good ol' Slashdot. You can get good information from there, and if somebody does mislead or lie, why there's always five or six people to catch them on it almost immediately. And that's what I like about it: it's full of people. Of course, that's a good reason to avoid it altogether. It, too, has a lot to slog through before you get to any real meat. But - and here is a bonus as far as I am concerned - you don't have to moderate. To a guy with a 56k modem and not a whole lot of RAM to throw around, that's an attractive feature.

If only I could find a site that would make me rich, better looking, or less goddamned boring, I think I would stay there until I lost my job, my health and hygeine, and my mind. Yeah, that would be the site for me, Al Franken, um, I mean Andy Rooney....


k5 and adequacy don't use slashcode (none / 0) (#1)
by Anonymous Reader on Wed Aug 1st, 2001 at 09:53:45 PM PST
They use scoop, which is far superior to slashcode.

What can we do to keep you? (none / 0) (#2)
by zikzak on Wed Aug 1st, 2001 at 10:36:16 PM PST
We have a very caring staff here at Adequacy, and our goal is 100%, total reader satisfaction! Your commentary about why slashdot is a better web site is being taken very seriously by our editorial steering committee, and currently on the table are several possible solutions that I think you will be very happy with.

Perhaps, though, you could be little more forthcoming in which ways we may better emualate other people in order to provide you, our dearest reader, with technology news in a format that is conducive to cursory skimming by someone with a short attention span. I think for starters it would probably be helpful if we actually began to carry technology news. How our addle-brained research group failed to see the popularity of computer-related information is clearly beyond me. I assure you that this dire situation shall be corrected forthwith because without you, our loyal readers, this web site would only serve to amuse the staff.

I have many great ideas for implementing a method of news encapsulation so that the basic gist of any article can be digested in less than 30 seconds, also. I would explain them to you, but I can already sense that your attention is waning. Perhaps next time.

There are other sites for the AHDD sufferers (none / 0) (#3)
by Anonymous Reader on Thu Aug 2nd, 2001 at 08:12:45 AM PST
If you have a 30 second attention span, you might be more comfortable reading Their editors cater for those with extremely short attention spans.

Adequacy seems to require a more thoughtful approach. But you don't have to read everything on the site. You could try picking one article, from looking at the headlines, and concentrate on that.


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