[SATLUG] Pipedot.org

Austin Lowery loweryaustin at gmail.com
Tue Feb 11 07:35:51 CST 2014


That's cool!

I haven't ever been a slashdot regular, I've probably only been as many
times as I could count on one hand, but if you want another set of eyes for
debugging or something let me know!

Btw, the intro on your site reminds me of Linus's opening message about
Linux lol.

-Austin Lowery


On Tue, Feb 11, 2014 at 2:52 AM, Bryan Beicker <bryan at beicker.com> wrote:

> Hello everybody out there visiting slashdot.org -
> I'm doing a (free) news website (just a hobby, won't
> be big and professional like osdn) in HTML5.
> This has been brewing since October, and is starting to get
> ready.
>
> Seriously though...
>
> I love the idea of the Slashdot news website; the threaded comments and
> the user-submitted stories/moderation are truly unique among the
> various news organizations.
>
> Unfortunately, Slashdot's technical successes have not been duplicated
> on their business side. They have leapfrogged from one parent
> corporation to another for their entire existence - never really
> fitting in anywhere.
>
> Slashdot's current parent, Dice Holdings, has made it abundantly clear
> over the last few months that it wishes to "re-image" the site into yet
> another generic news aggregator. The "beta" site, that was introduced
> last October, has zero support for threading/moderation/etc... A few
> days ago, they started pushing 25% of the site's users to the new site
> and reiterated their stance that the "beta" is their new vision and
> that "classic" will soon be deprecated.
>
> I just can't idly stand by and watch the destruction of one of the best
> communities on the Internet.
>
> My *new* news website will be called "Pipedot" and be reachable at:
> http://pipedot.org/ (also http://pipedot.com/). The motto will be:
> "News for nerds, without the corporate slant." Get it? A pipe character
> looks like a slash without the slant!
>
> I'm committed to providing a free and independent resource without the
> influence of a parent corporate overlord. The site will be decidedly
> non-profit and have no advertisements, no Adobe flash, no Google
> analytics, etc...
>
> What it will keep, however, is the spirit of the original.
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