[SATLUG] Pipedot.org

Borries Demeler demeler at biochem.uthscsa.edu
Tue Feb 11 08:15:19 CST 2014

It's bookmarked - can you send us a reminder when it is ready for prime time?
On Tue, Feb 11, 2014 at 02:52:09AM -0600, Bryan Beicker 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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