I like to read Slashdot. It’s one of my top two websites.
For the uninitiated, slashdot.org (no www necessary – thanks) is where geeks go for geeky news. If someone has built a monorail in their backyard, perfected stovetop fusion, or said anything good about Linux (or bad about Microsoft), it can be found on Slashdot – “News for Nerds. Stuff that matters.”
There are no Slashdot reporters. This is a site that aggregates from other sites, much as Matt Drudge does. Everything that’s posted is submitted by one of the zillions of readers.
Because of the site’s dedicated readers, smaller sites that get mentioned get overloaded with the aptly named “Slashdot effect.” It is funny to see an interesting post and then note comments, only moments later, proclaiming the linked site as unreachable!
I like reading Slashdot, and I like submitting articles. It’s good to help steer the nerd news agenda.. It’s also a good way to get this website a little free publicity, as they list the URL or email address of those who submit stories.
I’m sure my Slashdot posts had something to do with my rise in the Google rankings. Slashdot is a 9 or 10 in Google’s page rankings. So being mentioned there is very important.
If you’re interested in what interests me, here’s my list of Slashdot submissions – some accepted, some rejected. You’ll notice there’s one pending, a story about burning audio CD’s at concerts.
2004-05-03 17:02:03 Take Home The Concert on CD (articles,media) (pending)
2004-04-28 18:00:25 Sweet News for Open Office Suite (articles,software) (rejected)
2004-04-28 07:34:19 Outsourcing Doesn’t Always Pay (articles,tech) (rejected)
2004-04-25 18:03:14 Linux/Unix computers hacking target (articles,linux) (rejected)
2004-04-06 00:44:51 My personal Linux frustration (askslashdot,linux)(rejected)
2004-03-01 05:06:14 Fighting Piracy is Bad for Business – Honest! (articles,media) (rejected)
2004-02-23 03:38:55 How Geeks REALLY Use High School Gyms! (articles,tech) (rejected)
2004-02-15 02:15:35 I’m Watching Those Who Watch Me (articles,internet) (rejected)
2004-02-08 22:39:48 Microsoft search (askslashdot,microsoft) (rejected)
2004-01-19 23:08:31 Commercials come to the net (after this word) (articles,media) (accepted)
2003-12-06 23:09:58 Perfect Weather on the Net (science,science) (accepted)
2003-11-23 20:27:55 Synthesized Singers (articles,music) (accepted)
2003-11-19 22:37:35 Bill Gates and the Nightclub Video (articles,windows) (rejected)
2003-11-03 01:58:19 Is this the future of TV? (developers,tv) (rejected)
2003-10-29 08:10:39 Fire photos – amateurs as the new chroniclers (articles,media) (rejected)
2003-10-24 07:17:56 Here Comes the Sun(spots) – they’re huge (radio,science) (rejected)
2003-10-24 04:37:54 AOL tweaking users computers… and not telling (articles,spam) (accepted)
2003-10-02 06:41:07 Experience one hour in only thirty minutes (articles,games) (accepted)
2003-09-25 03:12:13 Do geeks really need planes to fly? (articles,hardware) (rejected)
2003-08-20 18:38:39 If you know… how can you stop it? (askslashdot,tech) (rejected)
Blogger’s note: McD points out, all my accepted Slashdot submissions can actually be seen in context by clicking here.