Slashdot users are extremely unhappy with the new Slashdot Beta design. The comment section of every single post is devoted to dissatisfaction with the new design. Comments such as:
My advice to the peons working on Slashdot: find another job. The veracity with which this “upgrade” is being pushed displays a stubbornness that can only be attributed to MBAs with no idea of what Slashdot is about. The fact that the commenting system is such an afterthought in the Beta is as much evidence as I need that the people pushing this redesign never use this site.
I know you don’t get to decide whether or not the Beta moves forward or which design gets used, but believe this: You WILL be blamed when it fails. You work for a corporation now and the higher ups with undoubtedly throw you under the bus when they have to explain to their bosses or shareholders why the website redesign failed. This failure is going to be associated with you and your teammates and it will set back any hopes you have of being promoted within the company. Take the advice of me and my fellow Slashdotters: Get out now.
The problem here is one of a corporation taking a community website and then systematically ignoring that community’s input. We’ve seen it with the moves into business intelligence and the hell-or-highwater drive to beta. While a community website such as Slashdot is valuable to both its users and its owners, the relationship between the company and the community is asymmetrical.
There is relatively few effective mechanisms available to the community to have its will heard, short of simply leaving and never coming back (which defeats the point). Thus, concerned users are identifying the fulcrums around which this problem is revolving and applying leverage there to attempt to restore some balance between the goals of Dice and its user base.
While I agree that we should not be hassling private citizens outside their role as an employee, we are certainly at liberty to express our views and have them listened to. We’re trying to save Slashdot’s profitibilty, and by extension their employment, by ensuring that the website remains one that is attractive to its user base.
While the designer of the website is on the clock and responsible for the design and deployment of Beta, we are obliged to try to make them see that this is a terrible decision.
and this Onion style parody of a news announcement:
One more crippling bombshell hit the already beleaguered Slashdot community when IDC confirmed that Slashdot page views has dropped yet again, now down to less than a fraction of 1 percent of all websites. Coming on the heels of a recent Netcraft survey which plainly states that Slashdot has lost more market share, this news serves to reinforce what we’ve known all along. Slashdot is collapsing in complete disarray, as fittingly exemplified by the stupid fucking beta website and the wholesale discard of user feedback.
You don’t need to be the Amazing Kreskin to predict Slashdot’s future. The hand writing is on the wall: Slashdot faces a bleak future. In fact there won’t be any future at all for Slashdot because Slashdot is dying. Things are looking very bad for Slashdot. As many of us are already aware, Slashdot continues to lose market share. Red ink flows like a river of blood.
Slashdot Beta is the most endangered of them all, having lost 93% of its core users. The sudden and unpleasant departures of long time Slashdot users Jordan Hubbard and Mike Smith only serve to underscore the point more clearly. There can no longer be any doubt: Slashdot is dying.
All major surveys show that Slashdot has steadily declined in market share. Slashdot is very sick and its long term survival prospects are very dim. If Slashdot is to survive at all it will be among S&M enthusiasts. Slashdot continues to decay. Nothing short of a miracle could save it at this point in time. For all practical purposes, Slashdot is dead.
That crippling bombshell sent Slashdot fans into a tailspin of mourning and denial. However, bad news poured in like a river of water.
And now the protests are pouring into the submissions que:
slashdot drives away people with beta
Your beta ruined the site. Congrats.
Slashdot after beta – Paywall?
Slashdot is dead
and most simply:
The thing to keep in mind about community sites devoted to user generated content is that the users generate the content.
Edit – AltSlashdot is coming.
Edit ii - Slashdot responds
Rob “CmdrTaco” Malda, the creator of Slashdot who left the site in 2011, wasn’t surprised by the outrage. “Pretty much every Slashdot change, big or small, as been met with some level of community objection,” he said in an e-mail. …
… Malda also stresses that the current comment war doesn’t necessarily reflect the opinion of everyone who frequents Slashdot. “It’s easy to forget that the vocal population of a community driven site like Slashdot might be the most important group, but they are typically also the smallest class of users.”
Those who comment may be a minority, but they are the ones who drive traffic to a site. In a community site devoted to user generated content it is the users that generate the content.