[free-sklyarov] Someone wnt to respond...
byoungvt at yahoo.com
Wed Aug 8 11:46:53 PDT 2001
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Slashdot *the* technical hangout?
by: sigh_more_trolls (31/M)
08/08/01 11:11 am
Msg: 17223 of 17229
I disagree strongly with your statement that
Slashdot is "the hangout for *the* tech crowd".
Slashdot is more the hangout for a *certain
self-selected segment* of the tech crowd -- plus a
fair number of tech-crowd wannabees.
For every fanatical Slashdot reader, I know just as
many creative, intelligent, highly technical people
who laugh at what they read there. For any
given topic, you've got a healthy display of
irrational technical bigotry, unfounded speculation
and inaccurate rumors (and multiple levels of people
taking those rumors/speculation as if they were the
gospel truth and adding on their own nugget of wisdom;
a real-world game of telephone!), and
script kiddies repeating the opinion du jour they
read somewhere upthread, hoping that properly mouthing
the lingo will show that they deserve to
be part of the 3L33T HAX0R crowd, too. This is not
to deny that there aren't occasionally interesting,
useful, or thoughful things posted on
Slashdot. But on the whole, it's the "cool table"
for people who never got to sit at the "cool table" in
It's the groupthink of the Slashdot crowd that
annoys me most of all: the supreme arrogance that
THEIR way is the ONE TRUE way, that any
right-thinking person will instantly see the truth
and justice and innate righteousness of their
arguments. (Everyone on Slashdot agrees with me
-- and if you don't, you must not be enough of a
hardcore techie!) "The tech crowd" doesn't think as
one united bloc: plenty of us don't see every
problem waiting to be solved as a Linux-shaped hole,
don't find Eric S. Raymond to be a particularly
eloquent or convincing spokesman for
anything, don't think "User Friendly" is the
greatest comic strip ever -- and don't take great
stock in the things we find on Slashdot.
Posted as a reply to: Msg 17216 by byoungvt
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