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Slashdot Subscribers Now See The Future 1018

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the well-isn't-that-special dept.
We're pleased to announce the newest reason for you to subscribe to Slashdot. Besides the ability to suppress banner ads, limit journal postings to friends, and a few plums, Subscribers now see stories posted on Slashdot from The Mysterious Future! These stories are recognizable by the red title bar, and the lack of a time stamp. Subscribers will be able to beat the rush and read the links before everyone else. You can hit the link below and I'll explain exactly what this means. If this appeals to you, you could read the subscriber FAQ or just go subscribe.
First off, this feature doesn't change anything for non-subscribers. All Slashdot stories are put into the story queue before you see them. The time stamps on these stories vary tremendously. Sometimes the story is posted days in advance (like, say, a Book Review or an Ask Slashdot where time isn't critical and we post a set number a week) Other stories are "Breaking News" and are posted just seconds before they go live. But most stories are posted 20-30 minutes before they go live. This time window gives other authors a chance to take a look at them. To fix spelling, to check for dupes (HAH!) or even to reject the story outright!

So while subscribers won't see news posted at the last minute before everyone else, most of our stories will be available to them 10-20 minutes before everyone else. This means they can click through and beat the Slashdot Effect.

Another possible feature addition that we're discussing is to allow subscribers to post during this window. We haven't decided if that's a good idea or not. Since subscribers are still subject to all the same restrictions as anyone else in the forums, they could still be moderated into oblivion if they were jerks about it so it's probably not subject to all that much abuse, but this is still something we're only considering. Feel free to discuss it in this forum, or to contact me with opinions.

A couple of notes here:

  • Subscribers have a variable on their subscriptions preference page that tells us how many banner ads they wish to "Spend" per day. This number must be at least 10 for you to be eligible to see the Mysterious Future plum. This means that your $5 subscription will last 100 days- or, $15-20 a year.
  • You also need to hit the checkbox to disable ads on the Index. Once you hit your Max Pages for the day, you will see ads again, but you will also be eligible for the plum.
  • These notes will be clarified on both the subscriptions page and in the FAQ very soon. Your feedback will help us decide how best to explain this since it's not exactly black & white here. Give us a couple weeks and it should all be blazingly obvious from the documentation how everything works.

In closing, this is a new feature and we appreciate all your feedback, both good and bad. We decided to implement this after tons of feedback from you, and we're really excited about it. This is a really great incentive for users to subscribe, but it also can give subscribers a chance to alert us in advance if stories have mistakes in them. We'll likely be expanding this sort of functionality in the future.

Now please go subscribe and help support Slashdot!

Update To clarify the timing. Right now the mysterious future is set to 20 minutes. That number is not a promise tho, since a story posted 11 minutes before "Air time" would be seen slighter later. A story posted 30 minutes in advance will be visible 20 minutes early.

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Slashdot Subscribers Now See The Future

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  • Hah! First! (Score:5, Funny)

    by sulli (195030) on Thursday March 06, 2003 @12:31PM (#5449386) Journal
    Is that a Subscriber Benefit too?
  • But... (Score:5, Funny)

    by Rudy Rodarte (597418) on Thursday March 06, 2003 @12:32PM (#5449400) Homepage Journal
    doesnt /. want to be free??
    ;)
  • /. effect? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Lothar+0 (444996) on Thursday March 06, 2003 @12:33PM (#5449407) Homepage
    Will this now result in a pre-/. effect? Maybe the subscribers will be nice enough to mirror /.-ed sites on their own sites before the rush, but I'm not holding my breath.
  • WOW! (Score:5, Funny)

    by gpinzone (531794) on Thursday March 06, 2003 @12:33PM (#5449408) Homepage Journal
    No only do you stop getting ads that even the most brain dead ad-blocker could have gotten rid of for free, you also get to be Taco's personal dupe checker! I can't wait to send my money in!
  • by Bingo Foo (179380) on Thursday March 06, 2003 @12:33PM (#5449411)
    I can see it now...
  • by indros13 (531405) on Thursday March 06, 2003 @12:33PM (#5449414) Homepage Journal
    Great! Now I can see dupes before they are posted!

  • Well... (Score:5, Funny)

    by 1010011010 (53039) on Thursday March 06, 2003 @12:33PM (#5449415) Homepage
    It will at least get the trolls to subscribe, so they can keep trying to get First Post!
  • by agrounds (227704) on Thursday March 06, 2003 @12:34PM (#5449421)
    So, since I'm a subscriber, am I actually typing this in the future as well since the title bar is green? It's really red, but I am seeing it green, thus I must be operating in the future! Jeez, and I though Babylon 5 was confusing!
  • by mhesseltine (541806) on Thursday March 06, 2003 @12:34PM (#5449425) Homepage Journal

    By that I mean, will readers be able to make suggestions, corrections, etc. to the stories? Or, once submitted, the story is "set in stone" and won't be updated?

    Also, will someone begin "karma whoring" and mirroring pages and posting links to the mirrors?

    • by CmdrTaco (1) <malda@slashdo t . o rg> on Thursday March 06, 2003 @12:57PM (#5449753) Homepage Journal
      Users can always make suggestions to stories by emailing the author. We do hope that subscribers will be likely to alert us to typos and stuff. No story on Slashdot is really ever set in stone. But I would consider a story from the mysterious future to be totally plastic- I will be editing and updating stories during that window without spelling out changes or putting in little "Update" comments. We've always used the last few minutes before a story goes live to make updates and corrections. This won't change, but users will be able to alert us to issues before it goes public.
  • Old news... (Score:5, Funny)

    by ZenHarbinger (541888) on Thursday March 06, 2003 @12:34PM (#5449427)
    I knew about this yesterday.
  • Hmmmm (Score:5, Insightful)

    by ZaMoose (24734) on Thursday March 06, 2003 @12:35PM (#5449437)
    Didn't TotalFark already go this route? What's next, Slashdot Photoshop contests? *grin*
    • Re:Hmmmm (Score:5, Funny)

      by i.r.id10t (595143) on Thursday March 06, 2003 @12:41PM (#5449540)
      No, but we will be able to rate b00bies at +5, Interesting.
    • Re:Hmmmm (Score:5, Insightful)

      by sweetooth (21075) on Thursday March 06, 2003 @12:46PM (#5449604) Homepage
      Farks a touch differant in that a lot of the total fark news items never make it to the front page at all. So you are paying more to see the list of ALL of the submitted stories and not just what's being published before it goes live. Also with Total Fark you could get a head start on the photoshop contests.
      • by pgrote (68235) on Thursday March 06, 2003 @01:24PM (#5450041) Homepage
        I am a Total Fark susbcriber and the only reason I did it was to get access to EVERYTHING that was submitted.

        The enjoyment in using Fark comes from the ability to see what other people think is unique and newsworthy.

        Slashdot is a great clearinghouse not only for technical news, but of technical thought as well. How many times have articles been submitted that the editors don't think are relevent to their vision, but that I'll get value from?

        Isn't that what Slashdot should be selling? Access to the stuff other people consider important?

        When I read Taco's explanation about the early preview the only thing it does is:

        1) Offer the community the ability to check dupes.
        2) Offer a headstart on crushing a site.

        If a site is going to get slashdotted what is the big deal if it's slashdotted by the first 100 or the last 100? It's still going to be slashdotted.

        If anyone from the Slashdot editor team is listening ... why not open up the whole queue for people to read? No comments, but at least let us check out what other people think is important and relevent.

        Right now your model is focused on avoiding ads. Why? Focus on the CONTENT and you'll do much much better.
    • Re:Hmmmm (Score:5, Funny)

      by weave (48069) on Thursday March 06, 2003 @12:48PM (#5449636) Journal
      Think of the possibilities for a boobies topic icon, given that slashdot's topic icons are like 70x70 instead of the 70x27 on fark.

      Think of it, http://boobies.slashdot.org/

  • Awesome (Score:5, Insightful)

    by RedWolves2 (84305) on Thursday March 06, 2003 @12:36PM (#5449451) Homepage Journal
    But..
    Another possible feature addition that we're discussing is to allow subscribers to post during this window. We haven't decided if that's a good idea or not. Since subscribers are still subject to all the same restrictions as anyone else in the forums, they could still be moderated into oblivion if they were jerks about it so it's probably not subject to all that much abuse, but this is still something we're only considering. Feel free to discuss it in this forum, or to contact me with opinions.

    I don't think that is a good idea. I think the fact that users can read ahead of time and then they can prepare their posts. This might make better prepared comments.
  • well golly (Score:5, Informative)

    by JeanBaptiste (537955) on Thursday March 06, 2003 @12:36PM (#5449463)
    Thats a pretty good idea. I would still think the /. effect would be better suppressed if slashdot would mirror stories, especially if its running off of somebody's mother's DSL connection.

    Still, this offering may finally make me a subscriber. And I do like the idea of a subscriber getting to post first. The types of people that would subscribe are probably not the same ones that post the goatse.cx links and such. I'd even go so far as to maybe allow a subscriber another +1 bonus to karma, or maybe allow a subscriber a higher karma cap, or even let a subscribers post get modded to +6... but what do I know...
  • paying for what ??? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by mirko (198274) on Thursday March 06, 2003 @12:38PM (#5449489) Journal
    1. So subscribers will pay to let you batch your weekly job ?
    2. they will only be able to warn you about dupes before the slashdot crowd

    ergo: they pay you to help you doing your job ?

    (just a question : not a flamebait)
  • But... (Score:4, Funny)

    by fuchsiawonder (574579) on Thursday March 06, 2003 @12:38PM (#5449495)
    I already see all of Slashdots news in the future!

    ...Wait...never mind. My system clock is running slow.
  • by ThinWhiteDuke (464916) on Thursday March 06, 2003 @12:38PM (#5449503)
    OSDN outsources slashdot editing to its subscribers base. These happy few will have the privilege of beta testing dupes, broken links and poor spelling and grammar. They will also be the sole beneficiaries of the prestigious first post award as well as the (somewhat less prestigious) AYBABTU, ISR and Beowulf Cluster awards.

    Must find my credit card, quick!
  • by malachid69 (306291) on Thursday March 06, 2003 @12:39PM (#5449506) Homepage
    After reading the article, I was prepared to just close the link since I have no interest in paying to visit ANY site. Hell, at least I registered with /., I still won't do that for the NYTimes articles that keep getting posted -- I just ignore every single one.

    And pay to PARTIALLY disable banners? Very lame. I never see them anyways, since I have gotten so accustomed to ignoring them... It's amazing at how trained you can get at ignoring pretty much all graphics on all sites.

    But, to top it off, I read ALL of the comments to this article so far. Not a single good one -- doesn't that hint at something?

    Malachi
  • by hackstraw (262471) on Thursday March 06, 2003 @12:39PM (#5449512)
    I've noticed that the shere volume of stories in the past few months has increased, yet the quality of them is kinda variable. ask slashdot hovers around unbearable, but is sometimes good.

    Why can't subscribers get a chance to mod stories during this "preview" time, and possibly even keep silly stories and dups from getting posted to the "real" slashdot.
  • by DavidpFitz (136265) on Thursday March 06, 2003 @12:39PM (#5449515) Homepage Journal
    Another possible feature addition that we're discussing is to allow subscribers to post during this window.
    But this would mean 2 things:

    (1) If a story gets pulled, lots of comments could already be posted. This would be pretty annoying if you had spent some time posting.
    (2) Moderation is biased torwards early posters, and as such it would provide a disincentive for non-subscribers to post, thereby reducing the amount of discussion. This could be a good thing, since subscribers (hopefully!) provide more worthwhile reading.

    • by CmdrTaco (1) <malda@slashdo t . o rg> on Thursday March 06, 2003 @12:49PM (#5449650) Homepage Journal
      (1) This is a big issue and one that we would need to consider. I guess what it would probably mean is that you post to future-dated stories at your own risk. You're seeing Slashdot behind the scenes, you should expect some dust.

      (2)Moderation is already based towards early posters. But since subscribers will likely only represent a small percentage of all posting, I can't imagine more than a few dozen comments making it inside this window. And right now, the first couple dozen posts are almost always disposable anyway.

      We already know pretty reliable that subscribers are statistically better moderators. (we've done a bunch of internal reports, and basically according to M2 results, they are several percent more "Fair" then the population as a whole. I don't think we've ever done any reporting to see if subscribers are better posters. I'm guessing they would be less likely to crapflood, but beyond that, I really would only be speculating.

  • Ummm... (Score:5, Funny)

    by Tal Cohen (4834) <.gro.2murof. .ta. .lat.> on Thursday March 06, 2003 @12:41PM (#5449539) Homepage
    Isn't red/green the most common form of color blindness?
  • by binaryDigit (557647) on Thursday March 06, 2003 @12:41PM (#5449541)
    I'm a bit ambivilent about the early posting idea, since having an early post is directly related to the number of people likely to see your post, that "privilege" suddenly becomes a paid one. So people who might actually have something worthwhile to contribute suddenly have to become paying members.

    But anyway, that is not the point of this post. I just wanted to say that if they do allow early posters, that they should NOT allow these early posts to be anonymous. This should help keep the quality of the early posts up. Maybe even have another modifier that increases any negative moderation by 1, again to try make the privilage of early posting a true privilage and keep abuse down.
  • by Champaign (307086) on Thursday March 06, 2003 @12:42PM (#5449552) Homepage Journal
    Is the fact that if subscribers post first, their postings will always be read first. If their postings are read first (or potentially the only comments read as I often get bored when reading tons of comments and stop half-way through), they will be moderated first. Assuming positive moderation, they will get the mod points and higher karma.

    In a round-about way this is a bit like selling karma (something I think you've avoided).

    Good show! Could I purchase 1.25 kg of enlightment please?

  • by FearUncertaintyDoubt (578295) on Thursday March 06, 2003 @12:43PM (#5449562)
    Gee, I'm sure all the web sites that are suddenly and violently knocked off the web will be happy to know that slashdot is doing this for their subscribers. This seems a little like saying, well, my movie theater is quite flammable, so if you pay me $5 more, I'll make sure to seat you by an exit so you can get out before everyone else dies. It doesn't change the core problem, i.e., that slashdot is posting stories where they know from the outset that the effect is going to be a massive web server smackdown, and providing neither a mirror or a warning to anyone that this is about to happen.

    Perhaps now there will be a little bit of warning. When you start seeing the first referrals from slashdot on your web server, those are the subscribers -- the advance guard before the real assault.

  • if you pay more, you get more

    unfortunate, but true

    for healthcare, for the legal system, for media/ information

    equality is an illusion

    true in life, true in not-real-life internet communities

    sad but true
  • by fmaxwell (249001) on Thursday March 06, 2003 @12:47PM (#5449614) Homepage Journal
    This means they can click through and beat the Slashdot Effect.

    Something is wrong when a subscription incentive is to see a site before Slashdot launches a distributed denial of service attack against it: That's right, subscribers, click on the link now because we are about to DDoS the site!
  • by bear_phillips (165929) on Thursday March 06, 2003 @12:51PM (#5449670) Homepage

    How well are subscriptions doing for slashdot? Does anyone know if this feature was added because subscriptions are doing well or because subscriptions are doing bad and they need more incentives to subscribe?

    At $5, slashdot is getting $0.005 per ad-free page view. What does slashdot get paid per page view with an ad?

  • by techmuse (160085) on Thursday March 06, 2003 @12:51PM (#5449673)
    "Another possible feature addition that we're discussing is to allow subscribers to post during this window."

    This is a bad idea, because earlier posts tend to be moderated higher than later posts, simply because more people see earlier posts. This will give subscribers a much louder voice in the forums, while potentially degrading the quality of the discussion.
  • by thatguywhoiam (524290) on Thursday March 06, 2003 @12:53PM (#5449696)
    I like Slashdot a lot. I come here every day. Despite the common flames (and downright freaky displays of human frailty around -1), I think the group consensus here is fantastic. It's often very funny, and I like knowing what all the really smart mf'ers think about certain issues and topics. I feel smarter for reading Slashdot.

    Having said that, my lack of subscription is for a very simple reason: it's not professional.

    I won't subscribe until I never see a dupe or typo. Really, for all of our vaunted technology, if Slashdot cannot surmount these two very simple obstacles, it doesn't deserve any real monetary support. It just doesn't. And again, I say this as a real fan.

    Fix that, Taco, and you've got my money. And maybe even a little more credibility.

    • by CmdrTaco (1) <malda@slashdo t . o rg> on Thursday March 06, 2003 @01:08PM (#5449888) Homepage Journal
      If you want "Professional", read CNN. Slashdot is the trenches. Its down and dirty. It has typos and dupe stories and flamewars. We do our best to avoid mistakes, but we're mistake prone humans, trying to get news out in real time. So, sometimes things will go wrong.

      Personally, I think that this is half the fun ;)

      • by EllF (205050) <kevin@@@thehipgamer...com> on Thursday March 06, 2003 @01:19PM (#5449994) Homepage
        Taco, man, you're confused. Rusty [kuro5hin.org] handles news from the trenches -- you're supposed to be giving us stuff that matters! ;)
    • Allow me to rebutt this.

      I don't care about dupes and I don't care about typos. I've seen much worse than this on so-called professional news sites...in fact, I'd have to say that when compared to our local fox affilitate, Slashdot looks like the goddamn BBC.

      I don't visit slashdot for the regurgitated, puree'd content. I visit slashdot for the clout. I visit for the semi-high profile interviews and the "insider" info.

      And most importantly, I visit for the posts. If slashdot were just Drudge for technolosers, I wouldn't come back. But we have millions of intelligent people with degrees and experience chomping at the bit to respond to everything that gets posted. At the same time, we have a bunch of assholes waiting to post the funniest eye-opening responses they can. And we've trolls willing to play devil's advocate and to hell with karma, they're going to counterargue just to get us talking.

      Slashdot is like a giant block party for subversive loner technology geniuses. It's hip, it's grooving, and if they want $15, they'll get it from me.

      This BS about dupe checking, typos? Come on. It's not that important, and it adds to the "news of the second" quality that makes /. so appealing.
  • by dfn5 (524972) on Thursday March 06, 2003 @12:54PM (#5449708) Journal
    If people can read articles from the future it will inevitably corrupt the time line and will spell certain doom for everyone. Resist the urge. Don't do it.
  • by leviramsey (248057) on Thursday March 06, 2003 @12:55PM (#5449730) Journal

    The BSD section is already red. How would stories from the future be posted to the BSD section?

    I can see the replies already to this post: "*BSD is dying; it has no future!"

  • by cheesyfru (99893) on Thursday March 06, 2003 @01:05PM (#5449850) Homepage
    Good marketing, Slashdot! It reminds me of the Coke machine fiasco a few years ago. They tested machines that had temperature controls -- when the temperature got hot, it would automatically raise the price of the bottles. The media caught wind of this and had a field day. If Coca Cola had only beaten them to the punch and billed it as a "machine that discounts soda in cold weather", they'd have been heros.

    "Slashdot subscribers - you get news quicker!" Sounds a lot better than "Cheapskates: you get delayed news!", doesn't it?
  • by NFW (560362) on Thursday March 06, 2003 @01:14PM (#5449947) Homepage
    FREMONT, CA - March 6 2003 - Slashdot, the world's largest nerd news network, announced a new distributed denial of service attack warning service for web site operators around the world. "For years now we've noticed that web sites tend to go down in flames after we direct our hordes or readers to them," said founder CmdrTaco. "And since we're having a difficult time pulling in revenue, it only seemed natural to charge for advance notice of our DDoS attacks."

    Web site operators worldwide are encouraged to sign up for advance notice of port-80 DDoS attacks. "If you see it coming," said co-founder Hemos, "at least you have a chance to take down your web site before your ISP prepares a gigantic bill for that web site you put up to show your friends what you've been doing with your Lego kits."

    Slashdot is a subsidiary of OSDN is a subsidiary of VA Software Corporation.

  • by dschuetz (10924) <slash@d a v i d . d a s n et.org> on Thursday March 06, 2003 @01:16PM (#5449968) Homepage
    ...to fix spelling, to check for dupes (HAH!) or even to reject the story outright!

    How about putting a simple little form underneath the stories for these previews? Something like:

    Story is:
    [] dupe (enter orig. url: ______)
    [] fake (rebuttal url: ______)
    [] mis-filed (better section: {popup})
    [] mirrored (enter mirror url: _____)
    Misc. Comments: [__________________]
    [submit comment to editor / author]

    Something like this would make it trivial for people to immediately help with the editorial process -- as opposed to having to write up a full email, etc. Plus, by allowing previewers to voluntarily announce a mirror this way, a list of mirrors could be presented once the mirror goes live, right at the top of the article. (come to think of it, it might be good to keep a mirror link list / submission form for all users, even once it's posted...)
    • by zerocool^ (112121) on Thursday March 06, 2003 @04:14PM (#5451833) Homepage Journal
      it might be good to keep a mirror link list / submission form for all users, even once it's posted

      As slashdot has covered this NUMEROUS times [slashdot.org] (obviously, as it's in their FAQ).

      They DON'T want to do mirrors - a couple of reasons.
      Slashdot hosted mirrors: Bandwidth != free.
      Slashdot supported user hosted mirrors: legal and/or statistical reasons (banner ad displays, click thru's, page views, etc.)

      Mirrors probably aren't going to happen on an official level, folks. Just keep posting them in the stories, like ya do now.
  • by ChaoticCoyote (195677) on Thursday March 06, 2003 @01:18PM (#5449989) Homepage

    I'll be more likely to subscribe when I see:

    • Professional Journalism
    • Proper use of English
    • Less flippant editorializing by the staff
    • More in-depth, investigative reporting

    Being able to see articles "early" just doesn't motivate me to send money.

  • Subscription glitch? (Score:4, Interesting)

    by nuwayser (168008) <peteNO@SPAMtux.org> on Thursday March 06, 2003 @01:24PM (#5450047) Homepage Journal
    I was happy to subscribe the first time this idea came around. Got my 1000 page views no sweat and enjoyed it.

    Then, after the initial 1000 ran out, I looked at ads again for a while. About three months ago I got sick of it and tried subscribing again. No soap.

    Paypal showed my payment as unclaimed for days, and I was still looking at ads. No replies received from the relevant OSDN address after sending two emails... not even a vacation message. I eventually cancelled the payment and am back to looking at ads.

    Attn: Taco and team: I want to support you, I really do. But blowing off paying subscribers is BAD. How do you expect to retain your paying customers when someone is asleep at the switch? Why should I subscribe now?
  • by farnsworth (558449) on Thursday March 06, 2003 @01:25PM (#5450053)
    So who's going to write the netsaint plugin that detects "future story" http referers and preemptively pages the fire department so they arrive just as your webserver/db bursts into flames?
  • by kolbeinn (101301) on Thursday March 06, 2003 @01:46PM (#5450275)
    Subscribers will be able to beat the rush and read the links
    It's nice to know that people will actually be reading the links in this Mysterious Future.
  • Moderators (Score:4, Interesting)

    by jbohumil (517473) on Thursday March 06, 2003 @02:22PM (#5450650)
    It might be nice if moderators also got the advance reading. That might increase the chances that the moderators have had a chance to read the topic before they moderate. Plus, moderators would get a peek at what the advance viewing system would be like, and it might encourage them to subscribe.
  • by StevenMaurer (115071) on Thursday March 06, 2003 @02:34PM (#5450784) Homepage
    I doubt that as presently constituted, this is going to be counted a success. Certainly Slashdot will get some low percentage just from the good will they've built up, but this will likely wither over time as subscribers realize there isn't that much benefit.

    Nearly every change made to Slashdot over the last several years has made it harder to offer any real diferentiation in a premium service. People buy totalfark subscriptions to get more time to "win photoshop contests" - while slashdot has hidden it's equivalent karma system (and most regulars have topped out anyway). The delay from story acceptance to publication isn't all that long - it can't be: Slashdot is primarily a news site. The sophisticated readership could avoid ads if they really wanted to (I suspect most don't because it's part of the social contract). Finally, there are too many people who have run afoul of Malda's notoriously thin skin to have built up a "save salon" type of outpouring. (Setting special flags on people's accounts just because they dared mod up a critique? How juvenile -- but I digress).

    Still, there are a number of ideas that haven't been tried that might be of interest, if done right:

    Have a special premium queue for stories, plus the promise that one story will be picked a day. Suitable markings to differentiate stories drawn
    from "preferred" queues ala google.

    Allow premium users additional access to html. IMG tags anyone? Maybe combine this with small level of image storage.

    The ability to "challenge" a mod down. Automatic if the mod is "overrated" which doesn't get metamodded; better yet, get rid of "overrated" it's an invitation to abuse.

    The option of mirroring any content mentioned in slashdot (except ads) for any site owner who is a premium member. Most site owners love the attention slashdot brings them, it's just the slashdot effect that's so hard to deal with.

    The ability to be modded to a value of "6". (The post still has to earn that value from the mods on it's own merits though.)

    The ability to read from low karma to high. For fans of "alternative humor".

    The ability to start at a +1 karma level (editable, of course, for those so unamerican as to believe money != speech). This would be especially attractive to people with "high uid" accounts.

    A higher bandwidth channel to premium customers.

    A java plug-in that downloads slashdot incrementally in the background, making those annoying page-load/drill-down delays go away.

    Allowing edits of your own posted comment, so long as it hasn't been modded or responded to. If it has, you can still edit it, but a link is added to the original version.

    I think this is a good start on you offering enough differentiation to make a "premium" view worth money without cutting into your site's popularity.

    The bill for my business advice will arrive in the morning.

  • New meme (Score:4, Funny)

    by blair1q (305137) on Thursday March 06, 2003 @03:02PM (#5451085) Journal
    TotalFarkingSlashdotted

    adj., describes the state of having your webserver grind to a halt four times in a day as the Total Farkers, then the Farkers, then the Total Slashdotters, then the Slashdotters, are thrown a link to one of your webpages.
  • by Splork (13498) on Thursday March 06, 2003 @04:13PM (#5451828) Homepage
    if you allow paid subscribers to post comments in stories early you are asking for trouble. your moderation system does not work. whoever posts first always has the best chance of getting rated up no matter how stupid they are.

    don't allow people to pay to sway the masses.

    take a hint from kuro5hin, early posts into stories should only be -editorial- comments meant to make suggestions to the editors. they should disappear when the story goes live.

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