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Slashdot Announces Idle Section 281

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the do-not-read-the-idle-section dept.
For the last few months we've been beta testing Idle.slashdot.org, our offtopic humor/meme/viral video/pictures section. Like many of you, we spend most of our waking hours on-line seeking stuff to entertain our brains, but most replicators out there pick so much content that it's incredibly boring filtering through the mediocrity to find the funny. We intend to fill our idle section with a very small collection of the very best the net has to offer, making it the most efficient way to waste your time. Some of this content will make it back to the Slashdot mainpage, but much of it will be new content that we wouldn't dare soil the precious Slashdot mainpage with. We are also using it as a test bed for new functionality on Slashdot — currently the page is a reasonably dynamic/interactive experience with various voting controls and filtering options. Finally you will see occasional original content, starting with a recurring special feature today where Samzenpus shares some real tech support email from some of our most intelligent readers. We hope you will enjoy wasting a slice of your day with us, and in addition will submit content through the usual channels, but put it into the 'Idle' section so we know not to take it seriously. Now go about your day — it's mid August, so I'm sure everything you do is urgent, exciting, and oh-so-interesting.
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Slashdot Announces Idle Section

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  • by AKAImBatman (238306) <<akaimbatman> <at> <gmail.com>> on Thursday August 14, 2008 @02:30PM (#24602991) Homepage Journal

    We intend to fill our idle section with a very small collection of the very best the net has to offer, making it the most efficient way to waste your time.

    Translation: Porn, stupidity, and bugzappers.

    I tried visiting idle.slashdot.org once. I was outright embarassed by the content. So much so that I changed my sig in response to Slashdot's, "Never visit idle.slashdot.org" teaser. My reply? "Good idea."

    I hate to say this, but Slashdot does attract a lot of intelligent people. They're not always the ones who post, but they frequent the site anyway. Attempting to "entertain" the more intelligent types with the same sort of filth/LCD* they see on their television is a counterproductive goal. Slashdot and Slashdot-Idle cannot coexist.

    Sorry guys, but it's time for you to go back to marketing school. Using brand recognition for a product that does not represent the brand will only devalue the brand. You may see short term gains on the new product, but in the end you will see long-term losses across the board. If you want to do something like Slashdot-Idle, try making a new site rather than lumping it in with Slashdot.

    * If you don't know what LCD stands for in this context, you should turn in your geek card. Assuming you had one to begin with...

    P.S. What's this fascination with making a Digg-like site, anyway? 95% of what's on Digg sucks. Stop trying to be like them.

    P.P.S. Idiocracy was not a documentary. Stop trying to bring it about.

    • by Ethanol-fueled (1125189) * on Thursday August 14, 2008 @02:43PM (#24603223) Homepage Journal
      Agreed, the last thing we want is for the cesspool of Digg-reading, MySpace dwelling, Pokemon-playing LuSerS!!!!!1 to spill over into where the grownups are trying to have intelligent discussions.

      If you think Slashdot is infantile now, just wait until idle goes live! It would be eternal September [wikipedia.org] all over again!
    • by Lovedumplingx (245300) on Thursday August 14, 2008 @02:53PM (#24603415)

      I feel the same way. If I want content like that I'll read fark or digg.

      Besides...the only times that I've been to idle they've had stories that were already featured on other websites.

      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by kestasjk (933987)

        I feel the same way. If I want content like that I'll read fark or digg.

        I think that's the reason for it. I'm fine with idle though; no-one is putting a gun to my head and forcing me to read it.

    • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday August 14, 2008 @02:53PM (#24603421)

      You're missing the point, this is great news. If idle becomes a "real" section, we'll finally be able to block it from the front page.

    • You're missing the great thing about idle.

      Idle gives the idiots a place to go, the rest of us can on the mainpage.

      I'm sure slashdot doesn't want to lose the idiots -- they are the ones that pay the bills. So instead, they are given a place to drool and mouthbreathe, while the rest of us can have the "enlightened" discussion we are accustomed to.
    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward
      idle is the cancer that is killing /.!
    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by jellomizer (103300)

      In The Simpsons, Lisa made a graph showing a correlation to Intelligence and unhappiness (the episode where home had a crayon removed from his brain). I think it is because if you made a reputation of being so smart you are afraid to have a good time with the low brow stuff, thus insulting it fighting it, stating it does this and that all negative. I use to be like too. Then I just learned to lighten up a bit and take it for what it is worth. Humor or just non-productive fun... Not everything needs a deep

    • by jollyreaper (513215) on Thursday August 14, 2008 @03:32PM (#24604159)

      * If you don't know what LCD stands for in this context, you should turn in your geek card. Assuming you had one to begin with...

      Liquid crystal display, naturally. Now what about the posts with titties in them? It was made quite clear that there would be titty.

    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      by pitchpipe (708843)

      Attempting to "entertain" the more intelligent types with the same sort of filth/LCD* they see on their television is a counterproductive goal.

      It might be that this trend is inevitable. Look at the devolution of the Discovery Channel*, what are they discovering, how to use grinders and say FbeepK. I think that I figured out why this is though. If the average IQ is 100 and IQ distributions fit on a bell curve, where does the bulk of the population lie? Now where does the bulk of the money lie (I don't believe that IQ and income are highly correlated)? Now if you're into making money (aren't we all) then what is the logical thing to do (disrega

  • Does this mean... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by k_187 (61692) on Thursday August 14, 2008 @02:31PM (#24603001) Journal
    That the CSS on idle.slashdot.org won't suck ass and/or be ass ugly? I'd really prefer that no ass be involved in the layout or design of the page.
    • The thing I like about idle is that the score filter is on the top, allowing the comments to span the entire horizontal width of the page.

    • by TubeSteak (669689)

      That the CSS on idle.slashdot.org won't suck ass and/or be ass ugly? I'd really prefer that no ass be involved in the layout or design of the page.

      Most stories you can just remove the *.slashdot.org and get the default CSS.
      Not so with idle.slashdot.org

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Yes, you've already rammed it down our throat enough for us to hate it, now we can hate it even more.

    It's not funny, it's not clever, and it's not even a good waste of time. It is pointless.

  • by TheCycoONE (913189) on Thursday August 14, 2008 @02:33PM (#24603063)
    Is there any difference between this new service and... Digg? (or XKCD because the best the net has to offer is already posted there.)
  • by pwnies (1034518) * <j@jjcm.org> on Thursday August 14, 2008 @02:33PM (#24603065) Homepage Journal
    I have my worries about this, and I have no doubt that we all do here on /.. What I definitely do not want to see is /. becoming another digg/reddit/delicious. On the other hand, hopefully slashdot will be able to mold the content more so that it doesn't just become a "HERE'S ANOTHER FUNNY CAPTION PIC FROM 4CHAN" fest. Don't get me wrong, those things have their place and are sometimes humorous, but it doesn't fit the niche that is /.. Remember, the slashdot tagline is "News for Nerds" - not "Funny Image of the Day for Nerds".

    With any luck, it will hopefully become something more along the lines of Daily Wtf [slashdot.org], which still provides insight while remaining humorous. And in any case, congrats on rolling out a new feature for us /. staff.
    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by pwnies (1034518) *
      sorry... typed an extra '/' before that link, http://thedailywtf.com/Default.aspx [thedailywtf.com]
    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by genner (694963)

      I have my worries about this, and I have no doubt that we all do here on /.. What I definitely do not want to see is /. becoming another digg/reddit/delicious. On the other hand, hopefully slashdot will be able to mold the content more so that it doesn't just become a "HERE'S ANOTHER FUNNY CAPTION PIC FROM 4CHAN" fest. Don't get me wrong, those things have their place and are sometimes humorous, but it doesn't fit the niche that is /.. Remember, the slashdot tagline is "News for Nerds" - not "Funny Image of the Day for Nerds". With any luck, it will hopefully become something more along the lines of Daily Wtf [slashdot.org], which still provides insight while remaining humorous. And in any case, congrats on rolling out a new feature for us /. staff.

      Agreed.....so mudkips,,,you like em?

    • hopefully slashdot will be able to mold the content

      I agree. The more disuse, the better! Bring on the mold!

    • by Smivs (1197859)

      Let's hope that as Idle will be generated by slashdotters the content will be of a better quality than that of Digg etc. Slashdotters are intelligent, thinking beings and could never be accused of being purile or infantile, could they?

  • Goatse (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Enderandrew (866215) <enderandrew@gmai l . com> on Thursday August 14, 2008 @02:34PM (#24603069) Homepage Journal

    Not enough people post goatse or rick-rolling links in Slashdot, so we needed to dedicate an entire new area to it?

    I look forward to all the lemon party and meat spin misleading links.

  • by iXiXi (659985) on Thursday August 14, 2008 @02:37PM (#24603107)
    Order -> chaos /. -> #$%&*
  • will Slashdot get slashdotted?
  • by JimXugle (921609) <Jim@xugl e . com> on Thursday August 14, 2008 @02:37PM (#24603125)

    If I want LOLcats, I go to Digg.
    If I want Pseudo-Politics, I go to Reddit.
    If I want to know about the latest announced Apple product, I go to appleinsider.
    If I want to know about the worlds largest TV, I go to The Register.

    If I want actual Intellectual articles with in-depth discussions, I come to slashdot.

    Please don't ruin this for me.

    • by Megaweapon (25185)

      If I want actual Intellectual articles with in-depth discussions, I come to slashdot.

      Gold, Jerry! Gold! /been here since before user accounts

      • In case anyone doesn't know, shadowbanning is where you can post and see your comments as normal, but nobody else sees them. Basically, you're screaming into the void - and if you're a donor you're paying for the privilege.

        In other words, it's a rather childish type of fraud.

        Yes I am shadowbanned on Fark, for the crime of replying to a comment which mentioned a rival site. I hope Slashdot can avoid that crap.

    • If I want actual Intellectual articles with in-depth discussions, I come to slashdot.

      Boy, are you in the wrong place. You were supposed to take a left turn at Albuquerque.

  • by Reapman (740286)

    And judging by my test here of the idle page, not something I'll be trying until we "upgrade" to IE7 here at work finally :/

    Damn I hate IE6...

  • Anyone else... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Seakip18 (1106315) on Thursday August 14, 2008 @02:41PM (#24603199) Journal

    thinking CmdrTaco has hit some hard times? I mean, let us look back of the past few months...

    1. No funny April Fool's this year.
    2. Various off hand comments about stuff. (Java, Olympics, etc.)
    3. Just up above he's kinda of an ass. I mean, some people are probably working pretty hard. I know End of Fiscal year for some people is going on.
    4. I dunno, maybe getting tired of being squeezed by other sites like reddit or digg or other stuff?

    Anyone know more or want to spread light on the matter?

  • I've dipped into 'Idle' a few times now and it's a great way to waste your time....my wife already moans about the ammount of time I spend 'do-ing' /. and it ain't going to get any better. Great idea!

    • So what do you guys think? Is this:

      A) A plant

      B) A poor attempt at humor

      C) A truly ironic post

      You can begin "do-ing" your responses... now.

  • Out of beta? (Score:3, Interesting)

    by gmuslera (3436) on Thursday August 14, 2008 @02:47PM (#24603293) Homepage Journal
    You mean the google version of out of beta or the microsoft's one?

    For being beta it added several stories to the main (in production?) slashdot site in the past months. This will mean that it will really add a lot (daily) from now on?
  • Uh (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Compuser (14899) on Thursday August 14, 2008 @02:50PM (#24603347)

    Horrible site. Poorly organized, old content, just terrible.
    BTW, Fark already has a geek section. Just link to that.

  • Is this news? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by randyest (589159) on Thursday August 14, 2008 @02:52PM (#24603387) Homepage
    Is this "News for Nerds" or "Stuff that matters?" Is there anyone here that hasn't seen the "Idle.slashdot.org is a total waste of your time, never go there" teaser atop the page? Besides the fact that it's embarrassing to have such tripe "social link sharing" site associated with slashdot, idle honestly adds zero advantages or new things over digg/reddit/etc.

    In my humble opinion it's a terrible idea to dilute the slashdot brand at a time when it's already pretty weak.
  • Great... (Score:3, Funny)

    by CaptainPatent (1087643) on Thursday August 14, 2008 @02:53PM (#24603403) Journal
    The site that has been the number 1 most efficient waster of my time at work just got more efficient?!?!?

    I can smell the pink slip from here!
  • Viral? (Score:4, Funny)

    by Gat0r30y (957941) on Thursday August 14, 2008 @02:57PM (#24603495) Homepage Journal
    I believe that this isn't viral anymore, it is now bacterial -like the clap.
  • Please don't (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Col. Klink (retired) (11632) on Thursday August 14, 2008 @02:57PM (#24603501)

    I frequently read slashdot.org/palm from my blackberry and this idle crap keeps appearing there. It's just horrible, not to mention that very little of the content in idle is mobile friendly. The only comments are things like "is this Digg now?" Please, don't do this. Create a whole new site if you feel like this is really what you want to do with your time, but don't associate with slashdot.

    I never would have thought it possible to make slashdot appear any less credible, but you may have just found a way.

    Don't do it. We've all had grand ideas that got abandoned and I know it feels bad, but you should cut your losses now before it's too late. Really. Stop.

  • special feature today where Samzenpus shares some real tech support email from some of our most intelligent readers

    Where do we find this? I sought and did not find.

  • Again .. god dammit .. why did I just waste time and bandwidth??
  • we spend most of hour waking ours on-line

    Fixed it for you!

  • Shadowbans (Score:3, Insightful)

    by starling (26204) <strayling20@gmail.com> on Thursday August 14, 2008 @03:03PM (#24603579)

    Can we have pillow-biting nancy moderators and shadowbans and a filter to censor naughty words too, like they do on Fark?

  • Before, it told me that idle.slashdot.org was a total waste of my time and that I should never go there!

    /headasplode
  • Cool, thanks! (Score:5, Insightful)

    by snarfies (115214) on Thursday August 14, 2008 @03:17PM (#24603861) Homepage

    Thanks for making Idle official and full-time!

    Because now I can adjust my preferences so that I never see this unfunny garbage again. If I want "teh funnay," I'll visit 4chan, k thx.

  • Conspiracy Theory! (Score:5, Insightful)

    by dysfunct (940221) * on Thursday August 14, 2008 @03:18PM (#24603867)
    I have a suspicion that idle might actually be a good thing to happen to slashdot. Here's my conspiracy theory:

    IIRC Taco has full control over the stories and editing of slashdot, but marketing, advertisement and other things are mandated by corporate overlords. I somehow suspect that a bunch of trained monkeys in the marketing department created a lot of pressure to make Slashdot more Digg-alike and in a moment of pure genius, Taco created idle - the best parody of Digg the world has ever seen. It's colorful and flashy to please the marketing department, contains the worst stories and oldest mémes out there to convince them this isn't going to work out, all the while preserving the rest of Slashdot and consuming the least money and effort possible.

    I mean just look at it and the way it's announced. It's as if the Slashdot team wants us to hate it.
  • I don't mind modding once in a while and the policies seem to work generally and programmers should have a better idea of how to implement a content filtering method that might be useful for everybody. I for one welcome our new content filtered overlords. I think that there is sufficient intellect connected to slashdot to become a filter for those who would like to understand or begin in programming. I know bad code when I see it and why not let others look at life through rows(colored) = glasses; ps -A;kil
  • ... redundant.

  • jeez you guys act like the idle section just slapped you in the face even though it's been up for months.

    i took a look at it a long time ago, it's not for me so i don't click on the link. Where's the problem? Maybe some of the less mature posters will head over there instead of cluttering up the main stories.

    stop your whining
  • How about updating the Funnies list instead? Many of the ones there don't even update anymore (Under Power, Totalitarian Burger), and a few (Helen) the links don't even work anymore because the comic is dead. And a bunch more have devolved into sitcoms and soap operas. Fix the bugs first, then add new features!

  • by christurkel (520220) on Thursday August 14, 2008 @03:25PM (#24604003) Homepage Journal
    To quote John Scalzi: "What the fuck is wrong with you?"

    I mean, seriously, was there some demand for this I missed? Some void the /. editors thought needed to be filled. "Oh our current content isn't engaging enough, let's pile on some crap!"

    I agree with other posters. Start a new site for this garbage; it has no place at /.
  • by porkmusket (954006) on Thursday August 14, 2008 @03:27PM (#24604025) Homepage
    That's a hell of a shark you're trying to jump.
  • by Ogive17 (691899) on Thursday August 14, 2008 @03:56PM (#24604655)
    Well, the article is about /. and so is my post.. but has anyone else noticed a difference in how mod points are awarded? I check /. this morning at work and had 15 moderator points. Anyone else see this? The FAQ still says you only get 5 points and they expire after 3 days.

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