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Slashdot Turns 10 But You Get The Presents 636

October marks 10 friggin years of Slashdot, and nobody is more surprised about any of this than me. Throughout the month we'll be running a series of navel gazing meta news articles about our history, infrastructure and plans for the future. We're also going to give away 500 t-shirts and ThinkGeek gift certificates to people willing to organize and attend their own local Slashdot parties. One lucky winner will get a cool grand to blow at ThinkGeek! I'm going to attend "official" gatherings in Ann Arbor, MI on Oct 20 and in Palo Alto, CA on Oct 25. But you can read on for details about party organization and how you can win the grand prize.
The idea is simple. Visit the Slashdot Anniversary Party Web Page. You can sign up to attend a party, or if there's nobody hosting near you, you can create your own. The details of your local parties are up to you- each has a corresponding discussion so you can work it out amongst yourselves. The Ann Arbor gathering will be at a bar because dammit I'm old and don't have time to go out for beers much these days. But you do whatever works for the folks in your area. Dorm Room. Bar. Gym. Wherever several Slashdot readers gather, we shall attempt to mail shirts until we run out.

To be eligible for schwag, you need to schedule your party by Oct 8 and sign up to attend a party by Oct 9- this will give us time to figure out where to send the shirts, and time to send them before you all start partying naked during the official party window of Oct 19-28.

As for the one thousand dollar ThinkGeek Gift Certificate grand prize, the winner will be the party attendee who submits the coolest thing for our "scrapbook". Videos. Pictures. Songs. Anything you can email. Something that proves that your party was the one we all wish we were at. The deadline for submissions will be Oct 28. We'll have an official submission email address posted later. This is all about creativity and coolness so good luck with that. The grand prize winner will be posted on Oct 31, the end of the month when we can all forget that any of this ever happened.

Oh, and happy birthday to us. Here's to wasting another decade, same as the first.

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Slashdot Turns 10 But You Get The Presents

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  • wow (Score:3, Informative)

    by Surt ( 22457 ) on Monday October 01, 2007 @12:01PM (#20811157) Homepage Journal
    It has been a long time.
    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by Tetsujin ( 103070 )

      (Slashdot ID: 22457) It has been a long time.
      (Slashdot ID: 103070) I dunno, it doesn't seem that long...
      • by Mindwarp ( 15738 )
        Pah! Whippersnappers!
      • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

        It's only a matter of time for a 4 digit member to pop up, quickly followed by a 3 digit member.
        • Re:wow (Score:5, Funny)

          by CmdrTaco ( 1 ) Works for Slashdot <[gro.todhsals] [ta] [adlam]> on Monday October 01, 2007 @12:07PM (#20811281) Homepage Journal
          I'll just cut this off now then.
          • Re:wow (Score:5, Funny)

            by Megaweapon ( 25185 ) on Monday October 01, 2007 @12:10PM (#20811329) Homepage
            OMG HAXX!
          • Re:wow (Score:5, Funny)

            by FuzzyDaddy ( 584528 ) on Monday October 01, 2007 @12:13PM (#20811373) Journal
          • by BuR4N ( 512430 )
            Funny, we founded our company 10 years ago today ....
          • Re:wow (Score:5, Funny)

            by ximenes ( 10 ) on Monday October 01, 2007 @12:26PM (#20811633)
            You've stolen my bit!
          • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

            by Surt ( 22457 )
            Cool, I don't think i've ever had a slashdot editor comment in one of my threads before. I feel like my original post was even more of an accomplishment now. :-)
            http://slashdot.org/~Surt/journal/183407 [slashdot.org]
          • "Slashdot Turns 10 But You Get The Presents"

            The only present most of us want from Slashdot is more care in posting stories.
          • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

            I'll just cut this off now then.

            Oh sure, brag, but in Bacon numbers, you're a... oh, wow, 3 [oracleofbacon.org], not bad!

          • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

            by hcdejong ( 561314 )
            You must be new here.
    • by Pope ( 17780 )
      I was just thinking the same thing! I still haven't installed Linux though. ;)
    • by Dan Hayes ( 212400 ) on Monday October 01, 2007 @01:08PM (#20812297)

      2.5 million B.C.: OOG the Open Source Caveman develops the axe and releases it under the GPL. The axe quickly gains popularity as a means of crushing moderators' heads.

      100,000 B.C.: Man domesticates the AIBO.

      10,000 B.C.: Civilization begins when early farmers first learn to cultivate hot grits.

      3000 B.C.: Sumerians develop a primitive cuneiform perl script.

      2920 B.C.: A legendary flood sweeps Slashdot, filling up a Borland / Inprise story with hundreds of offtopic posts.

      1750 B.C.: Hammurabi, a Mesopotamian king, codifies the first EULA.

      490 B.C.: Greek city-states unite to defeat the Persians. ESR triumphantly proclaims that the Greeks "get it".

      399 B.C.: Socrates is convicted of impiety. Despite the efforts of freesocrates.com, he is forced to kill himself by drinking hemlock.

      336 B.C.: Fat-Time Charlie becomes King of Macedonia and conquers Persia.

      4 B.C.: Following the Star (as in hot young actress) of Bethelem, wise men travel from far away to troll for baby Jesus.

      A.D. 476: The Roman Empire BSODs.

      A.D. 610: The Glorious MEEPT!! founds Islam after receiving a revelation from God. Following his disappearance from Slashdot in 632, a succession dispute results in the emergence of two troll factions: the Pythonni and the Perliites.

      A.D. 800: Charlemagne conquers nearly all of Germany, only to be acquired by andover.net.

      A.D. 874: Linus the Red discovers Iceland.
      A.D. 1000: The epic of the Beowulf Cluster is written down. It is the first English epic poem.

      A.D. 1095: Pope Bruce II calls for a crusade against the Turks when it is revealed they are violating the GPL. Later investigation reveals that Pope Bruce II had not yet contacted the Turks before calling for the crusade.

      A.D. 1215: Bowing to pressure to open-source the British government, King John signs the Magna Carta, limiting the British monarchy's power. ESR triumphantly proclaims that the British monarchy "gets it".

      A.D. 1348: The ILOVEYOU virus kills over half the population of Europe. (The other half was not using Outlook.)

      A.D. 1420: Johann Gutenberg invents the printing press. He is immediately sued by monks claiming that the technology will promote the copying of hand-transcribed books, thus violating the church's intellectual property.

      A.D. 1429: Natalie Portman of Arc gathers an army of Slashdot trolls to do battle with the moderators. She is eventually tried as a heretic and stoned (as in petrified).

      A.D. 1478: The Catholic Church partners with doubleclick.net to launch the Spanish Inquisition.

      A.D. 1492: Christopher Columbus arrives in what he believes to be "India", but which RMS informs him is actually "GNU/India".

      A.D. 1508-12: Michaelengelo attempts to paint the Sistine Chapel ceiling with ASCII art, only to have his plan thwarted by the "Lameness Filter."

      A.D. 1517: Martin Luther nails his 95 Theses to the church door and is promptly moderated down to (-1, Flamebait).

      A.D. 1553: "Bloody" Mary ascends the throne of England and begins an infamous crusade against Protestants. ESR eats his words. A.D. 1588: The "IF I EVER MEET YOU, I WILL KICK YOUR ASS" guy meets the Spanish Armada.

      A.D. 1603: Tokugawa Ieyasu unites the feuding pancake-eating ninjas of Japan.

      A.D. 1611: Mattel adds Galileo Galilei to its CyberPatrol block list for proposing that the Earth revolves around the sun.

      A.D. 1688: In the so-called "Glorious Revolution", King James II is bloodlessly forced out of power and flees to France. ESR again triumphantly proclaims that the British monarchy "gets it".

      A.D. 1692: Anti-GIF hysteria in the New World comes to a head in the infamous "Salem GIF Trials", in which 20 alleged GIFs are burned at the stake. Later investigation reveals that mayn of the supposed GIFs were actually PNGs.

      A.D. 1769: James Watt patents the one-click steam engine.

      A.D. 1776: Trolls, angered by CmdrTaco's passage of the Moderation Act, rebel. After a several-year
    • Re:wow (Score:5, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 01, 2007 @01:50PM (#20813033)
      Has it been ten years already? I really should get back to work!
  • One has to ask... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Cleon ( 471197 ) <`moc.oohay' `ta' `24noelc'> on Monday October 01, 2007 @12:05PM (#20811243) Homepage
    So when was the first "First Post" post?

    The first "all your base are belong to us?"

    The first "in Soviet Russia" joke?

    The first time someone imagined a Beowulf cluster?

    Ah, ten years of Slashdot cliches. Here's to ten more, you crazy nerds. :)
  • Will there be a PT Cruiser involved?
  • It really didn't feel all that long, but I guess when the world completely changes on you, you don't tend to notice.

    Here's to another ten years of Slashdot. :D
  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 01, 2007 @12:07PM (#20811271)
    ....congratulate /. on making me an anonymous coward for 10 years.
  • by Corporate Troll ( 537873 ) on Monday October 01, 2007 @12:08PM (#20811293) Homepage Journal
    Damn, have I been wasting my time that long? ;-) Any parties going up in Europe?
  • Er (Score:5, Funny)

    by Joe Jay Bee ( 1151309 ) * <jbsouthsea.gmail@com> on Monday October 01, 2007 @12:10PM (#20811331)
    "Slashdot" and "parties". Two words I never expected to see anywhere near each other.
  • Slashdot has not been here from the beginning of time? What did ancestors do with their lives then?
    • Re:wait (Score:5, Funny)

      by Anonymous Monkey ( 795756 ) on Monday October 01, 2007 @12:21PM (#20811525)
      Before slashdot we would all carve posts on the branches of an over grown shrub. Thus the first post would be inscribed on the trunk, and later posts would be written on branches or leaves. The down side was a survey would last for a very long time before it would be replaced(see the red woods of California). Also you had to go to the bush or tree to read posts, and reply. If it was a popular topic, like how waterfalls could make rainbows, or the wheel, you would often need to climb for quite a long time to post anything. And often times on your accent you could climb the wrong direction and end up making your comment on the wrong branch. Then your leaf or stick would be broken off of the shrub or tree and burnt, because you were off topic. The modern lumberjack and tree surgeon are decedents of the first attempt at moderation. This also is where the term 'flame war' came from. People would climb trees and cut off all branches with some ones posts and burn them.
  • Holy sh*t (Score:2, Funny)

    by Drakin020 ( 980931 )
    Holy sh*t you mean the internet has been active for 10 years?

    Seriously though good job /.
  • by Skyshadow ( 508 ) * on Monday October 01, 2007 @12:11PM (#20811355) Homepage
    Back in 1997 I first logged onto Slashdot from my office at SGI's Chippewa Falls location (better known as 'Cray'). Back then we didn't even need to log in -- you just entered your username when you posted.

    Ten years since I've been an intern. And, in certain respects, I'm still sitting here this morning doing that same sort of stuff. That's... depressing. I need to go open a bicycle shop or something.

  • this story is obviously a dupe
  • Hi! Happy Anniversary!

    I remember how happy I was when my roomates and I could finally afford broadband many many years ago ... signing up for an account on slashdot was one of the first things I did :)

    Thanks for all the great news, sometimes twice ;) And keeping me up to date with all the great internet memes out there.

  • you, others, slashdot, and all the people here.
  • Would be interesting to see what guy gal ratio @ the parties will be 99:1? ;)
  • obligatory (Score:5, Interesting)

    by osoroco ( 626676 ) on Monday October 01, 2007 @12:17PM (#20811439)
    circa 10 years ago: http://web.archive.org/web/19980113191222/http://slashdot.org/ [archive.org]
    oldest I could find
    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by mce ( 509 )
      Did you notice that the poll question actually childishly asks people to read the editorial before voting? Boy, have we grown up since then...
  • by eln ( 21727 ) * on Monday October 01, 2007 @12:18PM (#20811489)
    What are the minimum requirements for an event to be called a "Slashdot Party" and thus eligible for those fabulous prizes? Because I've been getting loaded by myself and posting drivel on Slashdot for years. If that's not good enough to qualify as a Slashdot Party, I can put on some house music next time.

    In order to stay closer to the "spirit" of Slashdot, I can buy the same beer two events in a row and then shout "dup!" at myself. Then, I can complain bitterly about the quality of the beer, and how I used to buy much better beer 10 years ago before I sold out and got all "corporate". I'll hang a big banner that says "2007: The Year of Linux on the Desktop" and shout "Windows Sucks!" at passersby. Finally, I'll pour hot grits down my pants and pass out on the keyboard mumbling sweet nothings about what I'd do to a petrified Natalie Portman.

    The last thing I should do, if I want to keep the event true to the Slashdot spirit, is to invite others to attend. So, I think my party will be the most "authentic" Slashdot party of them all. Where's my t-shirt?
  • by techpawn ( 969834 ) on Monday October 01, 2007 @12:18PM (#20811491) Journal
    Editors give presents to you? ...wait
  • by alan_dershowitz ( 586542 ) on Monday October 01, 2007 @12:19PM (#20811509)
    10. Leaving parents basement. The light! The light!
    9. People only like me on Slashdot because they cannot smell me on slashdot
    8. People will probably bring laptops, and I run Windows Vista
    7. People will realize I am not a) an astrophysicist nor b) a hot female astrophysicist
    6. While I can get away with visiting Slashdot at work, people will actually notice I am not working if I go to this.
    5. Actual, retributive karma likely if my "foes" met me in person
    4. I don't remember my password
    3. ???
    2. profit!

    and finally
    1. I don't actually want to be associated with any of you in real life (I keed, I keed!)
  • Chips and Dips (Score:5, Informative)

    by linebackn ( 131821 ) on Monday October 01, 2007 @12:23PM (#20811593)
    Actually, before it was Slashdot, it was "Chips And Dips", a section on Rob Malda's Personal site.

    For a while archive.org had an archive of a Chips and Dips page, but it mysteriously disappeared. The files I retrieved are here: http://toastytech.com/files/chipsndips.html [toastytech.com]

    I wasn't there myself at the beginning, I discovered Slashdot one of the first times C-Net News.com linked to it - and then I just stupidly hung around without signing up for ages until there was some article I wanted to comment on (probably something anti-IE)

    BTW, anyone got the original Chips & Dips logo graphic? Archive.org never did have that.
  • by UnCivil Liberty ( 786163 ) * on Monday October 01, 2007 @12:27PM (#20811655)
    Who wants to go to a party with no girls?
  • by Chas ( 5144 ) on Monday October 01, 2007 @12:49PM (#20812003) Homepage Journal
    Happy Birthday To You!
    Happy Birthday To You!
    Happy Birthday Dear Slashdot! (*HOT GRITS AND GOATSE!*)
    Happy Birthday To You!


  • Old Timer (Score:5, Funny)

    by Aaron M. Renn ( 539 ) <arenn@urbanophile.com> on Monday October 01, 2007 @01:00PM (#20812143) Homepage
    I see that I am registered use 539. I was surfing the site before registration was required. I must be getting old if this site is a decade old
  • I think the editors should post stories from 10 years ago, just to remember the times.

    Opinions, anyone?
  • by dmccarty ( 152630 ) on Monday October 01, 2007 @06:33PM (#20817005)
    Disclaimer: I don't post much anymore, but I thought I'd drag out this old gem for one last laugh. Back in the day when /. ran interviews more frequently it seemed to sum up everything neatly. I got an email from Taco saying it should go in the /. hall of fame, but we never did get around to setting that up... (Mods, do your thing please. *fingers crossed*)

    Dear /. Reader,

    Last week we selected [famous name] as an authority in [field] to answer some of your best and brightest questions. We've included [his/her] responses below:

    [the I-think-you-are-cool-and-would-like-to-be-like-you question]
    1. How did you choose [field] and how can I get more involved in [field].

    [famous name] Well, I really started by [...at this point, [famous name] begins to launch into a short autobiography. The reply to this first question will take up about as much space as the other 9 combined.]

    [the multi-part question]
    2. I think you are really cool. What are you feelings on [topic]?

    • and how it relates to telescopes
    • and how it relates to earth
      • with regard to North America
      • with regard to Asia
      • specifically, India and Pakistan

    and how it relates to groundhogs

    [famous name] Phew! That sure is a lot to answer. Well I guess you could sum it up neatly by saying that, yes, I do like it all.

    [the I-also-like-[other-topic]-do-you-think-it's-relate d-to-your-[field] question]
    3. I really like your work and am also interested in the whole Napster-Metallica-MP3 debate. How do you think it relates to your scientific [field]?

    [famous name] Well, I, well, uh... [at this point, [famous name] is thinking, "Where in the world did that question come from? Oh well, I'll try to be polite and answer it] I really think that, uh, music should be, uh, heard--yeah, heard!--and I think that, uh, well, Napster provides a service of hearing.

    [the really-in-depth question]
    4. Dear [famous name],
    I have tracked your research into biogenetical ESP CIO medicare research with great interested and wondered if you could clarify a minor point for me: in your estimation, are the EIO levels in a controlled AF/BF reaction substantially higher than the CF/DF state because of genetic-electro-magnetic lunar levels or is it mostly from O2 radiation WRT our helial position?

    [famous name] [Recognizes a quality question from a member of [field] and tries to formulate a scientific answer] Well, I believe my research has conclusively show that CD/DF states can be generated from the O2 +7/~3KE100 states of the T1000 with ISA/PCI/FBI catalysts [...launches into such arcane detail that no one outside of his research area has any clue what he's talking about.]

    [the Score:5, Funny question]
    5. What do you think of Natalie Portman eating hot grits in a Boewulf cluster?

    [famous name] Uh, well, I'm not really sure what you mean. Wasn't Natilie Portman that actress in Star Wars or something? [[famous name] is now wondering what he's got himself into, and who exactly are these Slashdot people...]

    [the your-work-sucks-I-scoff-at-you question]
    6. Hey [famous name's first name], I seen you on CNBC and I gotta tell ya, I don't think it's gonna work. I mean, whose to say that you even gradated from MIT in the 1st place? Are we supose to believe that stuff? If ur so smart, how come you haven't figured it out yet?????!!!!!

    [famous name] Well I believe we can make this work. I realize we've spent $80 million in research already, but if you look at the data I think you'll see that our work has some definite promise here. The possibilities for science are almost endless!
    [more questions. [famous name]'s answers are g

  • by sr180 ( 700526 ) on Monday October 01, 2007 @07:45PM (#20817609) Journal

    The site in its very early days had the following threat for the comment posting system:

    If you don't have anything worthwhile to say, don't say it. If people continue to abuse this feature, I will have to remove it.

    What I want to know, is does that threat still apply?

"You can have my Unix system when you pry it from my cold, dead fingers." -- Cal Keegan