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.
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.
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.