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DHI Group Inc. Announces Plans to Sell Slashdot Media 552

An anonymous reader writes: DHI Group Inc. (formerly known as Dice Holdings Inc.) announced plans to sell Slashdot Media (slashdot.org & sourceforge.net) in their Q2 financial report. This is being reported by multiple sources. Editor's note: Yep, looks like we're being sold again. We'll keep you folks updated, but for now I don't have any more information than is contained in the press release. Business as usual until we find a buyer (and hopefully after). The company prepared a statement for our blog as well — feel free to discuss the news here, there, or in both places.
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DHI Group Inc. Announces Plans to Sell Slashdot Media

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  • by Apharmd ( 2640859 ) on Tuesday July 28, 2015 @02:57PM (#50198391)
    Stay tuned!
    • by alvinrod ( 889928 ) on Tuesday July 28, 2015 @03:00PM (#50198437)
      Bennett Haselton could always buy it.
    • by Donkey_Hotey ( 1433053 ) on Tuesday July 28, 2015 @03:42PM (#50198925)
      Sure it could. HuffPoo, anybody?
    • by meta-monkey ( 321000 ) on Tuesday July 28, 2015 @03:42PM (#50198933) Journal

      Bill Gates.

      Replaces the front page of /. with a picture of him naked, rolling in money, pointing at you and laughing.

    • by will_die ( 586523 ) on Tuesday July 28, 2015 @03:51PM (#50199025) Homepage
      Adobe wants to purchase it and make it the showpiece for flash.
    • I hear Oracle is interested in the IP....

      Stay tuned, gang!

    • by Aighearach ( 97333 ) on Tuesday July 28, 2015 @04:14PM (#50199277) Homepage

      Stay tuned!

      Yay! It will either get better, or finally die.

      Honestly, I'd rather see it die than muddle along like this. And, it could be great again!

      I see it as win-win. I'll either come here more, like I used to, or less, like I should already.

  • That's all I've got to say about that.

  • ... time to find another sucker ^H^H^^H buyer ...

  • by Kunedog ( 1033226 ) on Tuesday July 28, 2015 @03:01PM (#50198443)
    For me, the three* agendas of this /. regime that best demonstrate how out-of-touch it's been with the users (if not outright saying "fuck you" to them) are:

    1. ramrodding of Beta down everyone's throats
    2. shameful attempt to ignore Gamergate (still not a single article on /. covering the journalism scandal, when there should have been at least one for each of a dozen or so events/milestones), and later (after the cover-up and news blackout didn't work) joining the campaign to intimidate and libel those who spoke out against the corruption
    3. constant stories about women being less represented in STEM vs. the general population, with analysis of the cause always limited to accusations of sexism (and devoid of analysis of innate female preferences, or corporate agendas designed to inflate the workforce)
    * Honorable mention for Bennett Haselton

    The Company, however, has not successfully leveraged the Slashdot user base to further Dice's digital recruitment business

    I, for one, am damn proud you were also unable to "leverage" the user base against Gamergate in order to protect corrupt journalists and fall in line with rest of the colluding outlets who tried to cover up the scandal and smear the dissenters (fuck knows why you thought it was a good idea to try). Countless other forums outright banned pro-GG discussion, and Slashdot's long history of user moderation and fierce opposition to censorship must have been a much-needed thorn in your side.

    • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 28, 2015 @03:15PM (#50198621)

      Fuck your gamergate. Nobody even knows what it's about except for a bunch of people trying to make it more mainstream than it is. It's not important. It doesn't affect actual (pro e-sport or casual) gamers. It's nothing, and it's NOT worthy of news.

      • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 28, 2015 @03:33PM (#50198823)

        Nobody even knows what it's about except for a bunch of people trying to make it more mainstream than it

        Like the fucking mainstream press? If the mainstream press wouldn't continue to keep gamedropping and featuring the con artists involved, gamergate would have disappeared last year. But it continues to draw the clicks, so it keeps showing up in just about every story having to do with video games. Which is just fine, because the longer it goes on, the more people are red pilled and SJW's and their press lackeys continue to lose their grip on The Narrative, kek.

      • by Coren22 ( 1625475 ) on Tuesday July 28, 2015 @04:01PM (#50199129) Journal

        http://www.wired.com/2014/11/a... [wired.com]

        Bad ethics in game journalism hurts the gamers. This isn't the only example, just a big one that happened recently. Ethical outlets would have released poor reviews that belonged being released in order for the games to get fixed, or allow people to not preorder a game that barely runs on high end hardware.

        • There are problems with ethics in game journalism, but that's not what GamerGate is about. Don't forget that the original claim was that a developer slept with a journalist in exchange for positive coverage of her game, which turned out to be completely and demonstrably untrue. Even now, if you head over to Reddit or 8chan, that lie is still being pushed. If GamerGate really cared about ethics the first thing it would do is put its own house in order and apologise.

          GamerGate uses the ethics angle as an excuse to harass. When confronted the harassers can point to the people posting about ethics as a way to deflect criticism and disown their actions. If you really care about ethics in journalism, you need to either find a new hashtag or make a real effort to clean up GamerGate. Get over to Reddit and heavily down-mod all those misogynist posts on the GG boards, for example. That isn't happening right now, completely discrediting the ethics angle.

          In short, if you want to complain about ethics, you need to have them yourself first.

      • by DarkOx ( 621550 ) on Tuesday July 28, 2015 @04:02PM (#50199135) Journal

        I have to agree. Not giving more than occasion coverage to game gate was about the most journalisticly responsible thing Slashdot could have done.

        GG is and never was anything more than a bunch of self righteous and self important bloggers on both sides spewing lies and distortions. There is so much bad information that really can't be fact checked out there it isn't possible its not possible to write an intelligent article on the subject let alone have a discussion about.

      • Gamergate is vastly larger than being about "gamers" now, so so much vastly bigger. The word "gamergate" is actually doing it a disservice.

        The crux of most of the discussions which still continue about it, is mostly about the censorship, fear of discussing things for fear of being labelled, pushing a particular agenda.
        There's most certainly extremists on both sides but from where I'm sitting it appears the "SJW camp" are utterly incapable of sitting back, self reflecting and saying "whoah, hang on a minute,

    • by LaurenCates ( 3410445 ) on Tuesday July 28, 2015 @03:24PM (#50198731)

      As someone who ends up on the side of the pro-GG side of the argument more often than not, I can't imagine that Gamergate is all that important to anyone that far removed from either the people directly affected or anyone willing to jump in and be a part of it.

      In fact, the reason I ended up doing any research on the matter at all is because another site I frequent tends to use terms like "Gamergater" as a derogatory term without any context as a reminder that we're supposed to think of that guy as bad (much the same way that "MRA" is used and misused) and thus disregard any opinions that the accused has for fear of catching the plague.

      So I researched it. I had to do more work than I wanted to, really, particularly in proportion to how big it is. And it's not big. It's a teeny-tiny little world that to escape, all I have to do is browse away from any site talking about it and it's gone from my sight.

      Point being, I'm actually quite glad that Slashdot didn't add Gamergate to the stinking, festering pile of identity politics it already took upon itself to be responsible for.

      • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

        As someone who ends up on the side of the pro-GG side of the argument more often than not,

        Out of interest, why are you pro these people:
        http://wehuntedthemammoth.com/... [wehuntedthemammoth.com]

        Or perhaps you'd like to wile away a few minutes watching "the sarkeesian" effect. I do notice that the gaters on Slashdot banging on about fraud have finally given up 12 months after literally no one asked for their money back from Sarkeesian.

        much the same way that "MRA" is used and misused

        I think you're confusing the men's movement with t

    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      1. The complaints about beta I felt were misplaced. They shouldn't have made the beta default for anyone (and perhaps they should have refined it just a little more first...) but I think Slashdotters seriously overreacted to what was an easy to opt-out of test of a new UI. (And frankly, with D1 broken - thanks Pudge - and D2 horrible, I was looking forward to someone doing something about the /. UI.)

      2. I'm pretty sure that if they'd covered GamerGate in depth, you'd - based upon what you've written here

      • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 28, 2015 @03:43PM (#50198935)

        1. The complaints about beta I felt were misplaced. They shouldn't have made the beta default for anyone (and perhaps they should have refined it just a little more first...) but I think Slashdotters seriously overreacted to what was an easy to opt-out of test of a new UI. (And frankly, with D1 broken - thanks Pudge - and D2 horrible, I was looking forward to someone doing something about the /. UI.)

        I agree with you on #2 and #3 but disagree on the issue of Slashdot Beta. Slashdot beta was part of an industrywide UX antipattern [medium.com]. It goes something like this.

        1) You have a functional site or application and a large userbase.
        2) You hire some UXtards whose job it is to change things for change's sake.
        3) The UXtards implement changes like those involved in Digg v3. GNOME 3. Firefox 4-without-the-status bar through Australis inclusive. Windows 8. Google Maps. And, of course, Slashdot beta.
        4) The users revolt.
        5) The devs' jobs depend on constantly learning new frameworks/tech and polishing up their resumes for their next job. The UXtard's job depends on implementing "the vision." The UX manager's career relies on not having the UX redesign project fail. The CEO's career depends on monetization, and he/she is told by the CTO and VPs of engineering that the UX redesign is part and parcel of this. Everywhere along the chain of command, somebody's personal career goals are in direct conflict with the overwhelming negative user feedback.
        6) Everyone in the chain of command issues patronizing puff pieces and blog posts with verbiage like "we're making it better for you!" which are intended to placate the userbase, but which only anger it more, because the users aren't that stupid.
        7) The user feedback is ignored, pageviews/clicks/marketshare, and revenue, plummets.
        8) Nobody gets fired, because everybody was just doing their jobs / covering their asses. Devs implemented the UX team's spec and got to play with cool tech. UX team got buy-in from marketing. Marketing had orders from C-suite. C-suite wanted to monetize. Everybody gets their paycheck, even if all they accomplished was ruining the underlying asset.

        It has happened over and over and over again, and seems to be the hallmark of this decade in tech: take a working project, rip out everything useful in order to make it "cleaner" or "simpler," ignore overwhelming feedback until long after the damage to the asset or brand is permanent, pretend nothing was ever wrong in the first place, liquidate.

        • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

          It has happened over and over and over again, and seems to be the hallmark of this decade in tech: take a working project...

          ...and that's where I have the problem, because really, I think D2 is terrible, and D1 is far too ridden with bugs and limitations that exist because /. was once running on a 386 in Malda's closet over a 14.4 modem.

          Of course, there's a good case to be made that the existing code base should just be fixed, namely:

          - Remove sillier numeric limits for D1.
          - Unicode. It's 2015, there'

    • by Anonymous Coward

      The moderation has been particularly awful lately. Many perfectly fine comments get modded down to -1. Usually they don't even show the reason for the downmod. It's even getting common to see stories with only a few comments, and all have been modded down. Moderation mistakes are to be expected, of course, but a lot of these downmoddings appear to be targeted. It isn't just GNAA or BSD-is-dying trolls being downmodded, but rather people who have dared to present an independent viewpoint. It's getting to be

    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      that's because Gamergate wasn't about ethics in game journalism, hilarious memes be damned. it was PRECISELY about white men continuing to be gatekeepers against gaming opening up to other people, including women. in sum, get your paranoid persecution complex out of here.
    • by Holi ( 250190 ) on Tuesday July 28, 2015 @04:02PM (#50199131)
      There is a reason no one defended the idiot gamergate punks. You guys made sure you were indefensible. When no one called out the threats and the doxing you proved you had no moral leg to stand on. Not to mention that most of your allegations were proved false. It was your own actions that drowned out your words.
  • My $.02 (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Zibodiz ( 2160038 ) on Tuesday July 28, 2015 @03:03PM (#50198465)
    I would love to see Slashdot purchased by an open-source-minded non-profit. That's the core audience, why not let the lunatics run the asylum?
  • Maybe the next company will have more of a clue in managing the /. asset.
  • by ArcadeMan ( 2766669 ) on Tuesday July 28, 2015 @03:04PM (#50198485)

    This is a website read by NERDS, not people wearing business suits.

    If you want to make money with this website, don't do the same stupid mistakes as DHI Group Inc.

    Keep the news and topics nerds-related. Make sure you have nerds on your staff to manage the website and keep your hands off everything.

  • Kickstarter? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by moosehooey ( 953907 ) on Tuesday July 28, 2015 @03:04PM (#50198487)

    Maybe we can buy it and make it not-for-profit or something. Does anyone know how much they're asking?

  • Beta... (Score:5, Funny)

    by bengoerz ( 581218 ) on Tuesday July 28, 2015 @03:04PM (#50198491)
    Even Dice hates it now.
  • That sounds like terrible news. Really, it would be hard to have a less coherent business plan than the ones that have been used thus far.
  • Sugar Daddies? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Hartree ( 191324 ) on Tuesday July 28, 2015 @03:07PM (#50198525)

    Hey, any of you Slashdot geeks won the lottery lately and have lotsa money you don't know what to do with?

    Just think, you could be the new hero riding in on your shining horse to save us all! (Until we all become disillusioned with you, and we'll flame you like we have everyone else. :) )

    • /. is just an empty name, and it has less value than ever. All the best parts of /. can and have been forked.

      SoylentNews is like HuffingtonPost on slashcode, while PipeDot is a working rewrite of slashcode that kept the sci/tech focus and high standards, but hasn't managed to build a big community of users so far. Just pointing /. readers to Pipedot instead would do the job, and rescue millions of dollars from Dice's pockets.

  • by Midnight_Falcon ( 2432802 ) on Tuesday July 28, 2015 @03:10PM (#50198567)
    From a cannon, perhaps? Please?!?
  • assumed it would. (Score:5, Insightful)

    by nimbius ( 983462 ) on Tuesday July 28, 2015 @03:19PM (#50198665) Homepage
    Beta is awful, thats just a fact of life and so many others have confirmed it in this thread. Among other reasons this turd is being sent to auction:

    s/audience/community. you did that to yourselves, you could have undone it any time you wanted to. we're respected professionals, not a captive audience. we are intelligent enough to run this site. and many, many others like it.

    slashvertisements. how much more do you need to milk from this site. Theres a reason people put "slashdot without adblock is awful" in their sigs. we never asked for videos.

    The layout has gone to shit. Look at soylentnews.org, now back at yourself, now back at soylentnews. note how soylent listened to its users and implemented SSL? they never added tags, they never forced new icons for every iota of topic, and nobody pushed like and share on all social media abilities.
  • WOOHOO!! (Score:5, Funny)

    by neo-mkrey ( 948389 ) on Tuesday July 28, 2015 @03:24PM (#50198735)
    Finally news for nerds that matters.
  • by random coward ( 527722 ) on Tuesday July 28, 2015 @03:29PM (#50198789)
    I expect the end is near for slashdot. Its been a nice run, but all things must come to an end. Either it doesn't get sold and shutdown or it gets sold to someone who used the domain names for something else, but slashdot is now in hospice.

    So long and thanks for all the fish!
  • Buy a small lake, (Score:5, Insightful)

    by jenningsthecat ( 1525947 ) on Tuesday July 28, 2015 @03:46PM (#50198975)

    then piss in it every day for three years or so, and invite your corporate buddies to do the same. Wonder why fewer and fewer people come by for a swim, and why you can't make any money from fishing in the lake. Sell it, probably at a loss, and move on to your next 'conquest'. Way to go Dice!

  • buy low sell high (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Nick ( 109 ) on Tuesday July 28, 2015 @04:26PM (#50199417) Journal
    I guess I should've taken that $2k offer my 3 digit UID when I chance. It's been a fun 18 years or so, but the future of /. doesn't seem to bright.

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