Slashdot and the SourceForge controversy
Some folks might not know that Slashdot and SourceForge are both owned by the same parent company, Slashdot Media. That corporate connection has given rise to suspicions that Slashdot has been burying recent stories critical of SourceForge.
The Danluu blog reported on Slashdot and SourceForge:
...it’s funny to see Slashdot (which is owned by the same company as SourceForge) also attempting to destroy their own brand. They’re the only major tech news aggregator which hasn’t had a story on this, and that’s because they’ve buried every story that someone submits. This has prompted people to start submitting comments about this on other stories.
How is it possible that someone, somewhere, thinks that censoring SourceForge’s adware bundling on Slashdot is a net positive for Slashdot Media, the holding company that owns Slashdot and SourceForge? A quick search on either Google or Google News shows that the story has already made it to a number of major tech publications, making the value of suppressing the story nearly zero in the best case.
Update: The Sourceforge/GIMP story is now on Slashdot, the week after it appeared everywhere else, with a note about how the editor just got back from the weekend to people “freaking out that we’re ‘burying’ this story”. I admit that I don’t follow Slashdot very closely nowadays, but it appears that many other stories were somehow posted to Slashdot by various editors since the Sourceforge/GIMP story broke last Wednesday.
The news about Slashdot allegedly censoring stories about SourceForge caught the attention of some Linux redditors, and they pulled no punches sharing their thoughts about it:
TotesHuman: "You either die a hero, or live long enough to see yourself become the villain."
Afkiel: "Oh, good grief . I don't even why I visit Slashdot anymore. The article discussion on Reddit is generally superior, and so is the timeliness of the posts. Stupid bad habits."
Gaggra: "...the Slashdot site itself is certainly going downhill, with Beta, and Dice interference, and the generally slower rate of reporting. However, I still frequently find interesting stories and comments on Slashdot rather than Reddit."
8db9c9d51e93d249483c: "I stopped visiting Slashdot a few months ago when they started having articles about sexism, racism, and other discrimination on the front page about once or twice a month. The formula was usually the same: the description/linked article made some BS claims, commenters weren't having any of it and took the evidence/arguments (if there even were any) systematically apart. It was fun to watch for a while, but that crap just kept coming and coming with the same claims and bad arguments, it just got tiring and frustrating more than anything else. It really reminds me of that saying about playing chess with a pigeon."
Sotonohito: "I remember when slashdot was my go to place for arguing about tech. Then it just faded away and I honestly can't remember the last time I went there. It's been years. Wow."
Plazman30: "Slashdot just responded this morning about this. They're not burying stories and just put one on the front page about this."
Bnolsen: "...slashdot's weakness is the bias of the editors. They have their own agenda and post things supporting that agenda, not matter how ridiculous the topic or their stance. Hacker news is better for links posted but it has something missing as well."
Nixon_richard_m: "Where have you gone CmdrTaco?
Our nation turns its lonely eyes to you.
Sej7278: "Slashdot jumped the shark about a decade ago, it got too filled with clueless hipsters and microsoft paid shills."