Slashdot (/.) is a news website that features technology-centric news and discussions (our motto is "News for Nerds, Stuff that Matters"). Since 1997, Slashdot has been presenting interesting news from the technology continuum, with an eclectic mix of reader-submitted stories, crowd-sourced interviews, and original stories and reviews. On any given day, you're likely to find posts on our front page about cloud computing, data centers, mobile, hardware hacking and open source software — among many other topics — and most importantly, hundreds or thousands of reader comments that put those posts in context.
Who does this?
Slashdot was created in 1997 by Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda.
Today it's owned by Dice Holdings, Inc.
Slashdot is run primarily by a handful of editors and
- The code is wrangled and taunted by:
• Kaushik Acharya
• David Hand
• Tim Vroom
• Chris Inman
• Wes Tapp
- The editors, as of February 2013, are:
• Jeff "Soulskill" Boehm
- • Timothy Lord
- • Rob "Samzenpus" Rozeboom.
- • Nick Kolakowski
- Guest Editor:
- • Clinton "unknown lamer" Ebadi
What does the name "Slashdot" mean?
"Slashdot" is an intentionally obnoxious URL.
When Rob registered the domain
he wanted a URL that was confusing when read aloud.
Editorial—Story Submissions, etc.
How do I submit a story? What about corrections or updates?
To submit stories, corrections, or updates, please use
(Submit corrections or updates just as if you were
submitting any other news item, by using the
web submission form.
Please include a link to the story you're updating or
correcting, and explain what the trouble is.)
How do I Ask Slashdot?
To submit a question for consideration in the Ask Slashdot section,
Please use the same submissions form;
just make clear that you're asking a question.
(A good way is to title your submission starting with
"Ask Slashdot." which makes it easy to spot. )
Why did you change my submission?
We often edit submissions for reasons of spelling,
grammar, or clarity, or to format them for visual
consistency. We're happy when a story submission comes
in with no changes needed, but most stories get at
least a tweak or two. Sometimes we'll shorten a
submission to emphasize its key points or points,
remove links not relevant or central to the story
posted, swap anchor text to make links easier to read,
or substitute a better link for one that may be broken,
expired or paywalled (or not the best link for some
other reason). When two submissions offer different
sources, we may combine them into a single story.
Sometimes, too, we may fold links to relevant previous
Slashdot stories into the text, or add these links
separately. Though we do so in good faith, we apologize
in advance and strive to correct any errors that this
Could you explain why my submission was declined?
This is harder than it sounds. We try to select the
most interesting, timely, and relevant submissions, but
can only run a fraction of those submitted; there are
probably as many reasons for stories to get declined as
there are stories.
Can I submit a story anonymously?
Yes — and you're welcome to. Slashdot doesn't require you to log in to take part either as a reader or submitter.
If you log in, though, the editors can follow up with questions if for some reason we'd otherwise like to run your story but some crucial word or link is missing.
And all other things being equal, we'd probably select a submission from a logged-in user over an essentially identical one submitted anonymously.
So logging is isn't mandatory, but it's helpful.
Where do I submit press releases?
We'd rather you didn't submit press releases—at
least not ones that sound like press releases! But if
you're going to submit one,
please use the submission form.
Can I email a story submission?
In short, No. If you email one of the editors directly,
the others won't see your submission. (And your mail
might hit someone who's on vacation, sleeping, or has a
downed network connection.) Assume that any emailed
story submission is likely to go unread;
please use the submission form
I submitted a similar submission before the one you actually ran; Why?
Several factors determine which submissions get posted, and when: the quality of the submission itself, the time of day, the quality and variety of included links — and sometimes,
we just mess up. The nature of Slashdot means that we often must choose from among several overlapping submissions, and we appreciate every one of them.
I want to write a book review. What should I do?
If you scan previous Slashdot book reviews, you'll see that we include certain information about each book (publisher, length, etc.); please include that information, as plain text, and simply
put the text of your review into a submission. Note that most reviews we select run are 1000-2000 words long; if yours is much shorter than that, consider expanding it. (And please begin your submission title with "Book Review," so we can spot it easily.)
Why should I log in?
Logging in lets you save preferences, and gives you
access to features that anonymous readers don't have,
including a journal, the Friends & Foes system, and
comment moderation. Logged-in users' comments start at
score 1 rather than 0, too.
Can I change my nickname?
Sorry, but No. It's just too prone to abuse. Besides, it's how others on the site know you.
What are user profile pages? Do I have one automatically?
Every logged in user has a profile page; this shows your posting history as well as some other information, such as any contact information you've elected to share. This page lets you look at each user's comments, submissions, journal entries, link to other reader designated as friends, etc.
You can reach your own profile page by selecting your profile page (from the drop-down menu in the upper right hand corner of the page) to check on responses to comments you've made, or to see they've been moderated up.
How can I delete my account?
You can't. But don't sweat it; the unused accounts
don't hurt anything. (Except your reputation, if you've used the account to spam or otherwise abuse the system. So don't do that.)
I forgot / can't get my password!
anyhow, then click
"Forgot your password?"
Still have trouble? Email
I'm having trouble logging in.
Make sure you have cookies turned on, and that your computer's date and time are correct.
If you've turned cookies on, and still have trouble, email email@example.com for help.
"You can't post to this page" — Why not?
This probably means you're reading from behind a web proxy that allows connections from any host. This functionality has been abused. Comments can't be posted from this address until the proxy is better secured.
Please notify your Proxy Admin.
Do you ban people from Slashdot?
Occasionally we ban IPs from which we see abuse, or disallow accounts from specific actions (such as posting or submitting stories) in response to spam, persistent flamebait, etc
Why is my IP banned?
- If your IP is banned, it's probably because one of these is true:
- • Your IP has been used to perform a denial of service attack (or the accidental equivalent) against Slashdot.
- • Your IP was used to post comments that break Slashdot's rendering.
- • You're using a proxy server used by someone who did one of those things.
If you believe an IP has been unfairly banned, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, and specify the IP itself, your user ID, and any other pertinent information. (If you're connecting through a proxy server, you might need to have the admin contact us instead.)
Karma, Thresholds, Abuse, etc.
What is Karma?
On Slashdot, your karma is a variable that primarily represents how your comments have been moderated.
Karma is used to determine who moderates and who doesn't.
You can improve your karma by posting intelligent, funny, informative or comments generally impressive to your fellow readers.
If a comment you post is moderated up, your karma will rise. Conversely, bad karma usually indicates a user account used to spam or otherwise lower the quality of the discussion. Factors besides moderation also affect karma.
Having a story submission accepted raises your karma, too.
I see karma badges next to some readers' names; what does that mean?
A karma badge indicates that a particular reader has positive karma (the default karma badge means just that: "Positive");
that doesn't guarantee that every comment from that reader is great, but you can take it as a clue in evaluating comments.
Get one for yourself by making comments that others find informative, insightful, or otherwise good. For users with a history of particularly good comments, there are also badges that indicate Good and Excellent karma.
How many questions can I ask?
Ask as many questions as you'd like! Just don't ask
unrelated questions in the same comment; instead, ask
separately, so they can be moderated separately. (More
chances to win!)
I asked nearly the same question as one you selected to pass on; why?
Often several readers ask similar questions. If yours
is the one Slashdot editors believe represents that
"group" of questions best, it's the one that gets
picked. We tend to pick questions that have meaningful
subject lines, and we prefer questions that are short
and pithy to long, wandering ones.
Hey, that eleventh question wasn't even highly moderated!
It's a human factor. Moderation helps us decide which
questions to send along, but often there are
interesting ones which haven't been modded up as much.
What kind of logging does Slashdot do?
We log the usual stuff (IP, page, time, user, page
views, moderation, and comment posting, mainly), and a
few other bits, too. The data is used mostly to make
Why do I see 'loading from fsdn.com' when I'm reading Slashdot?
That's our image server; if you block it, you'll miss
all the graphic violence.
I use NoScript; what should I know?
is necessary for the fancier parts of the site to
function. You'll need to white-list
too; that's our CDN, and if you block it, many things
If you feel that you're getting this message for a reason not listed above please drop us a line at email@example.com
Slashdot looks different than it did before; are there different ways to view the page? Can I see it in the old style?
Yes. First, know that you can select from three interfaces to the current layout of the Slashdot page, by clicking an icon toward the top of the page.
Standard view; this is the default, and it's what you'll see if you visit beta.slashdot.org for the first time, or if you have not selected a different view.
Classic view: This looks almost, but not quite, like the version of Slashdot you've seen for the past several years.
Headlines only: For quick scanning, this is probably your best bet.
I want to stick with the Classic site (slashdot.org) for now. How do I go back?
If you'd rather view the Classic site for now, click on the “Slashdot Classic” link in the footer of the Beta site (beta.slashdot.org). Likewise, if you are on the Classic site and want to switch to Beta, click on the "Slashdot Beta" link in the footer of the Classic site. Both choices are persistent, and require you have cookies enabled.
What are the additional stories I see popping up sometimes, labeled "Community Pick"?
We can't always put all the stories we'd like on the Slashdot page, but in the interest giving you more reading options, we've put in place a mechanism to let some more stories rise to the top, if readers have given reason to think they're worthwhile. You'll see these marked as "Community Picks." Take part! You can read the stream of incoming submissions and nudge up the stories you find interesting.
Explain the "Most Discussed" filter
On Slashdot, the real action has always been in the comments. The Most Discussed filter takes you to those recent stories where the comments are heaviest, so you can join in (or at least graze the discussion).
An ad is breaking the page, or offending my sensibilities. What can I do?
We have rules intended to keep our advertisements sanely polite, but occasionally one slips by that breaks them. If you see a 500k banner, or one that is launching Java, say, or even an ad you just think is obnoxious, please complain to firstname.lastname@example.org. The editors don't select the ads, but we probably agree with your complaint, and can pass on to the advertising department.
I have found a bug on Slashdot; whom do I contact?
We hate bugs but love bug reports. If you spot a bug, or suspect one, please email email@example.com with as much relevant detail as you can. (When did you spot the bug? What browser, what version, under what OS? Did you get an error message, and if so what was it? The more detail, the better the odds we'll be able to fix it; screenshots are great, too.)
This document doesn't answer my question!
Like most FAQs, this one usually needs pruning and watering. If you have a burning question, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org with "FAQ suggestion" in the subject line so we can consider including it.
What is in Beta
Beta site already has the core functionality needed for you to perform the more
common activities on the site like viewing stories, comments and login etc. Apart
from that it has the following key enhancements:
• Cleaner, simpler homepage design with option to view stories in three
different layouts (Standard, Classic and Headline View)
• Prominent profile pages that give you a snapshot of other community
members, their engagement and contribution on Slashdot
• Easier browsing of popular topics straight from the main navigation.
• More community-promoted content in the All Stories view.
To learn more about key features in Beta please see Introduction to Beta.
As you explore Beta please send us your feedback.
What is not in Beta yet
We are rapidly iterating over the Beta site though please bear in mind some
features are not yet available or fully baked. For features not available you'll see a
"Coming Soon" bubble if you hover your mouse over those areas of the site. Here
are a few key areas we are still working on:
• Advanced Profile update
• Adding tags
• User interface for different features and pages is still in the works including
responsive design i.e. how you see Beta site on mobile for example
For a more detailed look at what is pushed out in every release - below is a list of
changes made in Beta releases recently, listed in chronological order:
• White space reduced and increased information density on the site by making certain UI elements more compact
• Comment linking and ability to view a comment sub-thread
- Release 02/04/2014
• Sign up
• Basic Profile Update
• Change Password
- Release 01/30/2014
• Sign Up
• Filter On Comments
• Forgot Password
- Release 11/21/2013
- • Addition of a new Career vertical under Slashdot
• Login and profile improvements
• Clean up of Slashboxes
- Release 11/07/2013
- • Improved readability of story section on the main page
- • Updates so that the site can now be viewed without a fixed width issue
- • Karma badges now also show next to each submitter on the main page
• Improved footer layout