- 1 Frequently Asked Questions
- 1.1 What is this site about
- 1.2 Who owns this site
- 1.3 What if Dice decides to revert to Classic Slashdot?
- 1.4 How can I volunteer?
- 1.5 Will the code be released open source?
- 1.6 Will the database be released open source?
- 1.7 Will you be taking articles/content from Slashdot?
- 1.8 What about user ID on old slashdot, can we preserve that?
Frequently Asked Questions
What is this site about
This is a news site alternative to Slashdot. It runs an interface much like Slashdot used to be - better articles, less decoration, and less "in your face" functionality.
Who owns this site
The site is owned and run by NCommander.
This may change in a month or so when we choose a business model.
What if Dice decides to revert to Classic Slashdot?
The general feeling is that the quality of articles on Slashdot has become poor. We think we can do a better job, so the project will continue regardless of what Dice does with Slashdot.
How can I volunteer?
If you are interested in volunteering, start in the Get Involved Section.
We also need to spread the word
For almost all facets of the site, contributions are made by community consent: If you can convince the community, we'll make it happen.
Will the code be released open source?
Will the database be released open source?
Yes, providing there are no legal issues or other "gotchas".
On the subject of making things open source, someone suggested that the database be separated via API from the presentation. People could then write other interfaces and presentation methods that show the data in various ways. It would also allow program access to the data for things such as searching and other uses.
I think this is an excellent idea. Barring any insurmountable issues, I'll try to make that happen during the rewrite.
Will you be taking articles/content from Slashdot?
We don't consider it fair. Slashdot put a lot of effort into building their brand and community. If we are to succeed, we need to do it on our own merits.
I'm deciding this as benevolent dictator. Regardless of community sentiment, we won't be poaching from Slashdot.
What about user ID on old slashdot, can we preserve that?
The original plan was to implement a system to preserve UIDs from the old site. This may not be possible anymore. See Migration of users from Slashdot for details.