Seriously, the front page would rotate several times a day with as many hits as Slashdot gets.
I gotta disagree with this. There's a finite amount of interesting news in any given day. Slashdot gets a lot of submissions, but how many are duplicates? I'd guess one in ten is a new story, and I think that's pretty generous. So, say they get 500 submissions in a day, we can figure that maybe 50 of those are unique stories, and opening the queue tends to strongly discourage duplicate submissions. So then, out of those 50, what makes you think that a group of 200,000 people would vote more of them onto the front page than a group of 10,000 people do? Especially considering the threshold is adjustable.
Besides that, one of the unspoken assumptions of "it doesn't scale" is that I, and we, expect K5 to magically scale as-is. I don't. People who've been around for a long time already know that nothing here is permanent -- more people and more activity have revealed weaknesses in every design so far, and I have no doubt they will continue to do so. So we'll continue to scale as needed, like we always have.
I do agree with you that a site of the sort we have now wouldn't be able to sustain coherent discussions with the kind of traffic slashdot has. They certainly haven't been able to, and I don't have any illusion that we'll be able to either. You can't have an interesting discussion in the online equivalent of a stadium full of screaming people. Before we get to that point, I expect to subdivide the site further, and provide ways for people to collect themselves into, for lack of a better term, "affinity groups" -- collections of people who are interested in talking about the same stuff. Slashdot operates, at this point, like a 24/7 version of Orwell's 5 Minutes Hate. The assembled crowds are flashed the target, and they scream and hurl whatever they can at it, and then it moves on to the next target. This is no way to operate a discussion site, and it only works for us now because there's few enough people.
Anyway, this is only tangentially related to the original topic at hand, but I did want to share a couple thoughts about that classic piece of FUD, "It won't scale." It's amusing that Taco is starting to sound like an MS flak in his old age, but at least we have the benefit of hindsight, seeing the ways /. has failed to scale.
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