My first comment on this is something that I'm sure most of you have already noticed, and a few have pointed out. Close to half of the submitted stories (if not more) have previously been news items on Slashdot. Is this good or bad?
On one hand, I can see the benefit of posting ex-Slashdot stories here on kuro5hin.org. The idea is similar to that of finding yourself involved in an interesting discussion with the crowd at the office, coming home, and starting the discussion again with a few friends later that night. It's still a good topic of conversation, and you are eager to share your ideas and gain a new perspective from theirs.
However, what if that same group of friends works with you as well? You might be able to continue the discussion, but it'd certainly be unnecessary to start over from the beginning. All of you were there. Everyone knows what was said.
With a show of hands, how many of you read kuro5hin.org and NOT slashdot.org? I venture to say very few. Since most of us DO read both, in most circumstances we should just go ahead and let the Slashdot stories remain Slashdot stories. Let's not use kuro5hin.org as a niche Slashdot, let's use kuro5hin.org as Kuro5hin.
How can we do this?
Hmm. What are two of the most important things we've got going with Kuro5hin that Slashdot is missing?
Story moderation and a small user base.
What does this mean?
Every single one of us has a voice, and an opportunity to be heard!
Got an issue that's really been bugging you lately? Strong feelings about it? Share it! Come up with a brilliant idea? Did you find yourself in an intriguing discussion the other night, or notice something poignant and clever about society? Write it up and submit it! The worst that can happen is that it will be moderated down and not seen as an article or feature, but if your article is well written and concerns technology or culture (a giant category in itself,) chances are that you will come back and see your story boldly displayed on the front page. Take a screen snapshot and send a copy to your mother. She?ll be so proud!
Sure, there is always room for hot news items and links from other sites. If one of us submits a link previously covered in Slashdot, and we all find it worth rehashing, we'll mark it up. But don't be afraid to vote against stories as well, if you feel it's going to simply be a repeat item from Slashdot.
Look at the articles that Rusty was posting while he was still in control of the site (heh.) Most of them were opinion pieces, insight, or sparks and tinder for conversation. These were the stories that brought us back to Kuro5hin every day, and the stories that make Kuro5hin stand out.
Remember, the tagline says "technology and culture from the trenches." That's us! It's time to make our own discussions.