It all started innocently enough. I had written my
book, and after reading
Kuro5hin article I wrote,
I sent him a copy of the book.
and then mentioned he was going to submit it to Slashdot.
Lo and behold, a few days later it was
posted, and the fun began.
I not only got to watch a discussion about my
I actually had the power to do something about it, because through the magic of karma, the
Slashdot gods had blessed me as a moderator that day, meaning I could moderate 5 replies
up or down.
Slashdot rules forbid moderating and posting in the same thread...so should I publicly post replies
in the thread, or just sneakily moderate a few choice ones? Thought: Would it be strange to post in a discussion
about me? I read somewhere that famous people sometimes participate in fan sites about themselves. Another
thought: Why was I worrying about what famous people did?
Secretly moderating appealed to me, but there was so much there that I wanted to comment
on, and not just the
obscene rap lyrics,
on programmers who smoke,
about the lameness of Slashdot itself. I mean what can you do with people who
make fun of the
title of your book?
Did I mention people making fun of the
title of my book?
Heck one person took the time to
rewrite part of it!
Still it looked like a lot of my work had been done for me. Sure
(one person didn't even
make it past the
but I also picked up a
although some people
weren't planning on
paying. A few
chimed in, as did a
former Microsoft intern.
I almost had to jump in to explain what the reviewer
meant by my being a
low-level programmer (answer: it was a little
of both). Luckily others
jumped to my defense,
even going so far as to post a link to
all my K5 articles
(he wasn't the only person
there (hey, who modded that "OffTopic"!)).
I wasn't too happy with people
bagging on my reviewer, but he
jumped in to defend himself.
Still in the final analysis I felt I could live without congratulating anyone for
about open source (really
So I went for moderating instead. What posts got my imprimatur?
Well, I couldn't really avoid marking such
I thought this
deserved an "Insightful", and liked
comment. I rescued this
from a score of 0. Finally, notwithstanding this
argument to the contrary,
I thought this
was the most entertaining thing there -- and the guy read all the way to page 249!. So I modded it up -- part of its eventual total of
"Offtopic=1, Flamebait=3, Interesting=2, Informative=1, Overrated=2, Underrated=2". Was everyone
reading the same thing?
Well, 232 comments later the chatter seems to have died down, my karma pimpin' is over, and I can go back to my previous
anonymous existence. Thank you for