I thought this article had potential as far as discussing the nature of weblogs, however, it ended up being a "/. is failing" article, rather than discussing the lessons that other weblogs might want to learn.
/. is falling apart, BFD, K5 is still vital. Simple statement, simple point. Unless you can draw parallels and expand upon ideas, insofar as they relate to both, this article ends up being nothing more than a statement of the obvious, and is, consequently, of little or no value to the community, IMHO.
/. was my first "weblog" experience; mind you I was an avid BBSer during the majority of the 80's/, so the notion of public fora is nothing new. What makes the (h)internet unique is that area codes, and country codes, no longer affect, much, the ability of people to participate. You'd think that, with this reduction in barriers, the quality of discussion would increase from being geeks vs. non-geeks, however, /. has, to me, seemed to be more of a "who can garner their 15 seconds of fame" competition in recent months.
Occasionally, they come up with something new, however, the bulk of the news posts are old-hat... patent issues and more on RAMBUS; and the comments are even more starved for brain power (how many goatse.cx post do they get a day?) - not to mention all the FOI kids, who have obviosuly never produced anything marketable in their lives, who feel the need to reinterate a point that has been made many times over,and often been better phrased?
If you are going to rehash the same 6 issues daily, making the same 6 comments on the articles, why bother creating a major weblog? Any 16 year old could keep rehashing the same damned story, day after day, if he wanted to, without claiming stress. Sure, as little as 12 months ago, /. was relatively unique, but it is now just a legacy site; sites such as K5, Ars technica, and Security Focus, having taken over in more specific fields, and doing a much better job.
I digress... I was trying to point out how the article got caught up in a site that is, depending on POV, a relic, and ended up doing the same. Give me 1s, I don't care, however, by ramb,ling on, I more or less paralleled the qualities of this article: good concept, lacklustre implementation... should have been an MS product, I think.
... but then again, what do I know?