First off, congratulations to rusty on his 1 year anniversary. The funny thing is that I was thinking about a k5 summary last night for an entirely different reason.
You see, its been a rather tumultuous week here on k5, what with the 10,000th user and all. But it has been busy here for other reasons as well. Our biggest story every has been streetlawyer's Why Freedom, currently sitting at around 271 comments. A couple other recent articles are at or around the 200 mark, and 100 seems to be the average for a decent front-page post. k5 is busy like it's never been busy before.
All this business hasn't been without a price, though, as the trolling has begun in earnest, and unfortunately, the story moderation system has not always been up to the task in filtering them out. Rusty has been criticized over his editorial decision to modify a story based on a dirty word, and there was some division in the community because of it.
Also, there has been an influx of the slashdot crowd, especially some of the more visible / vocal members. There has actually been a good thing, IMHO, as more people == more discussion, generally. Between the diaries, the front-page, #kuro5hin, etc., k5 has become a very busy place.
In fact right here, right now, k5 feels almost like slashdot did 2+ years ago (pre-moderation). There is a lot to talk about, and the trend of a herd groupthink has not yet reached the same level as it has on the other site. There is still a chance for a dissenting opinion to be heard. And that's a good thing.
So happy birthday, k5. Congrats rusty, and Inoshiro, without who no poll would be complete. May the next year be as eventful and exciting as this one. Or, as the old curse goes: "May you live in exciting times."