The Slashdot Connection?
The question that was on everyone's mind seemed to be: "What about Slashdot?"
sugarush asks: Do you think kuro5hin.org competes with slashdot?
rusty: I don't think "competes" is the right term, really, so, the short answer is no. The longer answer is, we share a lot of the same audience, and a lot of the same topic interests, but there's also quite a bit of divergence, in both subject and "feel." We tend to have a lot more non-tech content, and of course there's the differences in story moderation, and comment rating.
Inoshiro: Slashdot is news oriented. You load it to get a quick fix, and maybe a few interesting comments. Kuro5hin is discussion oriented. You load it to see the same discussions of the past few days, and continue your exchange of words in them. So we are as much in direct competition as UNIX Fire extinguishers and UNIX computers. Yes, they can both be used in the same area, but the overlap tends to be less :)
cesarb asks: What do you think of slashdot?
We also had the obligatory:
rusty: We dig slashdot. I give the /. gang a lot of credit for all the work it takes to run a site like that, and for really being the first to do it at the scale they do.
Inoshiro: Yeah. A lot of people don't appreciate the kind of work it takes to get hairy perl on bad hardware doing useful things. And Slash is as hairy as you get...
AArthur asks: Kuro5hin vs. Slashdot. Which is better? Why?
Well, what did you expect me to say?
rusty: K5 is better :-) Next.
Went Down to the Crossroads, and Met Chris DiBona at Midnight...
Some people were curious about what it would take for us to "sell our souls," and if we've in fact already done so.
qslack asks: Say VA/Andover proposed to buy K5. What would your reaction be?
After which I immediately contradict myself:
rusty: I'm not afraid of the idea of selling K5 because i don't think it matters who "owns" it, as long as they keep hands off.
Psychosis asks: Say MSN proposed to buy K5. What would your reaction be?
We also had roblimo assume the mantle of "Slashdot conspiracy theorist" to ask:
rusty: Ha! No. Some things you just can't live with. :-)
* Inoshiro has standards.
roblimo asks: How does it feel to have sold out and have those "sponsor" tags on the site? Does this mean you are corporate scum now?
rusty: Actually, it's great, cause we don't have to run banners anymore. We wanted hardware and bandwidth, and we got those things, and i like the nice little sponsor box a lot better than the ugly banners. And to answer the point of the question-- we don't share the general fear and loathing of companies that seems common in those who've never worked for a company, i.e. the yourger kids on /., who are usually the corporate conspiracy theorists.
Inoshiro: I've never understood the Bowie Poag school of thought on companies.
rusty: heh. But we won't go there.
Octalppc asks: were you forced to sell your soul for the VA hardware?
Makes me wonder if Inoshiro had some "meetings" that I wasn't invited to...
rusty: lol. Not at all. Chris Dibona contacted me after the black screen of death went up, and asked if we needed anything. I said we'd love some hardware, and they sent us some. It was explicitly a donation, not a trade of any sort.
Inoshiro: But it wasn't signed in blood, so it doesn't count.
We were baited several times, but refused to participate in any of the current *nix Holy Wars...
cesarb asks: What do you think about Python?
rusty: I love monty python. some of the funniest comedy ever on tv. John Cleese is a genius. Fawlty Towers was great too.
Inoshiro: OTOH, Python can be neat for things like OO stuff. I mean, look at the Quest for the Holy Grail: A giant wooden object was thrown by french objects at english objects. That's so object oriented.
rusty: I think the answer here is: "We do not engage in language wars in public." :-)
AArthur asks: KDE or GNOME or ?
And the obligatory attempt to get us to plug BeOS:
rusty: GNOME. KDE is cool though. More stable, less pretty. Again, desktop
Inoshiro: Yeah, but people treat you differently if you run it. "Dude, you run KDE!? Not that there's anything wrong with that." <-- It's like being gay (to quote rusty)
rusty: Again, desktop wars... what's the point? They're both cool.
GandalfGreyhame asks: Inoshiro and Rusty : If you couldn't touch a linux or *BSD, what OS would you use for everyday use? :)
rusty: I'd probably go back to making furniture. I've never tried Be though, Gandalf, since i know that's what you really want us to say. :-)
To Sum Up
There's a lot more, so read the transcript. But I think this one makes for a good closing statement:
Silaron asks: do you see kuro5hin as being around for a while? if not in its current incarnation, then as a list, or as a channel on some random irc network, or otherwise?
rusty: Kuro5hin is here to stay, as far as I'm concerned. I think it'll remain a website for as long as that's the best we've got to work with. Basically, I'll support it as long as the readers are interested, so it's up to you.
Additional by Inoshiro: Don't forget about the real victims of this all, Kurodot (run by Rustytaco and Hemoshiro)