I was never one of the ones complaining about the queue being too large, and actually bitched at people when they did because I figured it would lower the quality of the site as a whole. Well, I guess I was correct. The articles getting posted have been mostly garbage. I think part of the problem is that they get submitted too quickly to allow people to really post anything useful in the editorial comments. I'd say quite a few of the articles are complete bullshit, lies, or just misinformed garbage. Let's go through the front page articles and give a quick rundown of my opinions:
The People v. DMCA - This actually is not too bad, but I think the topic has been done to death. I don't feel that the article really presented anything new to me, but if enough people have that short of an attention span it's good they voted it up.
Star Wars Starts Wars - Some nutball visited a military base and claimed that they occupied it. Then, he goes on to give the reasons, complaining about a military defense program that never made it and there are no plans to implement it now. What's next? Are they going to complain about the exploitation of the ancient Hebrews by Egypt and go "occupy" the desert in protest? Really, I found this whole article full of lies and stupidity.
Getting Paid for Content: from micropayments to shareware models - This one could be interesting. It's not interesting to me, but I can see how it is to many people on the site. I read some of it and found it to be worthy of being posted. I'd say this is probably on the level of the "good old days" front page stories.
Credit Cards: Feed Us Your Young - I personally would like to bitchslap everyone that voted this article up in the face. This is a whiny rant about how he was too stupid to budget and now he's in debt because he spent money he didn't have. I'm no fan of financial institutions, but this article is so full of lies and bullshit that I had to be on their side here, much like many of the others that posted topical comments. I don't see how this got posted unless it was to show how much of a jackass Lord13 is.
Creative Labs spying ... and now this? - I have mixed feelings on this article, it would have made a good diary entry, but at the same time it could have been rewritten to discuss spyware and adware from many different companies, ways to fight against it, etc. The article as it is sucks, but it had great potential if it were rewritten. Too late for that.
Pinochet, Milosevic, Kissinger? - This article is pointless. The author was trying to be "shocking" and get us to think about something but it just didn't seem to be interesting to me. Maybe it was for other people, who knows.
How Americans See Osama bin Laden - This is sort of a "preaching to the quoir" article. We all know that he is a terrorist, and that he has reasons. I don't think his reasons are valid excuses to have people killed, because there is no excuse to have innocents killed. This article seemed to be apologist in nature to make people think, "sure he wants to blow up your family and kill all of you, but at heart he's really a great guy."
Appeals Court Reverses Breakup of Microsoft - This should have been MLP or something. It was not written up well enough to be a front page article, but it had potential. Again, the new story queue doesn't give people any motivation to write quality stories, and just like with slashdot the goal is to submit something quickly before everyone else does in a case like this.
Chronically homeless with 10 children - Another whiny article talking about how unfair life is for a crack whore. The author seems incapable of writing any article that doesn't try to take the blame away from people for their own actions. I bet this Lord13 guy makes Electric Angst proud.
Half God, Half Dirty GNU Hippy - I don't know. Shoeboy is famous for trolling, and some of that comes out in the way he writes articles but I guess they are interesting to some. I personally don't care about open source, it's as disgusting to me as if he was writing about how great Steve Jobs is and giving me details of his life I don't care about. The whole series of Shoeboy's seems like a wankfest to me, but I guess there are enough wankers here to vote it to the front page so you can't blame him for pleasing people.