ramses0 continues: Heh. Here's some even more interesting text here. But seriously... I think slashdot has the "slashdot-style" stories covered... is this sites focus on geeks (probably), on their social lives, etc? What do you think?
Ok, I didn't really want to have to answer this question, but it's clear that some sort of direction is needed. I know I wouldn't submit stuff to a site if I didn't have a clue what the site's purpose was, so I can't expect any of you to, either. And be warned, what I'm about to write will not necessarily "answer" the question. I agree with ramses0 (never thought I'd find myself publicly agreeing with someone who might be named after a condom, but nevertheless...), that the readers should ultimately decide what they want the site to be. That's what story moderation is about, after all. But to get there, I guess there has to be enough focus that people know why they're reading the site in the first place. So here's my best shot.
I started kuro5hin.org because sometimes things come out of my head, and I wanted a place to put them. I write a lot of code, and believe me, it'll eventually drive you nuts if there isn't some sort of outlet that doesn't involve runtime parsing, or hash references.
I guess I'd consider myself a "geek," except that that word is becoming (thanks in part to everybody's favorite cultural succubus, Jon Katz) the "Gen X" of the 21st century. And it'll only get worse. So I want to publicly state, right now, that I will strive in every way to never refer to kuro5hin.org as "geek-" anything. Let's just put that word to rest right now, so we don't all look stupid when the TV people really latch on to it. Trust me, you'll thank me in about 6 months.
Kuro5hin started out using the slash engine (the old crappy one, not the new crappy one), but I quickly because irritated by a lot of things about that code, so I went and wrote my own, like about a billion other people. At some point, while I was working on Scoop, I started to actually care about making kuro5hin.org an interesting thing for people to look at. Weird. So I make an effort to write something original every couple days, at least, and I even tell people about the site, and try to get them to take a look.
And now I've gone and gotten myself a bunch of registered users that I have to please. So what are we supposed to be about here? Well, the main things that interest me are technology and culture. Not necessarily both together (although I often find it interesting how technology and culture interface), but those two general categories. I work with computers, my whole life is networked, I write code. So there's the technology side. But I also read a lot of books (generally 3-5 a week, although Underworld is taking me forever), watch a lot of movies, and generally keep an active eye on what's going on in the world. So there you have your culture. If you page back through what's been posted here before (and you can do that now!), you'll see that I don't actually write about computer stuff that much. So far it's been of the category "Random stuff from my head."
What would I like to see kuro5hin become? For one thing, I miss the slashdot community that used to be. I'd like to build a community of people who have interesting things to say. I'm not all that interested in posting stories about the latest whiz-bang gadget, or who's doing open-source this week. Like ramses0 says, that's covered by every third site on the web already.
I guess what I have in mind is a community of people who like to think about stuff, and some interesting stuff for them to think about. As I've said, I'm interested in thinking about technology and culture. I feel qualified to talk about technology because I use and create technology on a daily basis. I feel qualified to talk about culture because I've done cultural studies at a major, overrated East-Coast American institution of higher "learning," and I learned that any old jerk is perfectly qualified to talk about culture. I'd like to have other people around who also know what they're talking about, especially if it's to tell me I'm full of shit. :-)
So that's about all the help I can give you. I'll write up a more concise and general "mission statement" and put it up here too, for those that don't feel like wading through all this logorrhea of mine. In the spirit of having a purpose, I'm also instituting a new, and potentially permanent, site slogan. From now on, this page will be known as kuro5hin.org: technology and culture, from the trenches. Expressing, I hope, that I want this site to be about what people like us are immersed in every day.
And, in case all this talking about myself has misled anyone, I really don't want to be the main author on the site. When there's a week that new stuff goes up every day, and I didn't write any of it, I'll be happy. When there's a week that new stuff goes up every day, and I didn't even have a hand in posting any of it, I'll feel successful. So when you have some thoughts on something, and you think it's worth posting somewhere that isn't yet a howling vortex of trolls and spam, please do consider submitting it here.
Agree? Disagree? Think that the niche I'm aiming at is already better served? Have a better idea? Let us know.