In the circumstances where the audience is easily excitable.
Which appears to be any site catering to a select group: Apple fans, OS/2 Diehards, Amiga Faithful, the Linux Faithful, the BSD core, etc. Most of the tech sites I frequent, even the more "journal-like" ones who seem a little more objective, are rampant with rumors and corrections alike. Maybe the sensationalism is an outgrowth of the people who frequent the site? Remember that the titles for Slashdot articles come from the guy who submitted it, not the Slashdot editorial staff.
Perhaps it is caused by people loving to shoot their mouths off? Or wanting to be seen in HTML (as opposed to print)? Whatever the cause, it is a bit annoying since the stupidity ratio on such articles is almost intolerable. Mob mentality kicks in and people start getting real stupid, real quick.
So far K5 quality seems good (at least comparitively). Apparently the group submission method helps cull out these stories. Maybe a section for "Unsubstantiated Fabrications" would help more--or maybe only encourage it.
I personally wonder if a day will come when I must leave K5. Remember, Slashdot used to be fun. But then it got popular. And I think the sheer numbers has a lot to do with Slashdot's current environment. I wonder if K5 will succumb eventual to the masses?
Veritas otium parit. --Terence