I'm sorta swung on how to vote about this story. In some ways I agree, in others I do not. For one, I am totally against eliteism. Now I don't mean I'm against letting some person who is clueless and rightous about being clueless be put in their place, but I am against the general "I am better than you, I've been here longer, listen to me or leave" attitude (that is not an actual quote, its hypothetical, don't worry, no one actually said that that I'm aware of). IMO that is just wrong. Some people just don't know yet about some stuff. And I don't think they should be blamed for that.
I do agree that this is not the same old k5 as pre-DoS days. That is to be expected. K5 has had a surge in popularity with all of the news it has received on /. and other sites. There will be a period of adjustment as things settle down again. On the other hand, this will never be the same k5 as pre-DoS. never, so quit holding your breath. This can turn out to be similar, and may even look the same. But since k5 (and other weblogs) are their user base, since we have a newer, larger, different user base, this is not the same k5 as before.
Now on the subject of k5 "newbies". So what!? Who cares if someone's idea of a story doesn't confine to your idea of a story. Let them post it. What I don't like though is that everything is getting posted. Why are so many stories getting posted to the main page? Kuro5hin is aimed at discussion, not news. thats what slashdot is for. Thats what slashdot is good at. Kuro5hin is not trying to be slashdot. That is why so many "old timers" are getting pissed off at seeing all of these short stories going to the main page. there is nothing to discuss, so why post it? There have been numerous comments about what when and why to post a story, so I'm not going to rehash them here. I would suggest reading the K5 bootcamp article. It has a pretty good explanation of what works to create discussion, from someone who has been around for a while so he knows what he's talking about (not trying to be elite, just giving credit)
On a side note. I mean nothing personal by this post, to any of the old timers or newbies. I'm just pointing out my view. Gandalf is a good friend of mine, and he just happened to post a story that made me want to respond.
Either way, I would like it if people were more selective of what they vote to the main page from now on. Ask yourself "Is this going to create discussion? Does it look like this person put some thought into this article, or are they just submitting it because slashdot didn't take it?" Be selective. It is a lot easier to get a good discussion going without 15 stories per day flowing across the main page. oh yeah, and please use the (+1 to section ONLY) choice.