Is this a criticism to the lack of "tech stories" in Kuro5hin (a real problem), or the dumping of "Slashdot-like stories" recently (which I don't consider a problem)?
Some stories are indeed dumped, criticized, etc. for being "more appropiate for That Other Site(TM)", but the tone on which this is usually argued tells me its not a matter of content but precisely of quality.
I mean, look at the Slashdot frontpage these days: most of the stories are worthless in terms of content AND of discussion. These are the kind of stories that would be rejected because their quality is lacking, not because they are tech-related or have been posted in Slashdot. Stories like:
- Kids build/overclock/mod hardware for cheap. Check pictures.
- New release of Editor's Favorite Anime. Much Happiness. Pictures.
- New release of Editor's Favorite Videogame. Much Merriment. Pictures.
- Open Source Project Releases version 23.8. Much merriment and downloads.
- Closed Source Project Releases version 23.8. Why is it not Open Source?
- My Neighbor installed Linux and has an opinion on the GPL. See interview.
- OSI speaker said something. Free Software complains about FSF/OSI confusion. Much flaming ensues.
- Some Open Source developers said things in a discussion that could, if translated from Japanese by some videogame company and read by an schizoid Cold War analyst living in a fantasy Cuban-Missile Crisis, be interpreted as a "serious disagreement". Whose license is morally corrupt and a danger to Free Software, Freedom and the Geek Community?
Now, some of these could make an average MLP. But if they have to compete with the rest of the MLPs they'll have to show better editorial content than Slashdot stories (and yes, MLPs should have editorial quality, among other things they should be clear and on-topic).
In any case, at Slashdot's current standard of quality the fact that a copy-and-pasted-from-Slashdot story is likely to be dumped should be seen as a Good Thing(TM).
As disappointed as I am with the discussion level of Slashdot, I don't think the lack of interesting tech stories is due to the Editors' interest on inane matters. Rather, there's not much of interest going on, tech-wise, to discuss.
Slashdot will never lack story submissions as long as it has the current demographic... their solution to the lack of interesting stories is to publish the best of the mediocre, because they are a fast-paced tech-oriented site that depends on the freshness of the MLPs to keep their demographic.
Kuro5hin doesn't really need to fill the gap because its core value is not the freshness of the stories, but the depth of their content and related discussions. As a matter of fact, recently someone posted a Meta story about slowing down the pace of the front page.
Ok, now lets get it over with:
"Where Did You Come From?":
Online-wise, I'm a Slashdot refugee.
"Why are you here?":
Although I was never really active in Slashdot per se, I did find it an interesting news source (for the kind of thing not usually covered in news) and posted comments every once in a while. I did find some things annoying, though, such as the boring trolls, the political pandering, and the superficiality of most discussions.
After losing tolerance for the overuse of the words 'geek' and 'community' in Slashdot, at about the same time I was giving up on the site as a public forum, I saw a couple of references to Kuro5hin suggesting it might be a better place.
To my surprise, I found it was indeed a much better place for technological (and non-tech) discussions. The moderation system seems to have a direct effect on the quality of the content... and there was content, actual content in the first place!
Perhaps more remarkable, after a few weeks reading Kuro5hin I lost almost all my revulsion for the use of the words "online community" in a non-sarcastic tone.
"When Did You Arrive?":
I think early this year, but it is possible I "arrived" in December 2001. I visited the page once or twice before, but that's when I started to actually pay attention and got a user account.
It might be worth to mention as a social commentary that I got a user account almost immediately after my visits to Kuro5hin became habitual. Yet I visited Slashdot for about a year before I felt I wanted a user account and the ability to post comments.
Freedom is the freedom to say 2+2=4, everything else follows...