Slashdot goes bonkers
Posted: Thu Oct 17, 2019 8:14 pm
Thread of the year. And excellent proof that it's being taken over by pissed-off incels:
(And So Do Its Critics.)
Strelnikov wrote:The dream of a techno-libertarian future has turned into a grimy nightmare of Orwellian USA_PATRIOT spying, control of the Internet by a few massive corporations, social media bullying, and other dogshit unworthy of the 21st century.
The decision comes after a surge of public pressure against anonymous imageboard services—particularly 8chan, where a deadly shooter's manifesto was apparently posted. That pressure prompted cloud provider Cloudflare (and other replacement services) to stop offering services to the sites.
In an email interview, Slashdot President Logan Abbott says that the decision has nothing to do with Cloudflare's moves to cut ties with 8chan, Daily Stormer, or other controversial sites. Instead, he says the change is "absolutely, only" meant to combat spam.
"The spam was simply too great and coming from extremely dedicated trolls," Abbott says, and he points to large walls of text and SEO spammers as some of the site's most notorious posters. Abbott says he isn't sure why anyone would think they have a "right" to post on someone's website anonymously. He also points to Slashdot's account-creation process currently requiring a bare minimum of personal details, though creating an account does require a verified email address and tracks the user's IP address.