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Jun 2015

slashdot beta fix

Tags: News, Web Design, SEO

This page is for people who cannot stand slashdot's beta. Its a bookmarklet to make the site useable again.

Slashdot have done something beyond stupid. They have decided to destroy their core audience in order to chase an imaginary larger audience. Hey, lets ignore the true geeks and go after the general reader. It's the most fundamental mistake in marketing.. they want more customers so they try to appeal to a broader market. It does not work: narrow your focus, strengthen your brand.

The new slashdot beta is unusable for what people go to /. for, ie for reading the comments. Once you are a few comments deep the comments are reduced to taking up one tenth of the width of the page due to idiotic whitespace. This is such a fundamental web design mistake we could not stand it. Luckily its easy to fix in a few lines of javascript, so we made a bookmarklet to do this.

Drag the following link to your toolbar, and click on it when you are in slashdot beta: de-beta

If people like this, we can take a few suggestions and turn it into a chrome/firefox plugin. Not sure what to call a tool intended to allow lots of people de-beta slashdot, but I'm thinking mass de-beta sounds about right.

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