One huge, amorphous noise
? Yes and no. Yes, there are the Slashibitionism
displays; but one learns to ignore them (and their FIRST POST!
brethren), or - failing that - cloak them. This nation
should be best remembered for its signal
; nestled in that 118K of comments (besides the wisdom
-in-a-haystack) is a link to a great free API you never thought existed. You're dl-ing it now.
Slashdot as Statler and Waldorf? And Anonymous Coward has this knack for getting quoted by the Old New Media.