In the last six months or so, the S/N ratio has gotten even worse. Now on slashdot, the highest moderated comments are generally can be broken down into three categories:

  1. Links. These are what I see at the top of most of today's discussions. Maybe some minor commentary, but mainly people just showing me that they know how to use a search engine. Get the fours and fives. Generally karma whores.
  2. People reposting information they found on other sites. This is at least mildly useful, it brings something to the conversation. Quickly get moderated up to threes and fours.
  3. And lastly, the few and the proud who actually writeup their own informed opinions on the matter. These are generally lucky to make it to three, and are a rarity.

I don't know what it is, maybe /. has gotten too big for its own good and is tripping over itself, but I don't see the same inspiring information, ideas, and articles I used to.