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Give the Gift of Slashdot 334

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the getting-on-the-beg-train dept.
It's time to blatantly plug a recent addition to Slashdot's Subscription System: just in time for the holidays, you can now give a subscription to any other user. You have the choice to give your gift anonymously, or take credit for your fabulous selfless generosity. If that isn't enough, we still have assorted Slashdot Merchandise available at ThinkGeek... the more T-Shirts you buy, the less often you need to do laundry.
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  • Sure... (Score:4, Funny)

    by jargoone (166102) on Tuesday December 09, 2003 @02:02PM (#7670186)
    Get 'em hooked, then they'll have to keep joining, once they see that the banners have once again quadrupled in size!
  • gifts (Score:4, Funny)

    by Mohammed Al-Sahaf (665285) on Tuesday December 09, 2003 @02:02PM (#7670191)
    I shall give you the gift of bullets and shoes!!
  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 09, 2003 @02:02PM (#7670196)
    Do we all get a cool account to use?
  • I have to admit, my slashdot fleece that I got a couple years ago is still my fleece of choice. It is incredibly comfortable and warm and looks just as good as when I got it. Also, I've had two other fleeces since I've gotten the slashdot one from thinkgeek, and they haven't fared nearly as well.
  • by Acidic_Diarrhea (641390) on Tuesday December 09, 2003 @02:03PM (#7670205) Homepage Journal
    Can I pay to have certain moderators taken out of the pool? Can I pay to get certain people put into the moderator pool?

    My checkbook is open Mr. Taco - all you have to do is give me the answers to write you the dollars.

    • by Zeriel (670422)
      Offtopic: Do you hate liberals (the actual definition) or Democratic pseudo-progressives calling themselves liberals? Just curious.
    • by e-gold (36755)
      Selling mod-points might be smart (and -- though it would be abused, will probably not lead to any more abuse than we see presently, IMO).

      I just wish they'd broaden their payment-method-horizons a bit...
      JMR

    • by chundo (587998)
      I hate liberals. If you are a liberal, do not reply.

      Doesn't like liberals, and thinks money should buy influence... I can't imagine what political group you might be a part of?

      Shoot. I wasn't supposed to reply, was I? My bad.

      -j
  • by santiag0 (213647) on Tuesday December 09, 2003 @02:03PM (#7670215)
    and never have sex with your girlfriend again.
  • And thanks to my subscription, I got a heads up from the mysterious future on this ;) Just in case /. gets slashdotted
  • I'm going to give a large amount of pages for userid #1 for his trouble of bringing us a great site full of first posts, hot grits, etc.
  • by Lev13than (581686) on Tuesday December 09, 2003 @02:04PM (#7670235) Homepage
    Give the Gift of Slashdot(ting)

    Funny, when I first read the headline I thought it meant you could buy a service to crash someone else's server....
    • Funny, when I first read the headline I thought it meant you could buy a service to crash someone else's server....

      Actually, that service is free. Just click on the "Submit Victim", I mean, "Submit Story" link on the sidebar. Make up a clever story and your faithful /.'ers will take care of the rest.
    • No no no. You "give the gift of Slashdot" to the Engineering department of your major competitor, thus guaranteeing productivity grinds to a halt and you dominate the marketplace.
    • Well, duh. You wouldn't have to pay Taco for that. All you have to do is put up a link to their server, and we'll take care of the rest.

      No need to thank us, really.
  • Laundry! (Score:5, Funny)

    by nullard (541520) <nullprogram@NosPAm.voicesinmyhead.cc> on Tuesday December 09, 2003 @02:04PM (#7670242) Journal
    The more T-Shirts you buy, the less often you need to do laundry.

    Don't fall for this! I now can't do all of my laundry, because I have no place to store my last dozen t-shirts. They are sitting on a chair right now. I started buying more clothes without looking at the volume of my dirty laundry. Now where do I store this stuff? Anyone want a t-shirt?

    • Do you have any of those '10 Types of People' ones... V. Witty.

      Will also accept one of the 'I'm only wearing black until they invent a darker colour.'

      Ta!

    • Re:Laundry! (Score:5, Funny)

      by milgr (726027) on Tuesday December 09, 2003 @02:27PM (#7670562)
      Don't fall for this! I now can't do all of my laundry, because I have no place to store my last dozen t-shirts. They are sitting on a chair right now. I started buying more clothes without looking at the volume of my dirty laundry. Now where do I store this stuff?
      Perhaps you need more chairs.
    • Re:Laundry! (Score:3, Insightful)

      I'm the same way, with way too many t-shirts . . . five years of college results in lots of free shirts . . . but anyway, I think companies and the like should start giving out free boxers instead, since that's the limiting factor for me in having to do laundry . . .
    • The more T-Shirts you buy, the less often you need to do laundry.

      Yeah, but need more socks and jeans, too. Boxer shorts not so critical - going commando in a pair of line-dried jeans feels *so* good.

      Don't fall for this! I now can't do all of my laundry, because I have no place to store my last dozen t-shirts. They are sitting on a chair right now. I started buying more clothes without looking at the volume of my dirty laundry. Now where do I store this stuff? Anyone want a t-shirt?

      Sure! You can send me y

  • "... the more T-Shirts you buy, the less often you need to do laundry."

    Well, isn't that the geek mantra?

  • by Doesn't_Comment_Code (692510) on Tuesday December 09, 2003 @02:06PM (#7670262)
    If that isn't enough, we still have assorted Slashdot Merchandise available at ThinkGeek... the more T-Shirts you buy, the less often you need to do laundry.

    Not to mention that once you own enough t-shirts, you can start a pile in the corner. As you remove a dirty t-shirt, you through it on top. When you need a new one, you take from the bottom. The weight of all the t-shirts on top pressure cleans the ones toward the bottom. Once you acheive a critical mass of t-shirts in your cleaning queue, you will never have to do laundry again.
  • Cool! (Score:3, Funny)

    by American AC in Paris (230456) on Tuesday December 09, 2003 @02:06PM (#7670263) Homepage
    It's not a dupe, it's the gift that keeps on giving!
  • We need to fuel Rob's addiction to Anime somehow....

    I mean, otherwise, he'd have to get a "real job" *gasp*

  • by Zed2K (313037)
    All slashdot is is a linking system to other sites. Using ones brain they can get the exact same content in about the same amount of time through various sites combined. Just like fark, its all out there and easy to find so why pay for it?
    • Because you use it. I know this is crazy and all, but sometimes when someone provides you a service you deem valuable (i.e. filtering out the crap) you can thank them in a moneytary fashion which let's them continue to do it.

      Weird, huh? There should be a name for this "paying for products and services" system thing.
  • If I subscribe... (Score:2, Interesting)

    by mindstrm (20013)
    do I get better, more relevant stories, no dupes, and editors that actually EDIT?

    Or is it just to get rid of a couple annoying ads and have the privelege of seeing what the slashdot gods decided is important before the rest of the unpaying masses.....
    no thanks.

  • by Acidic_Diarrhea (641390) on Tuesday December 09, 2003 @02:10PM (#7670326) Homepage Journal
    If I were to subscribe, would my Slashdot user name then be tied to my name and address? I know that AC comments are tied to subscriptions if you post them while logged in but how does the billing information and the user data tie together.

    I think this is a fairly important question and would like to see an editor answer it. If user names are then tied to name and address by subscribing, count me out.

    • by akedia (665196) * on Tuesday December 09, 2003 @02:16PM (#7670413)
      If you pay by Paypal they only can see your e-mail. Since you're not paying for a product that has to be delivered to a residence Paypal doesn't include your address in the transaction. It's a part of Paypal's privacy guidelines for payment of services.
    • That's rather irrelevant. If you don't trust /. why do you bother using it at all? And since you do but seem to dislike it so much, why do you question its standards? And, of course, why trust any online store more than any other? Feel free the void the last question if you do a solid week of background checking before making any online purchases.

      There is no reason for /. not to tie posts as Anonymous Coward to accounts. The poster is still "anonymous" to those reading the post. And just because they
      • There's a difference between using a service and enjoying the service you receive from it and trusting the people running it. For instance, there might be some guy on the street selling a widget. They look like decent widgets and are cheap. I want the widget badly enough to give the guy five dollars but don't trust the guy enough to give him my credit card information. Can you see the difference? I hope you can relate this to Slashdot.

        As for the rest of your comment regarding AC posts, I didn't say it was a

  • by isa-kuruption (317695) <kuruption@[ ]uption.net ['kur' in gap]> on Tuesday December 09, 2003 @02:11PM (#7670333) Homepage
    <troll> Due to high costs of energy this holiday season, the lump of coal in your stocking has been replaced by a Slashdot subscription.</troll>
  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 09, 2003 @02:12PM (#7670350)
    edit your hosts file

    127.0.0.1 ads.osdn.com

    no more ads!
  • the more T-Shirts you buy, the less often you need to do laundry

    true, however, the more that pile of unclean clothes in the corner grows the more they start to stink up the joint.
  • Ironic! (Score:5, Funny)

    by h4rm0ny (722443) * on Tuesday December 09, 2003 @02:12PM (#7670359) Journal

    I bought myself a subscription basically because I read /. so often that I wanted to help out. (Other than with my witty and insightful posts, of course).

    And then I found that it blocked all the ads! This is the one site I've EVER visited that I find the sponsors interesting!

    Oh the irony!
    • Re:Ironic! (Score:4, Insightful)

      by RobertB-DC (622190) * on Tuesday December 09, 2003 @02:21PM (#7670483) Homepage Journal
      I bought myself a subscription basically because I read /. so often that I wanted to help out.

      ~50 posts, and this is the first one I've seen that isn't ringing the tired old "why pay for the cow when the milk is free" bell.

      I'm happy to be a subscriber. The fact that I'm writing and you're reading means that Slashdot is of value to both of us. Do the trolls expect some angel to pay for Slashdot's bandwidth with manna from Heaven?

      I, too, like the quality ads. I click more Slashdot ads than any other site's ads. Still not enough for a post-bust business model, though. $5 every few months is a small price to pay for this level of high-tech information/annoyance/entertainment.
    • You can't complain about not being able to see any ads.

      You were able to read this article right?
  • by Lieutenant_Dan (583843) on Tuesday December 09, 2003 @02:13PM (#7670366) Homepage Journal
    I think it would help the Open Source developer community if they were granted a gift subscription to /. . The content in Slashdot would be invaluable in their daily research, as informed individuals share their experiences and insights. It would also alleviate the tedium that permeates their lives when they get to follow the insight GNAA, TEH SPOKE, and Subject Line trolls.

    So don't delay and support your local Open Source developer, since you never know when you need that Ogg Vorbis support in your favorite application!
  • Hint to Slashdot (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward
    I hate to say this, but the editorial work of the Slashdot staff is not worth paying for. All the things I value in Slashdot come from the posters. I think the editorial staff needs to make a concerted effort to become more professional, drop the dupes, and fix the grammar.
    • Since you took such a gentle, constructive tone--and in the spirit of the Season--I'll do likewise in agreeing with you.

      The story selection is a bit suspect, but the dupes are simply unacceptable. It shouldn't be that hard to keep from repeating stories--actually reading their site might be a start. I would never pay for such slipshod work, and if I found out the site was about to fail for lack of subscriptions, it wouldn't change my mind.

    • >I think the editorial staff needs to make a concerted effort to become more professional, drop the dupes, and fix the grammar.

      Have you ever thought why slashdot is getting(and able to maintain) the huge popularity ? because the vast majority of the people here dont care for the mistakes you have mentioned from the editors. What they are looking for is quality discussion and what they expect from editors is good selection of stories and perhaps a good comment. Thats all. They know that a site like slas
  • Just Curious... (Score:3, Interesting)

    by BTWR (540147) <americangibor3@yahoo . c om> on Tuesday December 09, 2003 @02:14PM (#7670384) Homepage Journal
    Do the T-shirt contest winners get any money for each shirt (of theirs) that is purchased? Or did they get something for their design straight up? Just curious...
  • that this story gets duped ?
  • by arbour42 (731167) on Tuesday December 09, 2003 @02:18PM (#7670438)
    I've said this before, but Slashdot doesn't know how to listen. You need money? Set up an Ebay-like auction system here.

    You have a huge, loyal audience. A ton of people go through here everyday. They all have tons of gadgets, computers to sell, Batman dollies to shill. You have excellent (?) programmers - why keep tweaking Slash code? that's not making you money. build an auction system, and it will be a service to the community and keep you from begging. What a bunch of idiots you are. You're like Netscape, who waited too long and could have been like Yahoo, and blew it.

    And put up classifieds, and maybe user group lists, where slash'ers in cities can meet. The Slash code is done enough, do something productive now. "Journals" won't make you money.

    Go look at craigslist.com - see how they build their community. Spend 2 weeks analysing ebay in depth, then start building - you'll make mistakes, but start coding. look at some of the pre-built auction systems and learn. didn't Phil Greenspun's TCL system have an auction and classified system - download, learn the db schema, and do something practical.

    what morons. not a drop of sense.
    • by nickyj (142376)
      I think the parent post has some good ideas, but the message was conveyed a bit.... bitterly. I think classifieds and auctioning would be excellent for slashdot.

      Heck, you can even have product reviews by posters. But something tells me that they haven't done this because of legal/financial concerns. When money is involved, or people's identities, that's were the mess starts.

      But I think arbour42 could have posted his ideas in a more.... pleasant manner.
    • I would actually like to see job posting we can moderate. -1 Vague, -1 Demanding, -1 Wants more years of experience than product has been around, etc...
  • by Ravagin (100668)
    the more T-Shirts you buy, the less often you need to do laundry.

    Man, I own plenty of t-shirts. You want to really help me not have to do laundry? Sell slashdot brand underwear and socks in bulk. Every laundry cycle, that's what I run out of first. Or am I the only one?

    (Yeah, slashdot undergarments, I'm sure the ladies dig that....)

    • I have acheived the critical mass of socks. Sams club is a godsend for that. Whenever I was low on socks I bought the megapack from them, and was good for awhile longer. Now I have well over an entire months sock supply. Sock drawer be damned, sock trash bag in my closet.
  • It's interesting you can give a /. subscription as a gift to another user anonymously. Is that like the parallel to "a drink for you, my lady, from the mysterious gentleman in the back" or what?
  • > the more T-Shirts you buy, the less often you need to do laundry.

    The more t-shirts you buy, the more laundry you have to do.
  • Anyone who pays for a subscription for UID 575467 is elligible for genuine praise, meaningful thanks, and a christmas card.
  • Slashdot is one of the single largest time sinks in my day.

    Makes me think of a friend of mine, we were out and someone said he had "The gift of the gab", and his gf (now wife) groaned.
    Apparently he didn't posses "The gift of the gab" as much as "The curse of never shutting up"
  • My solution to not doing the laundry? I go for a run. They often have a T-shirt as a memento. On one side something about the event the other a message from the sponsor. Celavita,,

    Gerard
  • Sort of like herpes...
  • slashdot - give us an option to pay with e-gold.

    e-gold is to paypal/creditcards
    as
    linux is to windows.
  • .... are right here [miami.com], thanks to Dave Barry - "Bowel Buddy" Bran Wafers:

    We here at the Holiday Gift Guide sincerely believe that this may be the best product name in the history of the world. The web page for this product begins with the following statement: ''If you suffer from constipation, chances are you know it!''

    How very true those words are. And if there is somebody on your holiday list who suffers from this problem, we can think of no gift more likely to bring a grimace of joy to that person's face
  • I'm not one of those mad /. reader who refresh every 5 minutes. I mostly read during lunch or eventings, so I always end up with smoking ruins of an interesting website. I would appreciate it if the subscription gave you a full copy of the pages that were being discussed including images or other media.

    Any chance of that happening?
  • Why? (Score:3, Insightful)

    by DAldredge (2353) <SlashdotEmail@GMail.Com> on Tuesday December 09, 2003 @03:06PM (#7671049) Journal
    Why should I? It isn't like a subscription to /. buys anything. If /. editors would edit the articles, check for dups, change the mod system (just check the BSD subsite to see how broken it has become) and post everyonce in a while then I would subscribe.

  • More T-shirts, less laundry, right?
    Well, maybe not. I don't know about the rest of you, but even I have a lot of extra T-shirts, I would still need to do laundry every so often. Otherwise, I would run out clean underware! Since ThinkGeek doesn't appear to sell any, I doubt if the frequency of may laundry would change that much even if I get one of these Slashdot T-shirts...
    Of course, this also makes me wonder something... CmdrTaco either has a lot of underwares or doesn't change his underware very often.
  • by cascadefx (174894) * <morlockhqNO@SPAMgmail.com> on Tuesday December 09, 2003 @03:40PM (#7671462) Journal
    I spent $20 and got 4000 ad-free page views in return. Currently I have only used something like 320... and it has been months!

    Most of the time, I forget to login, that accounts for part of the problem. The features are nice, but I wanted to support Slashdot. Plain and simple.

    I do love the ability to read the entire posting history of users. Probably the coolest feature in my book.

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