Interview with Slashdot’s Rob Malda: “To a lot of people, Slashdot is nothing but 12 links to new things every day. To half of our readers, in fact, that’s all Slashdot is. But to some of our readers, it’s a community that’s here to discuss issues that are relevant to this community. There is a lot of value. The bulk of our content comes from other people. There are 6,000 or 7,000 comments on a busy day that other people write and just a dozen stories of just a paragraph or two that we actually generate, that are ours.”
I strongly recommend visiting Slashdot daily. Make sure that you create a login and set a threshold for the comments (3 is a good figure). Slashdot was also talked about in Steven Johnson’s book as an example of Emergence — where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Watch how people’s comments can help spark new ideas.