Real interviews with real people. Unlike the rest of
BBspot there's nothing made up here. I know it's a difficult transition,
but I'm not fooling. We did e-mail these questions and these were
Long time readers of BBspot might be a bit surprised
at our next interviewee. Rob Malda is
the creator of the geek havens Slashdot, AnimeFu and
other sites. Slashdot is without question the most popular technology
discussion site on the planet, so he is an appropriate victim for
our 11 Questions.
BBspot (1): 1. We ask this question of all interviewees.
What kind of computer systems do you have? Processor? OS? Browser?
Malda: I have a dozen or so boxes. A few of the main ones:
P3/600/1Gig RAM/40 GIG HD/Debian (Desktop)
P2/500/256M/120G HD/Debian (File Server)
P2/200/128M/1G HD/Debian (MAME Cabinet)
P3/800/512M/40G HD/Debian (Thinkpad Laptop)
800Mhz Tibook/1G Ram/40G HD/OS X (My Mac Laptop)
2.1Ghz Athlon/1G RAM/120G HD/XP/ Windows Gaming Box
have many browsers on each box, although I use primarily Konqueror
on the Linux boxes, Mozilla on the XP box, and Chimera on the Mac.
BBspot (2): Who would you like to face in a Celebrity Death
Match and why?
Malda:I don't think I'm a celebrity. Nor am I good at any
game that has a 'Death Match'. I'm more of a SimCity kind of gamer.
BBspot (3): What's the worst thing anyone has ever accused
you of doing?
Malda: Well I'm pretty much constantly accused of being sneaky
and underhanded and malicious in my running of Slashdot. Picking
a 'Worst' is pretty tough since I've been accused of everything from
stealing accounts to banning IPs. I also get accused of rejecting
stories because I hate the submittor, or because I don't like the
company. The old statement 'Never attribute to malice what can be
more easily attributed to stupidity' also often applies. We're humans
who make mistakes. But our mistakes are seen by a third of a million
people. It frustrates me when our mistakes are interpreted as intentional
acts of aggression in a "Battle" that we usually don't
know is going on!
BBspot (4): How much more useful can the discussion moderation
system get? Does there come a point where you have to just say "enough
will never be 'Enough Tweaking', but I think we need to strip out
some fundamental assumptions to make a substantial improvement. I
want to revamp the scoring system, and pump more points into the
system. That isn't a tweak, that's a gutting ;)
BBspot (5): Do you think Star Wars: Episode III will make
us forget about the last three movies in the franchise or will it
be Return of the Ewoks?
Malda: Well, Ep II was better than I, so hopefully III will
improve. At least it'll have Vader this time around, so from a fan
service perspective, yum yum gimme some.
Part II of the interview where Rob tells us who would win
in a battle between Gandalf and Superman and whether Slashdot
could survive without him.
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