About a year ago I posted an uninteresting rant about why I preferred Slashdot to Digg. I frequented Slashdot because of the annoying users on Digg, mainly kids, who probably would have been better off with shutting the hell up. In spite of this, I’ve found myself visiting Digg more frequently than Slashdot lately because of the way stories are submitted to Digg: In contrast to Slashdot, there are no assigned editors who post stories on the front page, every reader on Digg can digg a story up or down and with enough diggs it will eventually end up on the front page. On Slashdot, it might take a day or two before interesting stories appear on the front page.
So what about an alternative site with breaking news, interesting stories and users with a higher collective intellect than that of a pack of donkeys? I think I’ve found it: Reddit.
Not quite as popular as Digg just yet, it looks like – based on the commentary on the stories on the front page – that the better part of the Slashdot crowd, or at least a Slashdotish crowd, have found their way to Reddit and that the kids have not been able to make a strong foothold.
Before you start to use Reddit, remember that it does not take responsibility for lost productivity!