Digg vs. Slashdot

Digg

  • You hear about news much sooner
  • News promoted by users rather than editors
  • RSS feeds for everything (even search)
  • RSS feeds that include the proper categories (Slashdot only includes the first category and omits the rest)
  • API (this allows you to filter things or mashup the news how you want)
  • Contact form (Slashdot doesn’t have one)

Slashdot

  • Technology Focused
  • Just news (no funny videos or pictures, although some people want to see those)
  • Better comment filtering and ratings

The typical comparisons I’ve read state that Digg has more childish comments and that Slashdot’s comments are usually better. Slashdot does have several users that seem to be a expert in a given field by reading their comments, so that case maybe slightly true. However ou can find just as many poor comments on Slashdot as you do on Digg, but you probably won’t see much ASCII art on Slashdot get rated very high. And even though Slashdot’s Firehose gives users the chance to promote other user submitted stories they still must be approved by the editors. This may lead to some staleness in the site, as I got tired in seeing the same old discussions over and over on Slashdot. Any time the RIAA was mentioned the same old arguments came up and the same with Microsoft or Vista. Slashdot also doesn’t cover web design or web development very well either, if it ever comes up it’s because Google changed or released something. Slashdot seems to be more hardware, application development and operating system focused. Personally, I gave up on Slashdot well over a year ago, because I couldn’t filter the feeds good enough, the lack of web dev/design news and the repetitious arguments in the comments.

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