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Soylent News Demonstrates Success by Focusing on Key Technology and Science Issues

posted by Roy Schestowitz on Feb 09, 2024,
updated Feb 10, 2024

Soylent News

And the aggressive, aggravating trolling against the site is somewhat of a sign that it has become effective as a community, not just as a site

THIS past half a year I've followed Soylent News closely, seeing that it effectively abandoned Twitter last summer (good move, their Atom and RSS feeds cannot be throttled or censored by Musk and his buddies) and there were many kinds of social attacks on people who led the site.

In recent days we mentioned the culprits in passing. It is fascinating to see the pattern of abuse against volunteers in a "volunteer-powered news aggregation on technology, science, and general interest with public discussion and powerful comment moderation."

They joined Twitter in February 2014 (yes, the site is 10 now) and have since then transitioned to an ad hoc community-centric management structure. They don't sell out. They don't push ads or "sponsored" crap. One main contributor (on the editorial side) is nowadays "janrinok", who has been constructive, productive and mostly amicable in IRC.

If our readers are looking for a good site to follow, have a look at Soylent News. Be sure to identify and then ignore trolls/provocateurs. Those sort of bad faith actors ruined the original Slashdot, but they won't ruin Soylent News as long as its big community is supportive.

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