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2002-03-29 14:17:55+00 by Dan Lyke 2 comments

The (Hopefully) Great /. Blackout, 21-27 April. Frankly, I don't read the comments on /., but it'll be interesting to see what happens.

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#Comment made: 2002-03-29 18:06:41+00 by: Shawn

I'm a daily reader of /., but I'm not quite into the culture of it. I do read comments on occasion, but it's generally only when I want to gauge the community's attitude about the given technology or event.

In this respect I find the comments invaluable. If I'm considering setting up a Linux box as my primary desktop, I like to see the responses of others to editorials on how Linux is not ready for the desktop. (For example.)

Otherwise, /. is just a news site to me.

I skimmed over the editorial linked to, but I still don't get it. What form is this "blackout" supposed to take? And what is it supposed to accomplish? What's the point?

#Comment made: 2002-03-29 18:12:02+00 by: Dan Lyke

The complaint is that the new billing system will penalize those who post and read comments on /.. The author is proposing that all posters refrain from making comments over that week to see how much of the site really is the user and community participation.