Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Kuro5hin, RIP


What happened was basically that Internap shut down the data center we were in and had to move the servers, and I conspicuously failed to Deal With Things around that. The content is probably not gone forever, but it may be a little while before it reappears. There’s a very good chance that it will reappear in the form of an archive of static html pages though, not a live community. So if you’d like to, this is probably a good time to mourn what it was, although in that sense K5 has clearly been over for years.


All the old school Slashdotters remember K5 and understand why this is a sad day. None of the new people have heard of it. In some ways, it was better than Slashdot and had features that Slashdot still doesn’t have. As I recall, users voted on the stories that showed up on the front page. There were trolls, but the flame warriors and crapflooders weren’t tolerated. I didn’t post on K5 very much, but I sure appreciate it. I wonder if, in ten years, people will have the same reaction to Slashdot that you’re having to K5.

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