Slashdot revamps tech news aggregation site

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Slashdot.org released on Thursday a new feature designed to give more participation in the selection of articles to its users, who submit links to stories and comments about them to the site.

Called Firehose, the new interface lets readers see, for the first time, all the news articles that flow into Slashdot for evaluation by the site's editors. Additionally, readers will be able to vote on whether specific articles should or shouldn't be featured on the site.

"Before, if we chose not to post something, it was gone, and no one else saw it again," said Patrick McGarry, Slashdot project manager.

Firehose will contain stories submitted for consideration by readers, as well as the content of automatic feeds. Readers will be able to tweak their Firehose view by filtering the contents using different parameters, and may opt to use Firehose as their main Slashdot interface. They will also be able to share their Firehose views with other users.

However, despite the increased participation for readers, Slashdot editors will still have the last word on which stories are featured on the site's home page.

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