Yeah, I'd been doing the Slashdot whore thing for longer than I can remember. They kept making obnoxious changes to the UI that made it superficially a bit slicker but in practical terms made the site difficult. Old habits die hard. I continued reading the thing, each time acclimating to, but never really accepting, the new annoyances. This last time, I thought it would be the same thing, but it hasn't been. I find myself going there less and less often. Due to the nature of the thing, I don't get to see all of the back news, only the front page. So I leave with more and more disappointment. And this has been snowballing. Now I almost never go there.
Oh, and use.perl.org sucks too and should be shot in favor of some open opt-in blog aggregation software that lets Perl programmers republish their existing blogs, be it on perlmonks, avogato, github, blogspot, or whatever. Or even some combination. Forcing users to cross-post to use.perl.org to be seen here or decide between two blogs or to accept this klunky old beast as their primary blog is a bitter pill to swallow. I guess use.perl.org could continue to offer blogging and should archive old blogs, but allowing people to mix in an RSS feed or two as if it were content they posted here would rule.