February 14, 2005

Slashdot "Editor Upgrade" CONFIRMED!

"Michael Sims fired Slashdot" has been one of the most popular Google searches to my website recently.

While I cannot determine if he was in fact fired from his Slashdot editor position, as distinguished from any other type of departure, it is with great pleasure that I can break the following news:

The OSTG (parent company of Slashdot) page of Editorial Bios (http://www.ostg.com/about/editorial_bios.htm) has now been revised and updated.

The name "Michael Sims", which previously was present, has now been removed from the listings.

This information is objective, and can be validated by visiting the page above.

"Editor Upgrade" Confirmed!

Excuse me for a moment. happy face

"E's kicked the bucket, 'e's shuffled off 'is mortal coil, run down the curtain and joined the bleedin' choir invisibile!! THIS IS AN EX-EDITOR!!"

While I hope my reaction is understandable to long-time readers, people visiting this page from a search engine might want to read:

Michael Sims, Domain Hijacking and Moral Equivalency
Moral Equivalence and Censorware Project's hijacked domain
Bennett Haselton on Michael Sims' hijacking of censorware.org

And I didn't write any of that, and it's not from infamous flamers with axes to grind.

Unfortunately, this happens too late for me. But who knows? Maybe I'll eventually get a formal apology from someone at Slashdot. Stranger things have happened. Perhaps their minds are no longer closed.

By Seth Finkelstein | posted in journo | on February 14, 2005 02:15 PM (Infothought permalink)
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Heya Seth

Congrats on some long awaited vindication! Here's a link to some of the blow-by-blow as this was unfolding:


Good riddance to bad rubish! Sad as it is, slashdot editors set the stage wrt many tech advocacy issues.

Having such a wanton and mealy mouthed jerk in that position of influence was intolerable.

Posted by: momocrome at February 14, 2005 03:43 PM

I just found out about Michael getting canned today and it is indeed great news. I had a feeling that when Michael got his own section (Politics) that bad things would happen to him.

The greatest thing is knowing how bitter he is that he will never, ever have such a large audience to spew his bile.

Posted by: Roy batty at February 16, 2005 07:07 AM

Remember - the best revenge is a life well lived.

Of course, part of living well is seeing abusers of trust and betrayers of friends get their ass handed to them.

It what you call *real* slashdot karma.

Posted by: pmc at February 20, 2005 08:49 AM

Thanks for the kind words.

But note, as far as I know, these events had nothing to do with the domain-hijack of Censorware Project, or the attacks on me. Slashdot _de facto_ backed Michael Sims through everything he did there, per above.

Practically, I can't ever "live well" with regard to free-speech activism, and that's a shame. :-(

Posted by: Seth Finkelstein at February 21, 2005 03:14 PM

wow. the amazing thing here is how small the fulltime staff at slashdot has shrunk -- apparently the business model is not working. When I was on the sourceforge side there were three times that many full-time editors. I'm guessing Sims was canned for financial reasons.

Posted by: Tom Gwynn at February 22, 2005 11:31 PM

I never did like the tone or quality of Michael's posts. They always seemed a bit too self aggrandizing. R

Posted by: R at February 26, 2005 07:07 AM

Here's one version of what happened


Posted by: R at February 26, 2005 07:10 AM

R: I don't think that story is true.

See: Slashdot "Editor Upgrade" Updates

Posted by: Seth Finkelstein at March 25, 2005 09:03 PM