Tuesday, 08 February 2005, 14:14:33 EST
I regularly read a site called Slashdot. It used to be a rather good site for technical information; particularly, information related to open source software, mostly Linux. Since the Open Source Technology Group, formerly Open Source Development Network, bought the site it has increasingly become a pointless site to read. The site is woefully unmaintained and the founders of the site just don't seem to care about it any more. The people who approve new stories don't even bother to remember, or even check to see, if the story has been posted before. On top of all that, the stories are just plain lame ninety percent of the time. For example, a story was just approved that asks the Slashdot readers "how much they charge for technical support."
Granted, the site is for technical people and that is relatively on-topic, but come on, that is lame. If a someone cannot figure out what the going rate for a person of his qualifications is in his area then I don't think he is truly qualified for the position. Hell, just go to the local Best Buy, look at their price chart, and shave about twenty-percent off each price. Personally, the only time I play "technician" is for people like my family or close friends. I don't ask for any payment; I just accept whatever they feel like giving me. It could be as little as a cheap lunch or as much as the person can afford.