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Slashdot Founder Rob Malda Joins Washington Post

BY Nick Judd | Monday, March 5 2012

Rob Malda — known to millions as CmdrTaco, the founder and for 14 years chief cat-herder of the tech community and news aggregation site Slashdot — has taken a job at the Washington Post's "WaPo Labs," he announced today:

My title will be Chief Strategist, and Editor at Large. I’ll write and work with editorial folks inside the Labs, as well as with the talented engineering team already there to improve existing projects and create new ones. Washington Post executive editor Marcus Brauchli assures me that I’ll also be working with the newsroom where I can contribute words, ideas, and tools that will improve the experience of the journalists doing work that I personally believe transcends the bottom line.

Founded in 1997, Slashdot became a prominent corner of the Internet devoted mostly to other people on the Internet, and especially about open source and Internet infrastructure. It was an early aggregator of tech news that leaned on its vast and knowledgeable audience to submit found bits of intelligence from around the web and then vote up the best stuff to the front page. Malda and co-founder Jeff Bates sold the site in 1999; after a series of mergers and name changes, Slashdot arrived at its current home, Geeknet, in 2009. Malda left the site, and Geeknet, last year.

The Washington Post's press release is here.

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