Wow. I echo Gruber in saying “This is to be filed in the “I-never-thought-I-would-write-this-headline” category!
Rob Malda (aka CmdrTaco), the guy who started Slashdot, and who had been the editor at large for this awesome community tech site retired from Slashdot a few months ago.
In his own words –
6 months ago I walked away from what might be the greatest job ever. I had meaningful work at a place i truly called home. It was a scary decision, but the right one: 14 years had managed to grind me down. I needed to shake things up, but thats easier typed than done with a wife and two kids.
I took the time to play with legos, go swimming and watch cartoons (mostly with my kids… mostly). I wrote. I read. I took naps. It was awesome.
But 3 months later, almost to the day, I knew it was time. Maybe it was my wife telling me that it was time to get out of her house, or maybe it was just reading the news every day and feeling like a lazy on-looker. But I knew it was time to start doing something again. Life is to short to watch it go by.
And yes, true to his style, he interviewed with 35+ people in a few months ! And he thinks he was found what he is most passionate about. Community building. News.Technology. He is going to be the Chief Strategist and Editor-at-large and working with the WaPo (Washington Post) labs. He would be working with new technology in the news aggregation arena. Good luck CmdrTaco!