A term referring to Slashdot readers who participate in the so-called "Slashdot groupthink". Due the Slashcode implementation of karma, it is advantageous to a user to follow the popular trends of opinion so that the moderators will increase the user's karma score by moderating his comments highly. Slashbots are those who blindly repeat popular opinion without much insight, and often get moderated highly for doing so.
The key thing about a Slashbot is that his comments about a story will be mind-numbingly predictable, much like a robot. The archetypical Slashbot is a young (16-25), middle-class, heterosexual male from the USA who spews opinion along these lines:
- Linux is amazing.
- Apple is awesome.
- Microsoft is evil.
- Capitalism is evil too.
- Software patents are a Bad Thing.
- RMS is God.
- Science-fiction is the only TV worth watching.
- Conservatives are stupid.
- Users are even stupider.
- etc, etc.