A brief introduction
Recently there has been a thread at the Slackware-forum (at linuxquestions.org) about the occupation of Slackware-users. It was expected there would be a great deal of IT-workers amongst them. But instead, the answers showed that there were all kinds of professions. It's not a uniform community.
I started using Linux on my computer a couple of years ago, although I am not really a beta-guy. I have a degree in theology and at the moment I am working as a pastoral assistent in a R.K. parish in The Netherlands.
In the meantime my AntiX install grew out of proportions, due to the dependencies every package brought along. I removed the main packages but I forgot about the secundary dependencies. My AntiX was at some point no longer a lightweight or small OS.
At the other partition was my Slackware 12.2 install. Not as smallsized as the original AntiX. The install went smoothly but afterwards it involved a lot more tinkering and tweaking than AntiX. I had to edit /etc/fstab, /etc/inittab, the sudoers-file and xorg.conf manually to make it usable on the family-computer. And after that there was still a lot to do to get the peripherals (printer, scanner, etc) going. But after a while I had the operatingsystem adapted completely to my likings; it was a very personilized desktop. I gather that every slacker recreates his or hers unique desktop-experience.
... back to Slackware
There you have it: I started as a slacker and I am still being a slacker, because Slackware protects me from myself. The package-management of Slackware forces me to think before I act and consider my options before and after the installation of software. That's why its still stable and usable on my computer after so many years.