By any standard other than 'Web 2.0 Douchebag' - Yahoo is SUPREMELY cool, whatever you think of their long-term prospects or what might have been.
"gave us Hadoop" -> let Doug do what he wanted.
I'm not convinced they've "given more to FOSS" - significant examples other than Hadoop and Doug's work?
Perhaps I spent too much time inside that particular sausage factory.
Would you go work there, right now?
I've never worked there, but if I could work on a cool project - yes, I would.
You do sound like you have a unique perspective :) I've always heard nothing but bad things about Yahoo management, and if they acquired my baby and kilt it I'm sure I'd hate them too. Don't the cash and freedom make up for it, somewhat?
The problem is that the number of cool projects is pretty minimal. They're in duck and cover mode. They'll get pushed to trim employees further and further to stretch the revenues out.
I wish I had not sold it to them. The cash and freedom do not even come close; I would rather work on a big, popular product.
But yeah, I can see how you'd feel like you do.
BTW, I still use Delicious every day, thanks for creating it.
Yahoo did not killed Delicious (launched in 2003), Google Reader (2005), FriendFeed (2006), Twitter (2007) and bit.ly did!