[MUD-Dev] Re: OT: slashdot

Adam Wiggins adam at angel.com
Fri Oct 23 15:42:45 New Zealand Daylight Time 1998


On Fri, 23 Oct 1998, Holly Sommer wrote:
> What does "slashdotting" mean?

This is totally off topic, so I'll keep it quick:

http://slashdot.org

News for Nerds.  Stuff that Matters.

Great news site.  It's not a *super* high volume site by most standards (I
think about 200,000 hits a day), it's that all 200,000 of those hits are
then redirected to whatever sites the news articles link to, all in the
same four hour period.  About half the time when you go to follow a link
from a slashdot article, it's either dead (network error), or you get an
HTTP: Application Error, due to the server choking under the load of web
surfing nerds.  This has come to be known as the Slashdot Effect.  (or,
shorthand: /. effect)

Adam W.






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