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What is this?

This is Slashdot, a website based on and running the Slashdot-Like Automated Story-Telling Homepage software. You're reading the FAQ.

Who does this?

Slashdot was created in 1997 by Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda. Today it's owned by Dice Holdings, Inc. Slashdot is run primarily by a handful of editors and coders: the code is wrangled and taunted by Kaushik Acharya, David Hand, Tim Vroom, Wes Tapp, Jenny Steele, and Chris Inman. The editors, as of February 2013, are Jeff "Soulskill" Boehm, Clinton "unknown lamer" Ebadi, Timothy Lord, Nick Kolakowski and Rob "Samzenpus" Rozeboom.

What does the name "Slashdot" mean?

"Slashdot" is an intentionally obnoxious URL. When Rob registered the domain, he wanted a URL that was confusing when read aloud. (Try it!)

The confusion of a staff member is measured by the length of his memos. -- New York Times, Jan. 20, 1981