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SmilieZ writes "A new generation of niche Web portals is driving unprecedented amounts of traffic to sites of interest says Fairfax news " Another butt kissing article. Watch as my already hyper inflated ego prevents me from leaving my chair. This is probably the most flattering article we've had so far. Neato.
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Beware of the Slashdot Effect

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  • Rob is sucessful because he unselfishly serves the community and deserves whatever goodwill that gets sent his way.

    As for you, you reap what you sow. By the way, I'm 36.
  • You deserve the recognition as does the whole SlashDot crew - Hemos, Sengan, etc...

    P.S. If you do decide to have the business types help run the financial side of SlashDot, make sure they work for you rather than you working for them. (Maintain control and make sure their pay is based on how well they represent Slashdot.)
  • The best part of the /. effect is what happens when polls are mentioned on slashdot. It doesn't happen much anymore, but when worthy candidates crop up (People's most beautiful person of 1998 - hank the wonder drarf???) they usually get hammered pretty hard. Even the other day I saw a poll on ZeeDee Net where one of the answers to the question "Will your next desktop be Windows 98 or NT" was like "Neither - We'll all be using Linux!"...and it won with like 70% of the vote!

    The /. effect is a powerful thing, use it wisely Rob ;)
  • Posted by razit:

    Glad to see your'e in touch with the real world: you made me laugh with youre replys Rob !

    Excellent !

  • I particularly liked your comments, Rob, about spell checkers and not getting out. Pretty soon, man, folks'll be bugging you for digital autographs. Kudos!!!!
  • That wasn't exactly a shining example of journalism, but I suppose it wasn't too bad. I'm only going to comment on one statement:
    As with so many other things related to the Net, no one knows where the term ``slashdot effect'' originated.
    Actually, it originated (where else?) in a post on Slashdot. I know I read the post where the poster proposed naming the seemingly-inevitable result of pointing the Slashdor readership at an unsuspecting web server. (Often running IIS.) I think it was aroung sometime in the second quarter of 1998, but I don't remember exactly when, and the 'search' feature doesn't go back that far.

    --Phil (The earliest article reference I found was this one [].)
  • Sounds like a toilet euphemism to me.
  • Where do you see yourself in five years...

    (Correct answer: Who cares. I having fun now.)
  • in the article (i read the IT section of, "The Age" on the way to work" I noticed Rob looking for a revenue source for /. the article went on about IT journo's, analysts et. al., using /. as a source of info. Would it be worth seting up slashdot as a news source like AAP and charging rag trades, and news hacks for sourcing info?

    these guys are making a killing selling news and comments generated by /.

  • "try saying ``" and you'll wind up sounding like you have a speech impediment"

    Oh. Cool, haven't thought about that, not using the language for speaking.

  • Keep up the good work.

    I think you got at least 30 minutes of fame. I still am looking for my 15.

    "Don't ask, Don't Teletubby"
  • Ain't it fun to be that good? "Is it a virus? Is it a ping-attack? No, it's the Slashdot effect!"

    In a couple of months, I hope to have my own zine. In a couple of years, it might do as well as yours...

  • Its so ironic that you can ues this site that "sucks" to inform others about YOUR opinion. Think about it, if this site "sucked" so much, why are you still reading it? or even posting to it? are you a drug addict? or did you just eat lead paint as a child? This is so funny that it is not even funny anymore. Its like some great politician going on a television show to tell everyone to stop watching that television show.
  • oh damn. that was bad. Hang on, autoLART time. (Hit enter instead of tab after typing in the subject. I'm not dyslexic, but my fingers are.)

    Anyway, CmdrTaco got mentioned over at for the death of a site..

    From userfriendly (so you don't kill my other favorite site by going an looking!):

    00:04 PST 15 FEB 1999
    This is too cool. The Peer 2 Peer launch was mentioned on Slashdot yesterday, bringing Arcterex's server into a screaming death
    spiral as the infamous "Slashdot Effect" sent thousands and thousands of clicks over to the wee box. Arc wants you all to know that
    it's fixed now. :)

  • I'm wondering why more sites haven't adopted a SlashDot structure - user submitted news with threaded discussion forums. It cetainly seems to be a good formula.
  • someday i hope you have articles about myself :)
    maybe we should start some kind of fanclub?
    kudos to /. and rob (and the readers that make it so great)
    oh well back to work

  • Nice to see /. in a light like that. Keep it up and don't worry about getting a life. It'll catch up with you before you know it, and then you'll WISH you had time to spend around the house =^}
    Congo Rats again /.
  • ``We have a noticable effect on unprepared servers, but we probably knock a server down most every day,'' Malda said.
    seems like more than that to me
  • Well done Rob.
    I hope that someday soon you'll get some financial support from a company willing to let you retain full control of the content of Slashdot.
  • Are we forgetting the asshole effect. I think that goes along with the /. effect, like when you guys [and gals] tore down that web server without the root pass.

    yeah (.) effect.
  • "no one knows where the term ``slashdot effect'' originated"?

    I know.

    It was on Slashdot. :-)
  • Has anyone thought of the Cathedral and the Bazaar as related to Slashdot? This isn't a great news site because of some massive international news organization with bureaus in Washington and Silicon Valley (like some news cathedral). It's great because of the community and the open environment that's managed by the maintainers here.

    I'm sure if someone did a comparison, they could draw good parallels between Slashdot and Linux. One is shaking up the way we get news while the other is shaking up the software industry. And if we believe Linux is going to run over Windows, then what are sites like Slashdot going to the traditional media? Sites like MSNBC and CNET might have reason to be scared.

    Congratulations to Rob and the others!
  • Actually, that did occur to me, so I changed the ending to "sites like Slashdot"...I know Slashdot is only one site that serves a specific population, but what about a bunch of Slashdots, each serving different populations?

    Browsing the web is a personal experience, and people are going to looking for more personal content online...the TV model of broadcasting aren't really going to fly here as well as teams of niche sites like Slashdot.

    I think eventually, when people are used to the Web, they'll be 'scratching their itches' at different Slashdot-clones (using Slashdot code?) for everything from parenting to barber-shop pole painting businesses (assuming barber shops still exist then). But it won't just be a matter of site content focused on them (like some magazine sites now), the people who use the sites will contribute the way Slashdotters do here, with stories, comments, hanging out on SlashNet. The news sites will be collective creations of their community, in an open source fashion.

    I really like Slashdot and I visit here 3-4 times a day for updates. That bias aside, I think sites like this are going to take precedence over broad, one-way sites like MSNBC (nothing against them, I like that site too).
  • There is one aspect of the slashdot effect, that no one has mentioned. What about all of the lost man hours due to All of us slashdoters wasting company time on Slashdot. You know, if we are not careful, we could bring the world economy crashing down. Forget Y2k, fear SSK. (Slashdot's site killers) :)
  • First off, Rob, and the rest of the Slashdot crew Congradulations!! :-)

    You know? It's kinda of a power to people thing, isn't it?
    I mean, albeit in small doses, slashdot, and it's readers are making small, but, noticable changes in policies, consider Bell Atlantic, regarding Macs.
    Project the idea, a few years ahead...
    Now 80% of the American Public have access to the Internet at home, ~60% of the population of the world have Internet Access availible to them. Many new sites in the format of Slashdot pop up, each catering to the tastes of thier respective readers. One smart person makes a AllSlash network, a way to browse all of these from a central point, with a main page, listing most poopular Articles from all of them. All presenting news of importance to the reader, because the readers provide them, then discuss them in open forums. Soon it's all taken as for granted, as your daily newspaper, or evening news on TV.

    I think we are the very edge of a revolution unmatched since the printing press. Maybe the power we all have, as a slashdotter, have been over stated at times, but, maybe not. How about the potentional power we will all have, when a person in a foreign country, just needs to post a quick article, and bring attention of his/her plight to millions of people, in a matter of days, others in that country doing the same, encouraged by the reactions. Soon thousands of Web Surfers e-mailing their Government, in outrage. Governments world wide, forced to face issues, they can ignore now, because most people will never know.

    I don't know. Maybe I'm dreaming... but, seems to me, the Internet is giving people a voice, people who never had that voice before. We aren't changing the world yet, but, I'm almost sure, soon we will.
  • I wish I could get hit by the slashdot effect. That would be way too cool... I like freaking out the network administrators ;)
  • If you guys want to read the paper written
    by me, on the slashdot effect as referenced in
    the Ausie article, here's the URL ect.html
  • i guess it's fairfax's turn to feel an awesome dearth of bandwidth that is the direct result of...
  • i want to see a bandwidth burst

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