Posted on February 10, 2008
Posted by John Scalzi
My first Slashdotting!
Come, my geeks, come!
Wait ’til they lock onto the Linux posts. DRM and Linux is the Slashdot perfect storm.
But the real question is did you notice this on your specs while in a beerhaus in Amsterdam?
I was thinking the same thing when I read it, John.
Nate: Does it make me a nerd that I’m pretty sure I know what you’re referring to?
What the hell is slashdotting?
Slashdot traffic is always slower on the weekend, so it probably won’t be crippling, but it’s still good press.
Impressive. The site loaded, and quickly. Maybe 1and1 are able to handle a slashdotting. (that is, Dana, being linked to from Slashdot.org, where the traffic kills mere mortal servers).
It’s like the Colbert Bump for geeks:
The Slashdot effect is the term given to the phenomenon of a popular website linking to a smaller site, causing the smaller site to slow down or even temporarily close due to the increased traffic. The name stems from the huge influx of web traffic that results from the technology news site Slashdot linking to underpowered websites.
Dana: “slashdotting” is the event where the readers of the geek website “Slashdot” ( http://slashdot.org ) visit a link posted on that site, usually crippling the target website with massive amounts of traffic.
Scalzi.com has 3TB of bandwidth a month, and I have WP caching high-traffic pages here at Whatever, so we stand a reasonable chance of holding up to a slashdotting. But yeah, things like this are why I don’t try to host myself.
Scalzi, come on. If your site can stand up to a Farking, a Slashdotting is almost anticlimactic.
Have to agree with Julia. Back in the day (yikes!), a slashdotting used to really mean something (good and horrible, because it was taking your site down!). These days, not so much.
nate: nice accelerando reference, it’s too bad even the posthuman couldn’t predict digg.
you could have been dugg if you wrote about ron paul (before super tuesday)
I hate to say it, but it looks like as of now [11:27 pm CST 2-10-08] the Tor site is no longer taking applications for the free books. I figured as much when I saw it slashdotted (oh, the spell checker didn’t like that one) but it looks like the gravy train has ended. Oh, well, at
least I got there before the rush with my backup e-mail account… guess it is true, snooze and loose. Anyone else here notice a problem or is it just me?
Go, slashdot, go.
Because I still own over 2,000 shares of SourceForge (from back when it was VA Linux, and then became VA Software, and then mutated into SourceForge, and own slashdot).
Writers, real PROFESSIONAL writers, pay themselves first, and have a retirement portfolio of some kind.
What John Scalzi writes about writing as a profession is true. Especially the part about being very very lucky in whom you marry. Damn, but he and I aced that, by marrying up.
Probably not quite AS exciting, but did you see that GalleyCat called you “nearly-as-insanely-popular” as Neil Gaiman?
When I have two movies out to the theaters in the same six month span, then I will be almost as popular as Neil Gaiman. But it’s nice of Galleycat to say.
Any idea how the Tor site is doing? I followed your original post and signed up – either Friday or Saturday – and haven’t gotten my e-mail yet.
I suspect now that it’s a business day things will start moving along.
fark and digg- traffic yes- but slashdot is quality peoples.
reading the comments at fark will make you laugh.
reading the comments at digg will make you dumb.
reading the comments at the dot will make you smart. (well – as long as you browse above +1 or so.)
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