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Slashdot
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Screenshot of the Slashdot.org main page
URL http://slashdot.org/
Slogan News for nerds. Stuff that matters.
Type of site News
Registration Optional
Owner Geeknet, Inc.
Created by Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda
Launched September 1997
Revenue Advertisement, optional subscription
Current status Active
Slashdot
People
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Slashdot (sometimes abbreviated as /.) is a technology-related news website owned by Geeknet, Inc. The site, which bills itself as, "News for Nerds. Stuff that Matters", features user-submitted and evaluated current affairs news stories about a variety of science and technology related topics. Each story on the site has a comments section attached to it. Slashdot was founded in 1997 as a blog, Chips & Dips, by Hope College computer science student Rob Malda, also known as "Commander Taco". The name "Slashdot" is described by Malda as "a sort of obnoxious parody of a URL", chosen to confuse those who tried to pronounce the URL of the site ("h-t-t-p-colon-slash-slash-slashdot-dot-org").

Summaries of stories and links to news articles are submitted by Slashdot's own readers, and each story becomes the topic of a threaded discussion among the site's users. Discussion is moderated by a user-based moderation system. Randomly selected moderators assign points of either -1 or +1 to each comment, based on whether the comment is perceived as either normal, offtopic, insightful, redundant, interesting, or troll (among others). The site's comment and moderation system is administered by its own content management system, Slash, which is available under the GNU General Public License.

Slashdot's traffic is estimated at approximately 5.5 million users per month, and the site has won over twenty awards, including People's Voice Awards in 2000 for Best Community Site and Best News Site. Occasionally, a story will link to a server causing a large surge of traffic, which can overwhelm some smaller or independent sites. This phenomenon is known as the "Slashdot effect".

Contents

History

The origins of the site now known as Slashdot date back to July 1997, when Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda started a personal website called Chips & Dips, which featured a single rant each day about something that interested him – typically something to do with Linux or open source software. At the time, Malda was a student at Hope College in Holland, Michigan, majoring in computer science. The site became Slashdot in September 1997 under the moniker, "News for Nerds. Stuff that Matters" (although the first archived Slashdot post dates back to December 31, 1997, due to a server crash that wiped out the earlier posts[1]), and quickly became a hotspot on the Web for news and information of interest to computer geeks.[2] The name "Slashdot" came from somewhat of an "obnoxious parody of a URL" – when Malda registered the domain, he desired to make a name that was "silly and unpronounceable" – try pronouncing out, "h-t-t-p-colon-slash-slash-slashdot-dot-org".[3] One popular section that debuted in the early days (May 13, 1998) was "Ask Slashdot", which allowed individual users to ask various questions to the Slashdot community on a variety of topics.[4]

By June 1998, the site was seeing as many as 100,000 page views per day, and advertisers began to take notice.[2] By December 1998, Slashdot had net revenues of $18,000, yet its internet profile was higher, and revenues were expected to increase. On June 29, 1999, the site was sold to Linux megasite Andover.net for $1.5 million in cash and $7 million in Andover stock at the IPO price. Part of the deal was contingent upon the continued employment of Rob Malda and Jeff Bates, as well as on "the achievement of certain milestones." With the acquisition of Slashdot, Andover.net could now advertise itself as "the leading Linux/Open Source destination on the Internet."[5][6] Andover.net eventually merged with VA Linux on February 3, 2000,[7] which changed its name to SourceForge, Inc. on May 24, 2007, and eventually becoming Geeknet, Inc. on November 4, 2009.[8]

Slashdot's 10,000th article was posted after two and a half years on February 24, 2000,[9] and the 100,000th article was posted on December 11, 2009, after 12 years online![10] During the first twelve years, the most active story with the most responses posted was "Kerry Concedes Election To Bush", after the 2004 US Presidential Election, with 5,687 posts. This followed the creation of a new article section, politics.slashdot.org, created at the start of the 2004 election on September 7, 2004.[11] Interestingly, many of the most popular stories are political, with "Strike on Iraq" (March 19, 2003) the second most active article and, "Barack Obama Wins US Presidency" (November 5, 2008) the third most active. Rounding out the ten most active articles include an article announcing the 2005 London bombings, several articles about Evolution vs. Intelligent Design, Saddam Hussein's capture, and Fahrenheit 911. Articles about Microsoft and its Windows Operating System are also very popular, with a thread posted in 2002 entitled, "What's Keeping You On Windows?" being the 10th most active story, and an article about Windows 2000/NT4 source code leaks the most visited article with over 680,000 hits.[12]

Some controversy erupted on March 9, 2001, after an Anonymous Coward posted the full text of Scientology's "Operating Thetan Level Three" (OT III) document in a comment attached to a Slashdot article. The Church of Scientology demanded that Slashdot remove the document under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. A week later, in a long article, Slashdot editors explained their decision to remove the page while providing links and information on how to get the document from other sources.[13] That article, posted on March 16, 2001, is still one of the ten most visited stories on the site, with just over 350,000 hits.[12]

Slashdot Japan was launched on May 28, 2001 (although the first article was published April 5, 2001) and is an official offshoot of the US-based Web site. The site is currently owned by OSDN, Inc., and carries some of the US-based Slashdot articles, as well as localized stories.[14][15] There is also an external site, todhsalS, which has reported selected stories published on Slashdot Japan in English since March 1, 2009.[16]

On January 2, 2002, a new "zoo" system was introduced, which allowed users to mark other users as either a "friend" and "foe", enabling a "killfile" function.[17]

On Valentine's Day of 2002, Founder Rob Malda proposed to longtime girlfriend Kathleen Fent using the front page of Slashdot and she accepted.[18][19] They were married on December 8, 2002, in Las Vegas, Nevada.[20]

Slashdot implemented a subscription service on March 1, 2002. However, Slashdot's subscription model works a bit differently than other sites, such as the Wall Street Journal (where you pay to read all articles) or Salon.com (where you pay to read the good articles). Slashdot's subscription model works by allowing users to pay a small fee to be able to view pages without banner ads, starting at a rate of $5 per 1,000 page views – non-subscribers may still view articles and respond to comments, with banner ads in place.[21] On March 6, 2003, subscribers were given the ability to see articles 10 to 20 minutes before they are released to the public,[22] and in 2005, a "day pass" option was introduced as well, allowing non-subscribers to get the same benefits as subscribers for 24 hours if they watched a short commercial first.

April Fools' Day 2006 logo

In observance of April Fools' Day in 2006, Slashdot temporarily changed its signature teal color theme to a warm palette of bubblegum pink, as well as changed its masthead from the usual, "News for Nerds" motto to, "OMG!!! Ponies!!!" Editors joked that this was done to increase female readership.[23] In another supposed April Fools' Day joke, User Achievement tags were introduced on April 1, 2009.[24] This system allowed users to be tagged with various achievements, such as The Tagger for tagging a story or Member of the {1,2,3,4,5} Digit UID Club for having a Slashdot UID consisting of a certain number of digits. While it was posted on April Fools' Day to allow for certain joke achievements, the system is real.[25]

Slashdot unveiled its newly redesigned site on June 4, 2006, following a CSS Redesign Competition. The winner of the competition was Alex Bendiken, who built on the initial CSS framework of the site. The new site looks similar to the old one, but is more polished with more rounded curves, collapsible menus, and updated fonts.[26]

On November 9, 2006, Slashdot attained 16,777,215 (or 224 − 1) comments, which broke the database for three hours until the administrators fixed the issue.[27]

Administration

Rob Malda, Founder of Slashdot
Rob Malda, Founder of Slashdot

The site is owned by Geeknet, Inc. and run by its founder, Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda, working out of his home in Dexter, Michigan. He shares editorial responsibilities with several other editors, including Timothy Lord, Patrick "Scuttlemonkey" McGarry, Jeff "Soulskill" Boehm, Rob "Samzenpus" Rozeboom, and Keith Dawson.[28] The administration of the site is done using the Slash source code and database, a content management system that is available under the GNU General Public License.[29] Slashdot's editors are primarily responsible selecting the primary stories daily, providing a one paragraph summary for each and a link to an external site where the story originated. Each story becomes the topic for a threaded discussion among the site’s users.[30] A user-based moderation system is employed to filter out abusive comments.[31] Every comment is initially given a score of -1 to +2, with a default score of +1 for registered users, 0 for anonymous users (Anonymous Coward), +2 for users with high "karma", or -1 for users with low "karma". As moderators read comments attached to articles, they click to moderate the comment, either up (+1) or down (-1). Moderators may also choose to attach a particular descriptor to the comments as well, such as normal, offtopic, flamebait, troll, redundant, insightful, interesting, informative, funny, overrated, or underrated, with each corresponding to a -1 or +1 rating. So a comment may be seen to have a rating of "+1 insightful" or "-1 troll".

Moderation points add to a user's karma, and users with high "karma" are eligible to become moderators themselves. The system does not promote regular users as "moderators", and instead assigns five moderation points at a time to users based on the number of comments they have entered in the system – once a user's moderation points are used up, they can no longer moderate articles (though they can be assigned more moderation points at a later date). Paid staff editors have an unlimited number of moderation points.[30][32]

A given comment can have any integer score from-1 to +5, and registered users of Slashdot can set a personal threshold so that no comments with a lesser score are displayed.[30][32] So, a user reading Slashdot at level +5 will only see the highest rated stories, while a user reading at level -1 will see a more "unfiltered, anarchic version".[33]

A meta-moderation system was also implemented on September 7, 1999,[34] to moderate the moderators and help contain abuses in the moderation system. Meta-moderators are presented with a set of moderations that they may rate as either fair or unfair. For each moderation, the meta-moderator sees the original comment and the reason assigned by the moderator (e.g. troll, funny), and the meta-moderator can click to see the context of comments surrounding the one that was moderated.[30][32]

Features

Slashdot features discussion forms on a variety of technology and science related topics, or "News for Nerds", as its motto states. The site is also well known for its bias towards the open source software movement.[35] Articles are divided into the following sections:[36]

  • Apple – news related to products from Apple Inc., such as Mac OS X or iPod.
  • Ask Slashdot – articles that seek advice from users about jobs, computer hardware, software glitches, philosophical problems, or more.
  • Book Reviews – original book reviews on (not necessarily) tech books.
  • BSD – news about the various modern version of UNIX derived from the UCB distribution.
  • Developers – news about software or programming.
  • Features – original, feature-length articles.
  • Games – gaming news.
  • Geeks in Space – a web audio broadcast featuring several of the editors of Slashdot (outdated; no new episodes have been posted recently).
  • Idle – miscellaneous and humorous articles, pictures, and videos.
  • Interviews – interviews with various people related to science and technology.
  • Information Technology (IT) – anything that people with "Information Technology" in their job description might be interested to know.
  • Linux – news specific to the Linux operating system (any variant or distribution).
  • Politics – news relevant to politics of the United States. It was created primarily to cover the 2004 United States Presidential Election, but now exists for occasional stories that are related to U.S. Politics.
  • Polls – a poll is usually run on the site in the right-hand margin, asking users their choice on a variety of topics. In the earlier years of the site, one of the options that could be selected as CowboyNeal, the handle of Jonathan Pater, an administrator of the site. This became known as the CowboyNeal option.[37] During the summer of 2005, he stopped being in charge of the polls, and as a result the CowboyNeal option disappeared.
  • Science – news on science-related topics (e.g. cool technology, space telescope observations, interesting medical research).
  • Your Rights Online (YRO) – news on topics pertaining to internet privacy and digital rights.

Tags

Slashdot also uses a system of "tags" where users can categorize a story to group them together and sorting them. Tags are written in all lowercase, with no spaces, and limited to 64 characters. For example, articles could be tagged as being about security or mozilla. Some articles are tagged with longer tags, such as whatcouldpossiblygowrong (expressing the perception of catastrophic risk), suddenoutbreakofcommonsense (used when the community feels that the subject has finally figured out something obvious), correlationnotcausation (used when scientific articles lack direct evidence; see correlation does not imply causation), or getyourasstomars (commonly seen in articles about Mars or space exploration).[38]

Culture

Tux, the Linux Penguin

As an online community with primarily user-generated content, many in-jokes and internet memes have developed over the course of the site's history. A popular meme (based on an unscientific Slashdot user poll[39]) is, "In Soviet Russia, noun verb you!" The phrase was actually originated by Ukrainian-born comedian Yakov Smirnoff as his famous Russian reversal – "In America, you can always find a party. In Soviet Russia, The Party can always find you!"[40] Other popular memes usually pertain to computing or technology, such as “Imagine a Beowulf cluster of these”,[41] "But does it run Linux?",[42] or "Netcraft now confirms: BSD (or some other software package or item) is dying."[43] Some users will also refer to seemingly innocent remarks by correcting them and adding "you insensitive clod!" to the statement — a reference to a February 14, 1986, Calvin & Hobbes cartoon[44] or the 11th season The Simpsons episode, Last Tap Dance in Springfield, wherein Frink exclaims to Homer, "I was merely trying to spare the girl's feelings, you insensitive clod!" Users will also typically refer to articles referring to data storage and data capacity by inquiring how much it is in units of Libraries of Congress.[45]

Slashdotters also typically like to mock United States Senator Ted Stevens' 2006 description of the Internet as a "series of tubes",[46][47] or Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's chair-throwing incident from 2005.[48][49] Microsoft Founder Bill Gates, of course, is also a popular target of jokes by Slashdotters, and all stories about Microsoft are identified with a graphic of Bill looking like a Borg from Star Trek: The Next Generation.[50]

Many Slashdotters have long talked about the supposed release of Duke Nukem Forever, which was promised in 1997, and delayed indefinitely.[51] References to the game are commonly brought up in other articles about software packages that are not yet in production even though the announced delivery date has long passed (see vaporware).[52]

Additionally, having a low Slashdot user ID is highly valued, since they are assigned sequentially. Having a low user ID is a sign that someone has an older account and has contributed to the site longer. For the Electronic Frontier Foundation's 10 year anniversary in 2007, one of the items auctioned off in their charity auction was a 3-digit Slashdot user ID.[25][53]

Traffic and users

As of 2006, Slashdot had approximately 5.5 million users per month. As of February 2010, the site's Alexa rating is 1,268, with the average user spending 3.7 minutes per day on the site and 45,393 sites linking in.[54] The primary stories on the site consist of a short synopsis paragraph, a link to the original story, and a lengthy discussion section, all contributed by users. Discussion on stories can get up to 10,000 posts per day. Slashdot was a pioneer in user-driven content, which influenced other sites, such as Google News and Wikipedia.[55][56] Approximately 50% of Slashdot's traffic consists of people that simply check out the headlines and click through, while the other 50% participates in discussion boards and takes part in the community.[57] Many users that see a link in a story on the site click on the link, leading to the site getting swamped by heavy traffic and the server collapsing. This is known as the "Slashdot effect,"[55][57] a term which was first coined on February 15, 1999, referring to an article about a "new generation of niche Web portals driving unprecedented amounts of traffic to sites of interest."[58][56] Today, most major websites can handle the surge of traffic, but "slashdotting" continues to occur on smaller or independent sites.[59]

Publicity

Slashdot has received over twenty awards, including People's Voice Awards in 2000 in both of the categories for which it was nominated (Best Community Site and Best News Site).[60] It was also voted as one of Newsweek's favorite technology Web sites and rated in Yahoo's Top 100 Web sites as the "Best Geek Hangout" (2001).[61] The main antagonists in the 2004 novel Century Rain, by Alastair Reynolds – The Slashers – are named after Slashdot users.[62] The site was also mentioned briefly in the 2000 novel Cosmonaut Keep, by Ken MacLeod.[63]

Several celebrities have also stated that they either checked the website regularly or participated in its discussion forums using an account. Some of these celebrities include: Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak,[64] writer and actor Wil Wheaton,[65] and id Software technical director John Carmack.[66]

See also

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Contents

English

Etymology

From the popular geek news site Slashdot (http://slashdot.org).

Pronunciation

(US) SAMPA:/sl{S.dQt/

Verb

Infinitive
to slashdot

Third person singular
slashdots

Simple past
slashdotted

Past participle
slashdotted

Present participle
slashdotting

to slashdot (third-person singular simple present slashdots, present participle slashdotting, simple past and past participle slashdotted)

  1. (computing, Internet) To render a web site slow or unusable via the unusually large number of page requests that result from a link on a very popular web site.
  2. (Can we verify(+) this sense?) To overwhelm, swamp.

See also

Quotations

  • 2002, Shelley Powers et al., Unix Power Tools [1]
    If these numbers are significantly higher than normal usage, something is amiss (perhaps your web server has been slashdotted).
  • [2003], 2006 Matthew Strebe, The Best of SlashNOT, 2002–2005 [2]
    And that guy is supposed to be thrilled to lose both his inbound and outbound connections and e-mail for the joy of having been slashdotted.
  • 2005, Ivan Ristic, Apache Security [3]
    Sites that have been slashdotted report traffic between several hundred and several thousand hits per minute.
  • 2005, Charles Stross, Accelerando [4]
    Oh shit, thinks Manfred, better buy some more server time. He can recognize the signs: He's about to be slashdotted.

Simple English

Slashdot is a website where people can read news. Most people who go to Slashdot like computers. Other people go, too.

On the Slashdot website, people can comment on the news. Often this leads to interesting discussions with many points of view.

Slashdot has been a website for ten years. It has lots of things to talk about. Some of the things are: computers, the Internet, video games, and politics. The politics are just about computers and the Internet.

Many people like Slashdot because you can share ideas. People who like computers and the Internet can read the ideas to learn.

Anyone can go to Slashdot and read it and do not need to give money. People from every country go. It has many ideas which are never the same.

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