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Slashdot effect

(computing) a temporary surge in the numbers visiting a website and consequent service slowdown or even server crash that sometimes arises as a result of a new link being set up from a more popular website
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C21: from the symbols slash + dot, which are conventions of website addresses
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slashdot effect in Technology
An effect where a document on a WWW server is linked to from another, popular, site, with the resultant traffic overloading the server so that a connection cannot be made to it. This is especially likely if the server is running Microsoft IIS.
The term was coined by readers of the Unix advocacy web site (
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