The Slashdot Effect

By Deane Barker on December 15, 2004

Slashdot effect: Interesting comments and links about the Slashdot effect.

Few definitive numbers exist regarding the precise magnitude of the Slashdot effect, but estimates put the peak of the mass influx of page requests at anywhere from several hundred to several thousand hits per minute. The flood usually peaks when the article is at the top of Slashdot’s front page and gradually subsides as the story is superseded by newer items. Traffic usually remains at elevated levels until the article is pushed off the front page, which can take from 12 to 18 hours after its initial posting.

Someday people will live in fear of “The Gadgetopia Effect.”



  1. We’ve never been Slashdotted. We’ve been BoingBoinged twice, and Winered twice, but never Slashdotted. Someday I’d like to be Metafiltered and Farked, as well.

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