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 slashdot effect Now look, the level of unknown obstacles that will be ahead of Slashdot, already scrambling to make a play that could put it back in the game, could just as easily ss it back into jeopardy.

Between the words left unsaid by Malda and current Slashdot Editor in Chief Stephen Wellman, it’s clear that all parties treat the time as a still healing wound that’s better left untouched.

Accordingly the time between Slashdot’s heyday in the early 2000’s and the events of last year are somewhat of a mixed history in Slashdot’s existence. So Slashdot Effect is the sudden, relatively temporary surge in traffic to a Web site that occurs when a high traffic Web site and akin source posts a story that refers visitors to another Web site.

 slashdot effect Therefore the Slashdot Effect can be perceived when any large Web site posts a ‘highinterest’, widely publicized story about another site.

The effect is obviously a lot more noticeable on smaller sites and the surge in traffic sometimes will slow a site down or make it impossible to reach.

Increasingly about any ‘technology related’ subject, the effect gets its name from the Slashdot Web site, a discussion forum originally about Linux and related software. You also agree that your personal information might be transferred and processed in the United States, and that you have read and agree to the Terms of Use and the Privacy Policy. Seriously.

Did you know that the article also suggests that look alike sites are lessening the Slashdot Effect. That said, this means that sites like and are diluting the Slashdot Effect. So it’s ridiculous. Now look, the article asserts that the tal amount of news sites Slashdot is linking to has skyrocketed. Nevertheless, that has reduced the impact Slashdot can make on every individual site’s traffic. Keep reading.a recent survey performed by OSTG, released on March 22nd shows that 73percentage of slashdot readers will increase their use of RSS feeds in the next year.

 slashdot effect More than a quarter of respondents are reading more than five sites via RSS feeds.

Virtually, a decline in the Slashdot Effect aside from anecdotal evidence, there were no plausible reasons explored in the article, So if there is.

Perhaps, way more visitors to Slashdot have already linked to the source from their RSS news and blogs reader. Perhaps, the visitors to Slashdot are becoming increasingly focused on the community comments themselves rather than the news links. Perhaps, Slashdot has grown beyond its original tech editorial focus and is linking more frequently to sites beyond the conventional high tech list. Perhaps, the proliferation of links to CNET and identical tech sites have, over time, caused readers to visit those sites as part of their normal daily reading habits.

Business Week Online’s article Less Impact from the Slashdot Effect leaps to conclusions about why the Slashdot Effect has weakened over the last 12 months. To be honest I do take issue with what appears to be lazy journalism in citing causes for the decline, while I do not necessarily question an overall decline in the percentage of traffic that other tech news sites attribute to Slashdot. At a minimum, Actually I would hope that an interested journalist or anthropologist will take a closer look at Slashdot to understand if most of us know that there is a correlation between its increasing page views and visitors and declining traffic referrals. Rather than simple advertising mentality trend lines, my sense is that we might be seeing the evolution of this worldwide community and its dynamics. Whenever in accordance with Jupiter research, in a report published on March 12th and entitled RSS readers, Really Simple Syndication received little consumer attention prior to 2003, despite its availability since the late 1990s.

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