Slashdot effect


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Slashdot effect

(ˈslæʃˌdɒt)
n
(Computer Science) 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
[C21: from the symbols slash + dot, which are conventions of website addresses]
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Slashdot effect - noun: the slowing down or crashing of a small website due to a huge increase in traffic when the website is linked to another, much more popular one.
Andover estimates the size of the Slashdot effect at 2.