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The Slashdot effect

The blogpost we posted last week got listed on the frontpage of, and it resulted in fairly heavy traffic during the weekend.

The amount of traffic that's generated on the sites Slashdot links to, often have problems with stability. This effect is called the "Slashdot effect", or slashdotting as some call it.

While we had quite a bit of traffic, we never experienced any trouble at all, even though we're not using ASP.Net output caching. Average response time was around 10ms. Take a look at the following graph to see how it impacted our traffic:


Posted by: Vidar Langberget
Comments (4)
Broken Image link
by Oskar Austegard
5/25/2010 - 3:52 PM
I'd love to see the graph of your Slashdot effect, but unfortunately your image source ( is not found...
Norwegian dates in the archive
by Oskar Austegard
5/25/2010 - 3:54 PM
...and while I'm picking on your site: you may want to switch the month names of the archive pages to English, since the blog's in English. Applying the user's culture to the date strings would also be a nice touch. Webnodes does all of this out of the box, right?
Re: The Slashdot effect
by Vidar Langberget
5/25/2010 - 4:13 PM
Hi Oskar! Thanks for the comments! I've fixed the broken image link. I'll fix the dates ASAP. We support date formatting based on the user's culture, as well as several other options.
by Sam Watkins
5/26/2010 - 11:27 AM
The vertical scale on the image goes from 0 to 000 then 000, 000, 000, 000. Can you please correct this? thanks, Sam
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