<jargon> 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 slashdot.org.
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Nearby terms: S-Lang « slap on the side « slash « slashdot effect » slave tty » SLD resolution » sleep