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Slashdot effect

(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
Word Origin
C21: from the symbols slash + dot, which are conventions of website addresses
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