Site specializing in "news for nerds". One of the first major blogs.
Slashdot is one of the first blogs. It specializes in nerd related news and has a loyal following. Common topics include Linux and arguing over which open distribution is superior. In the past, Slashdot was known for its Slashdot effect, though this has occurred less frequently in recent years.
Slashdot is known for popularizing the handle "Anonymous Coward", as a way to both allow anonymous users to post and encourage them to get a screen name. This phrase originated in USENET and BBS, was popularized by Slashdot, and can now be occasionally seen on other nerd related websites.
The comments and moderation system is the source of most user activity on site. While the blog posts themselves are innocuous, Slashdot became one of the first sites known for heavy trolling. The GNAA had its roots in commenting on this site. First post was a common occurrence, and these days leads to an auto-ban.
Comments and stories can be upvoted and downvoted, which is another way trolls can game the system. Some users also specifically aim for comments that will get them upvotes. Common methods for this include making Simpsons jokes and making fun of Republicans.
Slashdot was founded in 1997 to be a blog about technology related news. It was given its name as a way to annoy those who say its URL phonetically (try it: http://slashdot.org). Its founder, Rob Malda, posts under the name "CmdrTaco", short for Commander Taco.
Slashdot's popularity has tailed off. There are now millions of websites that have the same goals and scope. Slashdot's fall off may be most attributed to Digg and later Reddit. That said, Slashdot still has a decent following.
- You should probably not call Linux "Lunix" on site.
The Slashdot effect in action.