I understand Slashdot is supposed to have a policy about contacting sites before linking to them.
I'm not sure what the heck /. was thinking at the time - somethingawful is a fairly famous website (imho), and, while i'm not a very regular visitor, even I was aware that he was having problems keeping it all going. I'm wondering how the links got on there if they had such a policy, since its certainly rude (and financially cruel) to Lowtax.
Lowtax's "defense" from slashdotting - well, I figured I should leave it out of the intro, and to avoid unnecessarily scarring people, I'll be obtuse. From what I understand Lowtax made the linked article redirect away from his site to another website in the christmas islands domain - one with a rather disgusting picture decorating its front page. Visitors to somethingawful from slashdot instead found themselves staring at something rather unexpected (and unpleasant).
The links dissapeared from slashdot not long after. Some of the final comments on the article reflect the change - yet they were all modded to -1, Troll. Slashdot's update simply says "Links were randomly redirecting people". That's great - nobody needs to know exactly where. But what happened to an apology? Are such things unnecessary when your slashdotting target is some site whose owner isn't a megacorporation that can foot the bandwidth cost?
I suppose I would like to have seen an apology from slashdot. Slashdotting webservers isn't uncommon - i'm used to the fact that after 10+ posts on a topic, the linked story will be unavailable. But never before have I known that the guy on the other end really is going to proverbially suck it down. The linking from slashdot to somethingawful was removed because slashdot readers were getting redirect - not out of kindness or a realisation of the impact the links would have.
I'd like to close this article by asking for opinions and information. How do you feel about the slashdot effect? Should a site like slashdot ask before linking, given the amount of interest that inevitably falls upon the linked site? And was Lowtax's "defense" justified (amusement aside) - or was he just being an ass because he could?