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Re: [vox] lugod.org is a bit slow today...

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On Sunday 11 April 2004 11:19 am, Ken Bloom kabloom-at-ucdavis.edu |lugod| 
> Has anybody thought about writing a cache.slashdot.org that handled *all*
> links from slashdot.org by caching them for a couple days the first time
> they were downloaded (and rewriting all of the links in the pages to point
> to cache.slashdot.org)



* Slashdot should cache pages to prevent the Slashdot Effect! 

Sure, it's a great idea, but it has a lot of implications. For example, 
commercial sites rely on their banner ads to generate revenue. If I cache one 
of their pages, this will mess with their statistics, and mess with their 
banner ads. In other words, this will piss them off. 

Of course, most of the time, the commercial sites that actually have income 
from banner ads easily withstand the Slashdot Effect. So perhaps we could 
draw the line at sites that don't have ads. They are, after all, much more 
likely to buckle under the pressure of all those unexpected hits. But what 
happens if I cache the site, and they update themselves? Once again, I'm 
transmitting data that I shouldn't be, only this time my cache is out of 

I could try asking permission, but do you want to wait 6 hours for a cool 
breaking story while we wait for permission to link someone? 

So the quick answer is: "Sure, caching would be neat." It would make things a 
lot easier when servers go down, but it's a complicated issue that would need 
to be thought through in great detail before being implemented.

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