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Slashdot, often abbreviated as /.[1], a name coined to confuse individuals who attempt to pronounce the URL as "h-t-t-p-colon-slash-slash-slash-dot-dot-org"[2], is a Web 2.0 website owned by SourceForge that, in keeping with its billing as "News for nerds, stuff that matters", purveys user-submitted articles that deal with a variety of technologically-related topics. Slashdot is powered by the open-source Slash engine, which is written in Perl, and uses the mod_perl Apache module. The actual content is stored using the MySQL database software. Slashdot has acquired a good deal of fame within the geek community.

Slashdot receives about 5.5 million visitors per month[3], and a resultant phenomenon often associated with Slashdot is the "Slashdot effect", which is, essentially, a huge traffic spike resulting from a website being featured in a Slashdot article, and the subsequent direction of large numbers of people to the website. This has been known to result in diminished website performance, or even loss of service. A website which has experienced such failure due to the Slashdot effect is said to have been "Slashdotted".

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  4. "Help make mass surveillance of entire populations uneconomical! We all have an unalienable right to privacy, which you can exercise today by encrypting your communications and ending your reliance on proprietary products and services."

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