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Slashdot down for more than 5 hours

Slashdot logoFor more than five hours today the so-called Slashdot effect was completely absent on the internet. Why? Because, the extremely popular technology news website that inspired Kevin Rose to create Digg, was according to our monitoring unavailable from 09:38 CET this morning (03:38 US EST) and only came back up a few minutes ago (14:48 CET, 08:48 US EST).

Sourceforge (, which owns Slashdot, was also unreachable.

The Register should have credit for reporting first on this (they even contacted us here at Pingdom for a quote).

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