My last article “Google Lively Review” was slash-doted last Thursday. Around 10 am I submitted the link to slashdot and it got published immediately. Before then I had around 3,000 total hits on my site, 12 hours later I had closer to 30, 000. Needless to say that it killed my server for a few minutes.
As you have probably noticed I have a feed on my right menu with technology news from Google. This feed comes in as an XML file and I parse it to look like my menu. Apparently the XML parser I used was not efficient enough because it brought the server to it’s knees when 30, 000 people hit. After many failed attempts to regain control of my server I was able to modify the code in order to remain stable.
However I could never anticipate what followed. In my review, I criticized Google for allowing pornographic material to live inside lively (no pun intended). This caused tremendous rage amongst slash-doters and an avalanche of personal attacks against me. The thing that bothered me the most is that they started attacking my beliefs and my religion. They send me thousands of insulting messages in reference to Christians and Christianity as a whole. They called me all sort of names and made fun of me.
I learned two things from this experience.
- If you get slash-doted make sure your server and your code can handle the load.
- Persecution of Christians does exists in the US, it may not be in the form of physical harm but I can tell you that those comments hurt a lot emotionally.
For all of those that commented and were offensive I have only one thing to say. I hope that one day you can find the joy and the love of Jesus in your life.