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Here's you chance to generate wasteful http traffic without even having to run unpatched IIS! We're ready to test Banjo, our new fancy setup w/ new code and new hardware. We plan to keep testing until we think the system is ready. You are also welcome to submit Bug Reports, although it would be helpful if you skimmed the list of bugs before submitting new ones so we don't have 300 of you tell us that your user info page has other people's comments listed on it again. The new hardware is mostly in place, but the code hasn't been fully optimized yet, so run your wgets... write your bots... whatever makes you happy, but please don't be malicious: just try to load and submit web pages. And don't be surprised, its gonna go up and down like a yo yo as we fix things.
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  • I can't say I really give a rat's ass about the format of /., but SpaceGhost ROCKS! ROCK ON, SPACEGHOST!

    5p4c39#057 15 13373r t#4n t4c0'5 m07#3r!

    *has an aneurism*
  • Bug Report (Score:1, Redundant)

    by zpengo (99887)
    Bug Report: There are no stories or comments. Don't know how that made it through the rigorous testing process...
  • that a beowulf cluster may have helped here?
  • Too bad it's taken []. Sigh. I'm gonna miss bubba when he's gone.
  • we should try and take down slashdot, and then go and stand over taco when he has to repair it.

    i dont know about you, but computer illiterate people standing over me while i fix something - expecting to learn something - stresses me out big time.

  • You guys are going to call Cisco BEFORE you screw up the configuration [] this time right?
  • All your banjo are belong to us.

    (Well, the slashdot effect replies were even more mandatory, but I was too late to add one of them - I do have some standards even if you can't tell from my posts. ... I'll go and take my medicine now, OK?)

  • I'm glad to see that the things that were confusing my HTML parser last night have mostly been fixed already. Now I'll have to find a different source for difficult HTML...
  • I'm curious as to what the difference between slashdot and slBANJO! is. When I read "our new fancy setup" I didn't expect to see the Exact same thing, but with a different logo.

    It seemed a lot faster... but then I realized the load is probably much less than So I have to dismiss that much.

    Is there a "new features" list somewhere? What's the difference? And also, will Slashdot ever get a new interface/design?

    Just whining 'cause I can...
  • using a new design?
  • by tcc (140386)
    Seems like banjo lost a few "strings".
  • So, is it codenamed for a certain mutated sea monkey?
  • by mr100percent (57156) on Thursday August 16, 2001 @01:03PM (#2115602) Homepage Journal
    Perhaps, since E2 links have been popping up in the stories, and they're related, could the next Slashcode have the ability to [link] the [bracketed text] to [E2] sites?

    That would be a little more [|efficient].

  • by the_tsi (19767)
    > And don't be surprised, its gonna go up and
    > down like a yo yo as we fix things.

    How is that any different from REGULAR slashdot over the past couple weeks? :)

  • I got the site.. but I can not log in to my nicely stripped down version of slashdot...
    Oh the humanity.

  • by xerx (63759)
    This must be the Hindenburg effect.

    The mighty airship down in flames.
  • by dbCooper0 (398528)
    Still down - WTF?
  • or I mean to make itself immune to the slashdot effect.

    hmmm ... sounds interesting. Be sure to post the results of your meta slashdoting for all to see.
  • Bango is already DOWN! -- "Windows - A thirty-two bit extension and GUI shell to a sixteen bit patch to an eight bit operating system originally coded for a four bit microprocessor and sold by a two-bit company that can't stand one bit of competition." (Anonymous USEnet post)
  • by wiredog (43288) on Thursday August 16, 2001 @01:28PM (#2122308) Journal
    First you poisoned Rusty []. Then you poisoned Inoshiro []. And now that Rusty's moving to Maine [] and unavailable, you're stealing his ideas []!
  • by Daath (225404)
    I'm all for linux/apache etc, but honestly:

    Here's you chance to generate wasteful http traffic without even having to run unpatched IIS!

    That's Score: -1, Troll in my book :p
    Oh well, let's have a look if the new /. can make coffee and weld under water =D
  • slashdotted? (Score:1, Redundant)

    by warpath (19103)
    I can't get it to load.

    Is slashdotted already?

  • at first glance, I don't notice much different in banjo

    what exactly is new in the new slashcode (from the one the current slashdot uses)?
    • by sulli (195030)
      Post a link, you'll see what happens. Also try doing something requiring a Slow Down Cowboy! - e.g. post twice in 1 minute.
    • - read all about it, download the source, find exploits (?!), chitchat with others who tinker with this code, fork your very own slashfork...

      I don't think look & feel is supposed to be very different, this is about the code behind the scenes.
  • It may seem petty, but I must take exception to this one item listed in the user information pages:

    "Show your real email address without cowering behind childish anonymity or obfuscation."

    Excuse me, but the last time I posted my email address on Slashdot (by mistake), it started a torrent of spam that still has not stopped. Email filters can only go so far.

    What in the world is wrong with wanting to avoid useless email? I'm not posting as "Anonymous Coward"; isn't that good enough for you?

    There's also the fact that some people prefer to creatively obfuscate their email address their way and post clues or instructions on how to decode it in their signature. I think that's pretty cool... Oh well...

  • Change list (Score:3, Insightful)

    by ergo98 (9391) on Thursday August 16, 2001 @12:23PM (#2123893) Homepage Journal

    Is there a list of advantages/improvements of the new version?

  • Back to the drawing board, folks. Nothing here to see. Literally. ;-)
  • I know you have more in you then this people! We're not even approaching Slashdot's average load here!

    Never a script kiddie around when you really need one.

  • The new site has been effectively banjoed.
  • Um... (Score:2, Redundant)

    by graveyhead (210996)
    Didn't we do this two weeks ago []? (Score:-1, Redundant)
  • Thats really cool. This is the first time I see the slashdot falling prey of its own weapons. Shortly after you posted the article, poor banjo was slashdotted into oblivion. *cheer slashdotters* We won again!
  • How about the option to disable my .sig for a post? UBB has it.

  • Hope for Banjo (Score:5, Insightful)

    by zsazsa (141679) on Thursday August 16, 2001 @01:26PM (#2127441) Homepage
    Seeing as it's down and I'm not willing to download the code and test it out, I'll just complain here (I don't see it in the CHANGES file):

    I hope to GOD that the new version of Slashdot will include the actual YEAR in comments, stories, and everything else. I realize that for stories and comments we can look up in the year for the (non-Y2K compliant) year, but it's just annoying.

    I am sick of:

    Posted by CmdrTaco on Thursday August 16, @11:13AM

    by BigBlockMopar ( on Thursday August 16, @11:21AM CST (#5)

    (not that I have anything against CmdrTaco and BigBlockMopar)


    You have moderator access and 5 points. Welcome to the those of you just joining: please read the moderator guidelines for instructions. (updated 9.9!)
    After clicking it is revealed that this is September 9th, 1999, almost TWO YEARS AGO.

    I should probably be bitching to people who actually do the code (or fix it my own self) but I just have to vent. After a couple years it starts to build up. :)

    Goodbye karma!
    • Good points. One time I used a feature on slashdot in a paper I wrote. I had to guess on the year for the works cited page.

      And every time I see the (Updated 9.9!) I think, "oh, i better read that".. I always thought it meant version 9.9, not 9/9/??.
    • Re:Hope for Banjo (Score:3, Interesting)

      by zsazsa (141679)

      I realize that for stories and comments we can look up in the URL for the (non-Y2K compliant) year, but it's just annoying.

    • You can get the date displayed differently by changing your date display options in user preferences.


      Hope for Banjo (Score:5)
      by zsazsa (ianatpolpodotorg) on 07:26 PM August 16th, 2001 (#2127441)
  • Sigh... another nice site down the tubes.
  • by BigBlockMopar (191202) on Thursday August 16, 2001 @12:21PM (#2129727) Homepage


    The name "banjo" stresses me too much already.

    I expect Kermit to start singing any second.

  • It looks like the /. team learned an important lesson from the first trial of Banjo: never create a list that you get to the top of just by posting.

    The amount of journal whoring (posting inane crap to your journal just to get to the top of the journal list) was almost unbelievable. It looks like they've disabled that list.

    Of course, I have to wonder what the utility of the journal is, given that I could create a thread at any time on the current slashdot just by entering a URL. I guess that making it an eaiser feature will increase it's use. I'm just not sure that is such a good thing.
  • Boom! (Score:3, Funny)

    by aiken_d (127097) <> on Thursday August 16, 2001 @12:24PM (#2131820) Homepage
    Well, I guess the test results are in. -b
  • (Not that these will necessarily come true, but I can hope :)

    • No more "Invalid Form Key" errors - this happens almost every time I post a reply. Am I the only person seeing this problem? Maybe it's a hint that I'm spending too much time here...
    • No more 20 second timeout if you're over a certain amount of Karma or something. This is mostly a problem in conjunction with "Invalid Form Key", though - I go back and create another reply to the post, paste in my response, and have to wait 20 seconds to finish the thing off. Having never tried to DOS /. with a ton of rapid posts, it's very annoying to have to wait in this circumstance.
    • Fix the karma=50 cap. Specifically, it should only display karma=50, but allow you to have karma > 50. That way when I get moderated down it won't always knock me off of the magic number by which I measure perfection in my life :) Better yet, think of a better system than karma, or just track it but don't let the user see it, or show the user a generic classification like "Excellent/Good/Fair/Low/Nonexistent".
  • that we can crapflood slashdot, just like we did for K5 []?
  • Hey... (Score:5, Funny)

    by BAKup (40339) on Thursday August 16, 2001 @12:26PM (#2132934)
    Put up two different servers, that way you can have the dueling banjos :)
  • by rkent (73434) <rkent@post.[ ] ['har' in gap]> on Thursday August 16, 2001 @12:50PM (#2133440)
    Mr. Taco -

    I'm writing this note to apologize. I think I broke your new server. You said the new hardware and software were maybe not completely configured yet, but I clicked on the link anyway, and now I think your server is down.

    I'm really sorry, I didn't mean to break anything, I know I should be more careful in the future. Hope this doesn't set you back too far.


  • Did we slashdot the new slashdot?
  • So... (Score:2, Redundant)

    by Catch22RG (71033)
    ...would this be an example of the "Metaslashdot Effect"?
  • by JanneM (7445) on Thursday August 16, 2001 @01:17PM (#2140699) Homepage
    At least the rest of the net is snappy, now that all slashdotters are trying to try out Banjo...

  • by thesolo (131008) <> on Thursday August 16, 2001 @12:37PM (#2142259) Homepage
    Has banjo been slashdotted already? Because I HONESTLY CAN'T TELL FROM THE COMMENTS!

    One more post about Banjo being slashdotted, and I'm going to scream.
  • Yo-yo (Score:3, Funny)

    by scott1853 (194884) on Thursday August 16, 2001 @01:11PM (#2143802)
    "And don't be surprised, its gonna go up and down like a yo yo"

    And this is different from the current servers how?

    Sorry, I would have posted this sooner, but it took 5 minutes for to load.
  • Banjo Video clip (Score:3, Interesting)

    by cosmol (143886) on Thursday August 16, 2001 @01:14PM (#2145268)
    If you're wondering where the name Banjo came from Cartoon Networks's site has a funny clip. []
  • by carlhirsch (87880) on Thursday August 16, 2001 @12:22PM (#2145322) Homepage
    "Why do we always hurt the ones we love?
    Why, Banjo, WHY?!"

    • by zpengo (99887)
      I hope Taco doesn't take the same approach to raising children as he does raising websites!

      "Oh, you can take that, eh? Well let's raise it a few hundred volts...."

  • by pdiaz (262591) on Thursday August 16, 2001 @12:22PM (#2145323) Homepage
    famous last words....
  • by new500 (128819) on Thursday August 16, 2001 @01:22PM (#2149921)

    . . .

    finally I can see my posting history from more than a week or so back.

    I've never been a very frequent poster, but this is one reason why I've trailed off for months and months.

    The search engine hasn't ever - in my recollection - thrown back at me my complete earlier posts, and user info has been extremely restricted to maybe the most recent couple of weeks. I once even resorted to a google search, but only came up with posts from literally ages ago.

    This may sound like I'm being self obsessed. But here's why this annoyed me :

    On /. I'm not holding a conversation in the way I am with someone in person. Sure I may hold a short - term memory of the poster's handle to whom I replied, or the topic of the story. But that's about it. Conversing on - line simply doesn't have the cues and triggers for recall like talking with someone in person. There's so little secondary information or impressions to rely on.

    I'm not talking about staring back at how I managed to get some karma either (tho' it's nice:) but to try and understand the context of my thoughts at the time. By looking back I can see how stupid or even, maybe, informed I was. That helps me learn.

    It brings me back, because I can better relate to my earlier experience of /. and what meant something enough for me to write, edit and post, hopefully in a grammatical fashion. Now all that I want is a _full_ record of my posts.

    I guess some people might find some privacy concerns over this (given that even google doesn't seem to find everything I posted) but then I'll trade that for the learning experience, and the ability to find the souls (by handle at least) who provoked me to though in the first instance.

    I would have posted a link to my user search on but then it's down;) Something for you guys to stress test I guess?

    • I'm a little annoyed by the increased posting history, not for any real concern over privacy (that would be dumb, it's a public forum) but rather because I've always counted on anything stupid I post essentially disappearing after a few weeks. Now all the stupid things I've said will be easily found for all time (or at least a lot longer). Including this post.

      Thus making me look even stupider. Wait, is that how you spell stupider?
  • Banjo - i bet and have now confirmed...

    comes from one of the main Slashgeeks - Pudge.

    he is a Perlgod and he has a super-cool black lab dog named Banjo.

    Banjo completely rules, and if you ever get the chance to meet him, (banjo, not pudge), you're a lucky person indeed.

    oh, and Pudge - "READ A BOOK!"
  • Anyone consider what the new Journals' comments should look like? It occurs to me that a user might get fed up with Trolls and the like. I think it would be nice to be able to delete a comment without deleting your Journal Entry. A similar effect could be achieved by modding garbage posts down -- but wouldn't this (unlike articles) be a special case where the original poster would be the *best* person to determine a comment's value -- regardless of whether they've posted comments to their owm entry? If nothing else, who other than a Journal's owner can be expected to care about comments to personal Journal entries?
  • Banjo (Score:5, Funny)

    by Chacham (981) on Thursday August 16, 2001 @12:29PM (#2155455) Homepage Journal

    Oh, New Slashdot,
    Don't you fail on me,
    I've given you new hardware,
    To keep Banjo from its knees.

  • by j7953 (457666) on Thursday August 16, 2001 @12:30PM (#2155750)

    The new hardware is mostly in place

    Yes, but did you connect it?

  • by cnkeller (181482) <cnkeller@gma[ ]com ['il.' in gap]> on Thursday August 16, 2001 @12:30PM (#2155751) Homepage
    just try to load and submit pages

    10:19am PST -- trying to load a page
    10:20am PST -- give up; read The Register
    10:22am PST -- trying to load
    10:24am PST -- give up, try to find a security hold in Windows
    10:24am PST -- done; try and reload Banjo
    10:27am PST -- give up
    10:34am PST -- submit comment to the good 'ole Slasdhot

    I want my 15 minutes back.

  • Banjo kablooie!

"Because he's a character who's looking for his own identity, [He-Man is] an interesting role for an actor." -- Dolph Lundgren, "actor"