Asked Questions about Network
What is this site all about?
publishes many articles per day that reference other sites. When a new
Slashdot article gets published, thousands of folks navigate to the
referenced web sites. The big sites can handle the traffic spike, no
problem. The little ones, on the other hand... Well, let's just say the
little ones don't fare so well. It's called the Slashdot Effect or
Enter Network Mirror. We make a
image of the page(s) referred to in the Slashdot posting and have them
to go soon after the article goes live on Slashdot. We have good
and a high-bandwidth connection, so in theory, we should be able to
in", as it were, for the troubled site.
So, your site doesn't goes down as a
result of high traffic?
Not yet. :-)
How are you different from other mirror sites?
We try really hard to mirror all relevant pages of an article, not just the first page like some other mirror sites.
Why are you doing this?
Why not? It's an interesting problem,
at least to us. These days, we're pointy-haired bosses with little time
to code. We thought
would be a fun project that would also give a little back to the
What's with the ads?
Hosting a site in a
colo with a high-bandwidth connection costs money. We're not looking to
retire doing this, but we're also not independently wealthy. The
rationale is, "have the ads fund the site". While each month gets us a little closer, to date, we are not even covering our expenses.
Why is the layout so plain?
Our belief has alway been, "make it
work, then make it pretty". Our
marketing friends think we're nuts. (We'll keep our opinions about them
ourselves.) After all, look at Google: it violates all of the graphical
design rules about desiging web sites that will knock your socks off.
We'll spiff it up a little when the to-do/to fix list calms down a
bit, though we suspect it will always be a plain site. Our goal is to
get you to the content you want, not to serve as a destination unto
itself. Until the time comes when we do spiff up the site, look on the
bright side, we're told the format is
concerned about copyright?
Isn't everybody these days to one
extent or another? We've looked at
Pages, Yahoo's Cached Pages, The
Internet Archive, and others and believe that the
concept of mirroring or caching other's content for a short period of time is generally regarded
acceptable use. Further, we believe that we are in compliance with Title 17
U.S. Code Sec. 512(b).
We understand and respect that others may be relying on
the ad revenue generated by their content and to that end, we do our
to copy the ads on the mirrored pages along with the pages themselves.
keep our mirrored pages for a very short period of time - a couple of
in most cases.
Is Network Mirror affiliated with
Nope. While we are Slashdot
subscribers and we admire what
the Slashdot folks have created, Network Mirror is completely
entity and in no way affiliated with Slashdot.
Are there any other sites that
you mirror like this?
Not at present, though we are
considering it. If you have any that you think would be good
candidates, please let
Hey! Your site's broken / acting
weird / not mirroring!
We're sorry you encountered a problem. Please do let us know.
We know there are things that don't work as well as we'd like.
Hearing from you about problems helps us understand which bugs to focus
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org