Slash (Slashdot-Like Automated Storytelling Homepage) is a content management system, originally created for Slashdot, one of the most popular and oldest collaborative sites on the Internet. Slash is often incorrectly called Slashcode, which is the name of the project's web site.
Early versions of Slash were written by Rob Malda, founder of Slashdot, in the spring of 1998. After Andover.net bought Slashdot in June 1999, several programmers were hired to structure the code and render it scalable, as its users had increased from a few hundred to tens of thousands. This work was done by Brian Aker, Patrick Galbraith and Chris Nandor, resulting in version 2 of the software, released in 2001.
Until 2009, Slash was maintained by Jamie McCarthy and Chris Nandor, among others. The original codebase was abandoned in September of that year.
Slash remains Free software and anyone can contribute to development.
Slash is aimed at websites with high or very high traffic, which offers excellent performance, both in speed and stability. Its scalability is another of its strengths.