A lot of items we sell would be popular with the slashdot crowd. Is there a way to be mentioned within a slashdot editorial or something? This is a new field that I want to find more information about, so I am new to this editorial stuff.
Hope you're ready for the traffic... they don't call getting hammered to death by a spike in hits "getting slashdotted" for nothing! ;)
I'm not a slashdot regular, but I follow one or two sites like it that can similarly bring a site to its knees after a link drop. The right way to get a link is to offer something new, different or controversial (to some subset of the site's audience) that someone will find compelling enough to link on one of those sites.
Dropping one's own link is generally frowned upon, if not outright banned (besides, it just looks sad when someone does it.)
The other issue is these community blog type sites is you may get traffic, but it could be traffic you'd rather not have -- eg. traffic driven by negative comments about your website, content or products. Why bring your site to its knees if you're not getting qualified visits but just a freight train of bandwidth-busting lurkers?
If you're seeking a formal review or promotion opportunity, it's probably best to ask the website owner(s) if they provide either.
It is hard to have an submission accepted on Slashdot. They get hundreds of submissions each day and only handfull make it to the front page.
But having said that it is not impossible. I have managed to have three submissions accepted. I doubt that a submission about your site as a whole would be accepted, unless your site is very original. You're more likely to get a submission about some unique product or service being featured on your site. Just keep at it and observe the other articles that get accepted.
The Slashdot effect is overated, if you have a half decent host you will be alright. Unless your site is heavily database driven, or you are hosting large files.