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I voted Slackware Mirror but I seldom do updates between new releases. When I do, I prefer to download the updated packages and run upgradepkg myself.
I do something similar, but I do updates a little bit more, especially after last big update, when I elected to download the ISO of slackware64-current, and found that the proprietary AMD graphics drivers do not play well with x-server version 14. When I went back to the release of Slackware 14, and upgraded from there, it worked much better.
When a new release of Slackware is published, and early adopters have pounded on it for a while and Pat + friends have applied a few bugfixes, I assess its new capabilities and my current requirements, and decide whether it makes sense to upgrade.
If so, I choose a noncritical machine, put in a new disk, and make a fresh install of the new release. I mount the old disk to copy over its data, label it with the date, package it, and put it in a drawer as a backup (to be wiped and re-used later if the backup is not needed).
The new machine is stress-tested for a few months, to reveal any problems. I try to hit it with all of my use-cases.
If it passes the stress-test, I upgrade some or all of my other machines as well. If it does not, I may keep the new Slackware on that machine or revert it to the older version, which is known to work. Most of the time this is just a matter of pulling the old disk out of the drawer and putting it back in the machine.