Digg Community Digs Grave For Digg
Posted by Molli Fire on Thursday, 3May07
Undertaker, build me a coffin. No, no, no, make that 2. One for the
selector blogger, one for the mourner Digger…
The biggest story on the web today concerns a user revolt on the popular bookmark site, Digg. It started when somebody published a hack code that removes the copy-protection from HD DVDs. Naturally, this became big news and was a top post on Digg among many other bookmark sites. According to Digg staff member, Jay Adelson :
We’ve been notified by the owners of this intellectual property that they believe the posting of the encryption key infringes their intellectual property rights.
Digg then proceeded to delete the posts that contained the hack code, and suspend the members who posted it. As it turns out, the community who participates in Digg, without which Digg would not exist, being that it is a social bookmarking site decided to make it crystal clear who decides the news. Digg was bombarded with posts that contained the code, and had to make a decision – wholesale deletion and suspension, or give in to the masses. i’ll let Digg’s founder, Kevin Rose tell you what they did :
But now, after seeing hundreds of stories and reading thousands of comments, you’ve made it clear. You’d rather see Digg go down fighting than bow down to a bigger company. We hear you, and effective immediately we won’t delete stories or comments containing the code and will deal with whatever the consequences might be.
If we lose, then what the hell, at least we died trying.
There you have it. The power of the people always wins when they unite to overwhelm the system. Of course, it helps if it is a system that you actually want to destroy. Personally, i always thought that Digg was corrupt. It has been pretty well documented that the system is rigged.
Viva La Revolucion!
personally, i’m just too anti-social to get that involved in social bookmarking. this blog has been a big leap for me. don’t get me wrong, i have a great circle of friends who are amazing, and we organize shows, play music, and all that, so i guess i’m social…. it’s the networking i don’t really get into much….
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