Digg Users Go Nuts and Revolt, Kevin Submits
I didn’t read my Rss feeds for a day and missed most of the Digg fiasco. Digg as you you is a social news site where use users control the news that is shown on it. Digg has been in a few controversies before but never has it been at this big a scale with its own users revolting. It started off with a user posting the hexadecimal keys to decrypt HD-DVD discs in Linux. Digg was served with a cease and desist letter for violation of intellectual property and the moderators started removing these posts, in fact some users have even been banned from digg for submitting the decryption keys. You can see screenshots of Digg’s homepage during the the whole fiasco on Pronet and Mashable
As labnol points out One of the most Ironic thing about this whole thing is that this is not the first time, that stories regarding hacking and cracking software have appeared on the frontpage of digg. As usual Tony Hung has a well written and insightful post.
Social News has its advantages and disadvantages nothing is perfect. Kevin Rose was forced to admit that Digg is run and controlled by the users and if they feel threaten they would take matters into their own hands.
While Digg aims to have a democratic environment the truth is far from it. One of the main drawbacks is that there is no way to see who is digging down stories. Most of the front page stories are controlled by the top 20% of Digg users. Pete Cashmore has a humorous post on why we might need to start a donation campaign in case Digg gets sued.