Why Digg is broke

July 28, 2006

It is sad to see the “I’m totally vested, f**k off” attribute just because you’ve been there, done it in the “We are so friendly and welcome all” blogospere. There has been quite a bit of heat directed at Webreakdigg – namely from Digg Army – what I defined as Digg “idolisers”. They have absolute belief that Digg is great. Is that really what ALL Digg users believe. A simple query on technorati with “Digg top users” brings up blog entries talking ’bout:

The Internet News Mafia
What I like and don’t like about digg.com?
Digg It – Social News & The Network Effect
Digg is great, but itโ€™s not perfect. Here are 3 ways Digg could be improved.
Is Digg Censoring Reddit?
Digg reddit

So yes, “Digg’s great” for certain fans, but not all.

The fact that Top 100 Digg Users Control 56% of Digg’s Home Page Content is a major contradiction of Digg’s original belief – “Digg is all about user powered content. Every article on Digg is submitted and voted on by the Digg community. Share, discover, bookmark, and promote the news that’s important to you!”. It should really be “Digg is all about our top users powered content. Every article on digg is submitted and voted on by the digg community but only the ones submitted by our top 100 users get on the Front page. Share, discover, bookmark, and promote the news that’s important to you but sometimes we will bury stories linking to competitor sites or is negative towards Digg itself


A pat on our back

July 27, 2006

What a day of blogging and rumbling and linking it was yesterday. Since the day Webreakdigg blog network launched, our traffic has been moving up in a steady healthy trend. Not to shabby for a 2 day old blog. We are now on the 19th position of BOTD (Best of the Day) on wordpress.com. Can we ever catch up to the almighty Scobleizer. But hey, we are still marching towards 200 strong, so why don’t you go ahead and fill up the Become A Webreakdigg Network Member application if you think you want to be part of a (pushing hard) up and coming element in the blogosphere? That’s provided you meet the requirements to become a member of Webreakdigg. (ps. its not that tough, trust me) . Sorry for the stain there. I was looking ahead to preping this pic to be a piece in history of the Webreakdigg museum.


How Digg manage to serve up stories to the Front Page is still a mystery to most Digg users. And I think it has to do with this chunk of code that got leaked. (source unknown and unverfied). And since I am a Rails/Ruby guy, I will try to show their wonderful frontpage algorithm.

def getfrontpagenews

@stories = story.find_by_diggspecialprivilegedusers_and_


So this story which is 19hrs old and has some 60 diggs got to the front of tech news? What is up with that? Wait a minute… Let’s check the user profile of the submitter … ohh…I got it.


Digg buries Webreakdigg

July 26, 2006

At the time of posting, Webreakdigg’s first virgin story on digg has been buried in the “You got banned” queue. Yes. The “Netscape bans “Digg”” story is missing somehow from Digg’s Tech Industry Upcoming Queue. So if you want to Digg it go directly to the story because it does not come out even using search.

Isn’t this against the motto of Digg? Why are they moderating stories? It’s an answer that we do not have. Was the story really that bad? Did our user nick violated the TOS or is it just as Netscape bans “Digg” , Digg bans “Webreakdigg”.

Worth a read here : http://paulgraham.infogami.com/blog/ about how another Digg user’s story got buried because of his link to reddit.

As of now… whatever now is … The post has 97 diggs but is nowhere to be found in Digg’s queue… Help me out here, what am I missing?

This story is officially buried for no apparent reason. So Digg is afterall broke.




The irony of it all is the Netscape bans “Digg” story is still in their RSS feeds.


The Webreakdigg network comprises of bloggers that pride themselves in promoting better wisdom and knowledge to the blogosphere. And so we will have a daily post of “words of wisdom” on a daily basis from selected posts and members of the Webreakdigg network.
Evolving Trends
– Unwisdom of crowds
– For Great Justice, Take Off Every Digg

– Universal Selector
– Brick Wall

The social news arena has been pretty chaotic this week. First off, Netscape got hacked by Digg army, and then Digg starts banning users citing they were in violation of the their TOS and drops story off the front page of Digg – working against their much publicised motto of “Digg is all about user powered content. Every article on digg is submitted and voted on by the digg community.

So as you know, we decided to checkout Netscape and then tried to registered an account with of course “Webreakdigg”. But wait a minute, that user name has been taken… Sh*t.. someone hijacked our beloved network motto and name. That’s not cool. But we tried some other combinations and found something really interesting…… Netscape actually bans user from having “digg” in their nicks. What a brunch of losers. Like that is gonna help. Ok .That sounded a little disparaging. I take that back.

Updates: Webreakdigg submitted this story to Digg and it looked like it was going to hit the front page of tech news but then all the sudden it got buried. With 100+ diggs now, the first virgin story from Webreakdigg is RIP. Thanks Digg for censoring us. Since when did they change their motto? I think possibly since 3.0./p>

Side note: Worth a read here Marc Fawzi – For Great Justice, Take Off Every Digg (A member of the Webreakdigg network)

But the Webreakdigg spirit lives – and so will our motto live on – without change – “WE ARE GOING TO BREAK DIGG”!



We were trying to search if anyone else in the Blogosphere started to pickup the Webreakdigg network and of course we expected nothing since we launched this morning at 2AM. But wait a minute, Technorati is broke even before anyone tries to break it.


It’s showing 7 results but only has 4 entries in the list.

Is wordpress broke too?

July 26, 2006

It appears to be at least on our dashboard because Webreakdigg blog’s traffic has gone from 0 to 200. Seems reasonable that Webreakdigg should appear on wordpress.com as the hottest blog and fastest growing blog ๐Ÿ™‚

Submit the application form if you want to join us. ps just so you know, we are not recruiting for hackers. We are not really trying to “break” digg or hack into digg or DOS digg. So if you are a hacker, do not submit the application to be part of the Webreakdigg network. But if you are a blogger, yes, you are qualify to join us!

Oops… I almost forgot to mention why this post title is zero to 120. A picture speaks a thousand word.


Here’s an update stats pic… We are going strong… as we march towards 200.


If this interests you , there is aready a story submitted to digg at the upcoming technology queue about WeBreakDigg. So what happen to this submission? Will it be buried by the Digg Army? or will Mr Kevin wipe this off their database? Who knows? But who cares.. Back to recruiting. If you want to join us, as we try to build our webreakdigg blog network, you need to submit your application at our wufoo application form.