Looks like breaking digg is on track and more are jumping on the bandwagon. An interesting read : How Digg was Sabotaged. So how possible is it to game digg? That very question has always been on Kevin’s mind. Can a group of people form a mailing list and through that mailing list, they dictate what they all digg. And of course, if there are say 100 people on the list and 80% of them did exactly what they had to do, digg the story that they had agreed on, there you go … you have front page exposure.

Well, Kevin have of course thought about that since the first day he had Digg floating in his mind, and what is his solution? The Digg front page algorithm ( no thesis required ). Digg’s front page algorithm is heavily based on submitter’s karma. What the hell is submitter’s karma? Basically, how popular the submitter is plays a part. So if this user just submits stories and not digg other stories, that count towards his karma. Bad karma. But this itself totally breaks digg, which is why 80% of the front page stories are top 5% users’ submitted stories. And the best part, Kevin has no clue on how to fix this, because fixing this would essentially break digg. But all is not lost, Webreakdigg has the answer to your pain, Kevin, but we have no plan to share it for now.


Diggy Whiny Users

August 16, 2006

Another reason why Digg is totally not up to its claim. A worthless rumor about Netscape trying to game Digg’s front page is getting some 3000 diggs from the loyal Digg users. Tell me how is this worth the read for the rest of the netizens.

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 it’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

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.