Ever visit digg.com? It’s a technology website where the readers promote stories to the front page by “digging” them. To borrow from their website,
Digg is a technology news website that combines social bookmarking, blogging, RSS, and non-hierarchical editorial control. With digg, users submit stories for review, but rather than allow an editor to decide which stories go on the homepage, the users do.
This in and of itself is a great concept, but what Digg lacks is some type of moderation. Some of the people that populate Digg (anyone can submit stories and comment on other stories) are downright rude.
My “member overall ranking” is currently at 127 out of over 30,000. I’m a frequent contributor in that I submit stories, I comment, and I digg stories. Basically I consider myself a useful participant of the digg website. That being said, it seems to have an inordinate number of people that are just worthless. For instance, I’ve been called a “stupid fucking retard” for submitting a story that happened to have been duplicately submitted on digg. When you submit a story, digg, supposedly searches it’s archives and lets you know whether the story you’re about to submit is a duplicate story. Well the Digg search functionality is borked. It doesn’t work. I’ve resorted to searching google instead. I do this for every story that I submit and will NOT submit a story if I find a duplicate.
I’ve also been called “jerk” for submitting a duplicate story that was submitted some 157 days earlier than mine. I’ve got pretty thick skin when it comes to things on this interweb thingy, but when I’m trying to participate in a website which I think has a lot of potential and is extremely valuable for learning new things, yes it bugs me. I have to wonder how many people don’t participate in the digg community because there are so many assholes on there anymore??