Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Can You Digg It?

I don't know how many of you are familiar with digg.com. It's a website that lets users post stories and those stories can be "dugg" or voted good by its members. This basically gives the users quite a bit of editorial control over what is displayed on the site since stories are typically viewed in order of number of diggs. The staff at digg occasionally has to pull a story for violating the terms of use. Recently digg was given a cease and desist order for a very popular digg story displaying the HD-DVD* encryption key.

Well Digg removed the story and the diggers flipped out. Unrelated stories were posting the key left and right. And those stories were being seriously dugg. The Top 8 dugg stories in the past 24 hours are all related to this fiasco and that's not counting the pulled stories. It seems Digg has relented and will no longer pull stories containing the key.

I do wonder how this will be handled. Digg is violating the cease and desist and I don't think it will be taken lightly but how do you really stop the flow of information when your system gives the masses so much editorial power?

*This was a key that was supposed to keep you from illegally copying HD-DVDs. HD-DVD is in the middle of a format battle with its sibling BluRay and right now HD-DVD is losing but that's not saying much given the low sales of both formats. Now that people will be able to easily make copies of their HD-DVDs, it's going to be a little harder to convince studios to make movies on this format.

1 comment:

Cousin Pat from Georgia said...

Because nothing calls a collective 'bullsh!#' on someone like the masses of cubicle troublemakers on the interweb.