Digg Instant Image and Instant Video One Click Submission Bookmarklets
Once upon a time I was a digger and I can remember the biggest pointless headache for those hard to get submissions. Digg has an extension, Digg has a bookmarklet but there is one problem with both. Neither has an option to submit images to digg or submit videos to digg. After my last StumbleUpon Greasemonkey UserScript post I happened upon another good friend and was reminded of it. So of course I whipped out my trusty code snippets and solved the problem.
Now you can submit to Digg faster without breaking the rules and save clicking time while you’re at it. Here are the digg submission tools for one and all.
New Media Interviews with Mich De Lorme: The Drill Down Podcast 107 – Mich De Nied
The Drill Down 107 – Mich De Nied
This week, we speak with new media specialist Mich De L’Orme as he discusses his perspective on the new changes at Digg.com. Jason Urgo of the Social Blade podcast joins as well. Later we discuss Google Wave, NASA’s LCROSS mission, The Pirate Bay’s move to a nuclear bunker, the AP’s proposed new business model, and Twitter’s secret talks with Microsoft and Google.
It was me recent pleasure to be asked on ‘The Social Blade Show’ and I wanted to share it for those who may be interested or have missed it. Beyond the fact I was there, all in all a very diverse and interesting episode.
Social Blade Show Episode 12: Dead Diggers Tweeting
This week we covered a number of topics, mostly related to Digg & Twitter then we brought in two notable banned diggers. Karim Yergaliyev better known as supernova17 formally the 4th most successful digger of all time (now 6th, but banned) and Mich De Lorme aka MichDe both spoke about their digg banning stories; why they were banned, what their thoughts were on banning in general, and then about the digg bury brigade. [via The Social Blade Show]
The NHL’s Latest Social Media Push: A Twitter Contest [via mashable & twitter]
I was a digger, now I am banned. Why you may wonder… that is what I wonder as well. The support staff at Digg.com has provided no specific incident or infraction against the http://digg.com/tou they have quoted as a vague and generic reason for the ban. I have been a digg user openly as myself, not an assumed identity, not a false identity, just me, Mich De L’Orme, with the username MichDe. I was a member of the digg community for just over three months. I emailed the digg support staff through their contact form and after several hours sent a second email directly.
I can’t log in and my account is showing inactive. Can you please tell me what has happened? I went to sleep diggin’ and woke up diggless. I tried to use the contact form but have not heard back yet. Please let me know what’s going on and why this has happened.
Thanks for you time, peace, Mich D
On the next day I was sent this as a response:
Thank you for contacting us at Digg.com.
By way of example, and not as a limitation, you agree not to use the Services:
9. with the intention of artificially inflating or altering the ‘digg count’, comments, or any other Digg service, including by way of creating separate user accounts for the purpose of artificially altering Digg’s services; giving or receiving money or other remuneration in exchange for votes; or participating in any other organized effort that in any way artificially alters the results of Digg’s services;
Due to the nature and severity of abuse, your account will not be re-instated. This decision is final and irreversible.
-The Digg Support Team.
Being this tells me absolutely no information as to what I have been accused of, I responded with this:
Hello Digg Support Team,
Thank you for you response to my prior contact and account issues. I now know I am ‘banned’ but I am baffled by the reasoning as it is unclear as to what you mean.
Can you please explain this to me? I do not have multiple accounts and I am not paid to digg stories or submit them. The vast majority of my submissions were from top notch websites and the remainder interesting things from blogs and humor sites. I do not even submit my own content or websites. I have never compensated anyone for digging or submitting stories for me either. To the best of my knowledge I have never broken the law as part of the digg community. I do not have a system for artificially inflating or altering digg votes or comments.
Your reply has me at a total loss as to what I could have possibly done. All I ask is to be informed on what I am being specifically accused of, as I take great pride in my ability to find worthy submissions for your site and have no knowledge of any actions the types you have implied.
Thank you for your time, I look forward to your reply.
Peace, Mich De L’Orme
After more than twenty four hours I have yet to receive any reply from the digg staff, digg support or digg community administrators. During the past forty eight hours there have been many users from the active digg community attempting to contact the @digg_community and @digg twitter accounts, they have also tried to use both the digg contact form support email and digg comments from stories related to the overall incident leading to what is assumed to have been the reason behind it… I wrote a blog post.
Digg Twitter Accounts and Examples of the Digg community asking for help.
This is a small sample of no less than 30 ignored community questions and pleas to the digg community and digg community manager by active upstanding self motivated diggers in the last 24hrs.
As you can see by looking at either the digg_community or community managers twitter profiles, they have both been active and responded to other persons. Why for two days straight the actual digg users who make up the digg community have not been answered is for digg to define. Perhaps it is not worth their time or an individual user does not deserve and answer. Who am I to ask for fair treatment from a ‘democratic’ social site. I only ask to know what I am being accused of doing. Not a undecipherable undefined list of possible reasons from an automated system. A simple example of what exactly I have done wrong. At this point no proof has been presented, no situations or accounts mentioned. Nor have I been told any point of misconduct I may have actually done.
For now I will leave off and hope I hear something from them soon. There has to be some mistake or evidence after all. Because digg is a democratic fair social community that respects its users and cares about the community.
New Media Tagged: banned bury community digg bury-brigade
New Media Concepts the Digg Bury Brigade and How to Fight it. 9 references and 1 idea.
Digg.com has the bury function for a real and good reason SPAM! Really, we all know it is a problem with any website in one form or another. Yet with Digg the bury feature has fast become a weapon instead of a defense. The Digg bury brigade does exist, the Digg bury brigade is real. Now that we have the simple fact out of the way that the bury brigades are real, let’s make some sense of it shall we?
Digg works based on an algorithm and this system rates more than just a user and a story at a time. Each action cause a chain of reactions and tweaks to virtually every other user and story at once. So how do you fight against a bury mob or bury brigade as a user? Oddly this is rather simple just because of the algo itself, you Digg. Digg unlike Reddit does not have a visible karma system, but Digg does have one in effect. Your over Digg stats plus your comment stats weigh against your bury stats. This give you an algorithmic number equal to a quality score and makes you rank-able vs.. user & stories. Every bury you cast against a user has a diminishing return after a certain point and begins to negatively affect your own acct. The simple solution for a user to beat a bury attack is therefore rather simple. Digg and submit as much as you can handle.
Flooding is effective for many reasons. As the other users repeatedly bury you each bury begins to have less effect on your submissions. Each bury beyond a certain point will also decrease the attacking users ability to be successful on Digg. Wonderfully each submission you make will also dilute the entire balance on Digg and again force your problems diggers and pet troll to need even grater numbers to be successful in their own submission. So Digg hard, Digg heavy and sub like your a giant black & white bears with a big yellow sign. Because the more your a great digger the more your enemies will hurt themselves.
This has been an ongoing issue for some time and in all likelihood will continue. Here are nine fine examples.
Was I just censored by Digg? | The Social Web | ZDNet.com
Was I just censored by Digg?
Posted by Steve O’Hear @ 11:57 am After the recent discussion about companies offering bribes to Diggers, I thought it would be interesting to run a poll asking if it’s time for the top users to be paid by the social news site itself. I was interested to hear the views of the wider Digg community so I ‘dugg’ the post too. Predictably the story quickly gathered momentum (Digg’s users enjoy stories about Digg), and after approximately 90 Diggs and 40 comments it had hit the front page. Then seconds later it vanished!
(The odd thing is it still shows up in my profile as the only story I’ve submitted that has ever made it to the homepage.) Now I know I’ve previously described Digg as a broken democracy, but I’ve never thought of it as a dictatorship. So what had just happened?
David Cohn 03.01.07 (Editor’s note: This piece originally appeared in a different form on NewAssignment.Net, where David Cohn is the blog editor. He is also a Netscape Navigator.) All is not well in Digg town.
Finding the Bury Brigade — The Hunt is the Most Intriguing Part
by David Cohn on February 28, 2007 – 10:40am. Not all is well in Digg-town this morning. Yesterday a bug gave one smart Digger the ability to peer into the system and extrapolate the inner workings of the community. Namely, David LeMieux found a way to highlight what users were burying and why. In about two hours LeMieux got the data on 1,708 buries, fueling growing concern about the benefit of the bury tool in the first place. The “Bury Brigade,” where anonymous groups of users bury Digg stories they find ideologically unappealing, has become common nomenclature. With all the secrecy around buries, LeMieux’s hacking could provide insight on what is happening inside the community. But it seems even discussions about the bury effect have been closed off.
The Real Reason Behind Digg’s Bury Brigade | bLaugh.com
Conclusive proof that certain people are gaming Digg’s front page? Now, I’m a fan of Digg, the social news site, and last week met up with co-founder Kevin Rose. Digg’s done very interesting things, and it’s style is being copied by plenty of other groups at the moment. But the site isn’t without its problems. One of the major ones is the ability of a small number of users to "bury" stories without accountability. Burying news is meant to help separate spam and inaccurate stories from the general morass of ordinary, viable stuff. But there’s long been the suspicion that plenty of users use it to get rid of stories about things they don’t like
Mar 2, 2007 at 8:36am ET by Danny Sullivan After a week of questions about Digg’s "Bury Brigade," Digg founder Kevin Rose has come in with some public comments about the system and the "alleged" brigade. Unfortunately, they’re just comments — not solutions to protect Digg from the actual brigade I myself can see. More about that in the article below, plus how buries work and can be misused.
Digg Bury Brigade: 28 negative McCain stories buried in 30 days | Web Scout | LATimes.com
Digg Bury Brigade: 28 negative McCain stories buried in 30 days
09:23 AM PT, Aug 11 2008
A close look at campaign-oriented stories on Digg shows that, in the last 30 days, at least 28 stories critical of GOP Sen. John McCain have been mysteriously "buried" — meaning enough Digg users have voted against a story that the submission may no longer appear on the site’s high-traffic front page. [In our follow up to this post, Digg CEO Jay Adelson responds to the issue.] Only about five Barack Obama-related stories (positive and negative) were buried in the same period. According to Digg’s search results, 10 of the 28 McCain stories were zapped after they had already graduated to the front page, including several that had received morethan700 diggs. The other 18 (all of which had a minimum of 180 diggs by the time I counted them) stalled out in the site’s "Upcoming" section, where stories gain momentum, with the most popular entries eventually graduating to the front.
We’ve heard about a purported ‘Bury Brigade’ on Digg time and again, with sketchy pieces of evidence here and there but no concrete proof. Until now. The Digg.com FAQ describes the ‘Bury Story’ feature as, Stories can also be removed by users with the ‘Bury Story’ feature within digg. Once a story receives enough ‘buries’ it is automatically removed from the digg Upcoming or Popular sections. The number of reports required to bury is based on a sliding scale that takes several factors into consideration (such as number of diggs, reports, time of day, topic submitted to, etc.). While that system is supposed to be used to remove superfluous or irrelevant content from Digg, the mechanism is often abused to remove useful and insightful content by malicious users for self-serving and vindictive reasons. My observations are based on data collected by David using a mechanism that he tried to explain to me via email. You can get this data by using the Digg Spy JSON Array: The Digg Spy Array (set max items to any number) http://www.digg.com/spy_update?timestamp=11600000 &showtop=2 &showitems=1 &showdiggs=1 &showburies=1 &showcomments=1 &showtop=2 &maxitems=25
Steve O’Hear, whose blog you should read over at ZDnet on the Social Web, innocently picked up on my post yesterday, and innocently tried to run a poll about whether or not Top Diggers should be paid. Mr. O’Hear catalogued his adventures with interest, because after he set it up, he submitted it (he uses the word “dugg”, but “dugg” is more commonly used to describe “voting” … at least, that’s how I describe it). He goes on to describe what happened next:
Digg Caught Red-Handed Censoring Ron Paul Stories Self-proclaimed ‘digital democracy’ expunges articles after just a single bury Paul Joseph Watson Prison Planet Thursday, January 17, 2008
UPDATE: After just one bury, this article too was deleted from Digg’s upcoming category. The self-proclaimed ‘digital democracy’ Digg.com has been caught red-handed artificially suppressing and censoring Ron Paul stories by expunging them from the website with just one bury, despite the fact that thousands of other Digg users are voting the stories up.
Digg allows users to vote stories up (digg them) or vote them down (bury them). The content of Digg’s main page, which receives millions of readers a day, is decided upon this apparently democratic system.
For months allegations have been flying around concerning how stories about Ron Paul, which routinely receive well over a thousand diggs, rarely make it to the main page on Digg as a "popular" item.
New Media Tagged: digg bury brigade bury-brigade digg-bury-brigrade