The Power of Community

To say what happened today on Digg was a “user revolt” is an understatement. The Digg team deleted a story that linked to the decryption key for HD DVDs after receiving a take down demand and all hell broke loose. More stories appeared and were deleted, and users posting the stories were suspended.

That just got the Digg community fired up, and soon the entire Digg home page was filled with stories containing the decryption key. The users had taken control of the site, and unless Digg went into wholesale deletion mode and suspended a large portion of their users, there was absolutely nothing they could do to stop it.

…Just now, co-founder Kevin Rose posted yet again on the Digg blog, effectively capitulating to the mob’s demands: He says

But now, after seeing hundreds of stories and reading
thousands of comments, you’ve made it clear. You’d rather see Digg go
down fighting than bow down to a bigger company. We hear you, and
effective immediately we won’t delete stories or comments containing
the code and will deal with whatever the consequences might be.

If we lose, then what the hell, at least we died trying.

Until today, it seems, even Digg didn’t fully understand the power
of its community to determine what is “news.” I think the community
made their point crystal clear.

Digg Surrenders to Mob

Okay… so it’s not kid-oriented, but I’ve got to say ^ is simply amazing. A-Maze-Ing. I can’t help but hear a thousand voices joining together as they dished out one massive “Judo CHOP!” Hiiiiiiiiiiiiya big companies! The Audience… nah, the community has spoken. Digg– good on ya for stickin’ with your peeps. 🙂

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  1. May 4, 2007 at 5:31 pm

    Totally agree. I like their spunk, and have had to use that same “don’t sellout/keep your standards and voice free from censorship or bias” philosophy at Shaping Youth…

    Community tanks if it becomes thwarted in ‘sell to the highest bidder’ bias. Shaping Youth may be ‘poor’ and under-funded but we’ll “die trying” to keep our voice and volume heard… Thankfully, our “peeps”—(as you would say) KNOW this about me—So our volume’s just getting louder.

    yay! Nice to see some integrity, and user revolt out there. Yes, it IS amazing. Even inspirational…Made my day.

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