Wikipedia contributors wonder if they digg our friends at Digg.com

Posted by tadelste on Nov 9, 2005 9:46 AM EDT
LXer.com; By Tom Adelstein
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A debate goes on at the wikipedia site about keeping a page up for the popular website digg.com. Only a few of our team had knowledge of digg, but we do recognize it as a serious entry to the interactive journalism world. In fact, we like it.

Oh you don't know about Digg.com? Well, it's definitely time you did.

[Ed: Take a look a the Alexa graphic showing the difference betwen Digg and Slashdot. It should surpise you. ]

Following are some excerpt from wikipedia about digg:

Although the page was deleted and protected in May 2005, many users have asked to recreate it due to the site's rising popularity. For reference, its Alexa rank was 21,087 as of March 11, 2005, and has risen to 8,295 as of July 28, 2005.

Digg, digg.com, 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 allowing an editor to decide which stories go on the homepage, the users do.

The site recently updated to version 2.0 which added some new features such as friends and boasts a cool new interface designed by the same people who did the Mozilla.org site.

Once a story is submitted by a user it is instantly posted in the digg area queue. This is a temporary holding place where stories wait to be promoted to the homepage. To help promote stories to the homepage, a user need simply visit the digg area and digg stories you think are cool.

Once a story has received enough diggs, it is instantly promoted. Should the story not receive enough diggs, or is reported, it eventually falls out of the digg area queue. Digg works because a large group of people actively promote good stories to the homepage. Since the site's content is user-driven, it is up to the users to contribute.

Submitting stories is easy. A user needs to first register and login then simply click on "submit a story" and enter the URL of the story he or she would like to submit. Then fill out a title, description, and category for the story. Should the user encounter a potential duplicate, he or she should digg the original story and do not submit a duplicate entry.

Digg allows for the syndication of their content. There are currently two types of digg news that can be added to a website: digg homepage news and digg user news. If a user would like to add the latest Digg homepage stories to his or her website then all that is needed is for that user to simply click .add digg news. on the digg homepage right navigation. To add digg user news, (a users latest diggs, or someone else's) then visit the user's profile (digg.com/users/username) and click "add this feed" in the digging history navigation.

Digg also allows for stories to be posted to a user's blog automatically when he or she diggs a story.
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reminds me of reddit connord 0 1,236 Nov 9, 2005 10:15 PM
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