Digg Army: Right in Line

Digg is 99% fantastic. Fast furious news, troll comments, sites being hammered
to oblivion – its Slashdot for the masses!

So while I was on the site today, I noticed two frontpage diggs for A List Apart. Also a wonderful site, it piqued my interest how both were submitted by
Spit1ire. So I did some digging of mine own (pun intended).

So opening the two pages in separate tabs, I scrolled down to the bottom. The first story looked like this:

digg1 Digg Army: Right in Line

The second story looked like this:

digg2 Digg Army: Right in Line

Lo and behold, the first sixteen diggs for each story were identical! If we remove bribera from one of them, the first nineteen diggs were identical for both stories. In fact, of the first 24 diggs, only 2 users varied for both stories. Hey, even Digg-founder Kevin Rose is seen there.

The one blog entry for each post was by the same person also, but we can chalk
that up to coincidence.

Interpret as you want.


Comments

  1. What is the link for the second story you mention?

  2. Wow — I just posted this story on Digg and got banned right away.

    I emailed Digg and they said I violate the TOS be “accusing” members of abusing digg. Simply for posting the link to this story.

    I had to agree to not do it again so I can get my account back.

    Wow

  3. can u post the e-mails? that would definitely be worth seeing!

  4. Do share the email ;)

  5. Everyone keep posting it on digg.

    Get an anti-digg army.

  6. I would suggest submitting this to SlashDot, it would make an interesting story their.

  7. There’s still ShoutWire and Newsvine to submit stories to.

  8. People still read Slashdot?

  9. Darn. I’ve seen this before, actually, and it was on a highly suspicious story some months ago. I should have saved the details. The number of digs were extremely high for a story just submitted, made the front page, and Kevin _AND_ diggnation were among the first approvers. Kind of odd on the diggnation since they only approve something, historically, that has gotten an extreme # of diggs.

  10. I use Digg, let me just say this is very un-”Web 2.0.” If Digg is going to be taking investment money for their concept of editor-free, truly democratic choosing of stories, then they should practice what they preach, otherwise, what’s the point? We might as well post/read somewhere else.

  11. I too noticed some scandal on Digg. A screenshot of a new tag cloud feature showed an article I posted, “Apple Robs Its Customers: The iPod Settlement Scan” as being very popular. However, the post was soon buried to the bottom of the pile. Under pressure from Apple to supress bad publicity?

  12. You know why the same people dugg that story first? Because A List Apart is a great site with great content. It’s quite obvious that ALA fans dugg the submissions on the mention of the site’s name alone. They came across two submitted ALA articles and quickly decided to digg both. It’s not rocket science, you know.

    Seriously, some people really need to grow up.

  13. Thats right Dean, 19 users found it worthy to digg both?

    Surely you are not that gullible

  14. You not what I find interesting is that a lot of the “users” names replaced some of their letters for example “the answ3r”, “spitf1re”, “und3rworld” and “insomn1a”. Also, I don’t believe this myself really, but kevin rose digging this could be a complete coindence I mean he’s probably a very active digger. Assuming these two articles were submited right after each other he could’ve been in digg spy seen the two articles dugg them right after each other. It is possible.

  15. Robbie – that might hold if the site was less popular, but with bribera being the exception, how is it that no other single digg user got a digg in?

  16. Yeah I really don’t think my explanation holds much water. Anyhoo, I am now a little confused I thought that these stories were dugg in the same order, although it kinda maybe makes sense. Also something else interesting: amar’s http://digg.com/users/Amar account has not yet been deleted while all the other users involved have been deleted.

  17. That’s right Serg, 19 users found it worthy to digg both.

    Maybe they were just ALA fans, maybe they were just friends tracking each other, maybe they eacht spotted the stories inside the queue or the spy, just after the guy submitted them, whatever.

    I really don’t understand what the big deal is.

  18. Wait, seems I wasn’t completely up to date there and these were in fact fraud accounts. My bad.

    Still, the whole Digg conspiracy theory is beyond me.

  19. Who would have thought that?

  20. Kevin Prose says:

    Uh, Dean?

    Why do you accuse people of needing to “grow up?” You don’t find it odd that they dugg them IN THE SAME ORDER?

    You blind fool.

  21. Good insight.

    There should be some way to track the timing on the diggs. This way you can see if they were all dug around the same time.

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