I found the story of the Digg user who was the first to start the revolution at Digg after learning that an interesting story about the cracked key had been removed. Let’s quote:
It all started last night. I’m reading my RSS feeds and I come across an article on Digg. … Are you serious? That’s awesome! Somebody found a key that allows Linux users watch HD-DVDs! Naturally, I wanted to find out more, so I clicked the link. Much to my dismay, that story had been deleted from Digg already. Why is this story gone? Who deleted it? How dare they?! They can’t censor that kind of stuff can they? I go back to my Google Reader, copy and paste the entire thing into a new story, and resubmit it.
I went to sleep, and didn’t think much about what I had done. … I click the link and there’s over 15,000 votes! I felt like a hero reading all the comments that people were writing. Comments like:
* It’s times like these when all I can say is: I love digg.
* OMG THIS DAY IS BEAUTIFUL!!! I WANT TO HUG MY FELLOW GEEKS!!!!
Other comments say that Digg itself was down for 10 minutes because of the rate this story was getting dugg. People were getting 404s when trying to reach Digg. Even Duggmirror went down.
So I’m reading the comments, and every once in a while I’d refresh the page a few times to see how high the digg count would climb. And then it happened. First, the comments all disappeared, and then the story itself disappeared. And then, my digg account disappeared. My account is no longer valid.
Jay Andelson as the Digg’s CEO posted his explanation why does Digg act like that, of course, to let the Digg users understand the situation and eventually stop complaining. However, Digg users seem blind and refused to understand the stance of Digg, continued and widen their revolt. So, this time, the founder needs to go out and face the problems and then decide what to do.
Well, Kevin Rose, as the founder of Digg, don’t want to lose the Digg’s precious users who are now started evacuating to the Digg’s competitors, and finally have choosen the right but delicate path, that is, to move in a way its users want to…
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.
What we can do now is to wish that Digg can survive while on this crisis.