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May 01, 2007

Digg has messed with my dugg list (UPDATE -They BANNED me)

What happened?

There was a story breaking yesterday about how the HD-DVD codec has been bypassed.

The story got its start back in February on Doom 9's DVD decryption forum.

I first noticed it on Reddit and I eventually dugg a story that was accumulating diggs at a rate I had never seen before. I think it got to 5000 diggs in a little over an hour. I got Cay to digg it because I can't stand DRM. I don't even have the technology to use HD-DVDs but I am interested because of the future fair use implications.

This morning I went to digg and wanted to see how many diggs that story got by now and I couldn't find it in any of their most popular lists. Then I checked out my digg list and noticed the story had been taken down. I didn't know that this was possible until now.

I wrote to digg's feedback email:


I dugg a story yesterday and it's not on my list anymore. What happened?

It was a very popular story and it was on the front page for hours.

Would love a good explanation.


A longtime Digger.

Nigel Stewart
Santa Monica, CA

I am now going to submit this to digg, del.icio.us, reddit, boing boing, and kottke.

UPDATE: As of noon today my "account has been disabled due to misuse." Holy crap I've never been BANNED from something before. Odd that it happens over a free speech issue.

Cool T-shirt that I might buy now.

UPDATE 2: Two cool articles have gone up very recently: Download Squad and cjmillstock.

UPDATE 3: Digg shovels shit. And ytmnd.com responds.

Posted by nigelstewart at May 1, 2007 07:52 AM


That sux. What is the code on the shirt, a DVD crack of some sort?

I am a tech virgin.


Posted by: greg at May 1, 2007 02:25 PM

You should post your street address to make it easier for the lawyers to find you. It's not a free speech issue, it's an IP theft issue.

Posted by: Mom at May 1, 2007 03:05 PM

2932 2nd Street

Posted by: Nigel Stewart at May 1, 2007 04:48 PM

I've noted your abuse and will contact your internet service provider. If you continue to slander Digg we will be forced to engage legal actions.
Digg is NOT censoring our users but rather dealing with abusive users who violate our terms of service.

Thanks for reading Digg.com


Posted by: Digg Admin at May 1, 2007 11:52 PM

Digg.com is not censoring users but rather removing users violating the terms of service. If the slander by banned users continues to emerge on forums we will be forced to engage legal actions.
Thanks for reading Digg.com


Posted by: Digg Admin at May 1, 2007 11:54 PM

Slander? WTF is wrong with this country? Sounds like you had a complaint and aired it. Am I missing something?


Posted by: greg at May 2, 2007 08:59 AM

"omg if u dont stop saying mean things im gonna sue u?"

is digg run by twelve year olds or are those fake posts? do they really think that's going to scare anyone?

Posted by: estoysaltando at May 3, 2007 02:06 PM

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