May 1st - Digg Revolt

It is happening as I speak, the entire front page is loaded with the recent hex decimal number the encrypts HD DVD discs. Digg tried to censor them, and now we revolt.

wikipedia article on the event: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HDDVD_Night (removed 11:00ish) (now up again)

song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9HaNbsIfp0

chat: http://geekchat.net/gcbasic-cp-version/

Piratebay knows whats up

Digg this page!! http://digg.com/tech_news/May_1st_Digg_Revolt_This_will_certainly_be_felt_around_the_net_tomorrow

10:30ish no more stories reaching the front page. at all.

10:49 most things on rededit are about digg censorship.

10:53 can no longer submit to digg "The connection to the server was reset while the page was loading."

11:02 first fresh story to hit the page in a long time was buried in just a few moments.

11:06 still cant submit anything, last submittion 32 min ago.

11:08 numbers of votes seem to go up and down by large amounts... have been for awhile.

11:10 submit back up!

11:15 the mass of stories again floods the queue

11:17 Wikipedia locks the HD DVD article (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HD-DVD)

11:21 apparently the number is alive, and created a myspace: http://www.myspace.com/09f911029d74e35bd84156c56

11:24 wiki page about tonight back up: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HDDVD_Night

11:25 the stories are getting to the front page again!

11:33 the wikipedia article shows "This page has been deleted, and protected to prevent re-creation."

11: 45 1,800 Members Reached on facebook group!

11:47 Article on slashdot: http://yro.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=07/05/02/0235228

11:57 things are beginning to get out of hand... the point has been made

12:04 when diggers do something, they do it right, and with a loud voice. the riot continues

12:12 you can watch on digg labs as they delete stories...

12:15 this is exploding.

12:52 same old stuff happening, I'm calling it quits for the night. One thing is for sure, we won.

You can read in the comments what happened after I stopped watching.

I returned this morning to find this as the top dugg story: http://blog.digg.com/?p=74



DLebar said...

It started last night.. It exploded today (May 1st)

Anonymous said...


Check it out ;)

Anonymous said...


Martin said...

Digg goes offline. 11:41 MST

Anonymous said...


"by Kevin Rose at 9pm, May 1st, 2007 in Digg Website

Today was an insane day. And as the founder of Digg, I just wanted to post my thoughts…

In building and shaping the site I’ve always tried to stay as hands on as possible. We’ve always given site moderation (digging/burying) power to the community. Occasionally we step in to remove stories that violate our terms of use (eg. linking to pornography, illegal downloads, racial hate sites, etc.). So today was a difficult day for us. We had to decide whether to remove stories containing a single code based on a cease and desist declaration. We had to make a call, and in our desire to avoid a scenario where Digg would be interrupted or shut down, we decided to comply and remove the stories with the code.

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.

Digg on,


Martin said...

Digg.com returns with:
This page

Martin said...

Digg.com back up. Kevin says:
"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."

And we see that he 'if only to save face' does care.

Martin said...

12:00 am MST digg down again with aformentioned "We'll be back shortly" message

Martin said...

12:15 am MST Digg returns. front page still is splaterered with 'that' number

Martin said...

12:45 am MST
Digg blog post saying "If we lose, then what the hell, at least we died trying." stays at top.

Monkeyman said...