This is insane, all of the stories on the Digg home page are currently related to the AACS HD DVD encryption processing key that has been cracked. Under pressure from the MPAA, Digg admins removed the original articles and then Digg users started rebelling in protest, burying normal stories, while digging up the HD DVD stories.
It’s a pretty fascinating study of how online communities can react as one massive group. I’m sure Kevin, Jay and the gang are working hard to resolve this issue.
Here’s some more coverage of this situation:
Speaking of those pesky numbers…
UPDATE: Wow, Kevin Rose makes a bold move to save the day, posting:
“Digg This: 09-f9-11-02-9d-74-e3-5b-d8-41-56-c5-63-56-88-c0”
Today was an insane day. And as the founder of Digg, I just wanted to post my thoughtsâ€¦
But now, after seeing hundreds of stories and reading thousands of comments, youâ€™ve made it clear. Youâ€™d rather see Digg go down fighting than bow down to a bigger company. We hear you, and effective immediately we wonâ€™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.
I knew our friends would pull through this one. I’m sure Digg’s response will help put out the fires and make the community even stronger than it was before.