It has since become a haven of fanboys and Stalinism. This is my top 11 list of things I have learned from Digg.
1. It's not who you know but how many friends you have.
2. A snappy headline is better than good content.
3. The amount of advertising you can have before being called a splog is inversely proportionate to your Alexa rating.
4. The power of burying a story is always stronger than that of digging a story.
5. Digg defines democracy as a voting system where some users votes are "more equal" than others.
6. The "Bury Brigade" would make Stalin proud.
7. Un-banned means you can submit the link and digg will auto-bury it for you.
8. Content that criticizes Digg is always buried as spam or inaccurate.
9. Stories with "Nintendo", "Wii", "Apple" or "Kevin Rose" always hit the home page.
10. If your name is "Kevin Rose" you will always have a 100% popularity rating.
11. No matter how hard you try, some sites can never be buried or banned.
For those who do not know what Stalinism is I present this quick excerpt from wikipedia:
It includes an extensive use of propaganda to establish a personality cult around an absolute dictator, extensive use of the secret police to maintain social submission.