for the record I wholly agree with him. I think the toxicity of the internet has been creeping ever upwards these past years and you only have to look at a lightly-moderated forum to see it. The Warcraft forums were so vile and heinous that they made me want to stop playing the game. YouTube comments are poison as well. And our own sister site, Hate, gets a fair share of people who don't read the article, wander in through the saloon doors, call everyone retards and then disappear forever. Charming.
The top 10 reasons Digg is to the internet what the anus is to the body:
1. The blatant sexism, anti-feminism and testosterone poisoning that favors stories on revenge against crazy girlfriends, The Art of Manliness, The Former Nice Guy rant, etc. (wait, I almost forgot, Hot Chicks with Douchebags- whose popularity on Digg perfectly demonstrates Diggsters' girl-as-trophies mentality and insecurities about their ability to compete with guys who have made an effort to make themselves attractive to the opposite sex).
2. Trivial and pointless tech news, rumours, and Steve Jobs-worship. I'm betting that half the people who dugg these up aren't even marginally involved in the field.
3. Youtube commenter disease and mob mentality. People hardly click through to the articles; as long as they agree with the title, they digg it up. Diggsters apparently think that to be an Obama supporter, you must immediately bury any comment with the word "dissapointed" that talk about him, even if it's about his vote for telecom immunity. A non-issue cheap shot at John McCain? Digg! Digg! Digg! Who cares if stuff like this discredits our cause and lowers the overall level of political discourse?
4. Comment graveyards. You're not being funny, just anti-social.
5. The presence (and popularity) of /b/ memes, especially ones that are 4+ years old and 4x dead. No, it is not rly a trap, Pedobear. I really do hate mudkips to the depths of my amphibicidal soul.
6. The hegemony of a very small elite few who rose to power by spamming all their friends with shouts and mindlessly dugg up their inboxed in turn. Of all the places to play the game, why Digg?
7. Diggsters raging hard-on for the hit-or-miss laff factory, Cracked.com. Seriously, don't you think that gay jokes might be a bit 9th grade?
8. Many of the featured pictures are taken completely out of context with zero attribution to their creators; oftentimes these pictures are actually rehashed from previous compilations of TOTALLY AWESOME PICS of X. (Oh, and a list of Digg-words TM that you HAVE to use in the title if you want your submission dugg up: awesome, rare, banned [especially if the object in question never was banned], extreme, beautiful, hot, gorgeous, awesomest. But I digress.)
What struck me as particularly unforgivable was the time when a top contributor took the unironic "Teamwork" motivational poster of two small boys in an arcade who took turns serving as a stool for the other to sit on as they played. The Diggster then proceeded to splice one half of the picture and give it its own caption of "Why it sucks to be the younger brother". I'm guessing this Diggster figured that appealing to Digg's Schadenfreude rather than its humanity would result in more diggs overall, and from the resulting spot on the front page, it worked for him.
9. Fuck, I can't do this any longer. Top 10 lists suck. If I go on any further I risk this comment asploding into a million pieces of uninspired mediocrity. I. Fucking. Hate. Digg.
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