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Gatekeepers gonna gatekeep • The Margins
Can Duruk reminisces about his time at Digg, as a way of thinking about Zuckerberg's insistence that things are SO much better now that news is democratised by, um, Facebook:
<p>Obviously, [in the submissions to Digg] there was a lot of porn, and a whole lot of (not always mutually exclusively) spam. There were tons of manual and automated tooling to weed those out from ever reaching the front page. The list of items that showed up on the front was *mainly* determined by votes (there wasn’t much of a complicated algorithm), but the Digg editors still had final veto power. They had 15 minutes if I am remembering correctly before the next batch of stories would go live, so they’d visit all those 20 or so links in that 15 minutes to make sure nothing too salacious made it there.

However, the real mess wasn’t that Digg was not, in fact, some front-page made by the crowds, but rather, it was a bunch of groups fighting over it. There was definitely a considerable number of users (obviously not really a diverse crowd by any measure), but the real power generally rested with a small amount of people. There were, for example, conservative bury-brigades (digg, bury, get it?) that convened over Yahoo Groups (R.I.P.) and constituted what we now call Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior. Besides, however, the vintage alt-rights, we also had less weird people like the MrBabyman, who, with his weird but affable charm, commanded a ton of votes.

One of the many untold things that happened with Digg’s V4 launch was that our traffic and, more importantly, reputation took such a hit that we sort of had to wave the white flag to those folks. For years, Digg fought a silent battle for its front page with those influential groups; we needed them for the views, but we also did not like that they exerted as much control over the “democratic” front page as they did.</p>
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november 2019 by charlesarthur
Two cute women holding electric toothbrushes
Models for Platinum Sonic Toothbrush, from the Digg Store
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november 2019 by aeng
Chuck Feeney: the billionaire who gave it all away
via Pocket - Chuck Feeney: the billionaire who gave it all away - Added March 05, 2018 at 04:08PM
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september 2019 by mikele
Ohio is investing in hyperloop studies. Why?
via Pocket - The Hyperloop Pipe Dream - Added March 03, 2018 at 04:12PM
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september 2019 by mikele
Tanya Gersh Was the Target of a Neo-Nazi ‘Troll Storm.’ Then She Fought Back—and Was Awarded $14 Million.
Tanya Gersh twisted the doorknob of her front door and realized it was locked. Her family always kept their front door open, because they never considered doing otherwise in their sleepy town of Whitefish, Montana. via Pocket
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august 2019 by cthorpe
Tanya Gersh Was the Target of a Neo-Nazi ‘Troll Storm.’ Then She Fought Back—and Was Awarded $14 Million.
Tanya Gersh twisted the doorknob of her front door and realized it was locked. Her family always kept their front door open, because they never considered doing otherwise in their sleepy town of Whitefish, Montana. via Pocket
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august 2019 by michaelkpate
Tanya Gersh Was the Target of a Neo-Nazi ‘Troll Storm.’ Then She Fought Back—and Was Awarded $14 Million.
Tanya Gersh twisted the doorknob of her front door and realized it was locked. Her family always kept their front door open, because they never considered doing otherwise in their sleepy town of Whitefish, Montana.
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august 2019 by Goldmanjordan
More UFOs Than Ever Before
America had its head broken open during World War II, and out came the visions. Visions of global power, infinite markets, ideological struggle, and exotic flying machines. via Pocket
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august 2019 by cthorpe
More UFOs Than Ever Before
America had its head broken open during World War II, and out came the visions. Visions of global power, infinite markets, ideological struggle, and exotic flying machines.
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august 2019 by Goldmanjordan
More UFOs Than Ever Before
America had its head broken open during World War II, and out came the visions. Visions of global power, infinite markets, ideological struggle, and exotic flying machines. via Pocket
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august 2019 by michaelkpate
What Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop Really Sells to Women - The Atlantic
I spent $1,279 of The Atlantic’s money on creams, crystals, and a vibrator from Gwyneth Paltrow’s wellness empire. Things got weird. It was a Tuesday afternoon in early summer when I realized that I was the person in the office who stank. via Pocket
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august 2019 by cthorpe
What Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop Really Sells to Women - The Atlantic
I spent $1,279 of The Atlantic’s money on creams, crystals, and a vibrator from Gwyneth Paltrow’s wellness empire. Things got weird. It was a Tuesday afternoon in early summer when I realized that I was the person in the office who stank.
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august 2019 by Goldmanjordan
What Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop Really Sells to Women - The Atlantic
I spent $1,279 of The Atlantic’s money on creams, crystals, and a vibrator from Gwyneth Paltrow’s wellness empire. Things got weird. It was a Tuesday afternoon in early summer when I realized that I was the person in the office who stank. via Pocket
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august 2019 by michaelkpate
Opinion | Seattle Has Figured Out How to End the War on Drugs - The New York Times
SEATTLE — On gritty streets where heroin, fentanyl and meth stride like Death Eaters, where for decades both drugs and the war on drugs have wrecked lives, the city of Seattle is pioneering a bold approach to narcotics that should be a model for America.
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august 2019 by Goldmanjordan
Opinion | Seattle Has Figured Out How to End the War on Drugs - The New York Times
SEATTLE — On gritty streets where heroin, fentanyl and meth stride like Death Eaters, where for decades both drugs and the war on drugs have wrecked lives, the city of Seattle is pioneering a bold approach to narcotics that should be a model for America. via Pocket
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august 2019 by michaelkpate
Opinion | Seattle Has Figured Out How to End the War on Drugs - The New York Times
SEATTLE — On gritty streets where heroin, fentanyl and meth stride like Death Eaters, where for decades both drugs and the war on drugs have wrecked lives, the city of Seattle is pioneering a bold approach to narcotics that should be a model for America. via Pocket
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august 2019 by cthorpe
John Chau, American Missionary, and the Uncontacted Tribe | GQ
When a 26-year-old American missionary set out for a lush island in the Indian Ocean last year, it was with one objective in mind: to convert the uncontacted Sentinelese tribe, who had lived for centuries in isolation, free from modern technology, disease, and religion.
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august 2019 by Goldmanjordan

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