Busted! Bringpopcorn.com Soliciting Top Diggers

Filed as Features, General on February 1, 2007 5:03 pm

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Ten of the highest ranking users on Digg (including myself) just received a very generous offer from bringpopcorn.com. It seems that Alex Hunter, the operator of that site, desires Digg’s front page juice so feverishly that he’s willing to pay $500 to get it.

Hello,

I need a favor. I run a website bringpopcorn.com.

Would you get my website to the Digg first page, and if successful I’ll pay $500.

The site is of interest to most Digg users anyhow, it’s just people only listen to top Digg users.

If interested please email back.

Alex

I thought I would use this as a chance to remind content producers that this is a cardinal sin in the Digg world. If anyone receives a solicitation such as this they should forward it to [email protected].

I would also like to add that the idea that “people only listen to top Digg users” is a fallacy that goes against the ideals of Digg. Digg is not a popularity contest. This guy would have been much better off submitting the site himself, especially if the site is of interest to most Digg users anyhow. No one should ever hesitate to submit anything they think will be of interest to people on Digg.

UPDATE: Muhammad Saleem points out that this same user was recently banned on Netscape for using over 20 sock-puppet accounts to artificially inflate the ranking of his site.

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  1. Busted! Bringpopcorn.com Soliciting Top DiggersFebruary 1, 2007 at 5:28 pm
  2. By nsharp posted on February 1, 2007 at 5:50 pm
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    I would also like to add that the idea that “people only listen to top Digg users” is a fallacy that goes against the ideals of Digg.
    >>It may go against the idea of Digg, but ironically, it’s the truth more than people would admit.

    Digg is not a popularity contest.
    >>Yes, it is.

    This guy would have been much better off submitting the site himself,
    >>THEN he’d be buried for submitting his own site.

    especially if the site is of interest to most Digg users anyhow.
    >>Then a few hundred people would vote, and the main digg groups would check, is this site in our list for today? no? Bury!

    No one should ever hesitate to submit anything they think will be of interest to people on Digg.
    >>Yes, unless they own the site of course in question.

  3. By nsharp posted on February 1, 2007 at 6:36 pm
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    Here’s a question for you: How many stories ever reached the front page of DIGG and stayed there without being buried (which were submitted by the owner, with a recognisable non anonymous/sockpuppet user name).

    (sound of crickets chirping)

  4. By Dave C. posted on February 1, 2007 at 11:30 pm
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    This guy is unscrupulous. Even the home page is a blatant pay for click solicitation campaign.

    “Please socially bookmark this site at del.ici.ous! We are trying to reach the homepage. One bookmarker will win an ipod (from us) and a years supply of Popcorn (from SnappyPopcorn)!”

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