The digg algorithm revealed! | Rickard Andersson

The digg algorithm revealed!

Scientists have worked long and hard at reverse-engineering the digg.com algorithm, but to no avail. The truth behind what makes a story get more or less automatically promoted to the front-page still eludes everyone except the chosen few who are in on the secret. All that is about to change.

In a surprising turn of events, a source deep within Digg Inc. has leaked information on the algorithm used to promote stories. Turns out, it’s basically just a big if()!

Many Bothans died to bring us this information.

array keywords = ['ajax', 'apple', 'osx', 'firefox', 'wii', 'colbert', 'jon stewart', 'amazing', '!!!!'];
array story_types = ['top 10 list', 'story about digg.com', 'tutorial'];
array users = ['kevinrose'];

if (subject.contains(keywords) || type.in(story_types) || submitter.in(users))
promoteToFrontPage();

So, you want your story promoted to the front-page? Just post a “top 10 tutorials” on how to develop Ajax applications with the digg.com API in Firefox on OSX, get Kevin Rose to submit it and try to squeeze in something on Colbert/Stewart as well. Oh, and remember to include “amazing” and lots of exclamations marks in the title!

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