Angry over censorship and deletions on its site, “rioters” saturated the site with code-laden posts. The reaction proved overwhelming, and Digg temporarily shut down.
Eventually, the Digg folks acquiesced to the mob, and let users publish the code, saying:
But now, after seeing hundreds of stories and reading thousands of comments, youâ€™ve made it clear. Youâ€™d rather see Digg go down fighting than bow down to a bigger company. We hear you, and effective immediately we wonâ€™t delete stories or comments containing the code and will deal with whatever the consequences might be.
If we lose, then what the hell, at least we died trying.
Died trying? We think they would have died either way — had they continued the deletions, users would have left. This way, though, users get a Lord-of-the-Flies-type victory, and no one wins.
Oh, well. Watch here for whatever court cases emerge from this.