Digg the Grail

A quick note on a small change to the site – individual stories now have a ‘Digg It’ link towards the bottom (not on the front page, only when you view a story by clicking on the title, or commenting). Some people have suggested that some of our content would be ideal Digg.com fodder, so I thought this would be a good way of making it easy for TDG readers who are also Digg members to link to stories here on TDG. If anyone wants to try it out (and check for any bugs), a good candidate might be the recent O’Hare UFO story, which has gotten some extra interest already via Alan Boyle’s Cosmic Log (thanks Alan).

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  1. Stanton Friedman’s Article
    I dugg it and everything worked as expected. The only snag was figuring out which Digg category the story should be filed under. I chose Science-Space but I’m sure a lot of “scientists” would consider this “paranormal” or something and will probably object to it being there. Any guidance on which section of Digg stories from TDG would generally fall under? They don’t really have any suitable categories.

    1. Cheers
      Thanks for the Digg, and thanks for the feedback as well! Support like that is what helps the site expand and perhaps offers chances of being viable. How about the rest of you 15,000 or so people that visit every day? Are you all that apathetic about life that you can’t be bothered clicking your mouse button to support a site that has offered free service for 9 years?

      Yes, sometimes I wonder why I do this gig, when I get 1 person supporting the site out of around 28,000 people visiting in the past 48 hours…

      Kind regards,
      Greg
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      You monkeys only think you’re running things

      1. Support for TDG
        Hi Greg,
        In my present financial position I’m unable to support TDG financially – I wish it could be different. For my part, I hope I add to the ‘life’ of the site with my comments, and I advertise this ‘hallowed region of cyberspace’ whenever I can.
        We all tend to provide input only when we want to moan, which is wrong. For my part, let me just say I think you do a marvellous job and you have my deep admiration.
        On another point, regarding Digg. I get annoyed with their categories. Do you think it would do any good to perhaps raise a petition to send to Digg asking for a ‘mysteries’ category?
        Might be worth a try. Maybe get all the mystery sites to add to the campaign. As to what can be achieved on Digg, one of my sons achieved over 25,000 hits overnight with a computer related post – and all from Digg.

        I’m fanatical about moderation

        Anthony North

        1. New category for DIGG
          I took your suggestion to heart, and emailed the DIGG folks (feedback@digg.com) asking for a Mysteries category, or something similar that would be appropriate for stories about UFOs, the paranormal, ancient mysteries, conspiracy theories, etc. I’ll let you guys know if they replay.

  2. I don’t understand your comment Cheers
    Greg – could you please explain this linking with Digg further? I am not exceptionally happy at your comment that not linking to Digg means that I am apathetic, as this is far from the case. My time is limited (as I’m sure yours is), and unless I am actively researching some topic I spend all my time at TDG – I don’t have any time left over to go visiting other sites. To be honest, what I’ve seen of Digg so far doesn’t greatly appeal to me anyway.

    I post here if I have something that I feel is worthwhile saying, otherwise I leave that to those better qualified than I.

    The work put in by yourself and your other admins is, and always has been, greatly appreciated – I’ve said this before. I would be happy to make a modest financial contribution to TDG if this is what you would like and it is within my means to do so. All you have to do is ask.

    At the moment I’m a bit puzzled as to what you expect of TDG readers and members.

    Regards, Kathrinn

    1. Why DIGG TDG
      When you DIGG a story, it’s submitting that story to the DIGG community. You’re saying, “Hey folks, here’s a good story I’ll bet many of you would like to read.” When a story gets a lot of DIGGS, people take notice and think it must be interesting, so they click through and end up here, on TDG, to read the story. This drives traffic to TDG and helps spread the word about all the great stories and original content here, and also translates to $$$ to help the guys pay the bills. So a simple DIGG can be a financial contribution, so to speak, to help these guys continue bringing us the stories you’ll only find here. For example, the article by Stanton Friedman, quite a coup, and it’s only available here.

      You don’t have to like DIGG or even find it useful or worth visiting regularly (though I do). Digging a story from here brings traffic here.

      1. Self Digging
        You are aware that a lot of sites Digg their own material. I don’t know whether they’re supposed to, but it certainly goes on.
        Also, for others to Digg it, to drive it up the rankings, they have to register with Digg first. Mindst you, this is a quick process.
        It would also help to bring in traffic if people ‘stumbled’ pieces on StumbleUpon, but this seems a much more haphazard affair.

        The secret of life is optimism and broad shoulders

        Anthony North

    2. Apology
      [quote=Kathrinn]Greg – could you please explain this linking with Digg further? I am not exceptionally happy at your comment that not linking to Digg means that I am apathetic, as this is far from the case. My time is limited (as I’m sure yours is), and unless I am actively researching some topic I spend all my time at TDG – I don’t have any time left over to go visiting other sites. To be honest, what I’ve seen of Digg so far doesn’t greatly appeal to me anyway.[/quote]

      Hi Kathrinn,

      My apologies for my comments, which generalised far too widely on TDG’s readership. You of course provide some wonderful input here on TDG. I was just disappointed that out of tens of thousands of visitors here (a large number of whom would also be Digg regulars, as it is a massively popular website), only one person took the time to ‘put something back’ into TDG by Digging the story.

      Digg.com is a massively popular website, where basically the readership votes on the stories submitted to let others know what’s worth checking out. Membership is free (and registration takes a minute or two). Once joined as a member, all you have to do is click the ‘Digg It’ link at the bottom of TDG stories (on their own page, not on the front page) and fill out a quick blurb about the site.

      Raising visitor numbers to TDG is the best way anyone can help out TDG, as it provides an ongoing lift to our advertising revenue. One off donations, while appreciated, are only a short term solution. The upcoming anthology again is a good way of supporting TDG and many of the researchers/writers out there struggling to get by.

      My apologies again for generalising. I get disappointed at the amount of work I have to put in, when it seems the vast majority of people just ‘use’ the site, rather than acting as it is supposed to be – a community. It’s an ongoing battle to keep the site running in the midst of costs, abuse, legal threats and all sorts of other fatiguing factors – one day, when I do eventually shut the site down, I think those people will (sadly) realise that they had something good, and should have done more to support the site (and, as I said, that can be as simple as Digging us/linking to us/telling another community about us). If TDG is just a ‘disposable resource’, then I’d much rather be doing more personal research or spending time with my family.

      Kind regards,
      Greg
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      You monkeys only think you’re running things

      1. Ok ok, I dig…uh, I mean: I get it!
        I “digged” the Stanton Friedman article yesterday bato.
        Yet ANOTHER password to remember! Now I’m sure the internet is meant to absorb all my life…

        Saludos
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        It’s not the depth of the rabbit hole that bugs me…
        It’s all the rabbit SH*T you stumble over on your way down!!!

        Red Pill Junkie

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