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Digg.com Sucks

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supermike's picture
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Joined: 2006-02-17

Fantastic on concept and content. Poor on web development.

For something so easy, why could they not have relied on less Javascript and AJAX? The side first loads, puts the digg banner in the middle of my screen, and then snaps it to the top after about 2-3 seconds. That's DHTML, too many DIVs, or a nasty set of nested tables, I tell you. It's got to be one of those. Or perhaps it's just that someone forgot to put sizes on their IMG tags in HTML.

Then, when you post something in Ubuntu Linux with Firefox, it tells me that the barely readable captcha was mistyped. The screen also flips around wildly in a loop every few seconds.

If it were me, I would have made a straightforward site with static HTML pages (so that I could take advantage of HTML compression) that are generated every 2 minutes on the fly. When you post something from a normal HTML page, it would go to a PHP page for processing and then would update the static content after about 2 minutes. To dress it up, I would use CSS. There would be no stupid AJAX or DHTML.

If you think about it, the site could really be designed such that there are only about 200 pages on the web server at a time. The rest could simply scroll off (be removed). Having a script generate 200 pages every 2 minutes on a mirror, then replicating that to other mirrors, would not be a huge deal if done properly.

Dang, I wish I had the time, a T1, and a beowulf cluster. I could show how such a site could be made.

However, I appreciate what digg.com has done. It has changed how we think about tech news.

Another alternative, which loads much faster, is reddit.com.

http://reddit.com/

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Digg.com looks normal to me once it loads, but it loads very slow and even after that using some of those ajaxy components (like minimizing and maximizing comments) is pretty sluggish. I'd say that they just went a bit overboard with javascript and it could have possible be done without that much javascript to slow the site down so much.

I'm not against javascript and AJAX, but I certainly don't like when it is unnecessarily overused. For example I like it being able to click a digg (to digg a story) without reloading the page, but I definitely don't need comments to actually *animate* when minimazing and maximizing. They could have been made to just appear and dissappear and that would have been just as beautiful looking.

So they definitely went overboard just for the sake of flashy looks which isn't really contributing much to functionality.

I've heard of reddit.com and it's really snappy, minimal, a great alternative definitely. We should submit our stories and articles there. I think they definitely have a good deal of traffic.

Cheers

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Joined: 2006-05-21
I'm not a big fan of digg or

I'm not a big fan of digg or slashdot, although I do look around there now and then. The clean look of digg does appeal to me more than that cluttered look found in slashdot, though.

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Digg.com could be faster,

Digg.com could be faster, but I like the way it's run and it allows a lot of great stories and articles to get out that would not otherwise be popular. I think editors of a site can only do so much, but user-contributions from everyone can do a whole lot more.

libervisco's picture
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Yes, digg.com is definitely

Yes, digg.com is definitely a great concept giving fair chances to everyone to publish something and actually get seen.

We've already had three stories on Nuxified dugg to it's homepage so there's a testimony to that. Smiling

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