BUT… being the curious minded individual that I am, I signed up for it to see how things worked.
Basically, you sign up (using your DIGG user name) and they give you a custom RSS feed with stories to DIGG. After this site verifies that you DUGG 3 stories they’ll credit your account $0.50 (yes, 50 cents US). Then they’ll pay you via PayPal when your account hits $20.
Within 15 minutes I was being fed stories. Some were lame, some were pretty cool, and actually DIGGable. Those that contained DIGG-worthy content, as a respectable DIGGer, I DUGG (which only totaled 3 stories).
After I’d done that I went back to the User/Submitter site to see what the next steps were. The interface was rough, but it contained links to the stories that they’d recommended and asked if I’d DUGG them (apparently so they could validate whether I’d really DUGG it or not).
I was able to confirm 2 of the 3 and was validated on 1 story so far. I then went back to DIGG and looked through stories that my friends had DUGG. I DUGG a couple of interest to me (again, as a good DIGGer should) and went to another page. Suddenly I was met with an “Invalid User” prompt. I tried to log in again, but was told that my account had been suspended due to improper use.
Interesting. So by doing research and finding out how something works (both characteristics of good DIGGers), DIGG decided to ban me. The irony is that I didn’t DIGG blindly. I only DUGG the stories that were of interest to me, not the whole slew of them.
So now I sit here with a disabled DIGG account, all my DIGG “bookmarks” lost in limbo because I can’t log in.
Did DIGG set this up as a honeypot to catch abusers?
Will Kevin Rose look kindly on me for being investigatively minded and restore my account?
I asked for comment on the story. None was provided.