Digg Uproar: How Long Does It Take To Digg?

I stumbled across an article over at LouieBaur.com entitled Digg’s New Restrictions Suck! where Louie put forth the question of “I wonder how long Digg things I need to look at a picture before I decide whether or not i want to digg it, bury it or just leave it alone.

Good question, Louie, now let’s look at your comment! Louie makes the comment of “It appears its 1-2 minutes. I actually have a brain in my head and can make that decision on my own in about 2 seconds like I have been doing on digg for the past year.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle once wrote:

How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth?

~ (The Sign of the Four, ch. 6 (1890)
Sherlock Holmes in The Sign of the Four (Doubleday p. 111)

The truth of the proposition is that it should only take seconds for any digger to identify a static image and be able to Digg, Bury or Ignore it. It isn’t brain surgery to see a picture of a sunset or bunnies and say “Oh, that is a sunset” or “Oh, they are some cute bunnies”. In fact many of the images do not even require enlargement from the thumbnail to identify the item, however let’s be fair about it and say it takes the average digger 6 to 10 seconds to identify the image and “Digg, Bury or Ignore” it. This still means that the average digger could digg anywhere from 360 to 600 images per hour (plus or minus “diggs” because of such things as slowdowns in the net or on Digg itself). If you accept the idea that it only takes 2 seconds to ‘digg an image’, then you are talking of being able to digg 1800 diggs/hour.

Let it be stated here that Louie is not promoting the idea of ‘blind digging’, ‘quick digging’ or simply trying to justify several hundred to several thousand diggs. All that Louie seems to be saying is that it only takes a few seconds to identify and perform an action for an image submitted to Digg. Louie is totally right on this concept, it should only take most diggers a few short seconds to “Digg an image” for this isn’t a complex thing to do. If Digg is saying that it should take a digger 60 to 120 seconds to digg an image, how long are they saying that it should take to ‘digg a video’ or ‘digg a blog article or news item’?


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