January 10th, 2006
Yesterday an unfortunate incident occurred on Digg where a patently false accusation was made against me. Due to its inflammatory nature it was voted “thumbs-up” evidently without much investigation by many digg readers.
Thankfully today my job of reputation triage is made easier by a sort of retraction post which was equally voted “thumbs-up” to the front page of Digg. I’d like to thank those digg users who both took the time to “digg” into the facts and try to set the record straight, and “Nat” at O’Reilly for sifting through the facts.
Through a mediator I’m told that Kevin Rose is now aware of the real story and believes nothing wrong was done on my part.
I’ve been in contact with the developers of Pligg, an open source version of digg, to be sure that steps are being taken to remove any offending code they may have inherited into the project. At this time I don’t believe there was any intention to copy any of Digg’s code on their part. If you are taking some kind of action against Pligg please stop.
Though this incident is most regrettable, I remain a fan of digg and the editorially open style.
Should anyone care for further discourse on the matter I’m happy to respond one to one.
Steve Mallett - email@example.com