As part of a little side project, I’ve written a script that determines the most “dugg” and most “buried” Digg.com comments for the day. It can also find the discussion thread that contains the most diggs. Only popular submissions are checked for comments.
I’ve put it up at TheBestOfDigg.com. The idea is to post the best/worst comments on the blog every day. The process is mostly automated, but there’s still some finetuning to do.
I’m also going to collect comment data about the last year or so and calculate some mildly interesting stats, like Kris did last year with his list(s) of top duplicate Digg comments. There’s also on another site.
Aside from the slim chance of attracting readers/visitors, this would also have practical uses. For example, I might find –
- Failsafe comments – always get dugg. Helps craft digg-able content… and write spambots?.
- Controversial issues – phrases and topics that get both a lot of diggs and a lot of buries.
- Comments that are worthy of their own article(s).
And when I’m done with that, there are some WordPress plugin ideas I’d like to implement. And maybe get a VPS for my DeviantArt recommendation engine.