Digg was started by dejected Slashdot readers angry that CmdrTaco didn’t front-page their post about how to make rounded DIV corners in CSS. Founder Kevin Rose created a site that’s based on mob rule: whatever story gets the most votes gets posted the most prominently. In the couple of years since, I’ve been quietly waiting for the site to crumble under its own terrible premise and, perhaps, under the weight of daily rounded DIV corners in CSS stories. Yesterday the crumblage began when Rose started deleting any story that linked to the newly-uncovered secret key that decrypts HD DVDs. (Which is, BTW, 09-F9-11-02-9D-74-E3-5B-D8-41-56-C5-63-56-88-C0.) The formats backers, sponsors of Digg, were sending out cease-and-desist orders left and right, but Rose was preemptively doing their work for them. That’s when Digg users went into total revolt. When I checked last night, every single story on the front page contained the HD DVD key, which was when Rose shut down new story submissions. Now Rose has cried “uncle,” but Digg has now lost an enormous amount of credibility, with Rose having demonstrated clearly his belief that the site’s users cannot be trusted to also run it. Thing is, he’s right.