Reddit goes into “read-only” mode; Digg quality crumbles as a result

Two sites, Reddit and Digg, went into emergency mode today as Reddit had technical difficulties preventing users from submitting new content to the site.

reddit is in “emergency read-only mode” right now. :( you won’t be able to log in. we’re sorry, and are working frantically to fix the problem.

Other social news sites such as Digg experienced a drop in the quality of content as one of the primary sources for content, Reddit, went into “read-only mode” making it challenging for many top Digg users to find content. The front page of Digg has not yet experienced the fallout as most of the top images today were from yesterday’s Reddit front page, but tomorrow is expected to be a low-Digg-count-day with Redditors unable to supply Digg users with content to submit.

Many Redditors were seen outside today. Some made their monthly trip to the grocery store, barber shops, and liquor stores early, while others simply experienced external weather conditions for the first time in ages.

“I’m glad this happened,” said one top Reddit user. “It gave me a chance visit my girlfriend at her house rather than having her come over to mine. I had no idea she was such a slob!”

No word from Reddit about what caused the outage or when it will be fixed, but updates will be posted as they come available. Stay tuned.

UPDATE: Reddit appears to be up and working (somewhat) properly again as submits can (somewhat) be made again. Digg power users have ceased their search for fresh content and have returned to their favorite source.

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41 thoughts on “Reddit goes into “read-only” mode; Digg quality crumbles as a result”

  1. youngluck says:

    HAHAHA… Great article. You looking for writers?

  2. JD Rucker says:

    @youngluck – always!

  3. stupid comparison says:

    This is why Reddit is annoying with there stupid elitism. It’s a website who cares!

  4. Peter says:


  5. alec says:

    I finally got around to beating off to a picture of Mr. Baby Man today. Thanks Reddit!!!

  6. Keyser says:

    Way to suck reddit’s teet. This sounds like this was written by some no name redditor who just wanted some karma. Lame, and poorly written.

  7. Will not disclose name says:

    What is your reddit username?

  8. Homer says:

    youngluck, reddit is back up again, no need to look around to get busy..

  9. Madame Zora says:

    Everyone needs a day off from time to time! Good for the Redditors

  10. live52 says:

    I’ve been checking Reddit for the last twelve hours or so and a few minutes ago it came back. I refused to visit Digg but did hit on BoingBoing a few times today. It is a poor substitute for Reddit.

  11. Benjamin says:

    This is brilliant. I’m going to submit it to Digg. Just for the unadulterated irony.

  12. Marvin says:

    I actually leave the house quite often. Sometimes even three times in a single month.

  13. Jo Diggs says:

    Oh wow, excellent article indeed.


  14. 8ankh says:

    I’d write for you too :)

  15. op1500 says:

    “while others simply experienced external weather conditions for the first time in ages.”

    For about 45 seconds, until my skin started smoking then right back inside to see if Reddit was back up yet.

  16. koew says:

    Great news coverage on the Reddit downtime! I didn’t fallback (if you could call it that) to Digg while Reddit was in read-only mode. Instead I got alot of work done! Imagine that.

  17. Agile Cyborg says:

    I was finally able to clip my toenails. Had to shave the hair off the toe knuckles first

  18. Joyful says:

    A very amusing read. You gave me a giggle!

  19. Chris says:

    I love the dig at…Digg. It really has just become an echo chamber for Reddit, only with less intelligent comments.

    Sorry Kevin Rose…we still like your show though.

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  21. Psuedonymous says:

    As an American, I only get my news from Entertainment Tonight and The National Enquirer.

    That’s how I know that Secretary of State Lindsay Lohan just brokered that peace deal with Palestinian Foreign Secretary Samantha Ronson.

  22. Thai says:

    Satirical, yet on point. Love it.

  23. LOL says:


  24. Noone says:

    Israel is a terrorist country. Fuck Israel!

  25. Jailbreak says:

    More like annual grocery store trip…otherwise it’s 7-11!

  26. colin syme says:

    l am bored to tears, my dog has had several long walks since this morning, -gone fishing for the rest of the day.

  27. Alex says:

    Great article!!

  28. Paige says:

    Brilliant :)

  29. ++++++ says:

    I laughed, but that’s because I was a redditor once. A long, long time ago.

    There was a sinister edge in that laugh though. You could hear it if you had listened for it, had paid attention like a careful child does during nights when the winds rub the world especially raw.

    I say this because, having left Digg for Reddit and now Reddit for the republic of myself, all of this drama, this stupid stupid drama, is now simply amusing. Having no more attachment to Reddit, I don’t care for its reputation anymore. It means nothing to me. The comments, this, it’s not me. I don’t see me in this. I never liked it in the first place. All I see are the retarded black sheeps of an otherwise quite pleasant family going at each other. Maybe they’re in a mud pit, wrasslin’ up a storm, maybe they’re racing expensive hobbies down dirt roads, maybe they’re on the internet half-kindly, half-insultingly having at each other’s sweaty but frugal throats.

    It’s amusing drama to me, at least. I’ve always liked drama. Not the stupid kind that you see on sit-coms that leave no lasting impact. No. I like the real drama, like this one, because it seeps into your mind’s unprotected crevices and affects you more than you know.

    So keep having at it. It’s a bad medium for dehumanization but the barely-disguised-by-pretentiousness thrusts of war make up for it. And, who knows, maybe something really big will actually happen one day, a DDOS from an angry teen, a pool party thrown by your friends /b/. And then we’ll have a real story.


  30. syrian girls says:

    LOL, this was well written!

  31. TRIP says:

    I’m a super impatient person…I gave up after a while…n went to digg etc etc…was a sucky training day yesterday. I signed up for training so that I could reddit happily

  32. Gary says:

    I believed everything in the article until you said something about girlfriends. We don’t have girlfriends. We have kittens.

  33. Jon says:



  34. ddrt says:

    @stupid comparison: You do, apparently.

  35. Noone says:

    Just kidding, I love Israel.

  36. Allison says:

    This is hilarious. I will admit, I do find things (occasionally) on Digg that are new to me.

  37. nichelove says:

    Funny. Still too broad for my tastes. I like techmeme and

  38. Tinky says:

    Wonder why the many glitches all of a sudden this week ! one in twitter with the 0 follower stats and then this on digg and then on Redit, tough week for Social media for sure !

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