Digg's servers were not taken down due to excess traffic; the staff decided to take down the site until they could figure out what to do about the "Digg Revolt" that was taking place - all of this over a simple string of characters.
A day earlier, Digg moderators pulled a story from the site that contained the hacked HD DVD encryption key. Digg did not want to put itself in a position to "break the law" and potentially be sued. Diggers caught wind of this "act against Democracy" and, in a fight against what many considered unjust censorship, began submitting story after story that contained the HD DVD key... and they were all getting dugg to the front page! And thus, the revolution was kick into warp speed.
The front page of Digg soon became flooded with stories containing the key, many of which were thoughtfully done (see the Myspace story above). Every story on the front page, all the way through page six, contained the HD DVD key. The Digg staff began deleting stories and banning users, but the effort was no match for the thousand of key-related stories being submitted almost simultaneously.
So, what is Digg's take on this whole situation? Continue ahead to find out...