Digg and SkimCSS

Arm of a JCB digger.
“Can you dig it?”

A couple of sites that I’ve found both really useful and interesting, and that help keep me up-to-date with the latest goings on in the world of both general technology and specifically CSS, are Digg and SkimCSS.

They both work in a similar way: people submit short articles to the sites, along with a link to another story or resource that they’ve found useful or interesting, and visitors to the site vote on how much they like that submission. With SkimCSS you give it a vote out of 5; with Digg if you dig the story (man!) then you “digg it”! The more votes a submission has the higher it scores and you get an idea of how popular it is, and therefore (hopefully) how useful you may find it.

Examples

  • Check out this homemade Web server — spotted on Digg.com. Doesn’t exactly look safe.
  • A post that warms the cockles of my heart, if indeed my heart has cockles: Original Firefox team member takes on new IE7 beta. Surprise, surprise IE7 still falls short of the firey, foxy one! (Spotted on Digg.com.)
  • Robust CSS Drop Shadows — spotted on SkimCSS.

I’ve subscribed to the RSS feeds from both Digg and SkimCSS, and also added them to my @ Daily bookmarks folder for quick reference from within Firefox.

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 46 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Latterly, web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall. Currently on sabbatical. I am a priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, and I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir.