Disabling the Digg Bar

By Erica Sadun
April 13, 2009 | Comments: 1

Digg recently introduced its Digg Bar to much controversy. It's a browser tool that keeps readers in the Digg environment while offering the content from third party publishers. To say that this has been an unpopular move is a gross understatement. Many web sites are up in arms about Digg overstepping bounds and robbing sites of the full traffic they might otherwise get. Without addressing any of the controversy, I thought I'd share the how-to for disabling the Digg Bar from your account.

To do this, pop over to digg.com and click on My Profile. This loads your account page and presents a series of four tabs: Profile, Friends' Activity, History, and Settings. Click on the last of these, the Settings tab, and once that page loads, locate the Options column at the right side of the page.

In the Options column, click on "viewing preferences". The first section of this new page is labeled Site-wide Preferences. The third option is "Show DiggBar?" Change this from "Always open external links with the DiggBar", which is the default setting (no opt-in here), to "Never show DiggBar for external links". To finish, click Save Changes.

Once set, Digg reverts to its previous behavior. Your links will go off site without using any frames.


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To break free of the Digg bar and any other site framing device on your website, add the following JavaScript Code to the header of your webpages:

<SCRIPT type="text/javascript"><!--
if (top.location != location){top.location.href = document.location.href}
//--></script>

I don't know how the O'Reilly comment posting system will treat the code above so you might need to replace '>' and '<' with '>' and '

What this script does is force the page in question out of any frames. It will work for any framing scheme used by other sites as long as the user has JavaScript enabled.

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