I've spent a lot of time studying social news sites over the last year or so, particularly digg, netscape, newsvine, shoutwire, and reddit. Trying to figure out how to get "your" story on the front page of one of these sites is a tantalizing art, a frustrating science for any publisher. And short of flat out paying top social news users to promote your stuff (which is a significant problem right now apparently for digg) it's nearly impossible to say if a particularly story will be successful or not.
Diane Kristine's Blogcritics piece is on digg's front page right now, which is what brings all of this to mind. The digg community is fascinating, right down to the commenters. There's a debate going on about whether or not Diane is justified in declaring herself a "non-techie." Hilarious!