If you’re familiar with Digg.com then you already know the deal. Stories get submitted by the community of members and are then ‘plugged’ or ‘buried’ depending on their popularity.
Once a submission has earned a critical mass of Plugs, it becomes “popular” and jumps to the homepage in its category. If it becomes one of the most popular, it qualifies as a “Top 10.” If a submission doesn’t receive enough Plugs within a certain time period, it eventually falls out of the “Upcoming” section.
Obviously the more people who sign in and rate items, the more that the good content gets filtered and pushed up. The beauty is that it only works when users participate on a large scale.
It’s a great system but I’m yet to be convinced it’s needed for such a ‘niche’ as youth ministry (although try searching for ‘youth ministry’ on Digg and nothing comes up, so maybe I’m wrong). Either way, it’ll only work when people go check it out!