This is so unfair.
Yesterday, my story about funny bathrooms got its first bury at 96 when it was not only upcoming but "Hot in All Topics" (and still had 11 hours left). That single bury killed the potential to get anywhere. It was gone. Meanwhile, notice how it still got another 27 Diggs. Does the algorithm suck, or does it suck?!
Or rather: does the algorithm penalize high contributors? You be the judge.