The Digg Users Are Revolting

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  • September 8, 2008
Patrick Altoft

Patrick Altoft

Director of Strategy

A storm has been brewing at Digg over the weekend after top user MrBabyMan was found to have dugg 82 stories in 3 minutes.

To date 3813 diggers have voted up the “Please ban MrBabyMan” story and 3507 have dugg the 82 diggs in 3 minutes story.

All Diggers are equal but some are more equal than others

Most people on Digg seem to be complaining that because MrBabyMan diggs lots of stories and has lots of friends it somehow makes it unfair for the others. That’s like saying Michael Phelps should be banned from the Olympics.

Top Diggers are clever guys who spend time and effort learning not only how to find and submit content that other users will like but also how to make connections and friends who will probably Digg their stories.

Digg has rightly or wrongly decided to create an algorithm that favours its top users – if you don’t like it then go and build your own site that lists the days news stories.

Insulting and banning the people that contribute the most isn’t they way forward and is just one more example of why Digg will never be truly mainstream. Most people who visit news sites want to read news, they don’t want to have an argument.

It’s worth remembering that some digg users don’t digg stories just because they like them, sometimes they digg to showcase the content to others:

Digg user msaleem puts this point across very well via twitter:

msaleem Anyone bashing @mrbabyman doesn’t understand this: You vote not just on things you like, but things you *think* others *might* like.

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