Digg Crowd Starts Seeing Itchy Trigger Finger Warnings

A measure against Digg spam?

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Recently, very active Digg.com users digging at a fairly rapid pace have been met with an error message advising them to slow down and actually read the story they’re digging.

An image of the message was dugg up to the front page. It reads:

“Whoa there cowboy! Itchy trigger finger? Digging so fast is lame. How about reading some stories instead?”

The subsequent commentary on the error message reveal others who’ve encountered it, and the running advice is to do what it says: space out time between diggs. Others reveal that the more often one sees the message the more “time out” is given to the user.

Digg Crowd Starts Seeing Itchy Trigger Finger Warnings

The answer may lie within speculation down the page where Diggers proffer it is an “Anti-MrBabyMan” filter. MrBabyMan’s claim to fame is his power-digger status. Recent protests and petitions revealed Digg unrest surrounding the leverage certain power-users had to vote up stories favorable to a particular Digg clique, to bury others, and to even replicate articles and submit them as their own.

Those replicated submissions often were more popular and more likely to reach the front page than the originals submission because of the connections and popularity of the person who submitted after.

Perhaps this is Digg’s attempt to cool those types of things down, or at least prevent people from blinding digging their friends’ submissions.

Digg Crowd Starts Seeing Itchy Trigger Finger Warnings
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  • http://www.techipedia.com Tamar Weinberg

    This isn’t new at all. It was implemented in the beginning of September 2008 after a specific top Digg user was suspected of Digging too quickly and was essentially the victim of many harmful attacks by other jealous members.

    Here’s another related story from 148 days ago.

    I guess the Digg users of today aren’t the same Diggers as 3 months ago given this “this is news?” coverage. Clearly, it happened then — and I’ve seen this popup before I got banned from the service in the beginning of October.

  • http://www.thelostagency.com david

    but thats whole point behind websites like Digg, imagine if Twitter got annoyed if you were tweeting too much or retwitted too many comments…

  • http://randomplaza.com/help.anonymous.php Brave Agent Pubeit

    The problems with Digg have been known for years. It’s been mentioned on Encyclopedia Dramatica for years at the URL encyclopediadramatica.com/Digg (note Encyclopedia Dramatica is not necessarily work safe)

  • http://www.indiesurf.com Darren Tan

    Digging on Digg is healthy, but not at a rate that we just for the fun of it… Perhaps we could set a limit where every digg user can only digg five times each day.

    • http://randomplaza.net Brave Agent Pubeit

      You realize of course the people that are always getting their diggs to the top of digg are doing it in large part through multiple digg acounts?

      Then once it gets frontpaged, then finally digg no longer hides it and so it gets flooded with legit diggs.

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