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Rose Explains Digg’s Outage: Algo Update

Digg fights back against manipulators

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Midday visitors to Digg yesterday encountered its “out of service” message. Kevin Rose explained why on his blog.

Previous episodes of unavailability at Digg have been related to tweaks and fixes being put in place. Those changes included adding an Images category to the site, and shifting around the navigation elements (remember when links ran down the left side of the page?)

At other times, the algorithm needed work. People gamed Digg for the chance to gain a spot on its front page. Digg fought back with updates to thwart those tactics.

Rose said on his blog the time had come for another algorithm fix:

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Rose Explains Digg’s Outage: Algo Update
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  • http://www.Iambetterthanu.com Iambetterthanu

    I understand where Digg / Kevin is coming from.  I think on the surface their idea is good but only as an idea. 

    The problem is you’re penalizing people who are good at digg.  If some one is a good marketer and can do this on a consistant basis why penalize them for that? They are finding viable content that people enjoy.  Yes marketers are taking advantage of the traffic but the content still needs to be good (People can still burry bad content). 

    This is really a huge mistake for digg.  I have an account that isn’t a power account but I dont think it is unfair that the same 50 people dominate digg, they do so because this is what they do well.

    This would be like benching the top scorers in the NBA, so the 6th and 7th man on the team can score more points. 

  • http://www.playerspass.com Bendito

    I think that this idea might work, it seems to me that the opponents of this idea are the very people affected by such a change.  The spammers who utalize their networks to spam specified content to the top.  Good content will get to the top regardless of the new hurdles put in place, it might take little longer to get the new articles but at least they will be made popular naturally and not spammed.