Roundup: Digg Spam Policy
I wasn’t sure about posting about getting the nix from digg earlier this week, but apparently it was on many people’s minds.
The response has been pretty amazing. Note, it was a blog domain name, not a user account that was added to the digg banned submission list.
Here’s a list of blogs/sites that have been talking about digg’s spam and editorial policies this week.
How to be a dirty digger – Graywolf
The list of domains ditched by digg keeps growing – Chris Winfield
Done with digg – Kim Krause
digg banning domains open to abuse – Brian Turner
digg digs further down deeper – Red Dixon
digg members go renegade – Lisa Barone via Bruce Clay blog
Digg’s Spam Policy Is Still In The Dark Ages – Connected Internet
Spam fighting getting reputable domains banned – Tony Hung @ Deep Jive Interests
Digg hater – not sure what to think about this one
Spotting the disturbing digg trends, time to move on – Tamar Weinberg
Digg and your social marketing strategy – Fused Nation
digg acts more like Google and less like a social media site – Roger Kondrat
Thank you to everyone who is making the effort to draw attention to this. If nothing else, digg will be more specific in it’s published policies. Ideally, they’ll improve their “banning” process because right now, it’s wide open for abuse.
There are some interesting points made in the comments on digg and in the stories above such as, “Why is this a big deal? If the SEO site is any good, it will get traffic from the search engines.” Also, “digg is a social news site, the community decides what it wants in or out at it’s discretion.” Then there’s these comments, “SEO = spam” where there really is no room for discussion. Very much like how digg support works.
The most interesting commentary to me, comes from Tony Hung who describes the inherent issues digg must be dealing with due to the massive amounts of traffic, stories, etc they’re handing and the method they use for moderating stories and domain/user bans which is prone to abuse.
There are a lot of good things in digg and it would be a shame to see it peter out because of DMOZ style power trips (as Jill says) and “baby out with the bathwater” style editorial policies.
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