Roundup: Digg Spam Policy

    December 27, 2006

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

A new social news site for SEO

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

No really, what’s up with digg thug posses? – Li Evans
The story was also mentioned by Andy Beal, Todd Malicoat, Barry Schwartz at Search Engine Land and Danny Sullivan on they Daily Search Cast.

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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