I hadn’t planned on writing another Digg post but the response to the Digg Graveyard has been so incredible that I thought I should do a follow up post. I feel like Mary Queen of Scots, banished to another land, but not gone. I continue to receive updates on the Digg saga and I am not sure how I became the unofficial Queen of the Digg exiled but that seems to be the case at the moment.
So Some Updates and Clarification Points:
I have been receiving correspondence about how evil Digg is…
I do not hate Digg, in truth I enjoyed being on Digg. I also made a lot of great friends and contacts by being on Digg, so I do not consider the time or energy spent there a waste. I would have appreciated a warning before being permanently banned but hey it is their site and their rules so c’est la vie, there are other sites.
The Digg Graveyard is for ALL banned Diggers
Not everyone on that list was banned for the use of scripts, a good majority were banned under suspicion of using a bot/script/macro and if they inquired would have received an email like the one below.
Greetings from Digg.com,
Your account has been banned under suspicion of using a bot/script/macro to Digg stories, which is explicitly against the Terms of Service
(digg.com/tos) you agreed to.
Because we must be vigilant in protecting against activities that compromise the Digg community, this decision is final and irreversible.
The list of reasons to be banned from Digg are quite lengthy just check out their TOS, and not all of those listed were kicked off for the same reasons. Zaibatsu for instance, was not banned for suspicion of script use it was a picture linked to a solicitation site that lead to his annexation. Most importantly, the email clearly states suspicion of, we are a society that believes you are innocent until proven guilty so cut some of these people a break.
Animosity Towards Digg’s Top 100
I do not hold anything against the top Digg users. Most of the top users that I know seem to be good people and have worked hard to get to where they are at. Honestly, some of those boys and girls are on Digg at all hours, every day of the week, and do not utilize any Jedi Mind Tricks that I am aware of. People have chosen to follow top diggers and digg their submissions in the hopes that an association will get them farther along on their own submissions. I didn’t see a lot of selfless behavior on Digg, everyone has an agenda of some kind.
So I understand that some of you are very upset by the Digg upheaval as evidenced by the comments on the Digg Graveyard, Tech Crunch, Digg, Twitter, Stumble, and my inbox, but there are other sites. If this link I received on Digg’s traffic decline is a true representation of their user’s sentiment then you will not have to worry about the mighty Digg for long.
I will continue to update the list with new additions that are sent to me for a bit longer, but I have moved on to begin building up GOOD Karma on some other sites (aka Reddit and Mixx) so for how long I can’t say. I Hope to see you all on these other sites…