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Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Is Digg Rigged? UnDemocratic? Bot Driven?

Looks like there's a fire starting at Digg and a lot of people are throwing diggs (errr logs) on the blaze. Evan's post got a lot of diggs and traffic a couple weeks ago and now others are really digging into the data and getting even more traction.

We're Getting To The Bottom Of All Of It
In exactly one hour the MarketingShift team will be interviewing Kevin Rose and Jay Adelson in an effort to get to the bottom of this mess. We'll be publishing an in-depth post on Friday morning that gives you the answers directly from Kevin and Jay.

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By Jason Dowdell at 04:30 PM | Comments (8)

(8) Thoughts on Is Digg Rigged? UnDemocratic? Bot Driven?

I think it's high-time Kevin revealed just how much influence each user's digg has, what determines which submissions make it to the first page, and if the cabal of users in the top 30 suspected of manipulating Digg really DO have that kind of power.

Comments by NSMike : Wednesday, September 06, 2006 at 04:59 PM

Why is the negative publicity or anti digg content filtered from the front page?

If digg is supposed to be so great then why isnt it open to criticism? Why dont they use criticism to make themselves better?

Comments by Thomas Jones : Wednesday, September 06, 2006 at 05:02 PM

Why arent the digg 'armies' considered/flagged as spam? Did you ever consider what would happen if you piss off the digg army?

Comments by Thomas Jones : Wednesday, September 06, 2006 at 05:02 PM

If editors/moderators are going to control front page content at Digg, what makes it any different than Slashdot?

Comments by Thomas Jones : Wednesday, September 06, 2006 at 05:03 PM

Digg has been manipulated by private groups of diggers. There is no question about that. The other sad truth is that digg does censor it's article. Two big reasons why a user shouldnt use the service.

I believe some comments made good points when saying that if the system wasnt for being 'famous' for submitting stories, much less people would use digg.

Digg has turned from a nice google friendly website to a biased bookmarking group that censors media and controlls what kind of content hits the main page.

Theres two things digg can do. They can fix this by implementing a better duplicate story remover. Put better policies on submitting, and suspend/ban accounts that have been detected of autodigging (digging within a private group).
If Digg doesnt 'fix' this problem, I'm sure the people that dont like it will come up with creative ways to spam digg to hell, whiping it off the face of the web in the next couple of months, like one blogger has already predicted.

Digg, I hope you go rotten. Care about your users. Or you will be the next biggest bubble.

Comments by Googolplexabyte : Wednesday, September 06, 2006 at 05:30 PM

Digg has become a source for web promotion just like google and has the potential to be abused. Rather than use SEO and link farms to gain top spots on Google it seems blog users on Digg are forming groups to Digg each others stories and make sure that their blogs server the stories. Given the benefits to the users shouldn't this be against the rules and dealt with as Google would by burying the raning of said sites? I'm especially concerned that stories are being buried so these groups can re-submit them posted on their sites. It should be failry simple to see who is burying stories, submitting stories already buried etc.

Comments by ne0shell : Wednesday, September 06, 2006 at 06:18 PM

I wrote a lengthy post about how much Digg might be rigged at...

Comments by webmetricsguru : Wednesday, September 06, 2006 at 11:00 PM

I'm glad folks are keeping Digg honest.

Voting in blocs are nothing new. And in fact, I'm not sure if they're even the most controversial thing about Digg.

Just ask Aliwood or ForeverGeek.

Since it seems we've got the ok to post links, I'll admit that I've been trying to catalogue Digg Controversies:

Comments by Tony : Thursday, September 07, 2006 at 12:09 AM

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