Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007...10:05 am
Digg Banning Users For Not Reading Stories
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Digg can be a strange entity at times. In the latest bit of drama, the powers that be seem to be cracking down on something most Digg users are guilty of: Blind Digging/burying.
The following text is from an email received by a banned Digg user, as reported by SeoPedia.
Your account was banned for the rate of Digging activity you’ve engaged in. We’ve determined that the time in which your Diggs happen, it isn’t possible to actually read the stories. Please read each and every story before you Digg or bury a story. Once you agree that you will Digg/bury more responsibly and read the stories, we will unban your account.
It would appear that there is some sort of automated algorithm which measures the interval between landing on a page and Digging a story. If it determines insufficient time has passed to have read the article it throws up a flag, and the user may be banned.
The reality is most stories are Dugg without the story ever having been read so they must only be cracking down on users who engage in this on a large and frequent scale.
The idea of having users actually read an article before Digging, or more importantly before hitting the bury button, is something I completely support.
However instead of simply banning people why can’t they implement a mechanism which warns people as they are doing it? If you’ve ever tried to add multiple friends on Digg in a short period of time you would have no doubt encountered the message telling you that you are adding friends too quickly.
A messaging system similar to this which encourages users to read articles before Digging/burying seems like a much more productive alternative than banning them altogether.
Don’t hold your breathe though. Implementing meaningful changes doesn’t seem to be on their to-do list, and after the whole HD-DVD encryption saga Digg management is no doubt more fearful than ever of challenging the status quo.