What I Hate About Digg

24Oct05

Ever visit digg.com? It’s a technology website where the readers promote stories to the front page by “digging” them. To borrow from their website,

Digg is a technology news website that combines social bookmarking, blogging, RSS, and non-hierarchical editorial control. With digg, users submit stories for review, but rather than allow an editor to decide which stories go on the homepage, the users do.

This in and of itself is a great concept, but what Digg lacks is some type of moderation. Some of the people that populate Digg (anyone can submit stories and comment on other stories) are downright rude.

My “member overall ranking” is currently at 127 out of over 30,000. I’m a frequent contributor in that I submit stories, I comment, and I digg stories. Basically I consider myself a useful participant of the digg website. That being said, it seems to have an inordinate number of people that are just worthless. For instance, I’ve been called a “stupid fucking retard” for submitting a story that happened to have been duplicately submitted on digg. When you submit a story, digg, supposedly searches it’s archives and lets you know whether the story you’re about to submit is a duplicate story. Well the Digg search functionality is borked. It doesn’t work. I’ve resorted to searching google instead. I do this for every story that I submit and will NOT submit a story if I find a duplicate.

I’ve also been called “jerk” for submitting a duplicate story that was submitted some 157 days earlier than mine. I’ve got pretty thick skin when it comes to things on this interweb thingy, but when I’m trying to participate in a website which I think has a lot of potential and is extremely valuable for learning new things, yes it bugs me. I have to wonder how many people don’t participate in the digg community because there are so many assholes on there anymore??



3 Responses to “What I Hate About Digg”

  1. 1 Anonymous

    Personal recommendation (take is as you will):

    Don’t take it to heart. Wouldn’t it be boring if everyone was always polite and agreed with everything you do, or disagreed politely? People have feelings. Feelings are neither good, bad nor neutral. They just are. It’s possible to justify any feeling and it’s possible to criticize any feeling. It’s impossible to come to a conclusion that will be agreeable to everyone (at least, I’ve never seen it happen, and something tells me it won’t happen ever).

    So, my suggestion is to just enjoy yourself despite the rude comments, and just do your thing!🙂

  2. 2 Anonymous

    Digg is great IMHO. The comments too have their place. I find that the comments can have some hidden content that is sometimes more helpful than the digg entry I am reading.

    Flaming, spamming, and silly name calling is easy because you are not standing in front of the crowd. Those people are probably 13 year old kids who are picked on at school. eheh

  3. Tell me about it. Someone called me stupid on my blog today.


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