Lately, Digg (popular Social Bookmarking website) has been under fire from their own top users for their moderating policies, and the utter disregard for their respected top Diggers (contributors). The big deal is the way Kevin Rose is not permitting friends to vote on a story (spin-zone: Gaming). Digg’s number one user, P9 voluntarily left Digg due to disagreement on this. Neophile has fairly detailed recap of what happened.
Kevin Rose responded to the (negative) attention, and thus remains firm. Calacanis promises his members that there will be no penalty for voting on friend’s posts (one user, one vote rule). In his update #3, he cites that obviously Digg is burying stories of competitive services, or critical in nature. Thats not cool. Accept feedback, use it as opportunity to build from. Heck, if AOL/Calacanis did it with Netscape, you can do it too. Kevin Rose ought to take some notes on Loving your Members (Calacanis – High and Low (or “How to love members… shall I count the ways …). Digg clearly did not anticipate the needs (‘nor the respect) of the top Diggers. Oops, looks like they dropped the ball on this one, and it rolled on over to Netscape’s corner.
Here are the links to the input to both sides of it; I respect their perspective, thereby giving equal coverage:
- Kevin Rose, Digg the Blog – “Digg Friends“
- J. LeRoy, Evolving Web – “Humans can’t be Trusted“
- Michael Arrington, TechCrunch – “Troubles in Diggville“
- Jesus Phreak, jp’s domain – “Digg the rigged? A closer look at Digg’s democratic model“
[tag]Digg, Netscape, Social Bookmarking, Social Bookmarking, P9, Calacanis, Kevin Rose[/tag]