Taking a serious stand with those abusing its system, Digg (digg.com) has
permanently banned several URLs - some of which you've probably heard of or visit
with some regularity. While URL bans are nothing new, it does signal the
seriousness which Digg takes (or is taking) spam and abuse.
For those stating that the URLs may have been
banned unjustly, it's important to note that there are probably many reasons that we simply are not aware of or simply choose to ignore. Case in
point, Text-Link-Ads saw many of its affiliates submitting stories with their
affiliate IDs - that can't be good. The Digg algorithm is sophisticated and those
attempting to game the system will definitely be caught - high profile and low
profile bloggers alike. I don't doubt that there are
vindictive users of Digg that may bury stories just to bury stories, but you have to
give some credit to their existing system, which for the most part in my opinion
is actually pretty stable in identifying submissions which really should not be
It is important to understand that social networks are fickle in the sense that it doesn't take much to be
ostracized from a group or community. Talk too much (too many posts), talk about
nothing in particular (submitting duplicate stories), talk about yourself (lame)
and you'll be labeled as spam or even worse have your story buried by users. The
result is the same - bupkus.
The lesson in all this might just be to use Digg as it was meant to be used.
Social networks, just like the communities we participate in, require
dedication, openness and honesty. It's simply not enough to submit all your own stories and not notice
or participate in the conversations of others. While I greatly respect some of
those URLs that got banned, I would encourage them to come forward and tell the
whole story - if there is a story to be told. That in itself might give users
and abusers of the system something to really think about and insights into how
to maximize their participation in digg.com.
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