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digg Spam Policy Roundup

Posted on Dec 22nd, 2006
Written by Lee Odden
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    I wasn’t sure about posting about getting the nix from digg earlier this week, but apparently it was on many people’s minds. The response has been pretty amazing. Note, it was a blog domain name, not a user account that was added to the digg banned submission list.

    Here’s a list of blogs/sites that have been talking about digg’s spam and editorial policies this week.

    The story was also mentioned by Andy Beal, Todd Malicoat, Barry Schwartz at Search Engine Land and Danny Sullivan on they Daily Search Cast.

    Thank you to everyone who is making the effort to draw attention to this. If nothing else, digg will be more specific in it’s published policies. Ideally, they’ll improve their “banning” process because right now, it’s wide open for abuse.

    There are some interesting points made in the comments on digg and in the stories above such as, “Why is this a big deal? If the SEO site is any good, it will get traffic from the search engines.” Also, “digg is a social news site, the community decides what it wants in or out at it’s discretion.” Then there’s these comments, “SEO = spam” where there really is no room for discussion. Very much like how digg support works.

    The most interesting commentary to me, comes from Tony Hung who describes the inherent issues digg must be dealing with due to the massive amounts of traffic, stories, etc they’re handing and the method they use for moderating stories and domain/user bans which is prone to abuse.

    There are a lot of good things in digg and it would be a shame to see it peter out because of DMOZ style power trips (as Jill says) and “baby out with the bathwater” style editorial policies.