it was supposed to be a feature that we had all been requesting for a long time: the ability to communicate with other digg users easily, and on the site. instead it ended up being a spam nightmare. here are my thoughts on david’s ten reasons to hate digg shouts:
note: i omitted reason 4, 6, 9, and 10 because they are largely irrelevant.
1. new diggers are now able to get submissions on the homepage
i don’t know why this is on the list david. allowing new diggers to get on the homepage is a good thing. it gives them an ego boost and ensures future participation from them. i think the fact that new diggers get on the homepage is not a problem, rather the problem is that they spam their way there.
2. it doesn’t require as much skill to get submissions on the homepage – anyone can do it
yes, this is incredibly annoying because people who don’t care about social bookmarking etiquette can get on the homepage while the people who actually give a damn (and are refraining from shout-spamming) have a lesser chance to succeed.
3. new diggers are adding 900+ friends, shouting them all and getting 40 diggs in less then an hour
i think that is an understatement. i’ve seen people add just a hundred friends, shout to them and get an 80% response, after which they don’t need any more (most of these new spammer-diggers can get a story on the homepage using this method with just 40-50 diggs). this is one of the main reasons why i have 2,108 fans but only 98 mutual friends (and decreasing). i’m hesitant to network with other people for fear of getting spammed.
5. top diggers are being challenged
a challenge is good but putting michael jordan in a wheelchair and asking him to compete is not a challenge, it’s a crime…
7. ron paul submissions can now get over 100 diggs in an hour
the best part, though, and the part that makes me love digg (and the social news space in general) is that the content is still moderated so that legitimate content gets on the homepage and stays there while most of the spam is buried while it is still in the upcoming queue, or shortly after reaching the homepage.
8. the feature reminds me of netscape/propeller
i’ve written extensively about this and yes they pretty much copied the feature from propeller without learning how to prevent (or limit) spam the way propeller is trying to.