A New Digg Revolt
There is a bit of an uproar in the Digg community right now about what some people think is a recent change in how stories get front-paged. Basically, it seems as if top diggers now need more diggs to get on the front page and diggers are upset:
Unfortunately the rules to the game have never been under the community’s full control. As far as we can tell, the rule-makers barely listen to us. The latest change in the algorithm, along with rumors of secret editors, auto-buries, etc., have led us to believe it is time to break ties with Digg.com.
I have to give Jay Adelson and Kevin Rose props for getting on ustream tonight to face the roar of the crowd. They did have a constructive discussion with the hosts of the Drill Down.
Here are the main points from the chat on ustream:
The changes in the algorithm are meant to promote diversity. Neither Jay nor Kevin really explained what they mean with that, though. However, it seems that having a non-diverse crowd of followers might work against you.
There is no autobury. Buried stories reflect the will of the community.
Banned users: some users try to game the system – they get blocked. Seems simple, but once they got talking about specific users, everybody seemed somewhat confused.
Communication with the digg community: There was some talk about regular (monthly) “town hall meetings” between the digg top brass and the users. “There needs to be more open communication.”