Sites Being Banned By Digg
Here’s a list of sites that are being banned by Digg. I guess this happens when links to a particular site is submitted too many times, or a critical number of Digg users complain about the site in question being “spam” or something.
I wouldn’t care a whit if all the sites on the list were stupid, but John Chow and Squidoo are both on there. I check out John Chow’s site from time to time and although I was confused by Squidoo’s interface, I don’t think it’s a spam site by any means.
I’m against spam and stupid articles any day, but there’s something decidedly not very open about an open-but-closed-to-some site. That’s not really in the spirit of being able to submit a link to anything on the internet.
I thought the whole idea of a site like digg is that if an article is lame, it just doesn’t get dugg up. But people need to have a chance to decide. If a site is simply banned, that choice never happens and the system isn’t working as it should.
Note: Here are some links to additional reading on the subject: Techipdeia Deep Jive Interests, and an older one showing this isn’t a totally new issue.