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I used to love using Digg, reading, submitting and digging. But no more! From now on I HATE them. I know Hate is a strong word, but hear me out and understand why I used this strong word.
On Friday the 13th of June I tried to submit one of my articles to Digg and I got the following error message:
This URL has been widely reported by users as being regularly used to spam Digg’s submission process and cannot be submitted at this time.
Weird I though to my self, probably just a glitch and right away I wrote an E-Mail to the Digg Support, here it is:
For some reason my site has been banned from Digg.
My site URL is http://www.dev102.com
I regularly submit my stories to Digg and they are definitely not spam (as I understood it is legal to submit your own content), it is all original content. I think there has been a mistake or someone has buried us on purpose.
After a few minutes I got the response:
Thanks for taking the time to contact us at Digg.com regarding your website.
As you know, Digg is a community-driven website – our community has consistently reported the domain to which you refer as spam and a news middle man.
Because unblocking your domain would not be in line with the best interests of the larger Digg community, we will not reverse this decision.
-The Digg Support Team.
Very interesting, some people has reported my site as spam! I know it, you know it and everyone who ever stumbled upon (ha, stumble upon) Dev102 knows you can’t say it is spam. Even if you hate every article you can’t say it is spam. So I wrote the following email back thinking to myself that I can reason with them (this is me groveling…):
Digg is a Great community, I love it and I am very active in it. This is why this is like a blow to the face for me.
I have read Both the FAQ and the TOS Pages after receiving the banned notice and I did nothing wrong. you can check all my activities, and the website and you will see that it is totally legit and that there has been some kind of misunderstanding.
Is this ban permanent? what can I do to reverse it? I am not a spammer.
I was shocked at the response:
Hi from Digg.com,
Sorry but the decision is final and irreversible.
-The Digg Support Team.
That’s that! some people report your site as spam and that’s it you are automatically banned! No human touch! They do not review your site to check if it is spam (or they would have never banned my site).
So here is a thought, say you have a web site about biking and you want to handicap your biggest opponent, here is what you do:
I have looked around in the web and found out that I was not the only one who suffered from this, even John Chow (If he is spam, we are all spam…), here is some extra reading :
Great Job Digg, We can open a branch of the Yakuza to extort website owners to pay you money every month or you will get them banned from Digg and I bet it will be profitable, protection fee over the web!
I have though of endless scenarios in which you can do some serious damage to website owners, and I hate putting my criminal mind into work :).
So that concludes my relationship with Digg, we broke up and it wasn’t pretty…
I don’t like Digg anymore…
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