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:

Hi

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.

Please Help

Thanks

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.

For more information, please see http://digg.com/faq and http://digg.com/tos

Thank you,

-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.
Thanks

I was shocked at the response:

Hi from Digg.com,

Sorry but the decision is final and irreversible.

Thank you,

-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:

  1. Submit a few of his articles to Digg.
  2. Create some Bogus accounts on Digg.
  3. Report his stories as Spam
  4. Bang! He is banned for life!

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…

Amit

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13 Responses to “Digg – The Worst Community Driven Site”


  1. life-styl blogger

    Said on June 27, 2008 :

    Hi Amit,

    I totally agree with you. I too have suffered from the same problem of banning for my blog site http://life-styl.com/. It is not a spam site, in fact I used to submit interesting and useful blogs.

    Anyway, Do let me know if you find a way out of it.

    Regards.

  2. JIltedCitizen

    Said on June 27, 2008 :

    Find all the digg.com submissions and mark them as spam. Will they ban their own site?

  3. nathrat

    Said on June 27, 2008 :

    yeah, digg is pretty beat. It’s always the same crap from the same people that gets popular all the time.

  4. Amit

    Said on June 27, 2008 :

    @ life-style
    If I have an idea I will notify you

    @ JIltedCitizen
    Nice idea :) maybe we should try it, give them a taste of their own medicine…:)

  5. devjargon

    Said on June 27, 2008 :

    Thats the problem with automatic algorithms :P They’re not always correct.

    If you constantly mark digg.com stories as spam you may get your username / ip banned from the system.

  6. Rockstar Sid

    Said on June 28, 2008 :

    Woow.. I have some Bogus account and they didnt ban me,Digg sucks man.. only popular bloggers article comed to Digg fp whereas our original content which is better than others doesnt top the list…

    I just concentrate on search engine traffic as they are more reliable and worthy!! But i casually submit to digg once in a while :-)

  7. Damian

    Said on June 29, 2008 :

    Actually, judging from the quality of comments posted by digg users, you’d probably appreciate it if they *didn’t* visit!

  8. Heiko Hatzfeld

    Said on June 30, 2008 :

    Shouldnt you remove the Digg Link from the “share this” Gadget ;)

  9. Amit

    Said on June 30, 2008 :

    Hmmm…
    did not think of that :)
    I say keep it so people get annoyed when trying to add us to Digg :)

  10. Don Draper

    Said on July 15, 2008 :

    Getting banned by Digg is a badge of honor. We had our own saga of being unfairly banned:

    http://promote-my-site.com/index.php/224-Digg-Death-Penalty-for-Promote-My-Site.html Their ban obviously has no human intervention, in our our case it was a malicious attack and the user that lead it got themselves banned a few days later.

    Of course, if you’re putting out content that’s useful for Digg, there are all sorts of ways around their ban. For example, http://digg.com/software/Greasemonkey_Script_to_Help_Digg_Your_Incoming_Shouts has brought us a lot of traffic.

    I’ve wondered if you could put an article up at a fresh domain, let it get 50 diggs or so, and then 301 it back to your banned blog. You’d get all the link juice and traffic, and I can’t think of how they’d police for that. It would serve them right…

    Perhaps the entire SEO community should start marking some of the popular Digg sources such as TechCrunch as spam and see what happens. I don’t think it takes very many spam reports to trigger their algorithm.

  11. chethan

    Said on August 6, 2008 :

    same here guys i was wondering why is digg doing all this, it must be a work of some people over there who find some really potential stuffs and burry them so that there is not competition for their posts, i was banned from it, i still couldn’t know the reason why.? are those guys crazy? thats what even my friend was saying, he infact decided to mark the editors posts itself as spam and see what exactly they would do in that case.

    I personally feel they must review each spam report.

    thank you

  12. Mike Keller

    Said on September 27, 2008 :

    Yeah i fell you guys. I got banned from digg 5 days ago for fowarding my digg messages to my youtube videos. Someone reported me as a scammer and i was like WHAT!!! all my content is original and mine. They didn’t give a s**t so know im trying to figure out a way around digg to still use my account or make another one. Digg brought me alot of profit and this last week has been a down fall so if anyone finds out how to get around the band click my name it will go to one of my videos and leave me a message PLEASE!!!! i need digg back.

    Thanks a million

    Mike Keller

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