Dissing Digg… Why?

Earlier this morning, while checking out Techmeme, one story that caught my eye was “Kevin Rose Admitting Digg Has Moderators.” The whole brouhaha is around the fact a story with a single Digg can make it to the front page of Digg.com, and the evidence that was presented was a screenshot of an IM conversation comments to a post on Digg, including a response from Kevin Rose. Except that it is an IM chat from March 2005.

Why this is being tossed around as something important today defies logic? Maybe because it is the relative quiet after the official Thanksgiving Day? Or is it just fashionable to diss Digg!

It should not come as a surprise that Digg has moderators. Most social communities have some balance and checks, If they didn’t, then I am sure that there will be some who will be quick to lament Digg’s lack quality control.

A more balanced and sensible response comes from Deep Jive Interests who writes, “the system of moderation that both Diggers and moderators take part in is clearly broken. Digg needs a better system of checks and balances in this respect that protects both its own reputation (from fake posts, spammers) and others (those who risk their privacy being violated).” After reading Niall’s post exposing the spammers and Digg-gamers from last week, I agree with DJI’s assessment.

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