Update: Not only is Digg back, it’s back with a vengeance. Stories are flying on at ludicrous speed. It was likely a bottleneck of promoted stories that weren’t appearing on the Top News section due to some coding change. Things look like they’re about back to normal now.
There has been hope building up surrounding Digg.com for a few weeks now. Changes are rolling in nicely. Traffic seems to be steady and on the verge of climbing. Spam is all but gone.
Today, a good chunk of that progress is overshadowed by the most stagnant homepage in, well, forever.
19 stories have been promoted to the top new section in the last 24 hours. Compared to the glory days of V3 when 90-140 would be promoted on a slow day, this doesn’t speak well for the struggling social news site.
It isn’t the lack of news. There have been over 80 stories that have reached the minimum threshold for promotion during that time. Speculations are that they’re integrating new code or making changes to the algorithm. If that’s the case, they made a big mistake – promote (even manually) during such changes so the site can keep moving.
If someone were to visit the front page for the first time right now, they would see every story promoted in the last 20 hours on a single page. That’s not a good thing, considering that the minimum refresh rate even on a slow post-New-Year’s Sunday should be 2 new stories per hour. The decrease in traffic since V4 launched means they cannot afford to lose anyone else. Today, they’re losing people.
We received a “we’re looking into it” response from Digg on the matter. We’ll update the story if anything changes (hopefully faster than the Digg homepage gets updated right now).
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