It seems that Digg is being a little hard on the Beaver. The banned count is nearing the century mark with no end in sight. While it is fair to ban those who have broken the rules, the tough part to swallow is the fact that most if not all of the recently dismissed seem to be in a permanent state of oblivion. Digg really needs to consider some aspects of their site and their users before giving no second chances to the majority who have been banned.
In short, this is a plea to Digg.
While many are rejoicing at the idea of the “cheaters” getting banned, I would like to point out a few things. Yes, there was a blog post, and yes, it is in the TOS, but few people read the blog posts and nobody reads the TOS. Even though ignorance of the law is no excuse in any state other than California, the proper way to handle this is to suspend the accounts until they agree to follow the rules.
The issue has been building up for a few weeks now. It’s taboo, of course, to discuss Digg.com in a negative light, but there have been “closed-door” secret meetings amongst diggers recently. Via GTalk, it’s a hot topic among active diggers.
A couple of weeks ago, Tamar Weinberg posted Why Nobody Should Buy Digg. It details some of the circumstances behind recent bannings and the apparent turnaround in how Digg handles them. In short, they don’t. If you’re banned, Digg won’t talk to you. They won’t talk to anyone else about you.