I was so going to blog about the Digg Town Hall Meeting, but…
… I didn’t because there wasn’t much to talk about. A few questions got answered, but for the most part, it was just plain rushed. A few minutes past an hour into it, Rose and Adelson seemed to have something more important to do, so they were gone.
The one thing that truly stuck out (and hits home with this particular blog) was the discussion of autobury. Again, it was basically denied, but there were enough hints to draw conclusions about how it works:
Spam buries by users are apparently what triggers a “spam tag” (we’ll use that term, since “autobury” is apparently an incorrect description). When enough users tag submissions from a particular URL as spam, it is either manually added to the list or is put there as an automated function. Either way, it makes sense, and I accept that fate for this blog.
A brief, Twitter-esque history of this blog in the form of stats. First 14 stories from it, 8 hit the front page of Digg. Since then, the following 22 have been removed from upcoming after 20 diggs. Regardless of who submits, when it’s submitted, and how quickly it gets to 20 diggs, any submissions from this blog will be buried.
What happened? I was tagged. This blog was tagged. I spammed the heck out of it on Digg and other social media sites and now it is no longer capable of hitting the front page. I deserve the fate because I pushed too hard. I became addicted to the traffic boosts.
Bottom line: I was a fool.
Any site that is promoted too much will be marked as spam by users and subsequently tagged. Despite my displeasure of this, I now realize that it was the right fate. I earned it.
The argument comes to mind, “What about arstechnica? Gizmodo? Engadget? They are on every day and don’t get tagged!” Exactly. They don’t get tagged. Diggers who are looking for this stuff and subsequently tag a post as spam don’t go after the “old school” blogs, nor do they care about the ones that get a ton of Diggs because they have a ton of traffic. They target the new blogs, the blogs that the owner submits and shouts frequently, the ones that are hitting the frontpage often “out of the gate” without going through the trials of age. Even some older blogs can have this happen. If enough people were to bury every arstechnica story as spam, I believe that the same thing would happen to it.
My only question: is there a way out? They claim to have contacted people before this fate happens, but I know without a doubt that I was never once contacted about it. Had I known, I would have definitely stopped. Is it possible to ask for another chance? To have the tag removed? We’ll soon find out, as I am going to ask. More to come…
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