Pronet Advertising is running a story about the mounting evidence that shows the Digg staff is manually pulling stories before they make the homepage. As I reported earlier, the ‘bury rate’ at Digg is at an all-time high, and lately I’ve been wondering if the Bury Brigade weren’t the only ones to blame, so this doesn’t surprise me.
This same phenomenom has been observed by several of my acquaintances over the past week. One of my contacts watched his story inexplicably get buried (after getting several dozen Diggs in one hour!), and actually emailed his Digg contact on the staff, who told him “it was buried as lame by too many users”. OK, if that were true, that would make sense. But the evidence shows that it was pulled manually by the Digg staff, based on a search of 10,000 buries from that day where the buried story didn’t appear.
The same exact thing just happened to me today. Twice. Two stories which made it to upcoming/most in near record time, then disappeared, and do not show up even once in the last 10,000 buries.
Now, let me state for the record, Digg is a privately owned business, and if they want to manually pull stories and not own up to it, that’s well within their rights. (Though I would argue, it is bad for business.) I also don’t have a “right” to be on their homepage (even if the users like the stuff I submit). This is business. I evolve and move on.
I also however want to state for the record: it appears from the evidence that the Digg staff are big fat hairy liars.
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