Digg Uproar 2009: The Year Of The Power Whiner.

As I was perusing the messages on Digg, I could not help but to note that some people have already began their tirades against the same old issues that plagued Digg months ago. Whining, on Digg, has outdone itself, some of these people took the art to a brand new level — that of the power whiner.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind people offering their opinions about a situation or even editorializing upon issues… what I am talking about is the difference between citing an opinion and incessant whining over something that is usually based more on logical fallacy than fact. Things such as:

The Power Diggers steal my stuff!” If by ‘stealing’ one means the resubmitting of an item already posted to Digg, then people ought to take stock in just how often the every day Digger will submit duplicate content. I’ve seen people not on the lists of top users submit dupes more than I see the power diggers do it. The fact is that it is hard to find ‘fresh content’ and it seems people simply blow by the pages showing possible duplicate content that Digg provides when submitting an item. I’ve done this myself and the reason being that the items Digg showed as possible duplicate content often have little to do with what I was posting. People get lazy, impatient or they simply don’t care.

There ought to be a limit on how much a person can Digg.

I admit, it would be nice if everyone would adopt the attitude of knowing about something before they speak on the issue… even if that voice is a simple vote or ‘digg’. However this isn’t the old Soviet Union, it’s an internet forum on a site based in America. The majority of those on Digg are from the ‘free world’ where they can speak freely, or speak freely to a point. If you try to curb their right to have their say, they will simply move onto other sites where they can vote or reply as they see fit.

I’ve spoken out on this issue before and stand by what I have said in the past, but the facts are the facts and you may be able to limit people from digging 10,000 items per day — but to limit a few hundred or a thousand diggs a day would spell doom for Digg. Real Diggers don’t want that, all they want is something reasonable and fair.

There ought to be a limit on how much a person can submit.

This topic is similar to the one above and the ideas on limiting such acts unfairly and unreasonably would spell the end of Digg.

Some Diggers have no life! They spend all day on Digg.” This type of comment is similar to one’s I’ve heard commonly on message boards and chat rooms. It seems to me that some people don’t realize that there are people who are shut-ins or disabled, the internet is their pipeline to living some type of normal life. Other people simply prefer the internet over going out to noisy bars filled with obnoxious drunks or roaming the malls filled with ignorant people. Some people are even at that stage where they spent more than their share of time out and about, they now prefer to come home from work and spend time relaxing on the net. There are many reasons for people to spend a large amount of time on the net and who are we to tell them how to utilize their time? That is nothing but arrogance and ignorance.

The Power Diggers monopolize the front page!” Uh… and this is something shocking? Power Diggers upload a lot of items to Digg and it is reasonable to believe that a percentage of those items they submit will go Front Page. Let’s assume that 1% is a reasonable figure of submitted items to go Front Page. Even if a person posts an average of 1 Item to Digg per hour, that is 24 items submitted to Digg a day. That means that every 4 days an item posted to Digg by this user will go front page. Now if the Digger posts 4 per hour, on the average, that means that 1 post will go front page every day. These figures are further manipulated by how sought after the Digger is, how well he or she is liked, how many friends they have, etc. The point is that it’s no shocking thing that the more popular diggers will go front page more often.

People digg their friends!” This is another “Duhh” Moment. Digg allows it’s members to make friends, friends should support each other — otherwise why would anyone opt to have friends? I don’t know about you, but I am not that hard up for email that I desire getting hundreds of requests for diggs a day. I choose friends because I like certain people for some reason or another and I want to help them out because they help me out. I will put up with getting 300 or 400 digg requests a day from these people because it helps me support them. I don’t put up with 300 or 400 emails a day because I love getting emails.

The bottom line is if people will quit whining about things and get more active on Digg, they will find that they do better. Don’t worry about what power diggers like Mr.Babyman or MSaleem are doing — unless you like their stuff. You are better off putting your efforts into your own digging and submitting and not worrying about how much others are digging or submitting.


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