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WTF Dept. Why does Digg allow comments?
This morning I posted an article regarding my thoughts on why Digg should not be indexed by Google. Several things happened since then that have made start to think about another topic, why does Digg allow comments? And again, I love the Digg service and what it offers to the Internet. I know I spend 60-90 minutes a day on Digg finding interesting stories.
Before you continue reading, please take a deep breath and an open mind.
- I write column
- Column gets started on a Digg path – hits 18 diggs in only a couple of hours and then suddenly disappears. Digg support let me know that it was buried as "being lame"
- William Burn writes an opinion which opposes mine
- Loren at Search Engine Journal grabs snippits from both articles and opens a discussion
- Loren's article gets front page digg flavor within mere hours, and is already over 300+ diggs and 50+ comments
Now let's look at the coment situation:
- 50+ comments on digg
- 30+ comments on Search Engine Journal
- 1 comment on CenterNetworks
- 0 comments on William's blog
So, the 2 people who actually bust their asses and write about this get close to no traffic and none of the discussion. But the issue is actually bigger than that.
My belief is that 4 places for discussion on this topic is too many. And why should people be able to comment on Digg? I don't get it. Digg should be a place to find the latest and hot news. I like that part. Aggregate and vote.
Content and associated discussion should live in its home. Those 50 comments belong on either my site or William's or at a stretch Loren's. But not on Digg. All that does is continue to add to my topic about whether Digg should be in Google.
If you look at some of TechCrunch's posts, he has 100+ comments on TC and then another 100 on Digg. All of them should be on TC.
People come from Google to Digg, read the snippet in the initial post, read the comments (some of which copy pieces of the author's article) and then post their comments and leave.
I just don't get it. There is no reason for the discussion to take place on Digg.