If you're a regular listener to the Daily Search Cast you've heard Danny mention the troubles he's having with stories from SEL getting buried on Digg. He's also got repeated inquiries into Digg about the bury feature which seem to fall on deaf ears. I came across a story today on Web Pro News Digg Burying Stories from Unbanned Domains
nearly all the other sites from the list of the recently unbanned domains? Something like 95% of the articles from these domains are buried! That’s not a standard behavior!
So I started an experiment, and submitted my 3 reasons why alexa sucks story to digg. After a few minutes and a total of 7 visits my story had 3 diggs (my own and two others…a good start!) and was still not buried.
A couple of hours later, the story was buried, but I received no visits from digg… how can it be that my article was buried without being visited? I think this is the new algorithm at work, not the users who blindly buried my story!
Only one possible explanation came to my mind:
The new Digg algorithm automatically buries a story from an untrusted domain if the story does not receive a large number of diggs in the first few minutes
While I haven't done any testing myself "programatically" burying stories would be a clever approach to squelch a lot of critics, who question if Digg is truly as democratic as they profess to being. As long as Kevin Rose continues to give us a song and dance on the bury brigade instead of proving the same level of transparency they provide on voting, Digg is going to lose credibility, and never get traction in more mainstream areas.
Will Digg wise up and be more inclusive, or will it remain a twisted incarnation of the lost boys club house from Peter Pan filled with YMT's who won't grow up.