(Updated) Has Digg Been Penalized by Google?

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Update: Matt just tweeted to me with this link to the explanation. Apparently that was not a penalty but a Google's engineer's hand tremble:

In the process of removing a spammy submitted link on Digg.com, we inadvertently applied the webspam action to the whole site.

Digg seems free now and it used to be fun:

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Official Google Statement...and some questions for Google

Here's the Official Google statement from https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=5408924

"We're sorry about the inconvenience this morning to people trying to search for Digg. In the process of removing a spammy submitted link on Digg.com, we inadvertently applied the webspam action to the whole site. We're correcting this, and the fix should be deployed shortly."

Glad it wasn't a mom and pop site...they'd be fu*k*d....

I wonder if Digg got an unnatural link warning?

I wonder what "removing a spammy submitted link on Digg.com" means?? (any G translators?)

is G saying that they can penalize specific pages of a site, but not the whole site??

hum..

They said similar about the

They said similar about the BBC - someone suggested rep management which would make sense.

As for mom and pop - they are already screwed. They were the moment Google said "Let's rank brands and minimise the rest!". Because everyone knows billionaire dollar multinationals are everyone's best friend because they care so much and ... sob sob.

Is it just me or does it

Is it just me or does it sounds weird: "In the process of removing a spammy submitted link on Digg.com" - Almost like Google's engineer was moderating Digg submissions :)

In his post on HN...

Matt said, " We were tackling a spammer and inadvertently took action on the root page of digg.com: 

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