The Digg Redesign: Is This The End of Digg? Probably Not

August 31, 2010

(ChattahBox) – A frenzy of anger has hit over the redesign that many users feel will give preference to major sites like the BBC, taking control out of the hands of major users. This has caused a serious backlash, but it might only be temporary.

It all started when the redesign went out of tester mode and was launched for the wider user base. Immediately, there was a revolt, with users saying the auto-submission service allowed big sites like CollegeHumor to gain preference over smaller sites, eliminating the purpose behind Digg.

They were also angered by the change of several defaults of popular features, like Upcoming Stories. This anger turned to a thirst for revenge, of which an opportunity was given when the auto-submission began posting Reddit stories.

Users started to vote up all Reddit stories en masse, forcing them onto the front page, giving a huge benefit to the site’s biggest competitor.

This prompted Kevin Rose, the founder of Digg, to respond to concerns. He tried to placate angry users, saying that there is no preference being given, but instead it has been taken away to eliminate the popularity contest that the former format was based on. He says that all Diggs are now equal.

But already, we are seeing a shift is visibility going to these major sites. Is this a consequence of the backlash, or a sign of the future? We will have to see.

In the meantime, Rose says he has been hard at work to fix all bugs at the site, saying his team is dealing with the third party tools and other issues that have crept up. He is also bringing back many defaults to opt out of social networking features, and putting on an Upcoming Stories feature once again.


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