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Digg, dug, buried: Linux

Aug 10, 2010, 15:36 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

[ Thanks to Bernard Swiss for this link. ]

"Those of us who follow Digg have long known that Digg has long been susceptible to external gaming. While Digg's leader Kevin Rose has tried to keep this type of thing from happening, the company's biggest efforts to clean up its social bookmarking system have ended up vexing some of its biggest fans. In the meantime, as Digg Patriots has shown, Digg's popularity contest for stories remains easy to corrupt.

"I strongly suspect, although I am not able to prove as Olson has, that other groups use similar techniques to ensure that stories about technologies they hate, like Linux, almost never become popular. In turn, this means far fewer people will ever see stories about Linux. Friends who also write regularly about Linux and open source tell me they see this happening."

I can tell you when this started-- April 2009. Before then, I could post Linux Planet stories on Digg and they would rise or fall on their own merits. Some did very well and became popular, some did OK, and a few didn't get much attention. After April 2009 every Linux story I posted got buried within a couple of hours. The troll gangs rule Digg. --ed.

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