Massive Digg Ban For Using GreaseMonkey Scripts. I Urge You To Avoid All Digg Scripts.


Digg.com is probably one of the most powerful sites that can make your blog a powerhouse.  I’ve seen Digg take some of the blogs that I compete directly with to an astonishing Alexa rank, a high number of RSS subscribers, and unbelievable amounts of traffic.  As people gain power on Digg, they let it influence them to do things they shouldn’t.  MrBabyMan, MSaleem, Zaibatsu, MakiMaki, SuperNova17, Digitalgopher, MKLopez, Cliffosakajapan, skored, and Albertpacino are the top 10 Digg users and have the power to dominate a lot of the homepage real estate on Digg.com.

Other Digg users weren’t happy with a group of people retaining all this power so they invented easy Digging scripts for people to use.  These scripts allowed Digg users to do things that Digg management didn’t want them to be able to do.  Such as checking to see which of your friends are Digging your stories.  Another script would even automatically Digg stories for you while you were sleeping.  One more Digg script placed a Digg It button in the Incoming shouts page, a place that Digg intended not to have a button placed.

Jen Burton, Community Manager at Digg wrote a blog post stating that using scripts results in a violation of the Digg Terms of Use and will result in a ban.  I’ve used Digg for about two years now and have achieved about a 6% popular rate.  About 18 of the 300 stories I’ve submitted to Digg was homepaged.  I’ve tried the scripts a couple of times, but when I found out that they violate TOS, I uninstalled them immediately.

From one active Digg user to other active Digg users, I urge you to uninstall any scripts you have that modifies the way that Digg operates otherwise you will be banned.  Over 80 accounts have been deleted overnight.  You can find the list of them at the GetSmartBlog.  One of the notable bans that were made for using scripts is Brian Cuban, the brother of Internet billionaire Mark Cuban.  Surprisingly, none of the top 10 was banned.  But when Mr. Baby Man was interviewed recently, he denied using scripts or even from knowing what scripts were on his live video podcast. 

One of the most interesting parts of Mr. Baby Man’s discussion about whether he uses scripts was when he was asked what he would have Kevin Rose change about the company.  He replied make it more open and transparent– allow users to see what is going on.  Owen Byrne, co-founder of Digg agreed with Mr. Baby Man and stated:

“Open up the site, open up transparency, let people see what’s going
on…” How true that is, and I can guarantee you that you won’t see it
until Jay and Kevin are gone. I should know, as they did a masterful
job of suppressing my role as co-founder.

Massive Digg Ban For Using GreaseMonkey Scripts. I Urge You To Avoid All Digg Scripts. Comments

  1. Benny Greenberg says:

    Being one of the fallen – I can say that Babyman does not use scripts. He probably uses a bot or two – but no scripts. No no no — I have no idea and I could care less. The whole idea behind a site like digg (no matter what the pimple-faced jacking off while typing nerds say) is to drive traffic to a site. And when they realize that- it will be too late. There is no reason to go there and do all that work, if there is no benefit for YOU. Yes – when working as a team or group the benefits are expanded exponentially – but what that does is allow for new and diverse great content and allows the “real workers of digg” to reap from the sowing they are doing.
    Shrugs… some will never learn – BTW: Kevin – I have banned you from coming to Ya-ttitude.com. Username – email and ISP – SO DON’T BOTHER coming in any more…

    Ben

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  3. Hitesh says:

    Great Post.
    I was not aware of these things.

  4. Jayesh says:

    I am using digg but i haven’t heard of this till now.

  5. Ben says:

    Hmmm I did not know about that, I also did not know people were cheating. Weill it seems that it is all the same all over the net, same problem with Facebook and twitter…..dang

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