Universe Today Banned from Digg.com

Universe Today has been banned from Digg
Universe Today? Banned??

The Universe Today website has been banned from the social bookmarking site Digg.com. This might come as a surprise to many as the Universe Today is a great source of space, astronomy, science and educational news. Why would such a great resource be banned from a site that is based on community participation?

UT has been captained for many years by its founder and publisher Fraser Cain – I remember first signing up to the UT newsletter in 2001 – and the whole aim of the site is to reach out to Internet users, distributing the best space-based news a website can bring. Surely this is the type of site Digg would want to be promoting? Apparently not.

Thanks for taking the time to contact us at Digg.com regarding your website.

As you know, Digg is a community-driven website – our community has consistently reported the domain to which you refer.

Because unblocking your domain would not be in line with the best interests of the larger Digg community, we will not reverse this decision.

For more information, please see http://digg.com/faq and http://digg.com/tos

Thank you,

— Digg Support

Email response to Fraser after enquiring about the situation.

Alex Albrecht and Kevin Rose. Digg.com founders. On the right track?
Alex Albrecht and Kevin Rose. Digg.com founders. On the right track?

The banning happened some time ago and it appears to be symptomatic of a wider Web 2.0 issue. Digg.com, widely considered to be a leader in social bookmarking, has been hit by spammers and web marketing tricks (most other bookmarking sites have to fight a similar battle), hence the recent spate in bans on “power users” and websites. Naturally, a few innocent people and sites get caught in the middle. But when a site with a profile as high as the Universe Today is taken offline, you can’t help but think something is going terribly wrong.

It would take a Digg administrator 5-minutes to inspect the Universe Today and the list of page submissions to Digg.com for them to realise this is a bona fide, established website visited by millions annually.

Whilst in the grand scheme of things, getting banned from Digg doesn’t mean squat, after all the Universe Today team (including myself) will continue to deliver the highest quality material we can muster. It’s just a shame our writing won’t be accessing the audience of the web’s largest communities in the future. However, it’s a bigger shame the admin peeps at Digg can’t see what is going wrong with their democratic website.

After all, what’s the point in having a democracy when the choice of vote is removed?

8 thoughts on “Universe Today Banned from Digg.com”

  1. At least my site, also quite innocent I might add is in quite good company. Who ever is at the abuse desk at Digg is undoubtedly dressed in a smartly pressed brown shirt and constantly patting themselves on the back. All the while constantly admiring the Keven Rose poster above their desk.

    As far as Digg sucking, the face of Digg will change immensly when they hook up with Facebook. Anti marketing are you Digg? Then why try to integrate a social networking / marketing site?

    Kevin, could it be that your last round of investment capitol has now made Digg worthless to you? Even if you sell it you won’t get a penny.

    Nice job letting the Digg mafia run your business right into the ground Kevin.

      1. @lv – Funny how a post 2 years old, now rings so true today.Using Facebook as the messaging platform has taken Digg down. Jay Adelson has been removed as CEO and Kevin Rose has sworn to take the Bury button and the Digg Barr down. Thanks for reminding me of this. Cheers!

  2. Hi

    I am working on a site which try to solve many of the problems with digg.com.
    You can find it on http://crowdnews.eu.

    The main problem with digg is the voting system.
    When only top voted stories get on the front page it has
    to be a subject that many can relate to,
    which result in stories with a low information content.

    Crowdnews solves this by using sharing instead of voting.
    Every have a personal news page on which they can subscribe to other users and when those users share stories they will appear on the personal news page.

    Join me on CrowdNews

  3. Universe Today is a great site about astronomy that i know.
    Many people like it so that decision to banned UT is bad action from digg.

    But, anyway thank’s for unbanned again.

    We’re need more information.

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