Friday, July 28, 2006

Unbanned from Digg

After two emails to Digg's abuse email address, and an intervention by Leo Laporte (thanks Leo!) direct to Kevin Rose, my Digg account has been unbanned.

Here's the official word I got from Digg:

Your account has been unbanned. Your account was banned for violating digg Terms Of Use, submitting the exact same story in less then 3 minutes time, that's what spammers usually do on digg. As a consequence, we banned your account. Your account was NOT banned for linking to reddit.com or for submitting a joke.

-The Digg Watch Team.

So I'm letting this go now. They say they were OK with the joke, and just thought (erroneously) that I was spamming. I never believed that it was because of some reddit/digg rivalry.

So, it's over.

But a note to Digg: please alter the way Bury Story works so that it's obvious when a story has been buried, that the reason it was buried is clear, and that the list of people who buried the story is given (just like you do for who dugg a story). Just doing that one thing would end a lot of confusion.

Update on August 1, 2006: I just came across a blog entry that makes some untrue claims about me concerning this:

1. The problem was, then he submitted the story multiple times. Actually, I submitted the same story twice, not multiple times and as I've explained this was because I screwed up the URL on the Reddit side and had to start again. You can check for yourself how many times I submitted the story my looking at my Digg account submission history.

You can also see that the two stories have different URLs, and that one story has just one digg. That's partly because I buried that story myself once I realized I had screwed up.

2. and then created multiple fake accounts and dugg his own stories. Once I discovered that my account was banned I did two things: I emailed [email protected] asking why and I created a new account for myself. So multiple here is 1, and I only did that because Digg killed my regular account.

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