Right now Digg is just adding to the information overload. I think we're all pretty exhausted with information. I'll see something pop up on twitter, I'll see it here as well, or on my RSS reader from another site. We're all talking about similar things. We need a global sort of decentralized "permalink" concept. Digg has the resources to do this. They can "digg" the web, instead of me digging stories. They'll find out what's hot via continuing user submissions, observing the twittersphere, popular blogs, etc... and then report to me a summary of everything regarding, for example, OpenSolaris being canned.
Yet another chaotic "stream of conciousness" comment from me... but I'm just getting the discussion going.
EDIT: this could work for everything... I obviously care mostly about tech and shy away from politics, but it would be cool to have all topics of a particular issue, with their weight on the political spectrum. Just another example.
Posts user A has read and liked would trickle though the social graph out to other users who have delegated to user A in on the related topics (or delegated to someone who delegated to A, etc). Sort of distributing the job previously done by a newspaper's editors out to the people I know and already trust in those sections/topics.
What didn't you like about it?
It really surprises me that nobody in the boardroom thought to say: "This might look bad. Let's hold off for a couple weeks until the buzz dies off."
They aren't going to do that by sitting around, so decisive action was taken. As another poster in this thread noted, the search was already on for potential CEO candidates to replace Rose - that process probably got expedited to avoid a further downward spiral.
The problems with V4 are nothing to do with technology or audience fit etc etc, it's bigger than that - it's a management issue. Management launched a buggy product that nobody wanted. And management just got replaced.
So Digg might in fact be doing right by their customers in this case. They're certainly bringing in more money than Reddit.
I would count them as a group who is not prepared to sit around to wait and see what happens - they want things fixed yesterday. Giving Rose a 2nd, 3rd chance etc doesn't build trust with this group IMO.
(Technically you can change them, but what I'm describing is the experience that 95% of the users will now have with the site.)
On Reddit you get an open source system with a one-stop appliance for any would-be submitters. The comment sorting algorithm is explained in a blog post by the xkcd guy (http://blog.reddit.com/2009/10/reddits-new-comment-sorting-s...).
On the flip side, reddit may not be profitable.
Considering they just had to beg for donations...
Speaking as one, I noticed the slowness and time-out problems basically went away as soon as they spun up those servers.
Whatever the financial relationship with Conde Nast, Reddit Gold is definitely a success.
Now user submits are really hard to hit the front page since their idea of a change algorithm is allowing auto submissions to hit front page with less than 30 diggs while user submits need over 100.
They have taken $40M in funding, have 50+ employees and I have no idea what their revenue is, but I bet its under $15M for for selling ads.
Good luck to them, hope he has the courage/support to do something radical.
I was shocked when I heard it was going live because I knew from the beta that it wasn't even close to ready.
Is it a coincidence that the replacement came in right after a poor launch? We could speculate that all day but this CEO was likely already inbound before the launch. Today just marked it official.
(Or alternatively v4 at digg.com and v3-features at discussion.digg.com with some tie-in.)
The CEO transition has been planned for months. It may be poorly timed, but the title of this link makes it sound like he's resigning due to the v4 launch issues.
I'm not usually an internet tough guy, but this is outrageous. If I was a digg engineer I would be livid. The captain sailed into uncharted waters and then abandoned ship. He should protect his crew. He should do everything in his power to save the ship.
One person's academic article is another person's lolcat picture.
This was exemplified to me recently on http://newslily.com/; We had a new user who was constantly submitting things that he thought were appropriate for "science" or "medicine", but they weren't (at least not in the opinion of most of the users). To him, this was hard science; good stuff, but it was mostly things that we weren't interested in. How would the slider work for him?
The solution (one that is similar to what digg did [although we've had this for about a year, humph]) was effectively user-whitelisting. Now, what you see on the front page of the site is things that our moderators have approved, and what you see in the various categories (or "upcoming" section) is things from users that you have whitelisted.
A major misunderstanding (and why I think that user-whitelisting is better than what reddit or HN do [and is also why I think a control like what you're talking about wouldn't workd]) is that people are not all the same; this is why I like the idea behind what digg did (hey, it's worked for facebook and twitter, right?)
Digg just became a zombie site, as a user, everytime I visit I feel like i'm visiting my RSS reader, it just doesn't feel to have any human interaction except for the comments.
Would it be pretty bad if they rolled back to V3 ? I mean...this version 4 is really not working out for anyone.