Digg is one of those websites i used to use on a daily basis, it was my main source of news every day, now i forget it even exists until a story like this pops up.
The one thing that this teaches me is that if you have a web property with a decently sized user base, if you want to change things, do it incrementally and get feedback from users as you do it, rather than carpet bomb them with design and feature changes.
would it really be worth taking over the digg name at this point after the alienation of its users with the v4 disaster and subsequent migration to reddit. any benefits you would gain from brand recognition with the digg name would be more then offset by the negative feelings many users hold.
I was a Digg member the first day signups were open. A year later, without causing any trouble or even engaging in a single argument (and not submitting any content), my account was banned and I could not get in touch with anyone to figure out why. The most I got was "you were being offensive", which doesn't tell me what I said that was offensive. I signed up for another account, which was banned a week later without me posting a single comment or submitting anything.
I marked it down to me being on a college campus at the time and my IP might have been flagged (my campus got an IP ban from GameFAQs years earlier), but I never returned to the site. In my opinion, Digg was too involved in admin-moderating their community, which leads to a Google-like "no questions asked" approach.
Reddit's site is ugly and the UI is horrible. I've tried to use it and it sucks. Plus there is so much childish crap on there. I remember first finding Digg in 2005, then they opened it up to non-tech categories. It was still good, because I could get the feeds for categories I liked. They added images and pics, and I filtered that crap out as well. Then v4 happened and use went down and the categories went very narrow and it sucked.
I really wish Hacker News had categories, but it would very hard to categorize things. Right now I have a massive filter on Yahoo Pipes, but of its no where near perfect. All I can work with is the title of the story to filter things and link.