The Rise and Fall of Digg
For some strange reason, I felt the desire to visit Digg this morning. We determined long ago that it had descended well into the realm of utter uselessness, but I was curious if the descent had ever leveled out.
It has not.
Digg comments have become almost indistinguishable from Youtube comments. The site is 100% spam and garbage now, as opposed to the 90% it was a year ago, and the 10% it was before the masses found it.
My question to you is thus: is it possible to have a mass-appeal user-moderated site that does not rapidly descend into useless garbage? Is niche focus and a barrier to entry the only way to preserve Internet communities? Why are so many people so prolific in posting so much garbage so quickly and with such ferver?