On Digg and Numbers

MCMTuesday, May 1, 2007

Kevin Rose finally responded to the controversy with Digg killing AACS posts, saying in part:

You’d rather see Digg go down fighting than bow down to a bigger company. We hear you, and effective immediately we won’t delete stories or comments containing the code and will deal with whatever the consequences might be.

It's a good sentiment, but I wonder how much damage has been done. A lot of people said he should have said that at the start of the fiasco, so the statement almost smells like reading from a script.

I point the admins of Digg to my article on this very subject. It's not just for small sites. Big ones geet knocked over with just as much ease.

I think it'd be fun for some MIT System Dynamics student to do up a simulation model of this phenomenon and make it public domain, if only so that other Web 2.0 owners can get a better sense of what kind of damage their somewhat-reasonable actions will cause them.


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