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Diggers and the RTFA Problem

I really feel for Danny Sullivan. His brilliant Why The SEO Folks Were Mad At You, Jason article has gone down well with the vast majority of the people who actually read it. Unfortunately there are a lot of people on Digg who don’t RTFA (Read The ..um, Fine .. Article) but mark as spam, Digg down and comment anyway

Gone? Flagged as spam by some, which seems to be a euphemism for some on Digg to mean “I just don’t like a story that I didn’t bother to read.” Let’s see some of the ignorance and absurdity, shall we?

Read some of the comments and his replies, hilarious.

The RTFA problem has been used by some to garner great Digg user ratings. I was speaking to one guy who told me he pretty much plays to the crowd and puts Diggable stuff right in the headline and description hoping to snatch the drive-by Diggs. Ever wondered why people put outrageous opinions and summarise the article right in the description? Now you know.

Danny is absolutely correct that reading Digg is like reading an extremely biased tabloid newspaper. In most cases I am fine with that because you are aware going in what the stories will be like and can be suitably prepared. Pro Apple, Linux, Nintendo, anti Microsoft, RIAA, Bush. Unfortunately when those biases are just plain prejudiced and wrong-headed there isn’t much you are going to be able to do.

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  1. It’s not really a problem with diggers, is it?

    It’s an issue whenever you let crowds take decisions, especially in a fly-by world where there’s little time or inclination to RTFA.

    As individuals, humans are smart. As crowds, we’re f’n stupid.

  2. It’s not really a problem with diggers, is it?

    It’s an issue whenever you let crowds take decisions, especially in a fly-by world where there’s little time or inclination to RTFA.

    As individuals, humans are smart. As crowds, we’re f’n stupid.

  3. Good point, the “wisdom” of crowds

  4. Good point, the “wisdom” of crowds