Universe Today is Banned from Digg

27 Oct , 2008

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I’ve been getting emails from a few users over the last week wondering why I’ve been banned from Digg. I’m not exactly sure what’s going on, but sure enough, if you try and submit a Universe Today story to Digg, you get the error:

This domain has been consistently flagged as violating the Digg Terms of Service and cannot be submitted at this time. Please refer to our Terms of Service (digg.com/tos) for more information.


I found this unusual, and attempted to contact the admin folks who run Digg, trying to find out what happened and see how I can fix the problem, and I got a canned response.

Thanks for taking the time to contact us at Digg.com regarding your website.

As you know, Digg is a community-driven website – our community has consistently reported the domain to which you refer.

Because unblocking your domain would not be in line with the best interests of the larger Digg community, we will not reverse this decision.

For more information, please see http://digg.com/faq and http://digg.com/tos

Thank you,

—Digg Support


So there you go. Apparently I’m not allowed to be in Digg. It wasn’t from me spamming links to Digg, I usually just let the community find the stories and submit them, so I have no idea what happened. The last story I submitted was back in July.

Anyway, I’ve removed the links to Digg from Universe Today since they don’t really serve a purpose anymore. Also, a couple of powerusers at Digg who tried to submit stories let me know that people are moving over to Mixx.com. If anyone has any suggestions, I’d love to hear them.


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Ian O'Neill
Member
October 27, 2008 3:24 PM

Digg is going through a really strange time – it looks like a huge number of great websites have been banned. For a community-driven website, this really sends out the wrong message. I think the days of Digg social bookmarking dominance are numbered.

Let’s all migrate to Mixx, Stumble, Reddit etc. smile

Cheers, Ian

Dave Mosher
Guest
Dave Mosher
October 27, 2008 6:30 PM

That is total crap. And apparently Digg is too cool for school…
Well, I won’t be digging any longer.

fixwhatyoubroke
Guest
fixwhatyoubroke
October 27, 2008 1:46 PM

pffffffffft

Spiro
Guest
Spiro
October 27, 2008 2:21 PM

From what I’ve seen digg.com is pretty clueless.

If I were you, I wouldn’t let them post my stuff for
less than $100 an article.

Maybe mixx.com will be smarter.

luke carter
Guest
October 27, 2008 2:47 PM

I don’t understand why anyone would report Universe Today articles in violation. Unless some of the anti-science folks out there aren’t happy with all the wonderful genuine science your site provides and have been falsely flagging you. It’s a shame.

I will be canceling my digg account now and starting a mixx one.

JocaBoboca
Member
JocaBoboca
October 27, 2008 3:16 PM

Yeah, I’m just leaving Digg, if there’s something wrong it is with Digg, not with UT.

Naacal
Guest
October 27, 2008 3:31 PM

What a load of crap!
Forget about digg and keep up with your very good work!
I read you every day and I don’t need digg to do so.
And I have just deleted my digg account because of this stupid story.

Kevin F.
Member
October 27, 2008 3:54 PM

I’ve never understood or paid any attention to Digg, myself.

tom
Guest
tom
October 27, 2008 3:54 PM

reddit has a decent science community.

Atrueoriginall
Guest
October 27, 2008 3:58 PM

You don’t need Digg.

Atrueoriginall
Guest
October 27, 2008 4:03 PM

Your competition could have done it to you. I guess you’ll just have to think about who’s hungry enough to spend time complaining to Digg about your camp so that they’re in and you’re out.

Ian O'Neill
Member
October 27, 2008 11:33 PM

If the admin staff at Digg aren’t willing to investigate this problem, perhaps digging the story I just submitted will at least get the word out:

http://digg.com/space/Universe_Today_Banned_from_Digg_com

Thanks for your support!

Cheers, Ian smile

laintal
Member
October 28, 2008 1:18 AM

Universe Today

Has become my main news website havnt even looked at Digg.com

Great Articles, news and members posting

Keep it up everyone

Jason Hill
Guest
October 27, 2008 6:42 PM

This is ridiculous. Universe Today has to be one of the best websites out there. I cannot believe it was banned from digg.

I will be deleted my digg user account today. This is simply unacceptable.

Dominion
Member
October 27, 2008 6:57 PM

Why would anyone complain about Universe Today? This is one of the best sites for science news and topics. Forget about Digg. I know I will.

hd
Guest
hd
October 27, 2008 7:22 PM

I’m at a loss. That’s a completely clueless decision from digg’s side. Time to move on, I guess.

Kevin NJ
Guest
Kevin NJ
October 27, 2008 8:17 PM

I have had a Digg accont almost since it started, but that account will be deleted after i send a firmly worded e-mail in protest about this.

Beun
Guest
October 28, 2008 1:02 AM

Re-digg-ulous wink razz

Steve Edwards
Guest
Steve Edwards
October 28, 2008 1:38 AM

Some of those Hubble photos are quite racy!! Shame on you Fraser for spreading this astronomical filth!
;oD

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