As a few know (and for those who do not, now you do know), I intern for the wiki named FanHistory.com. Unfortunately in the past they were banned from Digg because of apparent spamming, and partially past wankage (wank), this is a case based on a past grudge. This was done originally as one of those ‘I am excited to have a site, but not exactly aware of how to properly promote my content.’
However, after some time, I thought that I would contact Digg and ask them to reconsider their stance, since I could not even bookmark some of FanHistory’s blog entries. Although it seemed I received a human response about reconsidering, I am willing to bet that no matter even if FanHistory becomes a very informational resource (which it has become to an extent. Example: There was an article called Trending Topics: 5 Ways Companies Used News Trends for Business Success on Mashable not long ago), that Digg may have been just have looked, replied, and then deleted.
In fact, this is the reply I got (and Digg was great at replying promptly, just so you know):
Does Digg differentiate between spam and spamming?
Spam is very subjective. Many times, the spammer honestly doesn’t think they are spammers, so we generally leave that up to the Digg community to decide with the report/bury feature. We may delete users who blatantly and consistently submit obvious spam. Additionally, comment spam is against our TOS and will result in an account ban or deletion, depending on the severity. Submission spamming is different because it may be quality content but the submitter is “spamming” every story from their blog/site. While we welcome users to submit their own content, overdoing it often incites the users to mark the user as a spammer, the site as a spam site, and otherwise decent content as blogspam. We recommend considering this before you engage in this activity. Remember, if domains are consistently buried and reported as spam, the site may be
Because unblocking your domain would not be in line with the best interests of the larger Digg community, we cannot reverse this decision. But we’ll take your feedback into consideration.
So basically Digg even says that submitting your own blog content to Digg on your own account can be considered blog spam by them. Now, I can see spamming off topic material that constantly asks people to purchase something is definitely spam. However, good articles… what is the point if you cannot get your own content out there in the community. Also, you cannot like your own posts and submit them?
So I guess I should come to a point about this by now. Be careful about what and how you bookmark your articles on any social bookmark site. When you sign up, read the site’s terms of service. Even if you think it is dumb, it could save you a headache later on. Ignorance may not save you from an being unbanned later down the road because the site rules are available and easily accessible. In fact, these services do not try to hide them because if they did, it could look bad.
Should social bookmarking places like Digg look further into what classifies as blog spam? What do you think?
(Note: This is not an attack on Digg. I like their services, but I think more should be done in the area of classifying spam.)