Digg starts fighting its top users, this is no great surprise as it is exactly what I predicted would happen. The web 2.0 crowd loves to think that digg is something new and revolutionary but at the end of the day all it is, is a forum with a different user interface. Digg like forums before it is still subjected to the same infighting, trolls and instead of thread hijacking you have vote rigging.
In the world of forums, egomaniacs and bullies are tossed out and banned because without them a civilized forum is not possible. In the blogosphere its the opposite they often run the biggest blogs and don’t get along well with other blogs. I guess to get readers and usage in the first place you have to stand out from the masses, and these are traits that are required.
Now i’m not anti digg, I think its a good site and has great growth potential. The way I see it is they are trying to be a traditional forum by having a huge community. But at the same time they are taking in aspects of the blogosphere. I believe in the long run the top 100 or so users will be egomaniacs and bullies. It is simply the nature of the beast, by not paying your users you are getting them to do it for adoration, being top dog etc etc etc. No one can tell me that the top diggers are spending 10 hours a day on the site because its a hobby, they are doing it because they are consumed by it, much like the top egomaniacs /bully bloggers.
So what is digg to do? They are handling gunpowder and its going to go boom if they are not careful and its going to be very very messy as I said before. My suggestion would be to find a way to wean the top users. Retire them after 30 submissions and give them some kind of other special privileges just not submitting new stories. Digg is large enough now that they could replace the top 20 diggers every single week and it wouldn’t make a difference.