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Submission + - Digg still affected by year-old controversy

holy_calamity writes: A researcher at UCSD suggests that Digg is still feeling the consequences of annoying its top users back in September 2006. At the time, Kevin Rose responded to accusations that relatively small numbers of users had control of Digg's frontpage by tweaking his algorithm to penalise people that often digg the same stories. Top ranked users got angry and even quit Digg. In a paper in the pre-print Arxiv, the researcher used data scraped from digg to show "a general decline in individual user participation on Digg" that persists today. After the recent Facebook u-turns, proof that annoying your users can have long-lasting effects.

Submission + - Demonoid Shutdown

Broxx writes: " is no longer available. Apparently it has been shut down by the CRIA. The message on their site says: "The CRIA threatened the company renting the servers to us, and because of this it is not possible to keep the site online. Sorry for the inconvenience and thanks for your understanding.""

Honesty is for the most part less profitable than dishonesty. -- Plato