Kevin Rose has just announced that Digg is scrapping the Top Diggers list, believing the move will take away the perception that just a few hundred Diggers control the majority of the 5,000 submissions each day.
Some of our top users â€“ the people that have spent hundreds if not thousands of hours finding and digging the best stuff â€“ are being blamed by some outlets as leading efforts to manipulate Digg…After considerable internal debate and discussion with many of those who make up the Top Digger list, weâ€™ve decided to remove the list beginning tomorrow.
While Rose suggests Digg will introduce new ways to connect it’s users, this might certainly alienate the very users that have helped grow Digg. Whenever you take away a level of status, or prestige, from your loyalist supporters, you risk them finding a new place to reside.
It’s clear that Rose is reacting to the ever increasing reports that top Diggers are being approached to submit stories for money, but I’m not convinced this move will fix the problem. Whether you give the label or not, there are still many Diggers that wield a lot of power on Digg, and so, you may end up just pissing them off.
I’m not an active Digg user – although I appreciate it whenever Diggers visit – so I’ll admit to not fully understanding the social dynamic of the community. Still, I suspect there will be some backlash. There always is whenever you mess with what loyalists consider their right.