Are There Anchors on Digg?

Alex Weidmann presents proof that Digg is replacing the URLs of duplicate stories with those of original stories. He also asks the question: what else are moderators doing to our submissions without us knowing?

According to some users, submissions are having their categories changed without notice. While speaking with a user by the name of Aidenag, he told me that he has seen 2 of his submissions change topics. This story switched from Political Opinion to People Video. This story switched from World News to Other Sports.

Aidenag is not alone. I spoke with another user, aaaz, who told me that this story was moved from Design to Environment after it had been promoted to the front page. He suggested that it may have been because he submitted it shortly after v3 was launched in June and perhaps they were trying to fill out the new categories.

These kinds of practices are quite regular on Netscape, since they have Anchors who are there to ensure the quality of the news and add value to it with meta-journalism. However, I get the impression that Digg users would not appreciate having their submissions changed without warning. If you change the category of a story, it changes who will see it since users can selectively enable/disable them. Digg users keep this in mind while submitting stories.

If Digg intends to moderate the submissions on their site, they would be much better off doing it overtly, with everyone well aware of it. Digg should tell us all of the moderation-related things they do behind the scenes and make sure everyone understands that it is in order to keep the quality of the content as high as possible.