I had a few emails on Digg vs. Slashdot.
There are actually quite a few tweaks that one could do to take digg a bit further.
Having a simple “digg” is great in that it is so simple. One click, no questions. done.
The problem though is that this is one metric that you are gathering.
A soft digg would be someone actually clicking on the link. This means that the user at least thought it was interesting enough to check out.
We also miss the thumbs down voters. If you really hated the news you are in the same boat as someone who just wasn’t interested enough to actively digg the post.
What happens is that you end up seeing people adding comments saying “no digg from me! one year!”.
What if we had a simple Tivo-esque thumbs up/down, and we start capturing that? Still one click, still pretty simple.
The comments themselves are quite painful on digg. It feels like a dorm room, and as bad as people make out the Slashdot posts, they seem like grad schoolers in comparison to the high schoolers of Digg.
The comments are normally one liners saying “yay i love it”, or “it suxors”, and this isn’t a conversation.
It would be nice if you at least had an option for a threaded comment view, which would encourage more conversations instead of one off, contentless posts.