Politics Battles Tech for Soul of Digg

Election pulls big traffic —and big discontent among nerderati
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 13, 2008 8:57 AM CDT
Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., speaks to a group of supporters Monday May 12, 2008, at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville, Ky.    (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
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(Newser) – With election season in full swing, the political junkies have come for Digg.com, making Hillary, Barack, et. al. fixtures on the social news site. That’s been great for traffic, but it’s also angered the tech nerd early adopters who made Digg a success, CNET reports. At a recent “town hall” webcast, questions flooded in complaining about the political news.

“I’ve had enough Huffington Post stories for a lifetime,” complained one reader, while others groused about “rude, agenda-driven people,” and “special interest groups.” One suggested allowing users to filter news in certain categories unless it reaches a certain critical mass of digg votes. The company said that was “an awesome idea,” but they’ve been slow to implement changes so far.