Yahoo revealed yesterday that they were going to start using a Digg-style voting system in the suggestion section for their numerous services. Problem is, the mob at Digg didn’t take too kindly to the idea.
Yahoo outlined the reason for implementing the new voting system, and even gave Digg credit for it.
When you find something broken on the Web, product folks at small web sites are usually easy to connect with. But visitors to sites with significant traffic usually have a tougher time…
It is definitely a great idea for Yahoo to implement this suggestion feature, and they are correct in concluding that it is the most efficient way to ascertain what is most pressing to their various communities. The Digg community, though, in its usual sensationalist fashion pounced on this as a chance to harass another entity for ripping off Digg.
I think my friend Steve put it most eloquently when he said,
It’s one thing to disagree and rant about it, but… Vandalizing Yahoo’s site does nothing but point out how immature the Digg audience can be…
First of all, the entire Digg community should note that Yahoo credited Digg for the concept. Secondly, there is a very important distinction in how the two sites are using the voting mechanism. If you take 5 seconds to understand what Yahoo is doing, you will note that their system isn’t a rip-off of Digg at all. The site has absolutely nothing to do with finding and promoting latest news and media, rather it’s more for internal improvement. They are using the voting system on their suggestion boards to gauge what their communities’ most pressing concerns are with respect to Yahoo’s various product offerings so that Team Yahoo can address them in that order of importance.
While it is incredibly shameful to see the Digg community act like this, it is good to see that some sense is prevailing. The rest of the Diggers should learn from these few community ‘leaders’. A special thanks to the following users for using reason rather than blatant and ignorant fanboyism when composing their comments.
**Disclosure: Just so everyone knows I am a top digger (actively ranked 16) as well as a Netscape Navigator.