Digg thinks EVERYTHING is a similar post

So, one of the things I do to promote the articles on OCmodshop is to post an announcement onto Digg, as well as several other noteworthy sites.

Digg gets so many posts every minute, it’s insane.  To (help) prevent spammers and bots, they extensively use Captcha and “we think your story might be a duplicate” thingy.

Every time I submit a story or news item, Digg gives me the “wait, we think we’ve already seen this” page of garbage.  None of the other posts listed have ANYTHING to do with my post… and that is 100% of the time.  I have never had Digg ever pull up a “similar story” that was even remotely similar to what I was submitting.

If I submitted a story about a new computer case, Digg will pull up other stories about child rapists, the President, Apple, and a chupacabra with eight penises raping all the goats on the mountainside.  I know for a fact that many other tech sites may have posted their own reviews on the exact same product, and yet Digg pulls nonsense out of their asses.


Here are some actual examples of what Digg thinks is similar content to the “GMC X7 X-Station Computer Case“:

  • Web Design Case Studies
  • 40 Beautiful and Creative Logo Designs for Your Inspiration
  • Latest Nokia 6500 Classic Phone Review
  • How to buy an investment watch
  • Bollywood News, Movie Reviews, Features and Gossips
  • Sony Cyber-Shot DSCH50 Digital Camera Black
  • Luxury Watches – What You Need to Know

Here’s my advice to the Digg programmers: either fix your algorithms or do away with that page altogether.  If someone wants to promote their article (the majority of people who initiate a Digg), then they’re going to post it regardless of any similar content.

Alan is a web architect, stand-up comedian, and your friendly neighborhood Grammar Nazi. You can stalk him on the Interwebs via Google+, Facebook and follow his ass on Twitter @ocmodshop.