Friday, March 09, 2007

Editing social news sites

The beauty of these sites is that they don't need an editor. It's the wisdom of crowds. Right?
But then, politics came into play. It seems that politics is a topic that people care about so much they’re ready to go all “Lord of the Flies” on each other and ruin the otherwise perfect system, their tropical paradise island of user-submitted news. It took a while for this to happen, but in the recent months it is impossible not to notice. Both Digg and Reddit are swarmed with leftist, rightist, anti-Islam, pro-Islam, anti-Bush and similar stories. Digg is cleaning up the mess, but at what expense?

Reddit learns about the importance of editors the hard way - franticindustries.

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