Slashdot Founder Questions Crowds Wisdom

I just don’t find Digg that relevant to my little world… but when it’s a slow news day I go to page 12 on Digg just to find the weird crap that escapes broader attention.

Mr. Malda said that Digg must move to deemphasize that vocal minority in the overall voting. But then it would inevitably alienate its core user base. “All these sites start with a nucleus of dedicated people. Then as the gawkers join in you see a dilution. People who were there originally feel alienated and feel that the thing they helped created is being perverted.”

“I try not to paint Digg as my arch-nemesis. The Digg method and Digg community are a wider audience than Slashdot,” he said. “But with sites like Digg, it’s the wisdom of the crowds or the tyranny of the mob. You never know what you’re going to get.”

[From Slashdot Founder Questions Crowds Wisdom - Bits - Technology - New York Times Blog]

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