Digg has hired an investment bank in hopes of selling the company for at least $300 million. Digg users, in case you haven't heard, aren't happy about this. One of them, Tamar Weinberg, who ranks among Digg's top 50 users measured by success at getting stories to the site's homepage, has penned a rant on why anybody would be dumb to buy Digg anyway. Here's the 100-word version.
I was giving Digg the benefit of the doubt. Not long ago, my friend Erik was banned for submitting a denial of service attempt. He apologized and Digg reinstated his account. This weekend friends were banned. Reasons unknown. One in Digg's top 40, the other new. Both sent emails for an explanation. The newer user called Digg. Friends sent appeals. Digg neither responded nor acknowledged.And now, the five-word version: "Digg, hire customer-service reps."
To anyone looking to potentially buy Digg, don't. Digg is broken. Digg needs to acknowledge the existence of the community. Leaving it on autopilot was a bad move. Kevin Rose: you built the platform. We built the success. Turn your backs on us, but don't expect to get things done.