Zaibatsu Banned From Digg

Zaibatsu banned from Digg at least for now, we shall see…

Digg has been cleaning house lately, both with alot of spin doctoring and now with some heavy banning. Even the Digg top 100 have been laying low. Just look at BabyMan’s posts in the last few days, way down.

Now it seems Digg has banned Zaibatsu: “I had linked directly to the pictures of the digg user on her site. However the site owner apparently redirected the site to a spam site after my initial post.”

Digg sent Zaibatsu a friendly little note the other day:

“Hello R.J.,

Thanks for contacting us at At this time, we are unable to remove the ban on your account.

–Digg Support”

But Zaibatsu? Here is Zaibatsu Why I was banned from Digg in his own words.

Just in case, after what happened to Zaitbatsu, at the time I added this link, there was not any porn or panty sales at the other end. Click at your own risk. Here is Jackie’s “Zaibatsu explanation” of what happened and the link.

Don’t feel bad JR, you are not the only one banned from Digg for no reason. A few hundred have been banned, many because of scripts written by DiggBoss. In the interview there, DiggBoss talks about the script and Digg.

Don Draper made me aware of the Blind Diggers Wall of Shame.

It started when a few people noticed that MrBabyMan Reads So Fast. When questioned in an interview, he responded that no, he does not use any scripts. He is able to Digg stories so quickly by opening every story in a tab, then cycling through the tabs and clicking the Digg button for each story. He freely admitted that he doesn’t have time to Digg everything, but he trusts his friend network to submit good content and he Diggs to “Support His Friends.”

Here is another I got banned from Digg bitchfest in the comments.

I at least when I got banned from Digg it by my choosing. So Digg this Kevin.

Why the sudden hasty clean up? After being left at the alter by Google, Jay Adelson and Kevin Rose have to be pulling their hair out wondering what the heck they are going to do with the $200 million sewer they have let run wild for years.

Did they think that letting 10 users run all over the rest of us and the bury brigades running rampant would not come back to bite them where they sit? So now, Digg in it’s own grip of panic is going around trying to clean up the place but instead are just frakin over poor Diggers that just want to Digg.

I have quite a few friends that use Digg and have been caught up in this. All they were really doing was what many others on Digg get away with and have for years. Many of us call these people the Digg top 100. If you talk to any extremely knowledgeable bookmarking user, they will tell you the Digg top 100 could not operate at the level they do without scripts.

I have to say, after many innocent domains being banned for no reason other than bury brigade childish tricks, I am laughing all the way to the bank on this one. Not at Zaibatsu by any means. Jay and Kevin, eat my shorts.

Could this all be in response to MrBabyMan, Saleem and Zaibatsu’s postcasts of late?


  1. Posted September 20, 2008 at 10:51 am | Permalink

    I thought we were supposed to be like the Digg top 100? LOL.
    Wow the world sure spins funny this way. Maybe that is why GOOGLE has two OO in it.
    Chris I am not sure how you find all this info but keep it coming.


  2. zaibatsu
    Posted September 21, 2008 at 1:29 am | Permalink

    I will not go quietly into the night.

  3. Posted September 21, 2008 at 9:13 am | Permalink

    I guess so many sites get to feeling so powerful that they do not need the people who support them. They do not realize that over 80 banned people have several contacts who are probably more loyal to them as friends then to the site as a place to post, and find articles to submit.

    Look at Google reader, I simply click a button on my browser and I automatically add a site to share. How easy is that. Google Reader set up its own script for us to add content. They have stats available, too (although I am not sure how to use them just yet, but Chris will show me soon…lol).

    Back to the article at hand.

    It was great to see Zaibatsu comment in here. I was listening to a pod cast earlier on the Drill Down blog. I could not hear it all but it was a great interview before I could not hear it any more.

    I guess it is time to follow the people to other social sites.

  4. Posted September 21, 2008 at 9:51 am | Permalink

    @Zaibatsu, Good to see you here, Digg, eat my shorts. You are biting the hand that feeds you. Remember it is us that made you, you are not the only game in town. I loved using Digg but you banned my domain for publishing an article you did not like.

    Then it was Chris Lang that said “Digg this” and told Digg what they could do with their BS. Since being banned from Digg I learned so much more about the big picture in social bookmarking and whitehat SEO.

    @Rocque, you know how I feel about the new Googling Social network and I am focusing all my efforts there. Just keep your eyes open for the Following widget to start showing Friend Connect any day on Blogger.

    See you all on Googling social.

  5. Posted September 25, 2008 at 9:19 am | Permalink

    All I can say is the same thing I told Chris in private:

    “Never call a place HOME unless you have a good relationship with the landlord. And if/when it goes bad…move”

    There are plenty of sites that would appreciate the dedicated content providers from Digg, and would kill to have them call their site “home”.

    Oh, and if you do decide to move, make sure you take your whole “family” of followers with you.

  6. Posted September 25, 2008 at 9:24 am | Permalink

    It is too bad Digg has gone down a road I do not want to follow. I really did enjoy using Digg but the negative factors just do not add up to a good experience.

    Great comment App, you said it all in way less time than it takes me. Anyone that has actually spoken to my know what I mean.

  7. Posted September 25, 2008 at 9:27 am | Permalink

    Nice article, Chris. After all the years I’ve spent on one network or another, I’ve found that fads come and go. Today Digg might seem like it will go on forever and the people will remain the same, tomorrow you may find that Digg is floundering and it’s members are doing about faces in their attitude over the site. Some may leave, others may change their attitudes towards other users or Digg itself. The changes are varied.

    Digg has had a nice run, many sites can’t say they achieved anything near what Digg has achieved. Their run may continue, but at the rate they are going… their best members may say “buh-bye Digg, I’m going to Nudgeville”. ;)

  8. Posted September 25, 2008 at 4:47 pm | Permalink

    Looks like all the top 100 diggers will be banned over the next 12 months.
    Seems a touch harsh even if it is “a business decision”
    If they are gearing up to sell then perhaps it may be better to wait until the dust has settled.

  9. Posted September 25, 2008 at 5:00 pm | Permalink

    Dominic, the link in the email I sent today is a HOAX and I said so explicitly in that email.

    The information in that post is a HOAX and is not true.

    This has Digg mafia written all over it. Do not pass that link on and do not link to it.


    I sent it out in my email to alert you all to it so you did not believe it if you saw it elsewhere.

    Any articles about Digg banning the top 100 is a hoax. DO NOT believe it!

  10. Posted September 26, 2008 at 9:25 am | Permalink

    Don Draper of Promote My Site Suite wrote a great piece on the Digg Bannathon, or Digg Inquisition as I prefer to call it. You know, Inquisition, that is where some midevil entity goes out and burns poor innocent peasants at the stake for no reason but to further their own.

    Here’s Don’ article and some expansion on why Zaibatsu was banned and why you many have been banned by Digg for no reason too.

  11. Posted September 27, 2008 at 5:50 am | Permalink

    You can also listen to Zaibatsu talk about his being banned from Digg here on MrBabyMan’s Drill Down video blog.

  12. Posted October 4, 2008 at 6:32 pm | Permalink

    Also I should have included this sooner but Brian Cuban was the first to be banned by Digg.

  13. Posted October 4, 2008 at 6:36 pm | Permalink

    Also I don’t know how legit this is, but MrBabyMan banned from Digg? Could that happen?

    MrBabyMan using scripts? What a original concept.

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