Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Kevin Rose between the proverbial rock and hard place

There has been a lot of unrest on Digg lately after they started pulling posts that contained HD-DVD crack codes as part of a cease and desist order. Users were adamant that this was wrong and started digging posts up to the front page, effectively spamming the system.

Kevin Rose, in what is either a cool move - or dumb move - depending on your perspective, wrote yesterday:

We hear you, and effective immediately we won't delete stories or comments containing the code and will deal with whatever the consequences might be. If we lose, then what the hell, at least we died trying.

Errr. You just might. Either way too. Piss off enough users and you lose credibility and page views, get sued up the ying-yang and you lose too.

No wonder I heard Kevin mention that he's working on a new web app (the first really separate thing from Digg) during a recent Diggnation episode.

It's a tough call.