Social mechanisms of the Digg user revolt

Rashmi Sinha raises some interesting points about the recent events on Digg. She comments:

Most noticeably, it fails the independence of members from one another test

– one of Suroweicki’s key criteria for the wisdom of crowds to be effective.

One wonders, also, how much Kathy Sierra’s recent experiences of being hounded on-line are also related to this failure of independence.

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