Ron, a regular reader and tipster, sent us a link to this post at Ft. Hard Knox:
I tried to Digg an article from a site today. It’s called Defense against Islam Helped Forge the United States of America, on Foehammer’s Anvil. Instead of the normal screen requesting a title and story description, I received a red exclamation point, with the following message:
URL Blocked: This URL has been widely reported by users as being regularly used to Spam Digg’s submission process and cannot be submitted at this time.
Huh?! I looked through Foehammer’s site, and looked for anything that would normally be considered “Spam.” I looked for obnoxious self-promotion, attempts to sell something to readers or Diggers, ads eating up an inordinate amount of bandwidth…I found nothing of the sort.
What I did find on Foehammer’s blog was a message that is very consistent. Foehammer speaks out unrelentingly against the enemies of the United States in the War on Terror — Islamists, Jihadis, Islamic Extremists, etc. So, what happened?
Go over to Ft. Hard Knox to find out more.
Readers sometimes Digg us, so Gates of Vienna gets a fair amount of traffic from Digg links. It would be a shame to see all that disappear.
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But Foehammer’s core message is similar to ours, so we may just have to join him in Digg-free solidarity.
I’ve always been taught, when researching motivation, to follow the money trail. I can’t help wondering if the decision of Digg Admin is in any way influenced by their investors. I recently co-authored an article on this topic, here.
Foehammer, you’ll be missed on Digg. Your articles were always well-researched and informative.
Perhaps soon, a bunch of bloggers will be sporting “Banned on Digg” banners, similar to the ones that I’ve seen for sites that are “Banned in Red China.”
“Banned on Digg”, eh? I guess I’ll have to work on the graphic…