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Is the Diggbar Impacting Your User's Experience?


The recently launched Diggbar from digg.com can wrap your site in a frame if the user visits a special URL on digg.com. Your user's experience is negatively impacted:

  • the URL in the address bar is 'digg.com'
  • your site title could be changed
  • content is moved down the page (leaving less 'above the fold')
  • it adds visual noise to your site
  • it changes your finely crafted visual design
  • your site's personality is affected

Many sites (like the NY Times) are, with good reason, blocking this Diggbar. There is a Rails plugin to do this for your site: acts_against_douchebar.


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