Not too far in the past, I wrote a review
of the social bookmarking site BlinkList
and at the time, with its shares of bugs, downtime, and somewhat clumsy navigation BlinkList still seemed like the del.icio.us
killer. I stopped using BlinkList for a few months (and even forgot my user name and password) and decided to grace their page again last week. Finding some tech news that I had not already seen on other major sites, I decided that I would frequent their site on a more regular basis. I did and to my surprise, found many a link to porno on the Internet (What?! Are ya kiddin me?). Don't get me wrong, I like pr0n as much as the next guy but I think some moderation on BlinkList to weed out the *spam and pr0n is much in need. I didn't go to a social networking site with the intention of viewing women engaged in dress up gnome sex (OK, made that last part up...wasn't actually on the site). Before I get too carried away, let me get to the crux of why I think user driven sites need some
moderation. I'm not talking about the whole Digg
conspiracy here as that is not my focal point. Many people, be it IT related or not, check these popular social networking sites for new and upcoming news from their workstation or office desktop
. These people will be driven from a site that is NSFW (well most of them). With an influx of spam related links and pr0n, credibilty to the site will be lost (unless that is why you are at the site). I am curious to see what appears on the front page of BlinkList
in the following days and hope that a remedy (perhaps a filter, algorithm or even more more moderation) occurs. Otherwise, I would hate to see the slow demise of a site that once held such promise.