Well, a few bad apples have ruined it for the rest. Intent on gaming the system, some “diggers” have forced the digg.com staff to remove features from the site in order to maintain some semblance of control on the site. You can read more about the changes here: “A couple changes…”
Digg.com, in a perfect world, is designed to be a democratic news publisher… Popular news gets pushed to the homepage where it gains even more exposure. Links that have been “dugg” to the homepage usually result in thousands of visits, if not hundreds of thousands of visits. It’s probably safe to say, that in most cases, digg.com works. But, with anything in life, there are always those intent on manipulating the system for their own gains.
I admit, removing the Top Diggers List is a minor thing. But the fact that it had to be done in the first place is sad reflection on the efforts spammers will make to hijack anything they can.