Yep, exactly. I remember reading an article in the past about a Yahoo! spokesperson complaining that Google was too bland and had too few features. This quote certainly explains the disparity in search engine usage. People just want a site that does what it's supposed to, not one that's plagued with gobs and gobs of unnecessary crap bloating up the page and hogging bandwith.
Another site that seems to be getting cluttered is Youtube. While it still functions rather well, it seems like there's going to be too much clutter in the future when you start having a "control panel" theme going on in the comments section and the new playlist popup that feels unnecessary to be on the main page as an overlay rather than previously on the right.
Every man with a mouse is a web designer. So we think.
As both a designer and a tech writer, I have been accused of imposing simplicity on inherently complex subjects, as if this was wrong-headed or deceitful in some way. "Yup" I say, "that's exactly what I do." This is, or should be, the design process. Between "Every tool the user owns should be immediately available" and "Every tool the user owns should be on the bench at the same time" there is a difference that many so-called designers cannot grasp.
For me, this article was a bit long winded. An "Executive Summary" would have been useful.
the digg design is ok the thing that ruined it is removing features such as the subcategories such as top images in 24 hours and many others.
They also removed the power of the users by letting people submit their own content. The goal of the old site was for regular users to submit content that they found interesting and the community did not accept users submitting their own content. Now digg allows content owners to have special accounts where they can automatically submit their own crap and have it end up on the front page with as little at 15 diggs while regular users need like 100+ diggs to get even close to the front page
The content on the site is not worth looking at because 90% of it is basically sponsored links. Most of the digg related online shows have shut down because they cant get get good content from digg anymore because that content is basically all advertisements because most of it is junk content that is comparable to the sponsored submissions which most users used to adblock.