I had talked with Wired.com and praised Digg for the new feature, as it made it easier for Digg users to vote and promote content outside of Digg.com.
It was not until I spoke with Greg Boser at length about the new DiggBar, that I realized the problems it would have for SEO and for the publishers.
Apparently the complaints and suggestions have not gone unnoticed, as Digg has announced today some new changes for the DiggBar that will be coming out over the next week.
The major change is that anyone who is not logged in as a Digg user, will not see the DiggBar, on or off Digg.com. They will instead be 301 redirected to the publisher’s site. Logged in users will see the DiggBar, unless they choose to opt-out through their personal account settings.
This should solve some of the concerns publishers had about Digg not properly passing the link value to the content owner.