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Arik
Arik

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How to make the most of dev.to

Two months ago my camel's back broke.

I was part of another online developers community and after getting one too many undeserved insults from some of their lesser members I decided that enough is enough. And began looking for a new home.

Luckily, it wasn't before long that I found dev.to and immediately took to it. The staff were friendly, people were actually posting nice, constructive comments to other people's articles, and the general atmosphere was that of inclusion rather than one upmanship. Lovely.

Now I'd like to share some tips I've collected in an effort to help both newcomers get started, as well as help keep the spirit of this wonderful community alive.

Welcome

First things first.

Whether this is your first day here or you've been here for a while I'd like to newly welcome you.

I'd especially want to welcome you if you took the time and wrote a little blurb on the welcome thread that never got any love or comments.

So, Welcome!

Profile

I know, I know. We're all sick of filling up all these profiles everywhere we go. But this is different. This profile here is for other humans to read to get to know you, not for machines to figure out how to target ads at you. So go ahead and tell us a few words about yourself. You're much more interesting than you realize.

Comments

Join the conversation. If you read an article you like, go ahead and say something in the comments section. Even if you're not an "expert" on the matter. Your opinion absolutely matter.

First, it helps the author know that they are not talking into a void and second, it gives you the opportunity to ask questions and get answers. Many of the articles are quite technical and while the authors are doing their best in explaining the material, it is absolutely expected that questions will come up.

Make others feel at home

Make a habit of visiting the welcome thread every now and then and saying hello to newcomers. It means so much for a new person to get that first hello and feel welcome.

This is doubly true for people who follow you.

Share your experiences with us

How many times you thought to yourself: "maybe I should write an article about that" and then didn't? I'm going to guess that it happened more than a few times. The short answer: just do it already!

Even if it improves the life of just one person, isn't it worth it?

And by the way, it doesn't matter what you write about or if there's a million articles on the subject already. Your experience is unique. Your perspective is unique. Your background is unique. So just please share it with us.

Don't condone littering

When I published my first article here I was stupid enough to post a link to it in the previous community I was part of. Before long the nasty comments started appearing. But this time something else happened. Members from dev.to were sticking up for me. Next, dev.to staff stepped in and removed the garbage. I was amazed.

So know that you're part of a really cool community and take part in keeping it like that. If you notice someone bullying you or others, take a stand against it by referring them to the code of conduct.

Say thank you

Lastly, feel free to say a word of encouragement to the

team every now and then. They're doing a brilliant job building this platform and giving us a home.

Good luck.

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Alex Dimitrov

You know, I almost never get to write a comment. But thanks to this it felt a bit different, a bit more welcomed to do so :) I am not really sure what you did but it works and if applied properly it could help people out be more communicative on other posts here as well ^^

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Ben Halpern • Edited on

I couldn't have said any of this better myself. I felt a bit embarrassed that this post, and a lot of other great momentum for the community, coincided with some random downtime yesterday and this morning, but smooth sailing ahead!

Thanks for being an awesome community leader since joining up. We look forward to working hard to grow the positive impact of the project going forward.

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Arik

The pleasure is all mine. And thank you guys for doing what you're doing.

And by the way, these downtimes are a good sign. means we're growing! And with growth comes the perks of scalability :-)

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Clau

"With great power, comes great responsability." (uncle Ben). Good job guys!

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Eugene

Thank you for the post Arik. Been lurking since I found this community a few weeks ago. Now I will write something in the welcome thread and fill out my profile. Not that because I have to, but because I want to.

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Arik

Awesome!

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marigi

Nice post and great read. My first ever comment after almost one year on dev.to

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Arik

Yessssss!

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Sung M. Kim • Edited on

Great to see you around Arik.

Even if you're not an "expert" on the matter

Most people suffer from the "Impostor's Syndrome".

But everyone has a different background/knowledge.

I am sure we can all learn from each other.

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Quentin Sonrel

Now I have to leave a comment just to avoid feeling bad.

Kidding, awesome post!

This profile here is for other humans to read to get to know you, not for machines to figure our how to target ads at you.

This a thousands times! Online exchanges are so much better when it feels like you are talking to an actual person rather than just a nobody with an empty profile. And it doesn't take that much time to fill up a profile...

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Mirjana Milankovic • Edited on

This is so nice, nice story and I am feeling very welcomed. So, thank you.
And, as a young mother, starting to learn how to code with a baby and all the things that come with the baby, I will definitely write an article about my journey. Thank you.

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Arik

So awesome! Can't wait to read that post. I'll bet it's going to inspire many other women to follow your footsteps.

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Mirjana Milankovic

Tnx, I hope so. Will attach here that post.

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Arik

Please do!

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Islam Ibrakhimzhanov

Мы ждем вашего поста))

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Matija Sosic • Edited on

Great article! I also am not used to leaving comments (usually I fell like "I don't have anything smart to say"), but reading this changed my perspective and now I understand how valuable it is. If nothing else then for the author, to get rid of the that feeling of speaking into a void. Thank you!

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Arik

Yes! And you'll surprise yourself pretty quickly -- I'm sure -- that you have a lot of insights you may take for granted but the rest of us don't have.

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Matija Sosic

Thanks for the encouragement Arik - appreciate it! :)

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Sahil Kashyap (He/Him)

Amazing 🤩 ! This community is soo warm and welcoming, and makes me feel like i was already a part of all this from the day i logged in ! I am soo kindly welcomed here and i thank each and every person behind this and the people who would help me learn much more things in the upcoming days and as well as me posting few posts where I might've learnt something good and which would be worth sharing and contributing to the community ! I thank you all 😄😄

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Arik

Can't wait to see your first post! And welcome!

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Luís Costa

I never usually comment but this post made me do it. Thanks for sharing!

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jaumeAcr

I’ve found this article interesting after reading it, because when I read the title I was expecting something like “a list of do’s and dont’s”. Instead, your approach is like an exercise of reflection and empathy, something we all need to do more, especially nowadays, IMHO. Thank you Arik for taking your time to write this article.

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Arik

Thank you! Really appreciate it.

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Oz Radiano

Love this! It is hard to have a good community and to maintain it like that. Thanks for sharing!

To build may have to be the slow and laborious task of years. To destroy can be the thoughtless act of a single day.

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Arik

💯

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Kyara.

Thank you for this article! I've been here for quite some time and indeed never got a comment on my welcome post haha. But this made me happy ! Love the positivity :)

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Arik

Great to have you!

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Nick Taylor • Edited on

Hi Arik 👋. Glad you're loving dev.to as well. I've really been enjoying posting content on the site (so much easier than Medium) and also I've been enjoying reading a lot of the content. 🔥 If you haven't already, you should check out the chat as well, dev.to/connect

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Arik

Check it out. Yea, it looks dope.

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Oyeyemi Clement

I had never added comment to any article before now or really been part of online community but your post has given me a different perspective. Thanks Arik.

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Arik

So cool! That makes me happy!

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