Really glad you like it Ben!
This whole post is a great identification of a lot of small deliberate choices. It's not like we set out to radically change what developers do on the web, but early on I felt like there were a lot of little things places like Medium, Twitter, Stack Overflow, GitHub, and others did well and did poorly, and it's been an attempt to take these observations and create something that was a bit healthier.
Along the way, we've tried to build something that works for the current scale, and as we grow, make adjustments.
It's really funny, I've been making website like dev.to since I was a kid in one way or another. It's definitely been a life-long personal craft. This is the first time I've gotten to do it at a bigger scale. I think there's still a lot of work to do in the details. I can't wait to see this place in a year or two. Hopefully we can keep up the momentum, positivity and scale to be super duper useful for all sorts of developers.
We're a place where coders share, stay up-to-date and grow their careers.
We strive for transparency and don't collect excess data.