"Duplicates" or "reposts" are a canonical concern of web communities. One issue is that it can lead to rehashing discussions ad nauseam or generally fracture the flow of good information. But a bigger concern to me is that people are such assholes about it. I actually haven't seen any such assholery on dev.to yet, but I want to get ahead of it.
Duplicate discussions are allowed, and if you see a duplicated discussion, feel free to approach it along these lines:
"Hey, there was a really good discussion on this topic here, but we can elaborate on the discussion here, because there's always more to say."
This can lead to a bit of meta discussion on the first post, or come at the topic from a new angle. No discussion is ever "done".
This current guideline may not "scale". Only time will tell. In the mean time, we'll look to improve on technical solutions that help improve the experience for everyone with relation to this issue. Duplicated "articles" are also fine in that a topic can be covered from many angles and a lot of folks' posts are for an outlet for themselves to better understand a topic. If you suspect plagiary, you should report abuse. That link can be found on every post and comment.
I've been meaning to write another post about Internet comments, but since I haven't gotten around to it, I'll jot some points here:
- It's good to think of the comment section a bit like the Q/A in a conference talk. On the Internet, people often forget there is a human on the other side and this is a model I use personally.
- On that note, I'd love to see more folks ask questions in the comment section of an article. It's a wonderful way for the community to learn and can lead to some of the best content. Authors are usually tremendously receptive to answering questions tightly or loosely related to the topic they are covering in their article.
- It's very encouraged to leave posts like "Great post!" or "Thanks for writing this, I enjoyed it". Some other dev communities discourage these comments and I don't know why, they are so motivating for the author and do not distract meaningfully for any incoming reader. And on that note, these types comments naturally "sink" to the bottom for the most part in our algorithmically-ordered comment system, so they really do not distract at all.
I hope all of this jives, let me know if you see any of this differently.