It's tough without a significant investment in vetting engineers. I have been a part of many networks where it's a free-for-all and often times my profile was lost in a sea of less-qualified engineers.
Looking at it from a job poster perspective, it can be hard to really drill down to the most qualified engineers. About 1/2 of my new clients (through ModernUp, not TopTal) come to me due to a really bad experience with a previous engineer or dev shop they found at one of the common freelancer sites.
However, dev.to can use follower count, articles, etc as a proxy to experience/knowledge. That would also encourage someone like me to post more frequently if it meant being able do distinguish myself to drive new business.
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