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Sergey Kislyakov
Sergey Kislyakov

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Is it okay to have an article without no content?

Over the time I've seen a bunch of articles that has ZERO useful content in them but the canonical url that contains the article. Is it allowed on dev.to? I'm pissed off by these articles, actually.

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Md. Abu Taher πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’»

You mean something like this, right?

Let's make a bot or something to avoid such posts :D ... Feels a good challenge.

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Quentin Sonrel

IMHO article with no (really empty) content are acceptable only when the title is an actual question that does not need more context.

Everything else is not and should be prevented.

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Ben Halpern

We had a discussion about this here:

@entrptaher had the same thought, and it's something we want to address. I've been quite busy the last few weeks with a variety of things, so I haven't been able to give my full attention to some of these details for follow up on everything. But @rhymes and @itsasine and others in the previous thread had good points, and we'll give this some thought.

One separate thing: I think it makes sense to have #meta at the bottom of the home page sidebar to encourage more of these discussions and help people keep up with them. What are folks' thoughts on that? I think it could hasten these improvements.

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Max Cerrina

I think the sidebar idea makes total sense.

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Ben Halpern

Cool, doing it now.

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Sergey Kislyakov Author

That's the case when an article has no content at all. I am talking about articles that has 1-2 sentence and a link to the original publication that has the rest of the article. That looks like an ad to me, to be honest.

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