Being honest, I like how dev.to manages followers and reactions. It's one of the main reasons I finally joined as an active user after being a long time lurker.
Of course it's my personal opinion and my opinion only, but for me this is what makes dev special along with an incredible community.
who cares about who follows whom? I don't, really.
Finally, I like your suggestions about shortcuts!
One of the reasons for caring is it acts like a reputation token on social media (just like "likes" and "upvotes" do). For example, I'd take an author with 10K followers far more seriously than someone with just 10 followers simply because of the reputation factor.
One of the great things about DEV imo is the ability for anyone to get equal view times regardless of popularity. I wouldn’t mind seeing followers for this reason, as long as it doesn’t effect how posts are presented to us.
Well, I respect your point of view @prahladyeri
, I think this would be a good debate but for another thread!
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