I'm pretty new here but I feel that dev.to is bringing back the open spirit of forums in early 2000's. Unfortunately many communities are stuck within Facebook groups with limited usability and zero history.
I think the main problem is we use Facebook as a hub to check our feed, and interact with whatever it throws in front of us. Sometimes it shows more of some other group that I'm a member of, and I find myself hanging out with that society and forget other groups (plus people and subjects in them) for a while. That's a pretty passive social life that you get dragged with the stream.
Ah, the guys at Codeingame are also doing a pretty good job gathering a community like this, even with a narrower audience than dev.to. And people moving to discord from Facebook groups as an alternative social platform is also another case that shows that we now need such alternative platforms.
I wish luck in your case:)
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