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Discussion on: I feel like the quality of posts in Dev is deteriorating

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gwsounddsg profile image
GW

I've very new to dev.to, I just joined a few days ago. I personally haven't seen the posts you're referring to, but that doesn't mean they aren't there.

Maybe there needs to be an upvote system of some kind? One nice thing about stackoverflow is you can up or down vote, but ultimately you only see the total? Not sure if this is the right way to go, only a thought.

Just a noob's opinion.

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xyn profile image
Mydrax Author

I think apps nowadays tend to be fully positive because when a user is given the ability to downvote something, they'd do it for no reason/just because they can do it, and that introduces toxicity.

Stackoverflow reduces this to a bare minimum, by forcing you to earn some rep first but for example, Reddit has become pretty toxic because of this, all you have to do on Reddit is say something someone doesn't like, and then the rest will follow with the downvotes despite the fact that the statement being made is correct or valid at times. I work on a couple of apps that use likes and what not at work, we don't have downvotes either and my PM was the one to explain it to me.

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gwsounddsg profile image
GW

That's a good point, I hadn't thought about Reddit.

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stereobooster

Stackoverflow reduces this to a bare minimum, by forcing you to earn some rep first but for example

Yeah - karma system. You need to write something good first (earn karma), before you can spoil somebody else karma.

But I guess it is against of dev.to philosophy - which meant to be beginners friendly. A lot of beginners posts could be down-voted not for toxic reasons, but for low-quality (because beginners lack experience)