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

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Nathan Kallman

Posts that clearly "tease" content and make the reader navigate to a different platform to read the rest. This is no better than Medium's paywall.
Posts that include nothing but a video link, with no or little explanation or summary of what the link is about.

These are definitely the worst! I hate "articles" that give nothing but a link somewhere else; that's not an article.

I'm less worried about the feed... Would it be nice if it was a row of well researched, executed, and thought provoking pieces? Yep. But to allow the things that are more important to me (being newcomer friendly, allowing all voices an equal platform, etc.) I understand that necessarily means the feed will be mostly low-quality/uninteresting posts.

I accept this; enjoy finding the few gems in the general crush (and make sure to follow those authors to get a better feed of winning posts).


Maybe a blacklist of tags would do well for a situation like this.

You can "follow" a tag but give it a negative weight; and the tag should appear less in your feed.

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Mydrax Author

Would it be nice if it was a row of well researched, executed, and thought provoking pieces? Yep. But to allow the things that are more important to me (being newcomer friendly, allowing all voices an equal platform, etc.

I feel like you're just describing the feed, but in a different layout orientation and higher quality, but yeah that's kind of the idea of what I'm trying to say. Allow readers to calibrate their feed accordingly so they can opt-in/out of things as they want to. To do that posts have to be classified properly, not by the author but by an unbiased party.

Totally agree on following people! There are so many cool authors out there that I absolutely love!

Re: negative weight. I didn't know about this. Afaik it's not even mentioned on that page. I'll definitely try it out! Thanks :)

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Matt Ellen

Thanks for the negative weight tip!

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perpetual . education

Not totally convinced on the 'tease' problem. Sometimes - for sure... but if you wrote a post --- and it said,

hey - yall.... I wrote up this article for the D3 conference and there's a video of this other cool thing, and I'd love your feedback if you have D3 experience....

That would have lots of value for us... because we can't subscribe to every blog - and this can act like an index.

Spam is spam... but "links" are THE INTERNET