I was showing Dev.to to a bunch of my team members yesterday, and I noticed something. Maybe I'm just a little slow, but I can't seem to see who is following me, how many people are following me or how many cumulative "likes" I've accrued.
EDIT: I just realised I missed the most important point: I also can't see how many followers and "likes" other folks on the site have accumulated. This is in comparison to something like Twitter, where this information is front and centre.
I 👏 Love 👏 That 👏
At first I thought to myself, "the site's kind of new, I guess those features will come some day". But then I thought a bit more and now I'm not really sure that I'd even want those features at all. Then I thought "maybe the absence of those features is a feature?"
Something great about this community is that it feels like everyone's on the same playing field. Whether you're brand new to writing software, or if you've been doing it for 30 years, Dev.to presents and treats everyone equally.
I think a huge part of what makes that possible is the absence of a public "points" system for users.
For the Dev.to team: Is this intentional? And if so, what's the motivation?
For the general community: How do y'all feel about this?