The dense bullshit I read here on dev.to on a daily basis is overwhelming. We might as well ban chess, because it commonly comes with black and white figurines. Ok, so we exchange it with red and yellow... What? These are also culturally connected to some skin color tones? dang.. lets take triangles and circles but in all blue and hope that nobody is offended. What? That might offend obese people because they connect their shape with the shape of the figurines? And they don't want to have king and queen because that is transphobe? This is getting tricky. We might be able to ship a set of "kings and queens" and people can choose what gender or if any any of their playing inventory has.
Ugh. I hate to get myself in an argument like this one, but seriously I have no clue where to draw the line. People should stop taking themselves so seriously. Life is short, have fun.
Oh how lovely..dev.to automatically adds a heart to my own posts, so I don't feel so lonely.. We raise a world where we only have "winners", "loved by everyone". The self implied facade we keep up to not crush our little helpless egos is mind-boggling.
So go to a different platform if it bothers you so much.
medium.com is abusing its authors free time and energy to make money out of them.
echojs.com is okayish. They try hard to not get flooded with ads.
hashnode.com and dev.to is full of political and SJW articles. Sprinkled in with array method articles and beginner articles.
And then there are author platforms that
hackernoon.com has decent content, but I can also more or less compare them to medium, when it comes to the money making machinery.
I'm best off looking for individual blog posters hosting their own website, because platforms are never going to be the solution. I am happy if bloggers are advertising their own products on their own website - as long as they do it decently.
Or just follow the individual people that you prefer to read. No one says you have to read every single thing posted on a given platform.
That said, LiveJournal and its ilk are still going strong. Wordpress.com has a lively community. The Mastadon network is probably bound to have something (and most people don't limit themselves to a single post for things, and if nothing else, it's a fantastic place for discovery). And, like you noted, a great many people have their own websites and aren't even on these platforms.
The point still stands, though -- no one's forcing you to stay here. If you don't like the content (or, as the case is with Medium -- which I agree -- the business practices), then "vote with your feet" and find somewhere that better fits what you're looking for.
Or hell, start your own platform for yourself and those whose values align with yours. Then you can set the rule, get the content you want, provide a service for your niche, and depending on how you go about it could even have it pay for itself or pay you (if you want).
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