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

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Monica Mateiu • Edited

I used to be a marketing writer (social media, copywriting, blog posts, etc) before I became a software engineer two years ago. The issues you’ve mentioned are the reason why I grew to hate marketing and blogging and didn’t want to do any of it anymore.

I’ve only started using Dev recently, but I could tell there was going to be a lot of nonsense on here right away. There is a lot of well-researched, great content too, but it’s tricky to find it. It would be helpful if, for example, plagiarism or downright wrong technical advice could be reported, or if there was a way to downvote articles, but I think the idea behind Dev is, as you mentioned, that everyone should be able to contribute.

Hopefully people know how to filter out the bullshit and take what’s good from it. And, of course, if you spot anything dodgy about an article I think the right thing to do is to speak up in the comments and let others know.

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Mydrax Author

That's a very interesting background you've got there! In your opinion, do you think that if for example, you had the opportunity to filter out list-based/resource articles from your feed, that you would have an easier time finding the posts that you like?

Also, have you tried calibrating your tags priority? @kallmanation mentioned that if you add a negative weight to the tags that you dislike you will see posts with that tag lesser.

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Monica Mateiu

I’m not sure what would make it easier to find the posts I like, but the most important thing for me is that they’re accurate, original, and non-repetitive. I suppose there’s not much you can do about the last two, but some sort of peer review/approval could help at least verify that they’re accurate.

Haven’t tried calibrating tags, but I’ll give that a shot. Thanks for the tip!