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Ox


I can remember when I first started lurking on dev.to, years ago - this place was a go to site for high quality guides, articles, and really interesting content from people who I came to follow on social media and respect their position within the industry.

I come here every day but now it just feels like dev.to is starting to become "just another" posting ground for anyone with a vague semblance of a question that could have easily been Googled, click-baity "The BEST 10 somethings cos I want to boost my social media follower numbers", and tiny snippetty articles that are only a few small paragraphs at best.

Maybe dev.to isn't the place for me anymore? But I would be interested to see if I am alone in my opinions or whether anyone has felt a change here.

Thanks

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Amara Graham

This is a good rant and part of the reason I became a moderator.

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Abdullah Di'bas

I don't think of Dev community as just about great articles or interesting content. For me what makes Dev.to successful is how it connects developers with each other in a way that makes it easy and fun for everyone to share their knowledge, opinions, and experiences.
I agree that there are some articles that need to be more improved, but on the other hand I think that many small articles are still useful and just enough to share ideas or to highlight on interesting new techniques or subjects.
Finally, I hope you change your mind :).

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Lou — Cloud Engineer

Interesting thoughts, as a DEV moderator this is something that we're actively trying to tackle. Take a look at the mod page also, you could become one yourself and help us with your insight:

dev.to/community-moderation

Also a thought is that curating your feed, followed and blocked tags can go a long way 😁 (and you can filter by top monthly, etc which is what I often to, which helps filter out some of the noise)

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Tony Metzidis

how can viewers filter on "experience level of post"? My feed (and random browsing) shows 99% low quality (and low experience level) content.

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Lou — Cloud Engineer

Have you tried setting your experience level?

dev.to/settings/ux

DEV experience level

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Lou — Cloud Engineer

I'd say also following specific tags will help with this. Some tags are modded, others not as much. That might help.

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Jaaki

Oh yes, this happens as soon as something get's more well known.

The problem isn't new, at first, the internet was full of accurate knowledge shared by a select few. Then everything turned to s**t as everyone had to start writing crappy article to prove that they know something.
Now, every article is being written by someone who has practically no experience in some.

Myself included. I'm writing an article about memory allocation in the human brain right now!!!!

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Noah Pederson

I was never super active, but as someone who despises what the modern web has become and works in a niche industry, I basically never find anything interesting here. I've long decided that dev.to is not a place for the kind of technical information that I need/want to consume, which is fine, there are plenty of places that are.

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Tony Metzidis

suggestions?

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Noah Pederson

lobste.rs or hacker news are my main gotos now.

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Ben Sinclair

I don't see many questions here, thinking about it. Maybe it's just how I have my feed configured.
I do see a lot of "10 ways to get more successunits" though.