I've watched free services crop up and realize that they would eventually die without some sort of monetization. Pushbullet comes to mind; Medium also. There seems to be this willingness to remove aspects of services from the free tier to paid. Users get angry and leave; the userbase diminishes. Ad infinitum.
DEV is the exception. Its founders show self-awareness that seems oddly lacking among other services, whether they're competitors or not. Developers are users, too; it should be pretty plain that throwing users under the bus, so to speak, is always a bad idea. The DEV team has never lost sight of that. ❤️
Well that is very kind of you.
To speak to some things that help us be just a bit different, although we're fallible just like everybody else.
We're a place where coders share, stay up-to-date and grow their careers.
We strive for transparency and don't collect excess data.