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re: Is dev.to entering eternal September? VIEW POST

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There have been more instances of posts that do not adhere to DEV's content policy regarding advertising and quality content. DEV typically does not remove content unless it is obvious spam.

Advertising injected into the content generally remains. I wouldn't mind seeing advertising in the content if companies are paying to support the site and it was clearly marked as a paid promotion. But it can feel like the community is being taken advantage of when that isn't the case.

There are a few things that community members can do to help that I have mentioned below.

Community Moderators

Users that have been made community moderators have the ability to downvote content which will make it rank lower in the feed. I think a positive step would be to make sure community moderators know this and they are actively downvoting things that are side-stepping the terms and code of conduct. If no one does it, that type of content will continue to gain traction.

Positive Reactions

Posts are also ranked higher based on community responses. If you are looking at a post that you do not think is a quality post or violates the terms, do not give it a positive reaction. Some of these posts stay higher in the feed because they get a lot of hearts. If you see a post from an individual that you do like, give it a positive reaction and comment on it. Reward those that contribute quality content to the community and help that rise to the top.

 

I find that a lot of these kinds of junky posts, especially the listicles, do get a lot of hearts/bookmarks. I think the reason is that they are aspirational, they create an illusion for beginners that they're just a list of links away from becoming a highly paid expert. I can sympathise - I've certainly bought advanced textbooks in my time on the same principle, and of course they largely go unread.

 

Advertising injected into the content generally remains. I wouldn't mind seeing advertising in the content if companies are paying to support the site and it was clearly marked as a paid promotion. But it can feel like the community is being taken advantage of when that isn't the case.

It's a problem the mods have long been aware of, but it's harder to fix than it first appears to be. They're continually working on solutions, though, just FYI.

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