When I started writing on DEV, I was happy to see that I got my first "hearts" really soon. I thought that people liked what I wrote, so I kept contributing more comments and more articles, some more technical, some less.
Now this week I saw that the first spam bots registered here to post a meaningless "hi I'm $username" article and two subsequent links to a current movie from an obviously illegal source. None of those had less than five hearts before the DEV team got rid of them. This has one of two possible reasons:
- Some DEV users like empty articles and being spammed.
- More obvious: Some DEV users just add a "heart" to any new article without even reading the headline, because why?
Either way, this makes "hearts" worthless to me, at least for the moment. I can only urge you to think twice before giving them out. Make hearts great again!
But then again, at least five of you will probably not even read this.