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Christophe Colombier
Christophe Colombier

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How to make X top lists that will receive tons of reactions πŸ˜ˆπŸ˜‡ on dev.to

Preliminary note:

I have respect for people who build "X top Y you need for Z"

I find them useful, I often learn things, but I see a common pattern. So I thought about making an article.

SPOILER

This post is absolutely not serious and should be considered as it is, almost a joke. I'm sometimes using sarcastic tone in this article.

use long list

your list must be long enough for people not to be able to read it fully in one shot, so they have to bookmark it with πŸ”– icons.

=> so here you are gaining reactions

but not too long

People would be bored otherwise

your list must be interesting and talk about things people love

πŸ˜‡: So you have a better chance to get ❀️ reaction

stay mainstream

Your list must mention at least 1-2 commonly accepted projects.

😈: people will react with ❀️ and πŸ¦„ because of you will confirm what they know and love.

Did you ever hear about confirmation bias ?

Confirmation bias is the tendency to search for, interpret, favor, and recall information in a way that confirms or supports one's prior beliefs or values. People display this bias when they select information that supports their views, ignoring contrary information, or when they interpret ambiguous evidence as supporting their existing attitudes. The effect is strongest for desired outcomes, for emotionally charged issues, and for deeply entrenched beliefs. Confirmation bias cannot be eliminated, but it can be managed, for example, by education and training in critical thinking skills.

include unknown resources

people MUST discover things they don't know by reading your list. Even a very small project/tips you care about.

read other top X lists

For inspiration purpose, and if possible to avoid duplication.

use emojis

πŸ˜‡: did you notice I used emojis ? πŸ˜…

use links

😈: When using links people will have to dig into, it requires time, so they bookmark πŸ”–

use embed links when possible

It allows you to import images to your article by doing almost nothing

Here is the syntax

{% embed https://whatever... %}
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Something like this

#javascript

Once relegated to the browser as one of the 3 core technologies of the web, JavaScript can now be found almost anywhere you find code. JavaScript developers move fast and push software development forward; they can be as opinionated as the frameworks they use, so let's keep it clean here and make it a place to learn from each other!

versus

https://dev.to/t/javascript

Do you see the difference with a single link ?

πŸ˜‡ See ? Here people might learn something

read existing articles about writing

read existing articles about writing
Explore the tag #writing and find the most interesting ones

#writing

"Writing is the best way to talk without being interrupted." - Jules Renard

😈 See ? Here I'm quoting commonly accepted resources.

use tags

Due to the way dev.to works, some people will see your content only if it matches your point of interest. I'm not talking about squatting the popular ones, but simply to use them.

Use a banner

Using a banner make you serious

If not inspired use:

such as @christopherkade

πŸ˜‡ See ? Here I use links, embed and quote dev.to user.

oh I almost forgot !

Be interesting, and try to be unique in your style.

SPOILER
Well, that's the catch. It's uneasy.

πŸ˜‡: here I used spoiler tag available on dev.to, open documentation to see how to use it.

stay humble

Do not put in your title things letting people think you know things better than them. πŸ˜…

Wait ... Oh my god my post title ! πŸ€¦β€β™‚οΈ

say good bye

Bye, I hope you like my post, and maybe it would become popular, if not it means my "how to" is not interesting 🀣

And tell you hope you have liked this list, it's the first time I'm doing so.

I'm @ccoveille, follow me if you are interested in git, golang, fish and dotfiles organization.

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Jean-Michel Fayard πŸ‡«πŸ‡·πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡¨πŸ‡΄ • Edited on

C'est un bon rΓ©sumΓ© et c'est tentant comme recette Γ  appliquer mais si Γ§a marchait si bien que Γ§a, ton poste qui respecte tous tes principes aurait du avoir un tas de rΓ©actions :)

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EDIT ton poste qui respecte presque tous tes principes. Logiquement la section read existing articles about writing aurait dΓ» Γͺtre

read existing articles about writing

Explore the tag #writing and find the most interesting ones

#writing

"Writing is the best way to talk without being interrupted." - Jules Renard

My selection:

😈 Oops le dernier lien c'est juste moi qui me fait de la pub gratuite.

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Christophe Colombier Author

Merci de ton retour que je ne dΓ©couvre qu'aujourd'hui, comme si j'avais ratΓ© des notifs.

Je viens de prendre en compte tes suggestions, à une nuance près, que tu comprendras :P

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Christophe Colombier Author

Quoique ... je viens de commencer Γ  lire et je vais te quoter effectivement.

Take a look at this:

Settings

Go to your customization settings to nudge your home feed to show content more relevant to your developer experience level. πŸ›