DEV might rival StackOverflow in terms of popularity in a couple years.
Developers really hate ads and having a social media dedicated to them with basically no ads will certainly keep on attracting more and more people.
FYI ads on SO are opt-out.
Dev.to and SO are fundamentaly different places. It's not just the direction of information, at dev.to you give at SO you ask. But SO is also quite much a game, earning points and stuff. And also this extremely terrible stuff:
Thank you for contributing 9+ years ago, here's what's wrong with your contribution.stackoverflow feels really welcoming.Funny party is that it's even CSS related question. CSS/JS questions and answers on SO should be archived as they are outdated after this long period.
13:48 PM - 19 Sep 2018
Stack and DEV are definitely very different. It will be interesting to see how things evolve.
I’ve been trying to think of DEV as tooling for folks to make use of as they’d like (so long as they don’t hurt the general user experience).
Stack, DEV, Reddit, Medium, Quora, Twitter, GitHub, Discuourse, etc. There’s a bit of crossover with a lot of different platforms that serve different needs.
Staying open-minded and imaginative and seeing where things go. The constant for some of this is that we live on the open web and are therefore partners to Google.
I see value in DEV because it provides the experience in the form of POST.
I use Stack Overflow in order to consult one organized knowledge base in the form of Q/A.
I personally find SO way more welcoming than DEV.
But that is not the point. I am more or less grown person, I find tooling to be more important than welcoming, and here we are going into the right direction IMHO: common blogging platform is exactly what we lack for decades.
There is medium. Which is kind of a common blogging platform. But I hate their user experience.
I hate their user experience.
I hate their user experience.
Exactly. “Hate” is even too soft word here. Not to mention it’s an attempt to create a silver bullet—blogging platform for everybody, which makes it useless for communities.
I've been working on a web app recently that allows you to read news articles without all the page clutter @ nektro.github.io/reader/. It's all on GitHub, totally client-side and I recently added support for medium.com!
Thank you for the link, but I am more of a writer :)
Medium has no support for markdown which is an absolute showstopper for me.
I feel like tooling is what I’m mostly describing in this post. Excited about where we’re going in terms of tooling.
What do you mean by "tooling"? As in usefulness?
Yeah, Stack is way more focused. DEV is a blogging platform that people happen to use a lot for question/answer stuff.
I have been a developer by 28 years. I have seen the web grow and evolve.
I don't hate ads. Ads have provided the money for the web evolution.
Ads did also motivate the people to put the content in the web and make it the big thing it is today.
I like a lot the Ads related to programming concepts, services and components. It keeps me informed of new stuff while paying the people working on the content of the websites that I like.
Some people want to pay, some people like Ads. When I see a website with a premium feature of diabling the Ads, I see freedom.
Maybe the problem is the business model. Many websites put a fixed price for disabling the Ads. I would make a flexible model based on a prepaid amount and the user decide the random distribution of Ad exclusions.
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