We are making a few concerted efforts to ensure the quality of the content that rises on the platform. As long as folks are not acting maliciously, we do not have an approach of gatekeeping even low quality content, but the problem is we do not do a great job system-wide of discerning the best stuff from the worst.
To speak to a few things we're doing imminently:
Expanding the number of "trusted" users. Trusted infers greater capacity to vote against bad content through special reactions. It's a wisdom of the crowds approach. We have guidelines, but can also rely on the gentle nudges of folks who've shown to be thoughtful.
Currently less than 1% of users have that role and it will go a long way for us to increase that program. This will have a big impact.
Better matching members with content they like. Increasing relevancy in the feed will be a priority for DEV. If there is any component of work on DEV that has gotten less love with our focus on Forem, it's been some of the tweaking that ensures DEV— the biggest Forem— keeps getting algorithm improvements.
Our focus of late has largely been on the smallest Forems as we're getting the program underway. But as much of 2020 has focused on the nuts and bolts of getting this Forem idea working, 2021 will give us much more time to focus on the refinement of key areas. Content discoverability is first and foremost here. We want to make it easier to match people with topics and people they care about.
We also have one or two specific projects in 2021 which will be really fun!
This year we were able to tackle some hair-on-fire problems as they came up... Notably an influx of bad spam which helped us come up with some nice scaleable solutions.
Of course, everything we do is open source. There is a lot we can do with our moderation practices, some of which I touched on with the note on trusted users— and others can be improvements to the core product.
Feel free to pitch us on specific ideas through issues.
For Empowering Community
Welcome to the Forem codebase, the platform that powers dev.to. We are so excited to have you. With your help, we can build out Forem’s usability, scalability, and stability to better serve our communities.
What is Forem?
Forem is open source software for building communities. Communities for your peers, customers, fanbases, families, friends, and any other time and space where people need to come together to be part of a collective See our announcement post for a high-level overview of what Forem is.
dev.to (or just DEV) is hosted by Forem. It is a community of software developers who write articles, take part in discussions, and build their professional profiles. We value supportive and constructive dialogue in the pursuit of great code and career growth for all members. The ecosystem spans from beginner to advanced developers, and all are welcome to find their place…
If you want to trigger broader discussions instead of specific issues, we welcome you to also post on https://forem.dev/