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Jackson Kasi
Jackson Kasi

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Feel that something is missing in Dev.to?

I like Dev.to more than medium, the most important reason is its simplicity and free.

I recently met many friends in the Dev community.

It's a little sad when you think that there is no other way but to comment option to talk to them.

I think it would be nice if it had a message option.

Do you think it would be nice if there was something innovative like this?

Maybe it would be nice if there was something like that?


Do you have any other idea to improve this further?

For example in Dev.to + Direct Msg + show/hide Followers Count + (Discord + WhatsApp = mix ) + Trello + your idea.

But we always make it simple and user friendly the user interface.

Now we just focus on the main features only ๐ŸŽฏ


New one coming soon ๐Ÿคซ

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Andrew Bone

Connect (chat) used to be a feature on Dev but was removed.

Here's the post about why.
forem.dev/foremteam/deprecating-co...

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Jackson Kasi Author

Really thanks for your comment and now I am confused ๐Ÿ˜…

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Ben Halpern

Yes, we used to have a messaging systemย โ€” but it had two problems:

  1. It had too much technical debt relative to the rest of the site.
  2. It wasn't E2E encrypted โ€” which isn't abnormal, but we felt like we wanted better privacy standards to really lean in to this area.

We will be introducing some features which will help replace some of what was missing, but also, in the long-term we want Forem (the open source platform that powers DEV and others) to have extensions/plugins and messaging could make its way back in that way potentially.

These are long-term things, so no short term plans to re-introduce chat, but I agree with the assessment that it could add to the space if properly thought out.

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Ikram Kharbouch

Yes I think the same tbh

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Jackson Kasi Author

hello friend ๐Ÿ‘‹, please read the last 3-4 lines, and tell your idea๐Ÿ’ก

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Ikram Kharbouch

I think the missing feature for now is chat, because it is a blog after all.

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Jackson Kasi Author

thanks :)

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Ikram Kharbouch

Also, what i think is worth adding is gists, like github gists because dev is also dedicated to devs who ask/give help to each others

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Andy Piper

you can already embed gists, so I'm not sure how this needs to be added?

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Jackson Kasi Author • Edited on

Thanks so much for your suggestion :)
We work for this ๐ŸŽฏ๐Ÿ’ช
Will get your wish as soon as possible ๐Ÿค—

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Medea

Yea the message option sounds nice!

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Jackson Kasi Author • Edited on

Do you have any other idea to improve this further?
For example in (Discord + WhatsApp = mix ) + Trello + your idea.
But we always make it simple and user friendly the user interface.

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Medea

Instead of having like full on messages like WhatsApp or messages, you could have like threads with different users instead.

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Jackson Kasi Author

wow! Thanks ๐Ÿค—

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Medea

Yea itโ€™s something Iโ€™ve seen in another forum and itโ€™s really effective.
No problem!

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Jackson Kasi Author

nice :)

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Marx Marvelous

I never thought you'd ask, yes. There is a world that uses these tools to do things other than "web development". And that world includes, but by no means is limited to GIS, location intelligence, web mapping, ETL tools and workflows, data munging and analysis, mashups (remember those?), algorithms, and scripts. And web frameworks are (mostly) a means to an end. The folks that do this stuff rarely have any "dev" in their job title...or even in their job description. However, they do development with tools like Postgres, PostGIS, GDAL/OGR, GeoPy, PANDAS, etc. Is that world so different as to not be a part of "DEV"? Asking for a friend.

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Jackson Kasi Author

What you say is true.
Now my friend and I are the only ones working on it.

We do not have ai large scale experience. But we will learn and accept with the help of those who know ai tech.

And since I am also a member of the dev community I am not going to create one against this.

Since the MSG options that many in the dev community are looking forward to in the future at dev.to, we have decided to make this a different social media instead of copying dev.

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Andy Piper

I don't think chat or private messaging needs to be built in here. I use other channels for that already, and they are discoverable from my profile. By contrast, I don't generally post longform technical content and get involved in discussions around other similar content on other sites - that's how I use DEV / Forem communities. YMMV, but I think the tendency of many different apps and sites to evolve into their own chat systems (Instagram being a classic example here) is all that helpful.

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CuriousDev

I agree on the point with the messaging. Would be great to have it.

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Jackson Kasi Author

Thanks for your response :)