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Pandita

Oooh I had no idea that very spicy blog post had reached that point. Last time I saw something like that it was with an incredibly innocent post about PHP that some devs took it as a call for war hahaha

Now, my thoughts on the post: this is a touchy subject! I think when it rolled out the dev.to team did admit that it was a bit of a controversial feature (if my memory isn't mistaken) but they wanted to give authors the ability to guide the conversation and hopefully avoid abuse. Sadly, censoring is a possibility and well... it happens!

Either way, I think in posts with these encyclopedia dramatica levels of drama, mods should be able to handle this. Back in ye old day, when forum threads started to get heated and/or start flame wars, mods would step in, close it out and dish out punishments (depending on the severity you could be suspended or banned). I wonder if this might be a possible route for these cases? πŸ€” Closing things out and not allowing anymore comments would be a way to calm things down? I don't know x:

I'm not even sure if the dev.to team is even considering doing anything at all, this might be what the author wants as a conversation in their post so, it's not going against their initial thoughts for the feature.

It's a complicated problem that's for sure. DX

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Amelia Vieira Rosado 🐣✨ Author

It's a complicated problem that's for sure. DX

Hence why I bring it up. Not sure we are talking enough about this anyway. We are just letting fires start and we have (almost) no way of calming them down.

One thing is for sure, humanity has never been this polarized before. And there's no way to stop this "toxic" development. The principle of agreeing to disagree is DEAD.

Closing things out and not allowing anymore comments would be a way to calm things down? I don't know x:

That's quite the drastic measure. But it can be an option, I think. Not my go-to, favorite option, but an option nonetheless.

Thanks for joining the discussion!

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Pandita

oh yeah I'm with you! recently humanity is very polarized. Everything is either black or white and if you're not with me, you're against me. I don't feel like it healthy, but it's how things are lately! DX

and yeees, closing things out is a very drastic measure which is why in forums it was only used in extreme cases and like I mentioned, there were consequences for taking a thread that far, but it worked to keep some level of peace O:

also, anytime! c:

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Amelia Vieira Rosado 🐣✨ Author

but it worked to keep some level of peace O:

For sure! Though drastic, in the worst scenarios it can help calm things down. (But seriously, do we need to get so worked up about everything xD? I think not)

I don't feel like it healthy, but it's how things are lately! DX

I really don't see this being sustainable to our species on the long run. Can't believe this is the new normal.