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DEV's community is full of people enthusiastic about a wide range of different topics and others who would like to dedicate more of their time to blogging about software development.

Thanks to @jess and the DEV team now there's an official tag to nudge each other:


#RequestForPost is the perfect way to ask the community to write an article you would really like to read

You can use it to request a post from the community, to send your wishes out there, to gift ideas about topics you would like to write about but don't have the time presently, to ask for a different take on topics you know about or anything else you might come up with.

The difference between this and #explainliveimfive is the following:

I thought about it but I think there's a subtle difference.

#explainlikeimfive is about asking the community to explain concepts to you or whomever is reading

This should be about putting your interests and posts ideas out there and hoping for someone to pick them up ;-)

So, not "explain me monads because they're a complicated" but "I've always wanted to read something about monads" or "I want to write about continuation passing style, file systems and round robin but I don't have the time".

I admit it might not work because it's not 100% clear to me either, we just have to try :D

Hopefully the subtle difference is noticeable...

A few sample ideas from the tag sidebar and one more reminded me by @helenanders26 :

  • The browser of the future as a far reaching and comprehensive developer platform
  • "A day in my professional life" (asking a specific professional who does a job totally different from yours, for example)
  • Fantastic concurrency models and when to use them
  • Window functions and why they are the single most powerful feature in modern SQL

Ask away!

Discussion (17)

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Helen Anderson • Edited

Thanks for the new official tag, and the great post description for when I finish writing about Window functions.

Edit: Six months later ...

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rhymes Author

Ahah thanks!

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Ben Halpern

I'd love to see more posts about WebAssembly. It's definitely an interesting frontier with broad impact.

Plenty of different angles on that topic could be of use. First impressions, use cases, how-tos, explainers, etc.

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Meghan (she/her) • Edited

My questions about WASM stem from, if I were to continue work on slate, is there anything it can do other than math, or are there features I missed?

And even if it is just math, is there enough interest in WASM to do interesting math?

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rhymes Author

Paraphrasing Atwood: "Any application that can be written in WebAssembly, will eventually be written in WebAssembly" :D

I too hope to see some WebAssembly posts, especially about real usage in the context of web apps. I see a lot of embedding games or 3D engines inside the browser, which reminds me more of Java applets than anything else.

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Ryan Smith

I would love a post on the benefit of statically typed languages with some practical examples, mainly with JavaScript and TypeScript. It is said/understood that TypeScript is "better" because it "catches errors earlier" and "makes it easier to refactor." But what are examples of code in JavaScript that causes an issue vs. an issue that is caught in TypeScript during static analysis? What is a practical example of refactoring JavaScript code vs. refactoring the same code in TypeScript and how it is easier? How do I sell other developers on TypeScript when all they see is a roadblock to their development because they need to add types and fix type errors?

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ItsASine (Kayla)

I can think of topics I'd read, but I don't know if I care enough to actually request :P

This coming from someone with over 700 articles in their Reading List, so I think that's just my style of content consumption. Read a bit of everything rather than feel passionate about an area and want more from it.

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rhymes Author

Well, you can gift those ideas ;)

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Exequiel Beker

That's a great idea! Thank you!
Personally, I would like to see more C/Embedded posts. Maybe, I can even try to write one of these :D

Great job!

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rhymes Author

I see, DEV harbors many web developers (probably the majority?) so it would be nice to see some low level stuff for a change.

I would like to see something about systems programming for example!

Thanks for the encouragement and the idea!

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Igor Moura

I'm a bit late, but wanted to give a +1 on this one.

As an embedded dev that doesn't like web that much, I feel that the community is way too focused on it instead of systems, embedded or regular desktop programs.

Maybe I could try to help by writing something too :)

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Ken Bellows

I just remembered about your earlier article and went searching to see whether the tag had been created. This was an excellent idea!

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Michael "lampe" Lazarski

That's a fantastic idea!

Thank you for making it official!

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rhymes Author

Thank you for the support!

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Martin Himmel

This is great! I think that tag will help a lot of people who want to write, but aren't sure what to write about (like me 😅).

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rhymes Author

That's the spirit! Maybe in a few months it'll become a "storage of ideas" :D