This will be my first meta question. So I hope I can get some discussion going on.
So I would consider myself a beginner with respect to programming. I do understand the dynamics of a growing community like Dev.to. Been part of many communities with respect to Linux and OSS communities over the years. So I think I understand it partially at least. But in the last one year I have increased my presence here. So I was wondering if it possible to have editor's picks.
- The quality vs quantity issue keeps coming up in dev.to. As a beginner I hope to reach the levels of experienced devs who write here. So getting familiar with the topics is a good idea for advanced topics.
- Beginners and intermediate programmers could know what the advanced topics are to begin with. Learning the unknown unknowns before known unknowns. Currently I don't know what advanced topics should I focus or keep a tab on for the future. Editor's picks could help.
- To appeal to programmers with experience so that their advanced topics will be heard. I know that courses and materials on advanced topics are hard to find on tech industry in general. This could be a good solution which Dev.to can do.
- As a community grows it is harder to get noticed even when your material is amazing. Posts written by beginners/intermediate/experienced folks could be ignored. Editor's picks could make unique good posts from all levels more visible. So that they are NOT lost in the crowd.
- For posts on quantity vs quality issues, I have seen mods and dev.to folks acknowledging the problem. Partly at least. As per past discussions on similar topics - Link1, Link2.
- No more spam and promo posts could be a good byproduct that can come out of this.
Top posts are based on traffic for the most part as I know it. Please do correct me if I am wrong. Removing the traffic metric completely is important. As the community grows, the share of beginner programmers (like me) will increase. This means the intermediate/experienced programmers are a minority. Or NOT the majority at least. So traffic kind of end up being irrelevant. Quality > quantity.
Google play store is a good example of editor's picks. Irrespective of how much algorithm does, I still look at editor's picks and find some gems. Maybe we can replicate it here?
I do understand this could mean heavy work on the dev.to team. Maybe over a period more intermediate/experienced devs can lend a hand? I am not sure how beginners can help with intermediate/advanced topics. This part is the most unclear part to me.
I do think this is better than missing good writers and dev.to members to other platforms. I don't know how hard it is. I guess I haven't thanked Dev.to folks until now. So thanks Dev.to team for the cool work and community. And if it not clear yet, this is not an angry post. :)