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Discussion on: How can we make CodeNewbie better?

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sheriffderek • Edited on

Keep the goals of the posts - to HELP NEWBIES...

I'm not sure that newbies... want to know about your tricky AWS technique for x and y - that they won't need for 10 more years... and at which time -- hopefully, AWS is gone.

It looks like CodeNewbie has managed to take on all of the same problems of Dev - in a week. Too many posts - and no real way to group them. "Hey, I learned today that HTML is not a programming language" type stuff... and then some really intense tutorials on edge-case React stuff... it's hard for me to find anything to read.

I was hoping that CodeNewbie would kinda splinter off - so, new people could learn (And hopefully from quality stuff) / and then Dev.to - could be the more "intermediate" type area with actual debate and conversation from people in the industry for a long time. (obviously crazy to try and enforce that)

(that's just what I thought... but of course, it's not your job to make it so.)

It says "The most supportive place for newbies.... " - right?

Well, looking at the main feed --- it might be "Friendly" - but it's terrifying. (at least it would seem so, if I was new.) I think a new person will probably get stuck in tutorial purgatory and end up wasting years... : / which doesn't seem very supportive. There's a lot of passionate - yet misguiding tutorials out there / and it would be nice to somehow get a handle on what is 'quality" and really not even quality - but "appropriate" for people starting out.

People could learn a lot more if they had to submit a thesis or something. Supportive - may mean "teaching" - and so, for the new people - that might mean showing the things worth reading... and for the intermediate people - it might be to teach them how to write - with goal-driven process - that could be validated by the new people. If the goal of a post is to teach X - then their target audience should learn X by the end of the article. But that's a whole other business model than eyes and ads.

Those are my honest thoughts.

I put up "My learning journey" - here... and then maybe a "How to handle a large companies CSS at scale...." On dev.to.

It would make sense for other people to do the same - instead of just smashing it full of whatever they can think of. Maybe only allow 1 post per week?

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sheriffderek

What about a "level of difficulty" type thing?

Because I help students all the time - who have been trying to learn for YEARS.. and have just bounced around to sooo many different tutorials - and well, they really need to know the basics - and have some sort of gauge for when what is the right thing to learn about.

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Mike Ekkel

We have a "level of difficulty" range on DEV, but I'm not sure if it actually works for people. It also relies on trusted users to rate the level of difficulty.

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Mike Ekkel

I think this is a very fair comment and something I quickly noticed as well.

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Inyang{}

I really love this comment ❤️.
You just spoke my mind, because I'm a newbie. If you say you're here to support me a newbie and I'm seeing some overwhelmingly terrifying stuffs out here......(hey amma give up 😩).