Can we do something about all these adverts posed as posts?

over 3 years ago from , Designer - Web + Graphic

I feel like I'm being sold templates/free PSD mockups/blah blah blah every day now. We're losing the community feel a bit are we not?


  • Greg WolffGreg Wolff, over 3 years ago

    As a relatively new Designer News member, it barely feels like there's any community here at all, to be honest. I do feel like I'm being sold something on every other post.

    Reddit does a great job of nourishing a community by declaring strict rules around self-promotion. It's definitely something I could see being adopted here. Self promotion wouldn't necessarily have to be removed from the site, but rather moved to a different section.

    I'm also curious, is there even any effort to improve Designer News in any way? I've seen a lot of posts about improving aspects of the platform to advance the experience as a whole, and they do spark some conversation, but only before dying a few days later.

    5 points
  • Ken Em, over 3 years ago

    All we can do is report the posts. But yeah, you're right. There's a lot of junk here.

    5 points
    • Account deleted over 3 years ago

      I think he is referring to the sponsored placements on the main page that look exactly like posts and have a "sponsor" dot.

      0 points
  • Oskar LevinsonOskar Levinson, over 3 years ago

    I believe the problem is that these posts float to the top so easily. Any post with 3 upvotes in an hour or 2 (easy to get a few friends/coworkers to vote for your post) is going to be ranked in the top 5.

    I don't think we'll ever get rid of these posts, and the solution is to make them less discoverable. I wrote about this yesterday here: https://www.designernews.co/stories/87276-is-the-dn-algorithm-placing-too-much-value-on-time

    2 points
  • Thomas Michael SemmlerThomas Michael Semmler, over 3 years ago

    I don't think we can, it is baked into the community. Every time someone posts a Site they designed, it is technically an ad, unless they specifically want feedback, which they might say but not actually want. About 80% of content for or from designers is advertising in some form or another.

    2 points
  • Louis B, over 3 years ago

    Honestly feel like we're on a sinking boat, I'm ready to jump ship. Is there anywhere else like how Designer News used to be?

    0 points