What the hell happened with DN?

3 years ago from Martin Bavio, User Interface Person

  • Daniel GoldenDaniel Golden, 3 years ago

    You hit the nail on the head. I was one of the first hundred users and it was really fanstastic in the glory days, but at some point the owners (which have changed since it's inception) interest moved to other things and DN got less and less attention. It's been coasting downhill ever since then. There are still moderators who help filter the content out (of which I am one) but there's just so much cruft and spam that it's become difficult to do and justify spending the time one.

    Catalin Cimpanu lead the charge on providing great content and moderating content for years. Even more recently when the community began to take a turn for the worse, he was a trooper in modding pretty heavily. Dude doesn't get enough credit for the work and time he invested in this community.

    You basically summed it up though. I honestly don't think the owners care enough at this point to do anything about the seriously downgraded quality in content. No flack, they're probably justified in doing so, it's just a sad reality.

    15 points
    • Martin Bavio, 3 years ago

      I don't understand why Metalab bought the product if they planned to just not care. Like what was the point of it? Brand awareness?

      5 points
      • Eric Chu, 3 years ago

        It wasn't Metalab, it was the founder of it, Andrew, as part of a holding company called Tiny Boards.

        They bought it for the job board. As long as DN gets more users and more views, they will continue to make more money.

        DN is one of many that they've bought: http://tinyboards.co

        11 points
        • Jim SilvermanJim Silverman, 3 years ago

          they think of DN as a job board. tells you all you need to know.

          11 points
        • Martin BavioMartin Bavio, 3 years ago

          I did not know this. This is genuinely sad. Sometimes business just sucks.

          3 points
          • Eric Chu, 3 years ago

            It does suck, but it's necessary.

            If you were running a popular web forum with server/hosting costs, how would you support it? Out of your pocket? Ads? Sponsored posts?

            I do believe more can be done to keep the quality up, but it's not easy. Lots of communities start off great and die a slow and painful death because it takes a lot of care and upkeep.

            3 points