What the hell happened with DN?

3 years ago from Martin Bavio, User Interface Person

  • Cristian MoiseiCristian Moisei, 3 years ago

    I think there are two sides to the problem:

    1. The platform itself is poorly designed. I don't know what the infrastructure of a healthy community is supposed to look like, but this is not it. The lack of a downvote button, the lack of a more complex system of categories to attract different types of conversations and users, the lack of clear rules for the type of content to post in each category and moderators to properly enforce it are all possible candidates. I think the structure of the platform itself is enforcing the sort of behaviour we see - it's too simple for the size and expectations its users have. It's closer to Sidebar or WebDesignernews (both newsletters, not communities).

    2. We suck. While I understand that we're all busy and we have different skill levels, work in different industries and different fields, nobody ever cares to engage with the few people who ask for advice or critique (a critique section was asked for a million times and is another example of poor platform design, but it doesn't really stop anyone from sharing critique with those fewer and fewer designers asking for it), people looking to get advice on work problems or design choices or generally do anything other than discuss the latest Sketch update, latest design tool fad or sharing their dribbble shot. We can pretend all we want, design has not evolved into the mature field it could have been and the people practicing it today aren't helping.

    19 points