Published: Jul 25 2008 / 02:48
Woot! Bait for DZONE! Hope it can scale!
I've been visiting DZone for a few months now, along with Digg as part of my daily news check. Now I don't visit Digg at all; it's basically turned into Fark (where at least the headlines are funny) with nicer style sheets. One strange thing about DZone is the lack of comments for each story, but I realized that DZone is for people who actually do work during the day, not sit around trying to post amusing comments on fluff news stories.
I totally agree wpjmurray ! We need to comment more! Maybe because we programmers are very shy :) or we don't want to write stupid comments. But comments are important and we can make very useful comments and suggestions. People comment more!
The comments are spreaded into the zones too (you can see this for the articles posted on java.dzon.com - they have comments there, and here too).
I think people prefer to comment on the original story, not here.
I'd think that the authors would prefer comments on their site rather than on here as well.
DZone is a real treasure for technical blogs, as it reaches exactly the target audience they are writing for.
Regarding comments - I think they are more appropriate in the blog post itself, as it can encourage discussion with non-DZone readers as well. Commenting here is mostly be done to explain negative votes.
Dzone should be programmer's numero uno choice for reading technical articles
Same thing happened with me. I started to use Digg less and less. It seems the community there loves funny stories and just occasionally really interesting stories about real programming get noticed. It might be also a result of the huge amount of submissions they get. DZone being focused on development is better positioned to get the attention of the programmers.
I've actually been experimenting with sending people to DZone to leave comments instead of taking them on my site.
Mostly because I think the comments would get a bigger audience on DZone and folks who got to my site by other means can get exposed to DZone.
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