As this sub approaches the 200k subscriber mark, I've noticed that sensationalism and bias effects are quickly becoming more apparent. The overall quality of advice here seems to be tanking fast. It's to the point that there is a lot of misinformation about geographic regions outside the tech-hubs in the US being massively upvoted simply because it supports the narrative of the thread.

I wonder if we need some new rules to attempt to keep things under control. This is a normal course of action when a subreddit gets to this size. I've been on Reddit a long while and it used to be common knowledge that 200k subscribers was a major milestone where the Reddit algorithm and influxes new users would derail the subreddit without adjustments to the rules. In particular, we seem to have an influx of self-taught angel stories and stubborn "can I self teach and get hired without any significant effort" OPs. This is the same demographic that plagues other programming subreddits. Personally I think that posts that aren't a genuine career question or an open-ended discussion should be against the rules. Posts that are sensationalized clickbait titles, posts obviously pushing an agenda, posts telling some perfect unrealistic success story, and posts simply giving unsolicited (and likely massively biased) advice make this subreddit less professional and over time they promote toxic subreddit cultures.

This is one of the last subreddits I still browse and comment in, but if it goes the same way as the rest of this website then I'll probably bail and delete my account. It's too easy for this website's algorithm to take over and turn subreddits into immature circlejerks of opinionated, stubborn, and often unexperienced users validating each other and bullying anyone who disagrees.

Just my 2 cents.

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