The conclusion of the latest blog post, titled "Why the number input is the worst input", is:

I felt compelled to build my own form builder [...] Your last option is to do what I built for Keenforms: use a simple input type="text“, which will always give you its value, and do all your validation via JavaScript.

The contents of the blog post, paraphrased:

Form validation sucks, and I found out the right way. I'm not going to show you, but take out a subscription on my app and we do it for you!

Because the only thing that blog post does, is list out in how many ways the native browser way sucks.

Then there was "The many problems with implementing Single Sign-On", paraphrased:

We raised $10 million in 2017 to build an email client/server solution in Electron. The project died, but the spinoff company sells a Single Sign-On solution because that was one of the things the serverside of the email project needed.

Both posts were categorised under the tag "code-for-a-living", described as:

We’re here to help developers at every stage of their careers.

None of that applies to those blog posts, and frankly, they are advertorials. If the posters paid Stack Overflow to be hosted, you have to disclose that anyway in the EU:

You have the right to be informed if a newspaper article, TV programme or radio broadcast has been sponsored by a company as a way to advertise its products. This must be made clear by images, words or sound.

These aren't blog posts trying to teach developers something. They're advertisements with a thin veil of shallow information about complex subjects, aimed at selling stuff.

Please mention that on those blog posts, and/or tag them differently.

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    "If the posters paid Stack Overflow to be hosted..." Um, it might be the other way around, sadly. (Can't find the page about the blog where I remember reading this.)
    – Laurel
    Sep 16 at 12:05
  • Some of the podcast episodes could be classified in the same way (they also have blog entries to mention them and to provide sort of show notes). Sep 16 at 12:15
  • @This_is_NOT_a_forum colloquially, a single blog post is called a blog as well, but I'll leave the edit as I generally like yours.
    – CodeCaster
    Sep 16 at 12:24
  • @Laurel yeah I've read something like that as well, that being featured on the blog can yield you a couple of bucks.
    – CodeCaster
    Sep 16 at 12:53
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    Yes, it was particularly disappointing when realisation dawned on the SSO one, I felt I'd been suckered into reading something I expected from the location to be high quality technical content.
    – MandyShaw
    Sep 16 at 17:00


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