One of the things that I think is missing from this conversation in general is the assumption that when something goes public it becomes much harder to please everyone with a “front page”.
At this point, Medium has become a place where I search for subjects and topics that I enjoy and my reading list has become phenomenally better and improved a thousand percent.
The problem is that it takes a few extra clicks to get the better content. On the other hand, this allows me to find the content that I’m looking for, then follow the people that I think are the type of author I want to stay attached to.
If their content is good enough that I think they deserve public kudos, I recommend. In fact, that’s exactly what the word implies. It’s not a “like” button, it’s a recommendation for wider viewership and maybe the attention from a publication.
Aside from that, I think the Medium front page it garbage. But I found my solution.