Authors on medium can block you after they respond

After commenting on a recent story by Tom Kuegler he responded in quite the abusive and snarky manner after I made some valid points. After finally responding in a mature manner, he proceeded to block me and thus I cannot respond to his comments (which were emailed me to).

Is this how Medium works? You get blocked for commenting or disagreeing with an author? And they have the nerve to ask me to pay them a monthly fee for the honor of being blocked? Was I being abusive or breaking a term of use? I have no idea. But if this is how Medium is run, I won’t be contributing anytime soon and I will discourage others from doing it.

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