I feel the same way too. We’re definitely not alone!
Thanks for clarifying, Ariel. I see your perspective as a professional writer. I am, however, a designer and this piece was meant to be strictly a UI/UX analysis. What you see as straw man arguments are actually valid design considerations and take time to explain. I acknowledge there are other underlying issues surrounding Claps (as you’ve pointed out) but that was not the focus of this post.
To answer your first question:
This post received 15k reads (of the total 26k views).
Of those 15k reads, 4.97k are “fans”. So 2/3 of people who actually read this post don’t give a clap.
I’m sure this ratio is different depending on author, post topic, publication, etc. as you’ve pointed out.
Thanks for taking the time to write, Ariel.
I’m a little confused by your tone and intent so my apologies if I’ve misinterpreted. Was your message targeting the way this article was written, or were you voicing your concern about claps?
I’ve seen flows that split Email and Password into two screens. Entering in the email on the first screen prompts a check in the background if there is an account already made. If so, present password field. If not, show sign up fields.