Thanks for your comments, Stuart, I appreciate that you took the time to respond.
With regard to the clapping, I am certain that you weren’t the only one who wanted to see something different, but I still think the solution the came up with is silly. I don’t know what else would have been better, but 5-point scale seems to make more sense.
As far as the membership issue goes, I feel like the whole thing was handled clumsily. Like you, I’ll just keep reading and writing for free. If more and more of the work keeps going behind paywalls, then I just won’t spend as much time on Medium. Who knows? Maybe I’ll finally get my other two blogs up and running finally? Stranger things have been known to happen.
Thanks again for sharing your thoughts.