Shannon, I’m among those who are critic of Medium but I don’t feel much offended.
Vico Biscotti

Yes! Vico Biscotti I agree that different voices matter. It’s not the criticism of Medium that I find problematic, but the negativity. The whole, “if you disagree with me, I’m going to block you” mentality is even worse to me in my mind than anything Medium has done. Medium is a platform and a business, and I could easily lose my standing here for any number of reasons. But to repeatedly come back and tell fellow writers that it’s all pointless seems disingenuous. I have actively seen new writers grow discouraged by reading the doom and gloom so they don’t even try.