Great post! Really enjoyed seeing the arguments from both sides. I’d be curious to know what your final opinion is based on the breakdown.
I tend to agree with your assessment and some of the other comments around needing the physical effort and time required to clap to prevent it from becoming another “1-star vs. 5-star” YouTube scenario:
This graph fascinated us and so we wanted to share. It shows the number of videos that receive specific star ratings…youtube.googleblog.com
I do think Medium is fighting a tricky battle with this in terms of coming up with a reliable system for gauging how people value things. There are so many individual variables at play, that trying to impose structure on it seems more likely to mislead or produce confusion rather than inform or create clarity.
Will be interesting to see how it plays out.