Understand, as you said, everything costs something. I don’t mind paying $5 for something to eat, but I’d like to know what it is first.
It dribbled out to only a few at first.
Mike Essig

This makes no sense whatsoever. You paid for it willingly; It wasn’t forced on you. It was an opportunity you took and now regret for not doing your due diligence and just jumping into it blindly.

Unfair buyers remorse. You wouldn’t complain at a restaurant that your order was wrong if you ordered the special of the day without asking what the special is that day.

And, for starters, one thing you bought was

to help support an ad-free platform that delivers the right type of content: the type that can only be created when independent writers and publishers are rewarded based on value rather than clicks. Medium will remain free and open for anyone who wants to share ideas with the world

You paid to not have banner ads and popups and all other manner of shitty advertising ruin the Medium site and experience for everyone. So, that’s pretty great, AFAIC.

As a founding member, your contributions will be used to directly pay writers and publishers. That means new content that wouldn’t otherwise be on Medium — or wouldn’t exist at all. You’ll have access to exclusive stories from leading experts, including your favorite Medium writers, on topics that matter not just today, but tomorrow too.

This doesn’t tell me that it’s people like you and I who have an account and drop thoughts onto keyboards. Instead, I feel it’s saying they’ll outsource for some legit writing from people who can speak from an informed position — AKA experts and leaders.

Maybe some cash goes towards the little people, too, but I wouldn’t expect that to be the case.

You’ll get the first look at our newest reading features, starting with a new homepage that makes it easier than ever to discover great stories. And that’s just the beginning. You’ll always get early access to our latest improvements as a member, and we want to hear from you about how it can be better.

You get to be one of the cool kids who gets the newest toys first. It’s not much, but it’s something.

Personal, offline reading list
no wifi necessary.

You can nominate articles to read later, at your leisure, without needing the internet.

All of this is from the very page where you entered your credit card details after clicking the “Learn More” button, found at https://medium.com/membership and probably blocked for people who haven’t been given access to the roll-out yet.

It’s silly and unfair to complain after the fact, and claim to not know what you bought. Sure, some of it is nebulous at this time because it pertains to things planned for the future (who gets paid to write articles, and why), but most of it is fairly clear.

As for communication about all of this, I read an article that was emailed to me a month or more ago speaking about how Medium was going to change, and how it was going to change in a way that was intended to be different to how others play the “pay the bills” game for websites (ads). I suspect it is this article here https://blog.medium.com/renewing-mediums-focus-98f374a960be#.ts1gpchba

Then, Ev wrote another article when launching the paid membership speaking more on the topic. I believe it spoke of how the front page was going to be laid-out differently, more efficiently for what and who you are subscribed to, and presents a better experience to what is currently the never-ending Medium front page. Founding Members have already been reporting on this, and so far I’ve only noticed positive feedback, and I’m led to believe there’s an option somewhere to continue using the default front page if the new experience isn’t desired.

Also, some people have set their accounts to not email them about things like this… so that’s 100% on them for explicitly opting out of being informed about things just like this. I don’t understand how they cry foul when they chose to stay uninformed, likely as an attempt to avoid what they might consider spam emails, but they still chose this.

To be sour, as far too many clearly are, that it’s only rolling-out to a select few at a time boggles my mind. Is it bad that the Medium engineers don’t want to stress test their new membership and payment gateway systems live from day 1? Is it bad that Medium wants to play on the scarcity factor and have people naturally generating buzz through their questions about this weird new thing that’s happening for some accounts? No, of course not.

This is all just the usual “It’s not how I want it, and I don’t understand it, so it’s wrong”. Well, no. It’s how they want it, and you are wrong.

Posts like yours further the misinformation being spread around by those who didn’t take the time to do some reading, or aren’t part of the roll-out and wonder what all of the fuss is about. Articles like this don’t help the matter at all and only dog-pile onto the noise.

Really, the only negative feedback this whole thing is getting seems to be from people who just don’t know what’s happening, even if they paid and don’t know what they paid for. Those who went into this with their eyes open seem satisfied with their $5 spent, at least from what I have noticed so far.

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