Surely the question is: do the bots explicitly downgrade female authors in the algorithm?
Ed Stead

Actually, nothing of the sort.

I’m not looking for a list of female writers. I’m looking for a list of writers whose work I like and want to see more of. Medium doesn’t provide that option. You can follow anyone, but that doesn’t mean you’ll get their work at the top of your feed. Currently, the bot ignores my wishes and delivers the most popular posts across the entire site, along with a few chosen by staffers on some unknown basis.

So if we’re trying to decide what’s fair, we’d have to decided whether fairness is delivering the same content to everyone, or delivering the content specified by each subscriber.

If the former is what’s fair, I’m not interested in that sort of fairness.

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