I’ve been writing on Medium for just over a month now, and this is one of the things I’ve been picking on a lot. I’m still trying to wrap my head around why every response has to become its own post. I’d love for there to just be an option — “Make this response a post.” The responder then would have options as to the visibility of their response. Otherwise, it could just reside as a response to a story. I think if this were the case, more people might actually respond to stories more often. I don’t know if more people don’t respond because of the “response as post” mechanism, but I can venture a guess that it may have something to do with it. Responses to responses to responses can cause the conversation to get stretched all over the place, and it certainly doesn’t help with fostering community in my mind.
Perhaps it’s wishful thinking, but I’m wondering if something is in the works. I saw this show up this morning: