I also know that liking things makes Medium get better at showing me things I’ll likely be interested in—and while I love and appreciate all the replies I get, liking all of them would dilute the power and value I associate with the ♥ button.
Thanks for your consideration
Chris Messina

Initially, I was resistant to your idea for a Thank You button, but this sentence changed my mind. Creating an alternative form of communicating appreciation that has no impact on algorithms is your strongest and best argument. It is what convinced me that this would be a great addition to the Medium ecosystem.

So, eh, thanks.