Great article! I share your opinion. One more thing. What about: Medium has to pay its authors. The readers pay the authors with their time. Time is a limited good. So it has a lot of value. The readers have to invest their limited time in waiting until the 50 claps (or whatever) are reached. So, is the clap feature a great tool to measure content quality by time? I think so. Cause it costs each and everyone of us time to show how important an article is for us. Point made? Best!