Our redesign of Medium’s Claps…and why they may not have chosen to do it this way.
Jason Li

With the current system, readers can clap at different points in the post while reading it. It makes sense for the user to clap at different parts and it could help the writer if Medium provides metrics on which areas got the most claps.

With a slider, readers are only likely to clap once.

One clap, two clap, three clap, forty?

By clapping more or less, you can signal to us which stories really stand out.