Yes to all of this. Thanks so much for this great piece, and so glad that it has found an audience within Medium the company. As someone who’s written a few 10–20 minute reads on Medium (and who reads pieces of similar length), the TOC and read/save features in particular would be amazing features.
I’m on the fence with regard to your idea of “reactions.” On the one hand I see the value in expressing different sentiments around a piece, and the utility of that data to Medium in better tailoring what gets served to me on the app and in my daily newsletter. On the other hand, I love Medium specifically for those long-form pieces, and that form of reaction still feels reductive. Here’s an alternate model I proposed that (I think) makes better use of the Highlights feature. Would love to know your thoughts on it.
Thanks again for a great piece.