Of Publications and Locked Stories

So if I’m understand you correctly — and please correct me if I’m in error — you want Medium (which apparently doesnt have the highest payout for writers) to share locked stories with outside publishers (who also do not have any kind of verifiable payout for writers, just your “hope” that they do). Being ad-free, Medium is dependent on membership income, and I honestly wonder how many of the writers here have put down the fifty bucks to help support it. I’m guessing probably not many, so why should Medium just frivolously send out its sole income stream to just anyone without proper vetting to make sure there’s some kind of return? How else do you expect this site to continue if the content is just given away?

Perhaps I’m missing something here — and I no doubt am — but this sounds like the kind of thing that would make the issue worse, not better.