Thank you. Sweeping? We are not sweeping. We love fiction. Unfortunately, people don't read as much fiction as non-fiction, at least on Medium. It is also less likely to do well with an algorithmic recommendation system, I would guess — unless it were specifically tuned for fiction, which ours is not.
The good news is, there's a huge readership for fiction in the world. And with our new more follower-driven approach, fiction writers can hopefully more easily find and build their fanbase.