…f Medium, but I’m worried pay-for-claps will encourage the very same behavior as ad-driven content. Getting claps *efficiently* is all about click-bait and playing to the mob. Even though I dont participate in the subscription side of things, i was really hoping Medium would innovate on reader engagement. this seems like one big lateral step on the same click-bait plane.
What makes you think this is true? Why would people clap for click-bait? The whole point of this system is — unlike paying for views — there is a reader choice to reward only after they’ve seen the content. The ad-driven web does rewards the click regardless of the content.
We will see in practice if this theory holds true. It is admittedly experimental. But it is definitely different.