Ryan Riley, it’s sad how my fiction no longer gets distributed on Medium. Once they changed the algorithms, my views and reads just tanked.

I write plenty of nonfiction too, so I still see some value in the Medium platform, but it’s discouraging as hell that the Medium Staff is so hostile and disrespectful to us independent writers.

This clapping issue on mobile is just so critical to writers, because clapping is the basis for getting noticed by the distro algorithm. When our readers think they’ve clapped for our stories when the claps haven’t actually registered, then that hurts us — very, very badly.

And nobody at Medium will even admit the problem exists, even though almost every writer I personally know on Medium knows the problem is pervasive and severe.

Thank you for mentioning Siobhan O’Connor. Perhaps tagging can have some effect.


Writer. Runner. Marine. Airman. Former LGBTQ and HIV activist. Former ActUpNY and Queer Nation. Polyglot. Middle-aged, uppity faggot. jamesfinnwrites@gmail.com

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