Thank you very much for your reply Michael Sippey. I appreciate you taking the time to read my post and hopefully you also had a chance to read all the responses as well.
I love hosting Code Like A Girl here, but as I mentioned it does feel like publications like ours are being sidelined. I understand your reasoning for removing the request feature. I disagree, but I can accept that you feel this is best for the product and your user base.
I would like to know however what the plans are to help publications like ours thrive on your platform. The responses to my story reinforced for me is that people love medium because everyday people like me can have a voice. A voice to make people think and perhaps even change views. Their responses to my work in exchange change my views.
I believe that your platform has been and will continue to be key is getting us through a very divisive and polarizing times. I believe publications like mine help amplify those views and create a larger conversation about them.
I am worried we will be pushed out in favour of large publications or member only publications. I would like the content in Code Like A Girl to remain accessible to all. As in I don’t want a paywall infront of the whole publication.
I am not adverse to the idea of including some of the member only content. The model i would love to see there is that the writer keeps 80% of the revenue from their story and the publication takes 20%. This seems reasonable to me as the publication helping the piece see more eyes. But in the end the writer benefits most.
Could you share some of this vision with us?
Finally, how can I help? My goal is to keep using Medium for the long term and as a result I want to help it be both critically and financially successful.