Extend Medium Partner Program to all the countries

Extend Medium Partner Program to all the countries

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Gokul NK started this petition to Medium and

Medium is aggressively pushing their "Medium Partner Program" inspite of not rolling out their program to all the countries.

If you have been following medium recently you can see that their push for paid articles is getting aggressive. How are they aggressively promoting medium membership?

  1. Medium has always had the three article limit for the non members. They are not making any changes there.
  2. They have started to push the authors to put more articles behind the metered paywall. 

Every time an author publishes a post the following message is shown with the option checked by default. 

"Allow curators to recommend my story to interested readers. Recommended stories are part of Medium’s metered paywall."

There are couple of things not right with this.

  1. "Recommend my story" story is tied up with "putting behind metered paywall". This shows that medium's primary goal is not get more visibility to good stories, but to make sure that they are behind the metered paywall. But still we can understand this as medium needs to be self sustainable. I have been a paying members since last couple of months.
  2. The messaging is not clear. I have spoken to many authors and they found the message misleading. While medium can claim that it is factually correct, we all know their intention and we can all agree that their intention doesn't come across properly in this message.
  3. By making the check in option default Medium is making sure that most of the authors put their posts behind the metered paywall. Default should have been unchecked. Also still there are many countries where stripe is not active and hence they can't get paid. Medium has not made it clear how they will handle it. Example - https://medium.com/@gokulnk/medium-membership-and-premium-articles-b2c4d9fcf0c1

 

Don't get me wrong. I love Medium. My personal reading list has got much better after medium. I just want to make sure that Medium is more inclusive. Open up their partner program to all countries and make their messaging clear. Thats all.

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