I agree, Medium has a right to set their policies as they want. However, the cost of becoming a member is $5 a month. That doesn’t sound like much. “Only” $60 a year. But that $5 a month — that $60 a year — that can break the budget when you live paycheck to paycheck. Our family budget gets that tight many times every year.
And this is why many have left and simply will not return. Great Writers, brilliant minds, writing that is extremely hard to come by--by many of them. They’ve gotten tired of not being able to read their favorites or doing what seems like five times more to get their work read…