I believe Medium did not envision the number of Writers who actually want to get paid versus the number of subscribers they could obtain when rolling out the Partnership Program. Pubs… in my opinion, boost the work of Writers, especially publications that are established and have a decent to high number of followers.
I never had a good feeling about any of this as I saw it growing slowly before my eyes. Medium seems to be in constant testing mode, trying this here, trying that there, with no finite resolution or explanations that detail many of the questions posed. It is my assumption that the program has not rolled out to all pubs because then what? More pubs will be created. And pay the Writers and the pubs too, well, you will need more subscribers.
And I think Medium is dwindling on that end. I see the same people over and over again even when digging for more. A few newbies occasionally, but I feel like talent should be pouring in left and right. I do not think this is happening.
All this to say, Meg — I agree with what you have stated, will Medium, though?
I hope so.