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    TL;DR :

    • You get pocket money
    • The editor is better than twitter’s tweet box
    • Hey compared to facebook it isn’t that bad (medium is “lighter” than lobste.rs according to that person)
    • If you choose to export and not use medium the CSS is nice (then just do that ?)
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      Reading articles like that seems to miss the point of why the audience dislikes the platform. They all talk about how great it is for them, but when there’s an issue that impacts the audience they shrug and say “I guess that kinda sucks, huh?” and move on to other ways of how great Medium is for them.

      I can still use Medium. It’s not completely unusable, but it’s not a pleasant user experience either. There’s too much random things moving about trying to get your attention away from the article you are reading (the entire point of being on Medium to begin with). Highlighting something will helpfully pop open a box to make you share whatever you have highlighted. The majority of the time I open a link to Medium, the first thing that greets me is a massive overlay to the article I have to click away asking me to sign up. Sometimes it even tells me I have read all the articles I am allowed to read from them for the foreseeable future (which really is only a cookie away from reading as many as you want.)

      To top all of this off, Medium is not a stamp of quality. Most posts I read there are somewhat mediocre, and I can’t remember ever being directed there from a Google search that actually gave me a proper answer to what I was looking for. There’s now more soapboxing and grandstanding on that platform than actual useful content.

      So yes. I do want to be able to filter out Medium, because despite how great it is for you to write articles on it, it’s still a piece of shit platform for me to consume those articles.

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        Obligatory link to https://makemediumreadable.com/ so you can read medium without the annoying parts.

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          Is that still working? It haven’t been updated in a year and I heard that medium made changes breaking it.

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            It’s not working properly for me. I have a bad habit of marking text I am reading, and the share functions relating to that is still popping up even after I enabled the blocking function for it. Other features might work, but I don’t see the difference when I turn it on or off.

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              Thanks

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          Tech tutorials on Medium are the worst. I don’t have an account so I always get the paywall, and it’s annoying enough to have to open an incognito window or another browser that I usually just keep looking for another answer.

          I get why non-tech writers would use something like Medium, but I wish more developers who write would just set up their own site and use Netlify. I think writing in markdown is a much more pleasant experience, too.

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            The lack of proper syntax highlighting is a real deal breaker for me as an author. You are left with screen grabs of your editor window or “HOSTED WITH HEART BY GITHUB” gists embeds everywhere, which are terribly painful to work with.

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              Agreed. I have no idea why anyone uses it for any writing that involves code.

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                Because it’s by far the easiest option. I don’t have to fart around with anything.

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                  What about dev.to? Just as easy, no paywall.

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              I don’t have an account so I always get the paywall, and it’s annoying enough to have to open an incognito window or another browser that I usually just keep looking for another answer.

              You might like the Cookie AutoDelete extension.

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                Me too, I have to open medium links in a private tab. Not only to avoid the paywall but also to escape from the Google Accounts 3rd party cookie, which is impossible to block on Firefox for iOS.

                Now, on my phone, I don’t even click on Medium links anymore.

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                It’s really interesting what on average seems to make lobste.rs users most vocal. Nowadays it seems that the easiest way to trigger dozens of lengthy essays is with perceived categories of bloat. Release an Electron app or post something on Medium, and the diatribes seemingly never end. On the other hand, write a C++ app with big memory leaks and a bunch of Boost libraries it doesn’t need, and you might get maybe one or two complaints. IMO, this dead horse has long been in latter stages of decay.

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                  Someone should make an extension that makes links to medium unclickable with a tooltip explaining why. I’m so sick of being tricked into going.

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                    Some may like medium, others might not. I guess either way it is fine to have an opinion.

                    An audience cannot directly force a write to use a certain platform. A writer cannot directly force a platform on an audience as well. As part of the audience, it is my right to ignore content published on platforms that I don’t like. I expect that there are enough people interested in filtering medium posts on lobsters to add such filter. I would appreciate such filter.

                    I used to use a proxy for medium posts, that would display only the content.

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                      That’s why I’m here reading the comments instead of the article.

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                      […] transcopyright […] transcopyright […] transcopyright […]

                      Anyone knows what this means?

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                        It sounded like a Ted Nelson thing and a fast googling seems to agree: http://transcopyright.org/

                        I think it’s like regular copyright, but in a micro scale. In that fantasy, when anyone says or writes something for the first time, no matter how small a sentence, they gain transcopyright over it. Everyone using the same utterance afterwards will be quoting them, possibly with compensation. It sounds a bit cuckoo but perhaps makes more sense in the context of Nelson’s other things.