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    • thorgalle
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      1 month ago

      No. 3 of my Money & Medium research project. Jeff brought me here from No. 2.

      When we calculate your story’s earnings, we’ll also include reading time from non-members if they become members within 30 days of reading your story. So we encourage you to share your stories widely!

      That's interesting. Makes sense.

      [...] you will receive 10% of their share (a portion of their subscription fee).

      This is the part I don't like, and where Readup is making serious improvements. This is really not transparent. You get 10% of a share, without knowing how large that share is. For all we know, Medium pockets 50% of the subscription and divvies up another 50%. Or 40%. Or 60%. It's guesswork. They might also change this without notice.

      We take care to differentiate between gaps in scroll activity versus long periods of time during which the viewer stepped away for a coffee break.

      This is how I initially thought Readup's tracker worked. Looking only at "scroll activity" and trying to determine if that is realistic reading-scrolling activity. The word-based Readup algorithm is much cooler however, and more versatile! (and Medium could easily copy it, if they were so inclined? @jeff?).

      When short pieces are well-written and thought provoking, we’ve found that readers will end up spending more time with the piece. And vice versa: if a long piece is filled with fluff, readers simply won’t reach the end. In a world competing for attention, readers spend their limited time where it counts. Longer stories don’t guarantee more reading time. On average, readers actually spend the most time reading mid-length pieces.

      On Readup, it's all or nothing. A new kind of question might emerge for readers. If you're at 60% of a long article, and it is OK, but not great, and there's other stuff for you to read: do you read on, and pay the writer? Or stop, knowing the writer won't get any of your $? A decision where compunction may come into play. Completion as a necessity for commenting? No doubt. Completion as a necessity for pay? I think there's more room for debate there.

      All in all, we hope our system supports all thoughtful work, long or short, and we plan to keep a careful eye on the outcomes as we learn and iterate into the future.

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