I’m telling you people, it’s a view thing. Give people the option of either viewing everything, or just like the author can turn comment functionality off in their story, each reader/writer could choose to turn off comment functionality ON THEIR OWN PAGE, without affecting anyone else’s experience, and concentrate their focus on what they find important AT THAT TIME.
It doesn’t change what is going on within the platform; growth still occurs. I don’t think the Medium people are going to encourage exclusivity.
But if you aren’t here to socialize, then this would rid your view of all the extraneous. There would still be private message capabilities, if you wanted to drop someone a note, but the rest would be hidden.
Until you were ready to chat it up. Then you could just toggle back to the original view. If you follow conversations you would have some catch-up. But if that part is insignificant for you it wouldn’t be no thang.
See, I just don’t see a universal solution that is going to work for everyone. The solution that I think would work for the most members is to create an option and allow each person to use it as they feel it would best improve their experience.
Now. I don’t know if it would help halt the dilution you seem concerned about, but it would sure simplify things and allow you to SEE the articles instead of the conversations. And since it wouldn’t just be you, maybe with a cleaned up workspace, more original pieces would be created.
Without requiring the ideas that spring from those original pieces to be stifled.
I think it would be helpful.