點解巴別塔篇文無錢收。

雖然我很少睇巴別塔的文(但知道有這個人),朋友今天傳了另一篇在Paywall 後的文。巴別塔在問,為什麼自己的這篇文收不到錢。

答案其實好簡單,因為他沒看遊戲規則。

We understand that all Medium readers and writers have one common element: Medium. However, the intended purpose of the Partner Program is to encourage and reward the best writing on the internet on the widest variety of topics.

Therefore, posts that are primarily about Medium and its features are not eligible for monetization. You can still freely write about these topics as non-member posts.

以上這段說話是從 Medium 的官方文章裡節錄出來的。巴別塔隨後再寫了一篇文章,認定自己觸犯的禁令只有在文章裡求Clap;但憑藉這篇文章,我再次確信的是,巴別塔沒看清楚遊戲規矩就玩遊戲。顯然地,文章的標題寫到Medium,內文也是在寫Medium 最近流行的趨勢和觀察。這些和上面所講,「posts that are primarily about Medium and its features are not eligible for monetization.」直接衝突。

那麼,若你要問我,Medium 這條條例公道嗎?不公道——理由大概是,沒有平台會想為一些唱衰自己的文章付錢(雖然寫Medium 的文章未必是唱衰Medium),但我基本上主張言論自由。作為用戶,我們可以做到什麼呢?其實也什麼都做不到,尤其是在Medium,中文使用者的人數是少數。

這個故事有什麼教訓?玩遊戲之前,大家應該先看遊戲規矩。如果Medium 現在有些什麼不透明的遊戲規則,那應該是關於拍手和收錢的比例。其餘的我就不講了,這只是吃飽飯沒事做寫的東西而已。

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