Sorry, I’m not getting your article at all.
You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to see the various castes.
Maybe if you can better define some terms, I might understand.
As you know, I have a different objective to be on Medium. My access greatly improved when I put my $50 down. I don’t begrudge Medium for charging me a fee to see if I can attain my objective here.
Medium put the software together, and it needs to recoup their investment and possibly make a little profit. They have been watching us to make Medium such that we want to put our $50 down. It seems to me that we have a winning formula.
If there are castes, I would say that one caste is a big difference between American and non-American writers. It seems for me (Canadian) to quality for any Medium royalties, I need to set up an account with the IRS (the American taxman) before I can get paid. For me, getting a small royalty is not part of my objective, so it’s not worth the hassle of setting up this account. I would not say this is Medium’s fault; it is only following the law where most of its writers and readers reside.
Another caste is almost a non-caste on Medium. Medium really lacks conservative voices. My hypothesis is that a lot of positions taken by conservatives cannot be logically or rationally defended — and Medium writers are effective to point out the flaws. On other internet forums, the participating members of the political left do not have the communication skills to defend themselves as well as Medium writers. So it is easier for political right to attack and stay in the battle. But on Medium, the political right mostly stays away.
One thing that puzzles me is that very few Medium writers have been around for more than a year. I too am on my way out for my objectives are not being met. But it would be interesting to hear why others are leaving.