There must be a term we can come up with for when a "free" service / platform gradually becomes borderline unusable. Main symptoms are implementation of stories, deceptive design, engagement-focused useless functionalities... I hadn't used Medium in a while and look at the mess now. What. Seriously, what.
shameless plug alert: there's also libmedium.batsense.net that proxies images and GitHub Gists too. Runs out of my bedroom but still manages to be 10x faster than medium.com
I use [this user script](github.com/realaravinth/libmedium/blob/master/libmedium.user.js) to rewrite all medium.com URLs in my browser with LibMedium URLs. I'm too lazy to rewrite them myself so this works :p
source code: github.com/realaravinth/libmedium
@realaravinth great work! 👏
I personally use scribe.rip but with libredirect Firefox extension to deal with "never go on medium.com"
scribe is the default alternative but I think configuring libmedium should be quite easy.
Keep up the good work! 👍
@mcpaccard I use the term "Second-system effect" because it has been coined before 1975 and it show that nearly half a century ago (!), we already knew that software had a tendency to become crap.
@mcpaccard I'm pretty sure there's a startup lingo that matches that phase when a service is going from "free and high quality" to try and find users to "push more paid features and lock people in" to try and raise money?
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