Rachel, I’m glad you became a member. And I am very honored to recieve your highest rating (so far).
I think Medium has a magical (beyond human understanding) algorithm that takes reading time, claps, fans, number of writers a person has clapped for, sheer randomness, whatever it feels at the moment (if algorithms can feel), and stirs them all together, adds some secret seasonings, and then calculates payments. Which is cool. Who doesn’t love a good mystery?