Roy, I don’t know whether to be honored or scared or wear my “You can’t solve this enigma, so stop staring at me, and have some of this tasty tree bark.” t-shirt.
But I did some research into Medium’s Partner Program payment formula. It is one part luck (heavy on beginner’s luck), one part darts thrown at dollar and penny amounts on a big wall-sized dart board, one part custom magic eight-ball that says “pay, don’t pay, or I can’t decide, call it 5 cents”, and a whole bunch of that “Common Core” math stuff that no one can figure out. That is added to whatever change they can find under the Medium office couch cushions.
Hope that clears things up.
Gotta go, some bald guy with a ruler is looking in my window. Time to go unleash the bears.