I just got an email saying that freecodecamp, the largest publication on Medium, is leaving Medium.
Here’s a direct quote from the announcement:
But over the past year, Medium has become more aggressive toward us. They have pressured us to put our articles behind their paywalls. We refused. So they tried to buy us. (Which makes no sense. We’re a public charity.) We refused. Then they started threatening us with a lawyer.
It’s not just us. They are doing this to a lot of publications. And a lot of high profile people from the developer community are leaving Medium as a result.
It’s unfortunate to see what was once an excellent platform decay and rot like this.
I wrote my very first blog post on Medium, and I loved its simplicity and principles. No ads, no complex set up, no fees for writers to publish, easy sharing. These days, all I see on Medium is “Oops, you’ve exceeded your free limit. Sign up to be a member for $5/month”.
On the bright side, though, this has encouraged great projects like Hackernoon 2.0. As for freecodecamp, they’re launching a new site - https://www.freecodecamp.org/news/
I hope we’ll see more independent sites like Hacknernoon 2.0 and freecodecamp news pop up soon.