Maybe one upshot of names being less prominent is that it makes it more likely to stumble upon new writers.
I mean, if you see this in your feed:
- Story A by Mr. Superfamous
- Story B by John Nobody
I guess most readers will click on story A. But if all they see now is
- Story A
- Story B
They’ll click on the story that genuinely seems more interesting to them.
Maybe Medium wants to reduce the rich-get-richer effect, where big-name writers are disproportionally read for the simple fact that they’re already famous.
This might be in line with the fact that the new Medium profiles hide follower counts.