Nice interaction for users, maybe even increase engagement. Shit metric for publishers. Binary is good for measuring appeal, an infinite scale not so much. My 1 clap might be your 10 claps might be Joanna’s 100 claps. So now internal and external comparisons went out the window.
Still yo; Medium arent stupid — they’ve must’ve realised this and still went ahead so I assume there is a solution to this measure problem.