I Want to Know Why

WHY is there not a way to stop this sort of thing?

Terry L. Cooper
2 min readNov 18, 2021


Screenshot of the content creator’s About page

Follow fifteen thousand people to get four thousand followers. It literally makes me sick to my stomach. While legitimate writers are showing up every day and doing the work and gaining organic followership, and writing about things worth reading by adding value, encouragement, education, or entertainment… we then have this cluster of people on the platform who continue to break the rules and get away with it.

If I had a dime for every time I reported a violator on this platform I’d never have to write for money again.

This is a serious honest to God heartfelt question I’m asking here.

Why do people think that it’s okay to cheat the system?

I’ve already addressed this same issue on here.

Screenshot by the writer of Medium’s Rules and Policies

Medium Staff, what, if anything, can the rest of us do to help you help us with this issue? Clearly, this particular content creator is reading the works of 15K writers. If he were he’d have no time to write how he lost curation of all of his previously curated pieces.

What if your Report button had additional options? For example, after one clicks “Violation” perhaps additional options could appear such as “Uncited images” or “plagiarism” or “no sources or references indicated” when stats and medical advice are being thrown about.

That would assist your people in narrowing down where to look for the violation. Instead of searching an entire 8-minute read or a content creator’s entire profile, you’d have a specific place or idea as to where to begin thus expediting the process.

As for Mr. 15k and his now non-curated pieces go…



Terry L. Cooper

Chicken Soup for the Soul out on Jan 24, 2023. Working on the book tour now.