Medium is SUPPOSED TO BE about community and many people do feel that way about it. If you manage to connect with any of those people you do get the kind of responsiveness you’re talking about, perhaps in addition to anything else. Even those here to create “content” exclusively have their own sense of community at times.

However, some people do write in a more “challenging” mode and find the controversial response inevitable. And some prefer to have those responses “stack up” and never even read the responses, allowing them to be a kind of “peanut gallery” for the response-audience to peruse at leisure.

Medium is a mixed bag.

Of course...that's a big chunk of mansplaining... Another good reason to avoid the comments section.