The fuss about miscommunication is mostly unfortunate timing. Quite a few writers who got the invite to pitch an idea to Medium for a story they would get paid for, received the invite to become members a few days later. It left the impression they were being told they would have to pay Medium to be considered for paid stories. That did not go over very well. Whenever it comes to money, things have to get spelled out. And things did get spelled out, but that’s only readable after you paid.