I’m a regular Medium reader, contributor, and editor, and I’m disappointed with the removal of the cover image. As this article indicates the changes were in response to feedback and suggestions, was there really a great outcry to remove this feature? If so, was it coming primarily from mobile users? I currently use Medium almost exclusively on the desktop, but when I do use the mobile version I’m generally reading stories, not going to individual users’ profiles, so the cover image hasn’t interfered with my reading efficiency or enjoyment.
I’m also not thrilled with the decision to weight the responses included in the “Latest” section. When the profile changes were first made, I had recently left a short response on a story, and could not figure out why I couldn’t find it in the “Latest” section of my profile page. Whatever criteria you’re using to determine which are the “meatier” responses, it really isn’t intuitive.
I would prefer, as others have suggested, to have some way of separating responses from full stories altogether. Let the writer decide if they’re publishing a response that should be treated as a full story, perhaps by offering a checkbox option next to the “Publish” button. I realize that considering every response an article on its own raises the bar for thoughtful commentary (discouraging a bunch of “Likes” or “Me toos”), but the way things are set up now is frankly more confusing than necessary.