I get what you’re saying here, Mike. But I do think there’s something to be said for recommending posts that you may not agree with. Medium is all about fostering conversations. I gave your post a recommend, even though I disagreed with parts of it. I just think it’s an interesting conversation to have.
I’m also not sure it’s a good idea to start telling people what the “right” and “wrong” reasons to recommend are. Again, I get what you’re trying to do and I understand your caveat that you aren’t Medium’s ethicist.
I also recommend most responses to posts of my own. I figure that if someone has gone out of their way to join me in conversation, that’s worthwhile.
Not saying I have this right, either. That’s why these types of conversations are so good. Thanks for starting this one.