In order to trade dollars for thoughtful responses, you have to have dollars to trade. A platform that shares the wealth with writers will have writers who can not only afford to eat and pay the bills, but also trade some of their dollars for thoughtful responses.
Medium has done a poor job of sharing the wealth with content creators. The founder is a multibillionaire, the subscription revenue is tens of millions annually, the value of the data generated by users is astronomical, and yet the typical writer here makes virtually no money. I think this place can do a better job of incentivizing and rewarding content creation to generate a better overall ecosystem for everyone.