Hi Jeff, thank you for writing about this extremely important issue. I had no idea plagiarism is so widespread on Medium. As a relatively new writer, I take a lot of time and effort to thoroughly research and write original stories, or base on my own experience. It's disheartening to hear that the platform is not a level playing field if others can cheat their way to high numbers of reads and earnings.
I am more grateful than ever for the standards you maintain in Runner's Life, my favourite publication to read and write for.
I hope for all our sakes and for the future of Medium that you get a proper response to your concerns.