I am also seeing the pop for the content that is free and not being monetised by the author. I was planning to not to write anymore articles on medium (my articles are free). Going around opening the articles in private mode is not worth it if I am doing for every article. I am planning to go back to Blogpost or wordpress or some other blogging service that the content which is not monetised by the author is given readable access. Thanks for writing the article I think you are not alone in this point of view; count me in.