This impertinence of expecting freelancers to contribute their time for free also happens here on Medium, when people read an article by an expert and respond by asking for further explanation, without being considerate enough to clap for the article first. They’re basically asking for personalised, expert advice for free. And when they do this on Medium, it’s even worse than with your coffee example, because they’ve already paid their subscription and clapping wouldn’t even cost them any extra anyway.

I recently wrote an article about this — and it has quite a lot of overlap with what you’ve written here.

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