Write a response

If a story speaks to you, you can leave a response for the author and other readers to see.

Responses link back to the original post, but have their own page and act just like any post on Medium. You can add any formatting, images or embeds as in a regular post. To learn more about formatting, visit this article.

You must be signed in to your Medium account to be able to leave a response.

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Leave a response


  1. Click the   Responses button underneath a story to open the response panel on the right side.
  2. Click What are your thoughts? to start composing your response.
  3. Click Respond to publish your response.

Note: Writing on Medium is only available on supported browsers.

Respond inline


You can also respond by quoting a specific passage from the story.

  1. Select the passage you want to comment on and click the   Responses button to open the response panel on the right side.
  2. The passage you selected will be visible at the top of your response. Click What are your thoughts? to start composing your response.
  3. Click Respond to publish your response.

Respond as a story


If you want to write a longer response and take the advantage of Medium's story editor, you can also respond in a story.

  1. Click the   Responses button underneath a story to open the response panel on the right side.
  2. Click What are your thoughts? to start composing your response.
  3. Click the  three-dot button in the response panel and click Make this response a story.
  4. Choosing this option will take you to a full-page editor with the link to the story you're responding to shown at the top of the page. From there, you can start writing your response.

Please note that responses are not eligible for monetization in the Medium Partner Program.

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