Fifty Claps: Spam?

This is a bit of a confusing read. You clearly emphasize that any story that has a clap-to-fan ratio of anywhere between 30:1 and 50:1…

Fifty Claps: Spam?

This is a bit of a confusing read. You clearly emphasize that any story that has a clap-to-fan ratio of anywhere between 30:1 and 50:1 would be considered blatant spamming, yet at the end of your article you make the call-to-action: “Please do press the 👏 clap button and help others find this story. Did you know you could give up to 50 claps?”

If the majority of readers honored this request, then you yourself would have a story that would be blatant spam. Even if the ratio was just 20:1, it would still be, by your definition, suspicious.

Is the takeaway we should negate from giving fifty claps to stories? That we shouldn’t give our full appreciation to posts in fears of being reported as spam?

More importantly: Allowing negative claps would allow spammers to downvote stories that aren’t theirs. It might be an interesting concept for a more democratic voting system, but is an illogical answer to 50-clap spam, as it would just change the maximum amount of spam-claps to an arbitrarily smaller number.