This requirement eliminates a big appeal of choosing to write on Medium over another platform. I chose to write on Medium in order to tap into an already-existing audience for technical topics. I don't care about building my own audience. I simply want to write, have my writing discovered by the right people, and be compensated for it right away.

That said, after my first viral article last year, I did hit the 100 follower threshold. The sad thing is that had this requirement been in place when I published said article, I wouldn't have been eligible for a large chunk of earnings from my own IP.

Basically, this requirement means that new writers must pay a "cost" of foregone earnings in order to gain enough followers to be part of the MPP. The requirement is essentially asking people to write/work for free to join the MPP!