I only recently realized that was a faux pas (I've been here about 2 months) as yours is the second essay I've read that criticizes users for doing so.

I had thought if someone is interested enough in this topic to write/read comments, then maybe they'd want to read my take. It wasn't so much "come clap for me so I can make money" but "I have grappled with this issue, too, and would welcome your engagement."

I'll make sure not to do it in the future.