I think the introduction of ILLUMINATION-Curated shows an eye on quality. There are plenty of good stories to be lifted out of the run.
I see the role of an editor as being one of working with the writers to lift them up in quality and confidence.
Yes, there are plenty of submissions that are plenty rocky, but I don't let them through. I think those that are of poorer quality sink out of sight pretty quickly because they don't get a real lot of claps or comments or reads or social media mentions.
I think the Doc is a data guy and has an eye on the systems and the numbers beyond my poor understanding of how these things work. He has said several times that he has an eye on the objective and we might have to eat a lot of fast food before we dine at the king table.
For me, I'm quite happy to help writers improve. I don't think too much gets past me. It may not all be scintillating literary gems, but we all have to start somewhere, and it's a step up from the "be-your-own-editor" publications I've written for in the past on Medium.
Maybe I'll grow weary in future, maybe not. It's my decision as a volunteer to stay or go.
Happy to have worked with some excellent editors and writers and I wish you all success moving forward.
I can report that there is an ongoing discussion about quality and I don't think your comments are falling on deaf ears.