I would hate having people use my story and their response to drop story links, but my solution would be to simply ignore that response. I don't have to make it visible.
There are times I start to read a piece and lose interest in it. Aren't we all like that? I'm not going to keep reading something that bores me or makes my teeth hurt.
But if I finish an article, I like it, and I always leave 50 claps. Just because it doesn't hurt me and makes the writer feel good. And they deserve to feel good if they wrote an article that one can read, with interest, all the way through.