I agree with your illuminating post completely. Actually, lately I'm shying away from all pubs that seem to publish almost everything submitted to them, including ones that I still like to occasionally read from.
I published one story for the pub in question and then decided not to publish any more with them. I think the more we publish in places like this, the more we diminish ourselves and even this platform as a whole.
Let's hope more writers wake up to these shenanigans.