#Patreon is putting up their prices, creators will get less of their fans' donations.
There's a free open source alternative, #LiberaPay, which is non-profit:
LiberaPay is itself funded by donations.
You can follow them on the Fediverse:
(alternative at request of reader @mjog 👍 )
While Liberapay is nice, I don't view it as a reliable source of income, because there's no monthly support to it. It just becomes another donation right now.
Anyways this is what I posted, feel free to boost.
@maloki @switchingsocial @mjog Have you seen/been watching https://sther.co ?
Last time I looked they were still a few steps away from basic functionality, but being very public about their progress and moving relatively quickly.
(And, like, they're incorporated as a B-corp for starting, and iirc has explicitly said they wants to transition to a profit-capped worker-owned co-op once they're done starting up, and there is... any profit or workers-plural.)
@maloki @switchingsocial @mjog I checked their Twitter and they finished bitcoin integration after working on it for, like, a month and a half
(I assume they did that first because it's easier legal-financial-responsibility-wise? But honestly that's 100% a guess I have no idea?),
and now are starting working on their final payment option and think that should be quicker.
Oh yeah also they have a GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/stherdotco
@aeveltstra Maybe, in terms of sustainability and more "fair" approaches to business and funding, we should at some point accept that things need to go beyond being just "donation-driven", it takes models to make sure people can operate such a service and are able to live off doing so in order to do so in a reliable, stable, user-friendly, privacy-aware manner. If everything is just "donation", everything's just "free-of-charge" again. 😐
There's nothing wrong with charging a fee for a service, it's a fair and sustainable business model. It would be great if it was the default model for internet services.
Switching.social has lots of fee-based alternatives, for example email or cloud providers with monthly fees.
But the original question a reader asked which inspired this post was alternatives to Patreon, and that's what Liberapay is intended as.
Fair enough! 👍
@jasper Yes and no. Yes, I agree we need more profound changes in some aspects. But no, that shouldn't be an excuse for a lot of people to simply take everything as granted "for free (as in gratis)". We'd be free of quite a bunch of todays problems if that "gratis" mentality wasn't that predominant. 😐
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