Was thinking of submitting a feature request and then stumbled on this thread. But I want to propose a different solution, instead of reminders or partial charges, how about letting us set a “grace period” of sorts that charges once and carries the charge over to next month.
As an example of this, let’s say I have a grace period set to one week. Then if someone pledges in the last week of the month, they pay immediately, get the past benefits immediately, and Patreon won’t charge them for the next month.
I’m proposing this as in my experience, patrons don’t mind pledging for the most of the month if you’re providing regular updates and benefits, but the last few days see a sharp drop-off. Which is understandable, people don’t want to pay for just those two or three days, especially so if they are going for higher tiers.
And if this grace period is not advertised, but is explained at the checkout, it won’t provide any additional incentive for potential patrons to wait for those last days of the month, and at the same time will remove this huge friction point.