Thank you for your reply, but I think you are misunderstanding what the problem is. I don’t want to turn messaging off. I want Patreon to stop telling every new patron that they can now direct message with me. I never agreed to that, and I would never agree to that. It’s not scalable, and even if it was, the pledge amount that would guarantee I take time out of my schedule to DM with a specific person, without limit to the number of ‘subscribers’ to that reward, would have to be astronomical. You are essentially giving away my most valuable asset - my time. And you are doing it without even consulting me; without even telling me! I had to find out about that message from Patrons!
(Telling patrons that they can DM me obviously implies that I will DM them back. No one would tell someone that they can now have a conversation with themselves.)
My supporters are great and I enjoy messaging with them, but I have to have other priorities, like producing a show for a half-million people. That’s why they are fans to begin with. I don’t have time to respond to the steadily-increasing influx of customer messages Patreon created.
An unmanageable stream of messages would be fine if I had never told my supporters that they can DM me. (Oh, wait. I didn’t.) But because Patreon has stepped into my shoes and told them for me, now not-replying or very delayed replying comes across as me not delivering on something they are paying for. That is 100% Patreon’s fault.
I own my time. Patreon doesn’t. I am the only person who gets to decide what I am going to sell my patrons. Patreon making promises to my patrons without even asking me if I can or want to deliver on them is not fair to me and is not fair to my supporters. Why on earth would you do that? And much more importantly: will you stop?
Note: ”you” above = “Patreon.” I’m sure you’re a cool person.