Okay, @carla, some initial input from my patrons are as follows:
Better Creator Browsing:
-For me Patreon has always been lacking in browsability. There are already patrons and followers within the platform that understand the importance of patronage. It should be easier for them (and anyone really) to look through categories to find more artists they might have interest in supporting and/or following.
My feedback: 100 times yes.
Better Image File Name Handling
-When downloading a picture, the file names are random gibberish. I guess this is to keep the file names unique, but the file names are incomprehensible to the naked eye. For example, the Happy New Year image in the previous post is bCL19fMzKKPBlAo-mjicH3sLY87nWi_lKBgVVH5prsjFZQACgr0EytlKTdd_op6Y.jpg when I right click, Save As. Could the naming scheme of files be changed to something like [Patreon Name] - [Post Title] - [TimeStamp]? The happy new year picture would become “Temrin - Happy New Year! - 170103_1359.jpg” The time stamp is in case there are two posts with the same title. YYMMDD then 24 hour time after the dash.
My Feedback: This would be amazing. Then i could actually FIND creators works easier after saving and not have to go through gibberish files to find something. Especially when it is artist resources, tutorials, etc.
-If I am just starting to pledge to a new creator, is there a better way to download/view the creator’s past images and linked in files than going through the posts one by one? If there are a few hundred posts, this can be rather burdensome. This may be something that only should be active for pay up front creators, as something that addresses this concern may be used to vacuum up pay at the end of the month creators work and then cut and run.
My feedback: Better tools and viewing options (Maybe an option to have it more like a gallery and less like a blog.) As i’ve suggested a couple times now, i believe creators should have the option to charge a fee for people to see previous content or to be able to choose what gets setup as “viewable” to new patrons and what remains private. (One of your competitors did this and it was AWESOME.) New pledgers didn’t help create that previous content and I’d like more control over what i show people. I have grand plans for when Patreon changes things so that new pledgers can’t skim my content without paying/having a successful pledge (even if they have to wait for pay day to see private content.) But i cannot do them until i have more control and have less chance that my posts and their comments from my patrons get reposted
Better Running Totals
-A running total for the month’s pledges would be good. I thought they had that at one point? It should add up whatever monthly fixed charges, and then add in the per-post charges to be collected up to that point. Since everything gets charged on the first of the month, the pay up front and pay at the end of the month can be added together.
My Feedback: You guys did have this at one point. Home page, you could see who you pledge to and how much you are pledging. Having to dig to even see your pledges in detail is a royal pain. Can we not have that home page synopsis back? Home page still shows who you support so why not just add the total back in and have a link right there to see your pledge details. A general summary page that links to the relevant pages is so important as a landing page for both patrons and artists. Easier to navigate and can also help them realize what pages in their dash actually house the info they need. It’s not always 100% clear and having to spend a bunch of time trying to find what you need is wasteful and not user friendly.