I think most of the response will be along the lines of: all these words are good, but implementation is everything.
I had to force my brain to read past the PR-speak in the beginning. It’s easy to form committees and programs, and it’s the go-to for companies and organizations that have lost their way, and realize it, but don’t know how to fix it.
The truth is Patreon is probably too big with too diverse a community for stuff like this to be effective. Jack Conte talked a lot about how so many businesses these days are built on integrations in a recent video on his personal channel. I had a sense that he would somehow make a connection between that and the title of the video that referenced a huge funding round, but he never did. It’s not clear what Patreon is actually trying to be. Patreon is still a big, homogenous silo that’s trying and failing to serve everyone, and it feels like all the proposals and programs and outreach is aimed at finding a way to make that work.
Look at how Twitter is slowly working its way to something like what I thought Patreon was doing when it bought Memberful. Twitter is talking federation, buying up stuff like Revue and talking subscriptions. It’s working its way to be a platform of platforms that people combine and build into something that serves their needs and the needs of their communities.
I don’t see anything like this in the announcement. I see more of the same trying to patch the holes in a big silo that doesn’t serve anyone well.