Hey there Patreon team, I recently discovered the hard way that non-subscribed, public viewers to my channel can no long comment on public posts. Speaking for myself, this is more that disappointing - it is actively hindering my interactivity with folk, and seeding prospective subscribers.
I often drive traffic to my Patreon channel by offering free LARP quests to those that are first-to-claim, publicly available. Only recently did I discover that the actual public cannot claim them because they are not subscribed and I know I have lost traffic/potentials because of this.
As a result, I will have to use the Community Tab on my YouTube channel to drive public traffic, which a woeful substitute since there are no links to individual posts, I can’t even link people to the exact thing they are looking for.
I understand that there are spammers and trolls, but please consider making this optional for creators because it is a serious set-back when it comes to interacting with non-subbed public, as well as making them feel like they have to pay-to-play.
Interaction with fans is utterly key in today’s market and they generally don’t like feeling pressured to buy. They want to dip their toes and then decide and this takes a huge element of that away - not to mention, is one less reason to point people over to my patreon channel at all, (a huge detriment since it is my #1 place I try to point people at) - now I have lost a whole segment of people that I could be pointing patreon’s way and instead have to redirect them somewhere else.
If you even read all of this, I appreciate it, I know it has been a prior topic but it was important enough business-wise for me to feel compelled to comment on.
Thanks for listening,