BAD, BAD change, especially notified so suddenly. You’re actively trying to make it so this platform and the entire culture of artist crowdfunding is as confusing as possible for newcomers who have a LOT of skittishness about becoming patrons.
On top of all these confusing terms (Pay per Creation, Pay per Month, Charge-up Front, Charge Posts for Pay per Creation, Max. Monthly pledge) a lot of people don’t even know just how many times their cards are run due to me posting. I’ve spent weeks upon weeks meticulously explaining to my patrons (and the rest of my followers) how it all works. During a time that I couldn’t apply for Charge-up Front, I’ve had to come up with my own system within the confines of Pay per Creation system to combat fake patrons and piracy – and I’ve had to warn every single patron of mine to set their Max. Monthly Pledge just once. Sure, it makes sense that a page labeled Pay-Per-Creation can charge you multiple times the same amount in a given month: But that’s simply what patrons firsthand expect when they first come into this platform to support their favorite artists. These are the kind of stuff that will give them cold feet, and pump less money to the service in the end.
These are not the kind of information that the patrons are supposed to calculate and wonder about. They’re in here to pay for a creator a set specific amount, for the creator to bring in something back to the community. Creator’s the one responsible to wrestle with the nitty gritty.
I’m a creator. I’d love to pay the processing feeds on behalf of my patrons. I won’t even lose that many patrons: I’m not even concerned about that - I care about what they’re paying in total and if I’m delivering what they pay for. Please do not enforce this. I understand the good will and intent on behalf of Patreon – This new system affects the wallet of a patron at around .35 cents to 2 bucks in its most extreme, whereas it used to amount to 50 bucks a month for a creator with a reasonable enough pledge count at the very least. That being said, a lot of patrons do in fact pledge to several if not dozens of creators at the same time – and the fees will pile up immensely.
However well-intended this change might be, it just doesn’t work. It muddies the waters for those who would reasonably prefer to know less about the inner workings of a system that concerns the creators moreso.
EDIT: At the same time, the given excuse for this doesn’t even make much sense: The intent of bringing a creator a more stable income. That… is not an ideal that’s even achievable on a platform like this. Patrons come and patrons go. If you’re getting a really specific, set amount every month; that only means you are backed with very close friends or family. I know people were complaining about how many cuts were taken from a creator’s pledge count, but at the same time everyone accepted it as a necessary evil. I just don’t think anybody really asked for this.