I must admit I was a bit confused as to why, exactly, we needed an age verification checkbox (which is kind of a joke in general because if someone wants the content, which they do, they are going to lie) when we already have to flag our pages as NSFW. Credit card companies have age verification built into the transactions. Welcome to the Department of Redundancy Department.
Then I read about the issues plaguing other adult page creators fighting against what seems to be arbitrary enforcement of the censorship rules.
And there is still the fact that we adult creators pay the same fees as SFW creators, yet have half the access to half the tools, with half the exposure, and are quite literally swept under the rug because we do not show up in searches. We are the dirty little secret of Patreon.
I don’t want to come across as confrontational so please don’t take it this way. I imagine that Patreon would wither away and die if they had to suddenly remove adult creators entirely and chop off what we estimate is 30% or more of their revenue.
It occurs to me that ALL of these problems can be solved if Patreon simply grows a pair, addresses the elephant in the room (which EVERYONE knows about) and simply put a settings checkbox in to allow search and view of adult material.
Perhaps the reason this isn’t done because of PayPal mandates. However, PayPal has a partnership with Epoch to do direct PayPal billing for adult website subscriptions! So where, really, is the problem. Surely Patreon can negotiate around this obstacle.
So, let’s just put it all out on the table, please, Patreon. Why, point for point, can we not be somehow included as an official part of Patreon with the same services and privileges as everyone else? Why must adult creators be second-class citizens? Are the credit card companies strong-arming you? And can you think of any ways to help us get where we want?
You are always saying that you want a clear and direct line between you and me, but I never feel that way because you never communicate with me that way. All the serious questions are met with frightened, deer-in-headlights responses. We can take direct answers. We’ve been asking for them. You’re not going to hurt our feelings with real answers. Don’t act like there are things you “can’t say” because we all have thick skin; we didn’t get to be good artists without being hardened by rejection.
We want access to better services and exposure, you want to help us get there (because we both benefit) so what and where are the obstacles? Let’s talk. For real. What harm is there in everyone being on the same page? And perhaps someone out there who is being kept in the dark can come up with the Next Great Idea™ to improve everything for both sides.