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One of the things that perennially amazes me about Patreon is that, in every piece I've read where someone over there in a management position is interviewed, they basically say their client base is just Using The Site Wrong.
Fun tidbit: When Kickstarter launched? They didn't even HAVE a Comics section. And the original vision was a site where Girl Scout troops could fund trips to the Grand Canyon and soforth. Not Shemue 3 and Pebble watches.
That's why there's that "backer rewards" system. It was supposed to be like when you sponsored PBS, and they sent you a mug and a tote bag. Maybe you used the mug and tote bag, but that's NOT why you were giving PBS money, cuz you had to have that sweet mug.
But people, used the site wrong. And by that, I mean did a WHOLE lotta stuff the founders of KS never imagined they would.

KS's response wasn't to try and change a million users. Their response was to change the site to better suit its user base.
I've been using KS since the year it launched, and watched them add new categories, an interface to fine-tune shipping rates, referral links, stats, category-specific rules, all KINDS of improvements. And I can attest, a lot of it has been stuff people explicitly ASKED for.
But whenever Patreon's in the news, it's always them alienating creators, of trying to figure out how ts squeeze more money out of them, or wistfully fantasizing about Perfect Patreon that only served the top 5% of YouTubers, instead of the filthy rabble.
That's what you WANTED. Not what you HAVE.

WORK with WHAT you HAVE.
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