I built a custom platform for joinmastodon.org sponsorships on the gold/platinum tiers (those are the ones that get a medium-sized logo/link on joinmastodon.org) using Stripe.
I don't think the Patreon tiers are going anywhere but this alternative method has some advantages over Patreon for both parties. (I'll go into more detail in a follow-up post)
The billing cycle isn't bound to the 1st of the month, so you have no risk of being double-charged if you pledge near the end of the month; if you're a business in the EU you can use your VAT number to not get charged VAT; there's an annual billing option with a 10% discount; uploading your logo is more straightforward than having to message or e-mail me. And on my side, Stripe takes far less in fees than Patreon (~2.5% vs 10%).
Side note, I am curious if a platform like that would be useful to anyone else. I don't know how many projects or creators use the link-as-reward model to which my code is tailored. I could open-source it if there's genuine demand...
@Gargron I could see the backend being useful in something like a WordPress plugin as similar plugins, like GiveWP, are doing great in that space these days. I have no idea of the architecture of what you built and if this would be possible, but it seems like it could be an interesting way to put some serious miles on it all.
@Gargron definitely would be useful for others. platforms such as opencollective and patreon take a significant amount off the top that other OSS projects could use this and have less taken for intermediaries.
@mur2501 @stux The way I explained it to my wife (who is a programmer) was that it's like creating your own Twitter or Instagram, and you can give it whatever theme you want. And I said, if you like cats, you can make an instance called "cats.social" or something like that. And then I tried to explain how they were all connected.
Server run by the main developers of the project It is not focused on any particular niche interest - everyone is welcome as long as you follow our code of conduct!