Hey so, there's been a bit of a kerfuffle with Patreon lately after a terms of service change that threatens all sex workers
There's now an open letter to Patreon to please not do that http://www.openlettertopatreon.com/
The idea of folks losing their livelihood overnight for reasons I cannot see as justified is terrifying, and there's no Patreon alternative either.
well I mean it depends
if they emptied the water out just before the poster was painted it'd probably fire okay, modern firearms are far more resilient than older ones
of course that doesn't mean you SHOULD fire with it wet, just that you probably COULD as long as you empty out the barrels first
I feel like I'm pretty sure I went too far already so I'mma be quiet again now -_-
Liberapay is best for free content, but I have an account on Patreon too even though my content is CC-by
But now, when I began signing the petition I realised that I have removed the NSFW tag even though my comic contains some not sexual nudity. It just seemed so lame to not be listed because of US puritanism.
@Katharsisdrill @b3yond It's gotta be said that no strings attached donations have been around for a while but have not proven to be enough for sustainable living. As sad as it is, when you feel like you're buying something, you're more willing to donate. On the example of Mastodon's Patreon, I'm not sure it would be as successful if there wasn't a $1 paywall on the development Discord, and if I didn't offer various "listed as a sponsor in the credits" options.
I think that it is only fair that people pay for what they use - my creative commons comic is an experiment to see if you can make something with free content.
I suppose it is mostly a question about internet-culture how money is collected, but I do not know of course. Right now I earn my money on bitcoin-donations, grants and Steemit - neither Patreon nor Liberapay has really worked for me.
@Gargron Listing donors will eventually be possible in Liberapay, we're just not there yet.
On the other hand paywalls are much less likely to ever be allowed, as Liberapay is all about liberating stuff, not building walls. That said, if a few walls are necessary to get enough funding to liberate the things that really matter, then perhaps it's an acceptable compromise, but as of now we're not convinced that it really is necessary.
@lertsenem I love building stuff but I can't branch out like that. I mean I'm already messing with the youtube replacement as my vacation side project. I can't do all this alone. Plus I'm frankly not sure if decentralizing Patreon is possible. There's too much coupling to financial institutions. Unless you do cryptocurrency but then that's a different beast with its own huge set of problems.
@Gargron Well, I meant that half as a joke ("you took down Twitter, how about Patreon now?"), but when thinking about it I can't really figure how that would work either.
The best I can envision is multiple Liberapay-like instances, but I don't know how (or why) they would communicate. And above all that would leave connecting to the bank to the end user, and I can't imagine that being trivial.
Liara Roux, the first signatory of that open letter, was suspended from Twitter today
@Gargron Worse yet: Even if there were a Patreon alternative, they would eventually be forced to do the same thing because banks, credit card companies, and other financial institutions want nothing to do with pornographic media of any kind.
I mean, yeah, stay pissed at Patreon for pulling this, but recognize how Patreon was pushed into this by much larger institutions—then get mad at those institutions.
@Gargron @Stephen_Stone The thing is, most of us are already mad at those institutions over this and other offenses. Some of us are looking for an institution to push back against the Puritanism, and companies like Patreon, Smashwords, et cetera, keep looking like they'll be the one to fight back on our behalf, only to roll over.
@Gargron I'd written my own response on Medium to the legal guy who made the blog post. It's nice to see the organized response. Signed.