I am relieved to report today that Patreon heard the public outcry over the changes and announced today that it will not be implementing those changes.
“The new payments system disproportionately impacted $1 – $2 patrons,” the Patreon blog admitted in its apology. “We have to build a better system for them. Aggregation is highly-valued, and we underestimated that. Fundamentally, creators should own the business decisions with their fans, not Patreon. We overstepped our bounds and injected ourselves into that relationship, against our core belief as a business.”
Consequently, MOP won’t have to panic-move to a new donor system. However, those of you who still want to avoid Patreon can still do so by just cutting out the middle-man and donating directly through PayPal (we grant all the same awards to those who already go this route). Patreon is probably more convenient for both you and us, however, and gives you a chance to support multiple creators, not just MOP!
“We are nothing without you, and we know that,” Patreon said. And we feel the same about you. So Patrons, old and new? Thank you for standing by us.