Last week recurring donation platform Patreon announced a change to its payments structure from an intuitive, once-a-month setup to a convoluted one that may as well have relied on used car salesman maths. Creators and patrons alike made their displeasure known, loudly. Today the company's CEO Jack Conte announced unequivocally that the changes won't take place.
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Over the past four years Patreon has grown to become the de facto funding model for independent creators online - a platform where supporters pledge small monthly recurring donations that better support an enduring career instead of the need Kickstarter or GoFundMe's per-project setup fills. But an overhaul of its fee structure announced yesterday has creators furious and patrons leaving in droves.