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12:06 AM
If you want to send @Patreon #patreon feedback about their new plan to take 2.9% + $0.35 from contributors AND 5% from creators, here is the form that they make it hard for you to find on their site: https://patreon.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/requests/new
 
 
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2:03 AM
In the space of an email, @Patreon went from a company I'd endorse above all others to just another financial service I'll use at my convenience. I now recommend everyone recognize it as useful in certain situations, and use it only if it fits your personal needs. https://twitter.com/muppetK/status/939262466344747008
 
2:39 AM
@BESW I bumped up my patronage in response, just to stick it to 'em. I know that it in no way sticks anything to anyone, but it still felt better.
 
A lot of patrons seem to be withdrawing from Patreon entirely and giving the same amount or more to their favored creators through PayPal, while watching Drip closely for further developments.
Evil Hat made up a whole new tier for patrons which lets them pledge the same amount as before in actuality.
 
All seem like reasonable responses.
 
Many creators are screaming bloody murder and swearing to jump ship to any alternative service that shows up which doesn't obviously slaughter kittens.
 
Aside from the timing, what're the substantive complaints? Is it Patreon that's nixing the bundling, or was that processors?
 
Patreon's nixing bundling at the same time as increasing flat fees to patrons for each charge, and presenting it to the creators as a way to increase the money which goes to the creator when it actually doesn't for pledges at the lower (and thus more populous) end of the pledge spectrum... and when asked for clarification they said that they don't want casual creators anyway, they want to cater to big-name creators.
Nobody can figure out why they're dropping bundled charges anyway; if they'd just been increasing the flat fees it would've been a despicable but understandable cash grab, but by unbundling the charges they're not actually making any money off the change.
....Also their presentation of the whole thing is awful. Just a better PR job might've made the situation a good bit less apocalyptic for them and their creators.
 
2:56 AM
@BESW Ugh. That last bit is unconscionable. They've got the architecture set up, what trouble is it to be accessible to the little people?
@BESW Yeah, the bundling just seems to be a hit to the banks, not to creators nor patrons nor patreon itself?!
 
I've seen some analysis about shareholder influences.
I don't understand it entirely, but it's something to do with being ridiculously overvalued even in the context of the app bubble and needing to do something to catch their actual value up to their speculative value.
 
Despite having minored in econ at one point I don't really follow that. How does pushing away small creators and pushing more money to banks bump their actual value? (Or is it the bump in the flat rate that's intended to increase value, and everything else's just collateral damage?)
 
I.... don't know.
Everything's moving so fast, the last analysis I read came before the clarification that they're unbundling.
 
hah.
 
I got a recurve bow from office Secret Santa.
@BESW Yeah, I've heard a rumor that this is a result of VC funding from Paypal.
 
3:08 AM
If Kickstarter's Drip service can speed up their timetable, they can eat Patreon for lunch.
 
this sounds a lot like they did some really silly stuff
 
What's Drip, now?
 
@nitsua60 I imagine it's like normal Kickstarter but subscription-based.
 
@Yuuki "Kickstarter: Keep Kickin' It"
 
Instead of funding $60 at once, you kinda space it out. Like $10 every month for half a year.
 
3:10 AM
Yeah, it's Kickstarter's foray into subscription crowdfunding.
Drip used to be a musician crowdfunding site, but Kickstarter bought it and has been re-tooling it.
 
Hmm... I can't tell which hand dominance this bow is for.
 
They just announced their plans for the new version last month.
 
Logic tells me that it's most likely a right-handed bow, but the grip feels slightly more comfortable in my left hand.
 
would that just be because you are left handed or?
 
@trogdor I am right-handed.
 
3:13 AM
oh nvm that theory then
XD
 
My other assumption was that someone somehow knows my eye dominance despite me not knowing it.
But I just tested it and I'm right eye dominant.
So that theory went bust too.
 
 
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4:50 AM
@UrsulaV I'm working on a comparison list of a bunch of sites this weekend, pros and cons and requirements and logistics. I've seen itch.io, Libera Pay (I already discussed some things for consideration on that one), Paypal, Ko-Fi, Thrinacia, and Snowdrift Wiki's index of sites.
@UrsulaV This is where it'll be, as a simple PDF, and I'll keep updating/reuploading/etc. The last update date/time will be at the top as I update it. http://kittyspace.org/gettheshowon.pdf
 
5:49 AM
Sentinel Comics: The Roleplaying Game Starter Kit released in retail locations everywhere today, stop by your #FLGS to pick up your copy this weekend!
 
 
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7:28 AM
Good morning everyone
 
7:58 AM
[wave]
 
 
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3:11 PM
hey there @Zachiel
 
Heya
 
Hi
 
how're things going?
 
@Shalvenay I have some gift vouchers that will expire with the new year, mom is making me feel guilty for having not spent them already, I need a new computer but I'm at the usual analisys paralisys step, which is further complicated by the availability of said vouchers.
 
@Zachiel ah. I take it you're still on that box you don't know if it can run roll20 or not?
 
3:17 PM
Meanwhile, I'm using dad's PC, which is too noisy to use at night and which he needs every now and then
@Shalvenay ^
 
@Zachiel probably worth a try and seeing how well/poorly roll20 runs?
 
Also, I've been suggested a laptop that's for sale on Amazon, but I don't have a credit card so I need to have someone else buy it for me. A computer savy coworker tells me he'd never spend more than 300€ on a laptop (mine would cost around 1000€). Then I get told non-laptop PCs don't cost much less.
@Shalvenay I could but I'm not in the mood. I think I'll go at the local computer shop seeing what they suggest me. If only I was sure about what kind of laptop I want to get...
 
@Zachiel ah
 
I mean, I could ask hardware reccomendation but... "what do you want to use this laptop for?" "Oh, I have no idea. Something big enough to run whatever I will fancy using in the future, I guess."
Isn't that a stupid approach?
 
Well, if you say you need a new computer there must either be things you want to do but your current computer can't do or you don't really need a new one ;)
(hey there @Shalvenay)
 
3:23 PM
@ACuriousMind how're things going?
 
@Shalvenay Quite nicely, how 'bout you?
 
@ACuriousMind My old laptop is dead. I just want a computer that I can use while dad is using this one. I use it maily for browsing and skype/telegram (I have no smartphone). It would be good if I could move it easily (to read RPG pdf material during the gaming session without having to print) but I don't want this portableness to cost me too much
 
Then it sounds as if basically any cheap laptop would do the trick
 
@ACuriousMind OK here
 
Yeah, but who knows? Maybe next year some wonderful PC game I want to play will be too much for my cheap thing. Or the pdfs might load too slowly and scroll clunkily like on this PC.
I want a crystal ball
 
3:27 PM
You definitely don't wanna spend 1000€ on a computer if you're not intending to use it for gaming, video rendering or anything resource intensive like that
 
@ACuriousMind what's the line bwtween "using it for gaming" and wanting to play some games without the need for extra-crisp top-of-the-notch graphics?
 
@Zachiel Mainly whether you play current AAA titles or rather indie games, I'd say. The latter usually don't need that much hardware
 
@ACuriousMind I currently have "Pillars of Eternity" on my wishlist. But I'm not dying if I can't play it
People keep telling me "you'll want at least an i5 if you don't do rendering". What if I wanted to install Poser again? I... I don't know. Somebody just tell me how much a reasonable budget is.
I'll do what I can with that budget an maybe in 2 or 3 years I will have a laptop again.
 
Well, "reasonable" is pretty difficult. I spent more than 1000€ on this PC a few years ago, but I'm a) an avid gamer and b) wanted something that would last a few years without becoming completely outclassed by newer stuff. It would have been just as "reasonable" to spend less and buy another one sooner, I guess.
 
I'm all for b)
I spent around 1000 when I graduated for my now-dead laptop, and it lasted me 8 years and a half.
 
3:57 PM
Eight and a half years is a good service age for a laptop in active use.
 
 
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Q: Add [feat] as a synonym for [feats]

Mindwinseveral times i get this warning when tagging questions, you seem to be attempting to create the tag [feat] but the tag [feats] already exist. Did you meant to use [feats]? Or something to that effect. Can we get a synonym mapping? © Ctrl+C Ctrl+V

 
 
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11:34 PM
@ACuriousMind What if the only thing I do with my computer everyday is start it up after I get back from work, open Notepad, type |, save the document, and then shut it down?
 
@Yuuki You definitely need a high-end machine for that, otherwise it can't store so many |s
 

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