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Innovating on web monetization: Coil and Firefox Reality

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  1. ThatFanficGuy
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    It appears that Coil, the monetization platform, is similar to Scroll in nature. Like Scroll, Coil is a subscription services that charges the user monthly and divides the payments based on...

    It appears that Coil, the monetization platform, is similar to Scroll in nature. Like Scroll, Coil is a subscription services that charges the user monthly and divides the payments based on "member attention".

    As a creator, you can detect if patrons are Coil-enabled using javaScript. The recommended practice is called the “100+20” rule: offer special content for visitors who are paying, but do not disable the site or user experience for other guests.

    I find this an interesting solution to encourage monetization of content: not just the 100+20 thing, but using it in conjunction with Coil in what appears to be a seamless process for users.

    This is tangential:

    As an independent creator seeking to rely on patronage, it appears that the monetization side of things is very much in flux right now. If I choose to explore the widest amount of viable options – Patreon and LiberaPay and BuyMeACoffee but also Coil, Flattr, and Unlock (the latter two are mentioned down the list) – what I'm going to end up with is... perhaps not a sea, but a pond of links – all semantically similar but legally and financially distinct.

    It appears that you can't click "donate to ThatFanficGuy", pick the platform you're already registered with (like you could with logins using OAuth), and give monetary support. It also appears that there are very few distinctive qualities about each of those platforms: sure, Patreon's seen some shit in the news (and you as a regular patron may even be concerned about it), and some platforms are single-donation rather than monthly, but... What's my incentive, as a regular patron, to choose one of those over others?

    This feels rant-y on my part but also vitally important for the growing new financial sphere of patronage-based creators, and I don't really understand it. Is there a book on the matter that I haven't reached yet? Are there guidelines?

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