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  • Patreon-Only Discord Launch! (no worries, everything remains the same on here)

    Thanks for leaving feedback and voting on the poll regarding a patreon-only discord server!The results so far are almost split in half. Half of you are against the idea or at least against posting only preview pictures on here. That's why I won't do it, still the thought of a Patreon-Only Discord didn't leave my head so I worked on one during times I wasn't drawing.To summarize it:You get Discord rewards without changes in the way I post on here, I think that's for the best right now :)The Discord features my gallery starting from June 2017 and some stuff from the past (+ a good way to search for stuff). I tried to structure it as best as I could. In case you are confused about the categories please take a look in the #server-tour channel :)And for good meassure, here is a tutorial how to link your Discord with Patreon to get your role :) Please let me know if you got any problems or issues with connecting your account ^^ I will start posting the first page of the Altering Curse Spinoff 2 publicly tomorrow, besides that I hope I can get at least a rough sketch for this months Fanart Poll Winner done today :)

    Thinking about making a Patreon-Only Discord to avoid content theft (to some extend at least)

    Multiple votes are active + Please read!Current state of the poll (1:29am CET)30 Pro 54,5%2 Inbetween 3,7%23 Contra 41,8%It seems like the biggest site who steals Patreon content is currently down. Even when it's gone new sites will emerge. I looked into ways to protect my content but let me tell you: It's hard.I think no matter how desperate I want to avoid content theft it will get stolen eventually, that's almost unavoidable on the internet. To be honest I don't care that much about it, I just want you to get the stuff you support me for and have the benefits you pledged for without someone stealing it before the Early Access is over.The only promising thing I know of is Discord, the only thing I am unsure about is how I should handle it. I have Discord, that doesn't mean everyone has it or wants to use it. Because of that I'm throwing another poll your way. I will always do what my Patrons think works best, period.Even if I don't create one I still will post the viewable and downloadable version of the comic and change the link once I see that it got leaked.Please please please let me know what you think! I don't want any of my Patrons unhappy about any of the changes I implement, even the smallest group of people that are against something will get heard. It's hard punishing content theft because it often punishes Patrons as well.Nothing is set in stone after the poll it just helps me think about that matter :)

    Update and stuff that I need to adress

    First of all thank you for taking your time and giving me some feedback in the last update post I made. It already helped out a lot here and there.Now onto the next topic that I need to adress and look into:Content TheftEvery Patreon Content Creator gets robbed of their stuff, maybe some more than others but I seen it happen here and there with my stuff. The reason why I am bringing it up again is because I will soon release the first page of the current comic with links to a viewable and downloadable versions of the current available pages for Patrons.Two days after I posted the links for the drive folders for the last comic they got leaked. There are bots out there scanning Patreon Pages, pledging, refunding and downloading the content to upload it elsewhere. After I saw the leak I quickly made a new folder with a new link and all was well. You don't know how many mails I received with requests to access the deleted folder, it must've been over 40.. I want to protect ALL my content, I owe it to you who pledge to see my stuff earlier, luckily I got some tiers that revolve around interaction and polls so these aren't steal-able. I owe it to me as well, working my ass off to get those comics done for you guys only to get it stolen a few days later is a real punch in the gut.That is why I need your helpPatreon is dealing with piracy as long as I can remember, still they are not able to stop the theft. Searching for solutions also didn't turn up anything worth of trying besides watermarking my art lol (as if that would help)Some of you support other creators on this site, did they encounter similar problems, how did they tackle them? Do you have any ideas how I can protect my art better?The only thing I found is a site called PrimeLeap, asking people who want to see the uploaded content about their pledge... (I think asking for permission to look at your account and verify that you are supporting me) After that you are allowed to see said uploaded content. It sounds promising, I already send a request to create a "club" there. Still not answer from them but I will keep you posted.I don't want to turn viewing my Patreon Content into a hassle, that is my number one priority! When you are against something just talk to me, I am on this Platform since 2017 but I still got a lot to learn here and there.This is another one of my full-on transparancy posts that you hopefully apreciate in some ways.I also heard that some artists work with Discord, dunno if that is worth looking into. Most likely stops the bots from stealing pics but there are still real people that don't value the work of the creator, steal it and upload it elsewhere...but there's nothing I can do about that. First of all I want to stop the "automated" stealing of my work.Thank you for your time, also on that note:Was busy today, bought groceries for the whole week, went on a long walk with our dog and worked on the poll visuals. The research for content-protection also took away a lot of my time.I will sketch something later on, not sure what but I hope you will like it :)Have a nice day everyone and stay safe,AronPS: I will welcome the new Patrons in the next post :)

    Declined payments, just a regular look behind the scenes. (Maybe monthly if anyone cares lol)

    Declined payments are a matter I started to take seriously after September. I promised you an animated Ty Lee comic when we stay at 200 Patrons but that number always took some kind of nose-dive at the end of each month. The cause for this massive drop every time are declined payments (well and people who cancel their pledge but there's nothing wrong with that, just to be clear :) ). I gathered over 35 declined payments since I started my Patron, I started blocking some who got declined since MORE THAN A YEAR. A month later I settled on blocking Patrons who got declined for more than 3 months, I think it's enough time to fix an issue like that.The stats for November19 declined Patrons4 are declined for more than 3 monthsMessage for declined Patrons for this monthHey there,just informing you that your payment got declined. For some it's the first time for others it's a reaccuring pattern over the past few months. It would be nice if you could look into that matter :)If your payment info still gets rejected after 3 months of declined payment I have to block you because even though you aren't paying, you are still counting to my total of supporters and that messes with Patron milestone goals/specials big time.Have a nice day and stay healthy,AronIt's not nice dealing with those issues but I slacked off on declined payments for too long in the past, if I want a clear number of supporters I have to get rid of people who get declined over and over again so I don't promise rewards like a comic for 200 Patrons only for it to get canceled a week later due to a massive Patron drop.Trying to be 100% transparent again, hope you don't mind,Aron

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