Combatting Patreon’s Ghost Pledges
In dating, “ghosting” has become the term for a situation in which one partner simply “disappears” from the relationship with no explanation. In Patreon, a “ghost patron” signs up to pledge at a certain level — helping himself or herself to the rewards and exclusive content available at that level — and then removes his or her pledge before the end of the month (when the credit cards are charged).
As I’ve reported here, Patreon is making promises to address this problem in its next update. But we don’t have a timeline for that, and while we wait in joyful hope for it to happen, many of us (particularly the NSFW creators) are getting taken advantage of by these ghosts.
So, in the meantime, let’s talk about a few ways to be proactive on Ghost Pledges.