I’ve been thinking about the best way to incentivise the creation of content I like. As a broke college student, the most obvious answer (Pay for it!) doesn’t really scale for me, but word of mouth certainly helps.
Something I would really like to see happen is micropayments integrated with online content. I hate paywalls, but I have often reached the end of an essay and wished that there was a simple button I could click to pay the author a small amount of money. (Julian 2022: Artur Piszek says the cognitive transaction costs are too high to make micropayments worth it) I’m not sure if this is a sustainable model, but I note that what I was willing to pay seemed to increase as my own funds grew. There are things like patreon and Ko-fi but they have significant transaction costs and trivial inconveniences matter. Siderea on what patreon does right: https://siderea.dreamwidth.org/1824441.html
interesting funding avenues
This is a list of people whose work I enjoy, and would like to see more of:
Bujold – Self publishing? Novellas, interesting model with subterranean press
Bret Victor – Dynamicland? Looking for
Sarah Monette/Katherine Addison
Evan Chen (Napkin)
Duncan Sabien r!Animorphs the Reckoning
Math and CS things that have been designed with particular attention to being learnt from.
- Neel’s videos and notes
- MIT Math for Computer Science