Explaining the new Patreon service fee

Beginning December 18, Patreon will charge patrons, the people giving money to the creators they support, a flat 35 cents plus 2.9% of the pledge. This means that if you decide to give $1.00 a month to YouTube creator Nerkish, Patreon will charge you $1.38 a month. Nerkish after Patreon’s five percent handling fee to the creator will rake in 95 cents.

Nerkish!

Why is Patreon doing this? because that is what Patreon’s credit card processor is charging them to process credit cards: a flat 35 cents per transaction and 2.9% of the pledge. This is a standard fee structure charged by credit card processors to merchants. In this particular case, Patreon is the merchant.

Is Patreon allowed to do this? Yes, in fact, according to recently enacted credit card processing laws, they are expressly allowed to pass on the processing cost to the cardholder. Even if they wanted to pass this on to the creator, technically under the law, they wouldn’t be allowed to. This can only be passed on to the cardholder.

I should note the flat 35 cents per transaction is charged whether the transaction is approved or declined. It’s an authorization fee. It’s what the processor charges the merchant for each card that is run. Technically, it’s what MasterCard and Visa charges for each card run and this cost is passed over to the processor. If the card is approved, the Patreon passes this over along with the other 2.9% fee. If the card is declined, they eat the cost.

This new change should decrease the number of $1 pledges people have made. Knowing that a $1 pledge costs a $1.38 a month might make people think twice before pledging money to their favorite YouTube creators.

Mark Waid is back on Twitter

I was surprised when I started noticing tweets by comic book writer and tantrum thrower Mark Waid in my Twitter feed. He raged quit Twitter some time ago and it’s been a while since I’ve read anything from him on Twitter. Here was the last thing he wrote before taking his Twitter ball and going home:

Now that he’s logging back into Twitter and saying things again, I’m seeing him in my feed. It doesn’t seem from his current Twitter offerings that he’s claimed down all that much.

Here’s a tweet where he says YouTuber Capn Cummings, currently deployed serving in the U.S. military, harasses young women and readers should stay away from him:

That’s a heavy accusation to throw around, serial harasser of young women, especially when it’s not backed up by even a shred of evidence. It just makes it seem like Paul Cummings is yet another sexual weirdo like all the other sexual weirdos in the news lately. The point is, he’s not.

Mark Waid, of course, knows this because he is a writer of words. It’s what he does for a living. He takes words, throws them down in a specific order so that the reader comes to an intended conclusion.

I think Mark Waid is a talented writer, but a terrible human being with mental problems.

Twitter block bots are stupid and I hate them

I discovered yesterday that I’ve been blocked on Twitter by yet another person, Melissa Morgue of The Feminist Fangirl YouTube channel. Since I’ve done nothing nefarious towards her or anyone else for that matter, I can only assume she’s using a block bot and blocking anyone who follows Diversity & Comics

I was able to subscribe to her YouTube channel yesterday, but I noticed this morning that I was no longer subscribed. Either there was some kind of glitch that removed me as her subscriber, or she manually unsubscribed me. I’m assuming YouTube content creators can do that, unsubscribe people.

Even if a YouTube content creator can block people from subscribing to their videos, why would they want to? I’m assuming Melissa Morgue has a message and she wants that message to get out to the public.

Don’t preach to the choir, preach to the wretched heathens who don’t agree with you

The choir is made up of people who already agree with you.

From the title of her channel, I’m almost certain she and I disagree on some issues. There’s nothing wrong with that. I can listen to people who don’t agree with. In fact, I like to listen to people with views that don’t mesh with mine. It helps confirm my own opinions or if presented with enough persuasive evidence, it forces me to change my mind.

I try to base my opinions on the available evidence. When presented with new evidence that I find persuasive, I’m not only willing to change my mind, I want to change my opinion.

Back in the early 1990s, I was in the Air Force and stationed in upstate New York. I’d listen to The Rush Limbaugh Show each and every day at work. I didn’t agree with most of what Limbaugh had to say, but I enjoyed the high production values of the show. I appreciated hearing contrary opinions to my own. The night of the 1992 presidential election, I went out and cast my vote for Bill Clinton. I probably listened to Rush Limbaugh that very same day. Nothing Limbaugh said on his radio show swayed me into voting for George H. W. Bush. Rush Limbaugh failed to change my mind. I voted for the sexual predator from Arkansas.

I think I would be the perfect audience for Melissa Morgue’s content. I’m more than willing to give her the opportunity to change my mind about things. I gave Rush Limbaugh that opportunity. Who does she want as an audience for her content, only people who agree with her?

That seems like a massive waste of time on her part.

I am not an anonymous troll

I make a point of treating people on Twitter the way I want to be treated. My twitter account not only contains my full name, it even has a current photo as my profile pic. The same is true on YouTube. When I post comments on YouTube, I post them as me. I am not anonymous.

I think that’s why it bothers me when I’m blocked on Twitter. I’ve done nothing to deserve it. If you feel the need to use a block bot on Twitter and you’re blocking someone like me, you’re doing it wrong.

Rich Johnston is not in charge at Bleeding Cool

Bleeding Cool, the pinnacle of online clickbait comic book journalism, has been receiving some well-deserved flack lately. Joe Glass, a Bleeding Cool staff writer tried to use fraud to take down a YouTube channel because he didn’t agree with what the YouTuber was saying about Marvel Comics. Joe Glass the journalist tried to de-platform someone because they voiced their opinions.

When exactly in journalism school do they teach that?

Free speech

Remember when the comic book community valued free speech? Joe Glass wrote a Bleeding Cool article this past August that claimed one of the problems in comic fandom today is that free speech law has not caught up with modern technology. Put that on a Comic Book Legal Defense Fund flier.

When people blame Rich Johnston for the shady, unethical behavior at Bleeding Cool, they’re making a mistake.

People assume Rich Johnston is in charge at Bleeding Cool. They assume Joe Glass and the other journalists employed by Bleeding Cool work for him.

Rich Johnston does not own Bleeding Cool

The facts do not support the notion that Rich Johnston is in charge of anything at Bleeding Cool. Rich Johnston doesn’t own Bleeding Cool. According to Bleeding Cool’s About page, Bleeding Cool is owned by Avatar Press.

A WHOIS search of the bleedingcool.com domain shows the domain is owned by Avatar Press. Rich Johnston’s name appears nowhere on the WHOIS record.

Mark Seifert runs Bleeding Cool

According to the Bleeding Cool About page, Mark Seifert manages the website, not Rich Johnston. Also, according to Mark Seifert’s Twitter, he’s the managing editor of Bleeding Cool.

According to Rich Johnston’s Twitter, he’s “head writer” at Bleeding Cool. His byline at Bleeding Cool says he’s “chief writer” and founder of Bleeding Cool. It seems like he can’t even get his own honorary title right.

The fact that Bleeding Cool hired Jude Terror, formally from The Outhousers, should demonstrate just how much power Rich Johnston wields at Bleeding Cool. Rich wrote this about the hiring:

I wasn’t consulted on this, obviously. Frankly, I wish he wasn’t now part of Bleeding Cool. I advised against it, but it seems my counsel was ignored.

Say what you want about Rich Johnston, he’s clearly not in charge of anything over at Bleeding Cool.

If you have a problem with anything going on at Bleeding Cool or anything someone on the staff is doing, and you’re complaining to Rich Johnston, you’re doing it wrong. Take your complaint to Mark Seifert or to Avatar Press. They’re the ones calling the shots at Bleeding Cool, not Rich Johnston.

Boogie2988 doesn’t want you to come to his house

Steven Williams, the man who plays Boogie2988 on YouTube, is making it crystal clear he doesn’t want you coming to his house. He made a video showing all of his Halloween decorations and then showed them set up on his front yard. Evidently he’s now worried people will watch the video and find his house and come see him.

A stranger knocking on the front door? That’s some real scary stuff.

Why anyone would want to go to this man’s house is beyond me. He lives somewhere in Arkansas. I’ve been to Arkansas one time in my life and that was one time too many.

Boogie2988 is not real

I think the problem is that there are some people who don’t realize Boogie2988 is just a bit. It’s a character being played. Boogie2988 is no more real than any of his other characters, Francis or Jessy.

Boogie2988 does not love you

The worst thing Steven does is at the end of every Boogie2988 video, he tells his viewers, I love you very much.

If you don’t want strangers to feel as though it would be cool to come to your home, stop telling them you love them very much. It sends the wrong message.

Boogie2988 loves stuff

Steven doesn’t love his viewers. Not at all. He loves having viewers, but he doesn’t love them as people. If it wasn’t for viewers, he would have to go back on disability and he wouldn’t be able to afford the massive amount of nerd junk he accumulates. The video games, the Magic The Gathering cards, the collectible action figures, etc. Those are things people working for a living cannot afford, at least not to the extent Steven does. If he had to get a real job or go back on disability, he wouldn’t be able to afford any of those things.

Mark Waid, Baltimore Comic Con, and worthless harassment policies

Comic book writer Mark Waid posted this following call to action on his Facebook page:

For anyone attending this weekend’s (excellent) Baltimore Comic Con, I have an important request. There is a serial YouTube harasser named Richard C Meyer who I’m told may be attending as a fan. If anyone sees this gentleman or any of his friends, I need you to come find me and tell me immediately. Even if I’m on a panel, come up and interrupt.

Please circulate this request as widely as you possibly can through all your social media accounts. Fellow pros, tell each other. This is about attempting to lessen the harassment of women in comics, and it is important. Please spread the word. Thank you.

Talk about creating an unsafe environment.

The YouTube harasser Mark Waid is referring to is the person who maintains the Diversity & Comics channel. I had never heard of the channel until I first read about Mark Waid’s call for stalking at the Baltimore Comic Con. Contrary to what Mark Waid says, the guy is not a harasser, serial or otherwise. He just talks about comic books in a pleasant, unpretentious, and upbeat tone. I watched a couple of his videos and I then subscribed. I recommend his channel to anyone with an interest in comic books. I recommend his channel to anyone who is unhappy with the social justice aspect of too many of today’s comics, especially those published by Marvel Comics. 

This is his most viewed video:

Back to Mark Waid. It’s hard not to look at Mark Waid’s Facebook post as a sign of severe mental instability. If you claim to be a friend of Mark Waid and you don’t encourage him to seek help, you really aren’t a friend of his. In his mind he has decided a person he doesn’t know is a harasser of women (?) and is asking for strangers to seek this person out and then immediately alert him to this fact. In what universe is this normal behavior?

Is your name Richard?

Mark Waid doesn’t know what the person looks like. None of the people Mark Waid hopes to enlist know what this person looks like. This means they will be looking for someone named Richard who is a serial harasser. My name is Richard. This means that if went to the Baltimore Comic Con, I would have to worry about one of Mark Waid’s acolytes misidentifying me as their prey. I was actually thinking on attending tomorrow, but considering how Mark Waid has made it open season on anyone named Richard, I can’t even think about going now.

If only Baltimore Comic Con had a policy against stalking

If only Baltimore Comic Con had a harassment policy that would prohibit something like this from happening. Oh, that’s right. They do have a harassment policy that prohibits something like this from happening. Mark Waid is asking for his fellow professionals, friends, fans, and strangers to stalk someone named Richard. What if someone reading Mark Waid’s call to action is even more mentally unstable than he is? The Baltimore Comic Con’s harassment policy forbids stalking. Mark Waid is evidently exempt from this policy. This means the Baltimore Comic Con harassment policy is worthless. What’s worse than not having a harassment policy? Having one and not enforcing it.

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The Baltimore Comic Con and its worthless harassment policy.

If I don’t want to be harassed or stalked because of my name, I need to stay away from Baltimore Comic Con. Mark Waid and the Baltimore Comic Con’s inability to enforce its own harassment policy has made the event unsafe for me.