What if every toot had a 'like with your wallet' button?
@anthracite Mastodon as micropayment-adjacent? Iiiiinteresting.
I'd want to make sure the recipients can disable it for individual toots, at least; our predecessors thought about doing the tip-jar thing on the Web at times and one of the first things in their minds was “how do I make sure people know _not_ to contribute for things like fanart that might have ethical/legal/social problems if money gets attached”.
I can see a lot of cool what-ifs in this, but also a bad, worrying what-if. Show more
I could imagine people developing guilt trips about consuming too much content without paying. Which, from a "this content is worthwhile work" perspective, makes some sense.
But it's a cruel irony that often, the people most likely to feel guilt trips about not paying content creators are poor people themselves. And since that often means unemployed/disabled folks, I worry that this would result in the people who have the most time to spend on the internet, and rely the most on it for social support/connection/company, feeling obliged to cut down on their social media time because they can't afford to pay.
So what can be done to make sure people don't develop guilt complexes of "I don't deserve to use social media if I can't pay" and self-limiting their access?
(the tipping toots thing) Show more
Looking back on what I said earlier, I wanna clarify that I don't think the whole "appreciate the toot with your wallet" is a bad idea just because of hypothetical people's hypothetical guilt complexes, which would be their own issues, really. I still think it's a good idea; I just think going in with eyes open to the possibility would also be a good idea.
@mysidia @anthracite that’s a really valid concern! Som early morning sleepy thoughts:
One possible solution is through UX, making sure the buttons feel like they’re linked to the user instead of to the content of the post.
Phrasing is probably also very important: Obviously the enabled platforms already imply donation rather than payment-for-product but im sure a good UX designer could come with an elegant solution for this.