Over the last few years I periodically considered whether I should set up a Patreon account and ask people to give me money if they like my blog.
I was never very happy with the idea, for several reasons:
Also, it seemed kind of tacky.
Happily, the decision was taken out of my hands. For about a year I had been signed up as a Patreon donor, regularly giving small donations to a couple of worthy projects. Another worthy project appeared, but when I signed up for it, I immediately received the following notice:
Hello there,This is a note to alert you that your Patreon account has been suspended and is pending removal for suspected fraud. If you believe this action was taken in error, please reach out to us…
This was mysterious. Who is defrauding whom? If I'm being defrauded, why remove my account? And how could I be defrauding anyone? They have been successfully charging my credit card for months.
So I opened a support ticket, asking:
To which they replied, but without answering the question:
Unfortunately, there appears to have been fraudulent activity linked to your account. For this reason the account has been removed.
A few more exchanges followed, during which we repeatedly talked past one another:
We appreciate your concerns about sharing personal information, but in order to look into your account and possibly reinstate it, we will need the following information: …
Thank you for the clarification. Fraudulent activity can be triggered by a variety of reasons.
At that point it seemed useless to continue, so, with peaceful aplomb I didn't. In due course they cancelled my account and refunded all the money I had ever paid out of it.
I still don't know what the hell was going on.