Patreon page for our Donation Points system

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In May we announced our Donation Points system for mod authors on Nexus Mods. The premise of the system is (relatively) simple, each month Nexus Mods has committed to donating $6,000 - $10,000 from our own funds towards a donation pool for mod authors to benefit from. If you'd like to read more about the Donation Points system please read our launch news post and our FAQs section.

Today we have launched a Patreon donation page to crowdfund a supplement to our donation pool so that our site users can also contribute to the system. Thus, whatever you, the users, raise on Patreon each month will go towards the next month's mod author Donation Points pool, on top of what Nexus Mods is already putting into the pool that month.

We're keeping it simple. There is one tier, with one purpose! Pledges go from you straight to our modding community and every penny you donate (except for Patreon and PayPal processing fees that we have no control over) will go towards the Donation Pool for mod authors.

We are a site built by modders, for modders, with the sole focus of providing the best support we can for our modding community of various video games. If you're a regular user of mods on Nexus Mods and would like to give something back to the mod authors who provide all their work free of charge, this is a great way to do it!

Any amount helps the mod author community and our one and only tier is open-ended starting from as little as $1.

Please be aware, this does not replace any sort of direct donation you can make to mod authors. If you'd rather donate directly to a specific mod author, nothing has changed! This is simply a way normal users of the site can donate towards all mod authors who have opted their mods into the donation system.

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  1. Iglix
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    As someone already mentioned, that support authors really did not convey to me what is going on and only reason I clicked on it was because paypal decided to continuously throw 10 errors in row when I was trying to send donation. Without that I would probably ignore it not even realizing what is going on.

    I have no idea what better term then "Support Authors" to use. Things like "Community Support" or similiar are just as lacking.

    What would have grabed my attention though would be if for lets say first six months of that patreon you had "New" text in front of that pateron sign. Possibly flashing in some non-distractive colours (something like dark yellow to dark blue and back) to increase chance that visitors of this site will notice that something changed recently.
  2. zlycher
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    Just setup my donation! I really hope this starts a groundswell of goodwill that will put beer money (or more) in every modder's pocket.
  3. Mookeylama
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    ok, just gave 100.00.  Hope that starts this initiative out nicely! it's a great idea. a big thank you to all the mod authors out there! bless ya. 
    give it up folks!
    1. BigBizkit
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      That is very very generous. Thank you very much, Mookeylama!
  4. jahera2009
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    Is this and the introduction of donation points somehow related to the captcha on login i keep seeing?


    Is it really necessary to have to go through three sets of bs to log in?
  5. Locaster
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    Congratulations Dark0ne is remarkable is admirable for his actions to help and value the work of modders, it was a great idea for Patreon and Dps. Not for the value itself, but for the effort to value the modders of the site.

    While those who criticize are selfish and nothing more to say, at least they should shut up. If you do not agree, not participating is simple.


    Keep up the good work
  6. Mookeylama
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    In response to post #60935747.


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    Yeah, I believe it is. I'm not going to lie, that part is a little confusing. It says "Support Nexus Mods without selecting a reward" but we obviously don't want it to say that as the Patreon isn't for us, it's for mod authors. Unfortunately, we can't change that text (or turn off that custom pledge) from what I can see.

    Basically -- whatever gets sent in via that Patreon page, no matter how it's pledged WILL go the donation pool.
     


    dang, nope. i tried to give 70 but the custom is still set up for monthly reoccurring. shouldn't be this tough to do lol
    1. Pickysaurus
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      The best way to do that would be to do a one monthly payment and cancel it after the payment is cleared.
  7. Elianora
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    This is a good idea. I will pledge a bit (even though it probably comes back to me with my DP points but I want to pitch in)
    1. BigBizkit
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      Much appreciated! :)
    2. opusGlass
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      Me as well. It really is a great idea, I always wanted to support authors on patreon but I couldn't afford to pay all of them separately, not to mention I wouldn't know how to split it. This is a great solution.
  8. Mookeylama
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    i see a "Custom Pledge" option now that i don't think was available on patreon yesterday. is that an option to donate once, and not reoccuring monthly?
    1. Dark0ne
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      Yeah, I believe it is. I'm not going to lie, that part is a little confusing. It says "Support Nexus Mods without selecting a reward" but we obviously don't want it to say that as the Patreon isn't for us, it's for mod authors. Unfortunately, we can't change that text (or turn off that custom pledge) from what I can see.

      Basically -- whatever gets sent in via that Patreon page, no matter how it's pledged WILL go the donation pool.
  9. DaedalusMachina007
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    Trying to do a Patreon for the 'Mod Author Donation Pool' is really scummy. Not happy about that.

    Let the Mod Authors put donate buttons on their individual mod pages if they want instead of trying to act as an arbiter of it, Nexus.

    There's ZERO transparancy on ANY of this and the 'Donation Points' system is still supposedly in the 90 day 'trial' period so where is the money going?

    If Nexus wants to start up a Patreon for the site, then just do that instead of trying to say it is for Mod Authors!

    Once again, Nexus is completely TONE DEAF when it comes to understanding their own modding community.

    Anyone who wants to make money from this stuff can fire up Unity/Unreal and make their own games instead of trying to profit off of the IP/work of others (which is already a legal grey area as it is).

    If authors are permitted a button to link to their own personal patreons, that would be cool. Same with the donation button on the mod pages. Nexus does NOT need to be the one to decide to whom and where the money goes. What a sham!

    I already had to deal with a severe sharp decline of downloads on my mods with the 'mandatory login' requirement even for files under 2 MB. I didn't care about donation points and yet they forced this change on everyone. Ugh.
    I wanted to help charity, but if I opt-out of the donation points system it still doesn't permit the mods to be downloaded by others without an account.

    Maybe ModDB might be a better place to host things or I'll pop up stuff on my own website.
    1. Dark0ne
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      There's ZERO transparancy on ANY of this and the 'Donation Points' system is still supposedly in the 90 day 'trial' period so where is the money going?


      The article is very clear about where the money is going. Money received from Patreon in June goes towards the July pot. Money received from July goes to the August pot. And so on, and so forth. Authors can see how much money we're receiving from this Patreon and then see we've added it to the next month's pot. Ergo, it's very transparent.

      How is there zero transparency? Please explain.

      If Nexus wants to start up a Patreon for the site, then just do that instead of trying to say it is for Mod Authors!


      Huh? We already have a Premium Membership system tied into the site. We don't need a Patreon for the site.

      Once again, Nexus is completely TONE DEAF when it comes to understanding their own modding community.


      What exactly makes us tone deaf? We've engaged with our mod authors for well over a decade, hearing what they have to say about paid modding, donations and Patreon pages over many years and threads. We've discussed the plans for this system and adapted them based on user feedback a year in advance of actually releasing it. If that makes us tone deaf then, uh...ok?

      If authors are permitted a button to link to their own personal patreons, that would be cool. Same with the donation button on the mod pages. Nexus does NOT need to be the one to decide to whom and where the money goes. What a sham!


      They are. And nothing has changed there.

      However, this is an entirely different system that supplements and compliments the other, it doesn't replace it. We're permitted to do whatever we damn well please with our own money, and we've decided to donate some of it to the mod authors who want to partake in this system.

      I already had to deal with a severe sharp decline of downloads on my mods with the 'mandatory login' requirement even for files under 2 MB. I didn't care about donation points and yet they forced this change on everyone. Ugh.


      You have one file on the site. Not sure what the plural on "mods" is, but here are your stats: https://www.nexusmods.com/finalfantasy12/mods/37?tab=stats

      That graph doesn't correlate with what you're saying. You're at the exact same rate of downloads as you were getting before we released the update to turn off guest downloading. The only bumps in your download stats occurred when you released updates to your files, which makes sense, as people who used your mod would be coming back to grab the update, increasing the download stats. Nothing to do with guest downloading being removed at all.

      Maybe ModDB might be a better place to host things or I'll pop up stuff on my own website.


      If you feel that strongly about the situation then yes, those options are open to you.
  10. Augusta Calidia
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    NexusMods is a modding website, not a mod.  Dark0ne is the site owner, not a mod author.  The ToS applies to mods and mod authors.
    1. DtheHun
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      Grabbing the core essence 10/10
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