In my mournful post about the death of the full RSS feed, @orenwolf highlighted the costs and complexities of running BB and how this has caused the end of the same full-RSS feeds that BB championed in the past. This is a revenue thing, so the topic has come up in the past about whether BB could be funded, at least in part, with some sort of subscription model.
It’s not as simple as throwing a Patreon on BB, say the folks that steer this giant ship. @orenwolf suggests a subscription model with the following technical requirements:
For my own part, the things I’d love to see is an ad-free BoingBoing (with full RSS feed) that’s fully funded by the sustaining subscribers. And fewer StackSocial posts. I don’t know if that’s realistic but I know a bunch of us are driven to agitation by the intrusive and occasionally sketchy ads that get served on the main site.
I am not the right person to consider BB’s technical needs, so I’m putting this out to the community to see
- What do folks in general think about this idea generally? and
- Does someone with the right technical or market knowledge in our community have a proposal for how BB could add a service that supports the above functional requirements?
Note that the admins seem quite confident that a fully community-funded BB is unlikely, so I’m guessing that a subscriber model might take the form of (e.g.) subscribers getting to see the site with no/fewer ads, and/or subscriber only content, etc.