While many like this, there have been complaints about it making the system more complex and that it might scare new users away from starting to use it. (It even took me 2 weeks or so to actually put money into it, back when PayPal was the only option, and I was longing to start giving!)
There have been quite a few discussions about this on our forum, ever since we started up Flattr. Not only on the forum, but in blogs here and there as well, on Twitter and so forth. The thoughts about it vary, some of them contained in texts such as:
Some of the early skepticism about Flattr suggested that people would be unwilling to pay for content they could already get for free. Others said that the only people that would use Flattr would be publishers.
Some people are trying out Flattr as an experiment, hopefully viewing it as a possible investment for their future with comments like:
One of the rules of Flattr is, you have to give to get. I can’t benefit from the system without first putting anything into the system. I have allotted 2 euros per month, and I put enough in my account to give me a 4-month stockpile of credits, so I will be testing this service out for a third of a year.
We now know that most of our users are givers. They are not here to get. Does this address some of the concern, or is it as simple as the people who just want to get aren’t bothering to sign up, since they’re required to give?
To that point, some really do dread having to give:
I don’t accept donations via my site, as it’s ad-supported and they more than pay my hosting bill. I’m not joining a service that wants me to pay to receive. I’m the talent, I should get paid not pay.
So with some of this feedback regarding “give to get”, is this how we really want it? What are your thoughts?
And please tell us if you’re primarily a giver or a getter!