We'll have an official announcement later this week, but we wanted to share it with our most die-hard fans first (our Google+ community members!)
Ausdroid has dabbled with paid supporter memberships in the last little while, but we'll be closing this program and ceasing subscription payments. Allowing some users to pay to skip ads is a bit silly, when you consider that most readers who don't want ads will just adblock them anyway, and get the paid experience for free.
An option which deprives us of revenue too, I might add. So, the supporter program is gone.
However, Ausdroid has been running on fumes for years and it's no longer sustainable, especially in an environment where demand for our services is growing and growing. We have 250k unique readers each month. If just 1% of those readers supported Ausdroid with $1 a month, we'd have enough to be rid of ads for everyone. If some of those readers supported with $5 a month, we'd have full time staff.
In recognition of this -- that Ausdroid's worth is to the community first and foremost -- we're throwing ourselves open to the community and asking you to support us. If just a thousand readers pledged to support Ausdroid with the cost of a cup of coffee each month ($3 to $5), Ausdroid would take on a full-time, paid editor, remove all advertising from the website, and become better overall.
We'll be launching our Patreon site this week, but we want to give you guys the first peek. We're also taking feedback on the wording and options; let us know what you like and what you don't, and we'll take that on board and make changes as necessary.
In short, Ausdroid needs your help to continue to survive. We don't want to sell out Ausdroid to ridiculous advertising. We don't want to spam your inboxes with useless promotions. Please, help us to continue delivering you the best news we know how, and jump on board.
- Chris & the team