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Discussion on: Web Monetization API spec suggestions

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Yeah, it's a challenge to find the correct solution (if there is a solution anyway)...

I really like the consent-less idea behind WM. That's what we tried to keep in our suggestion.

One-time tipping is already possible via other ways, although it probably could be improved to make the bar lower. I'm curious if this would work for a content creator to have a sort of stable revenue.

I think the challenge with setting weight/rate by user/provider is, that they don't know the costs for a content creator. For example the costs for a 'simple' blogpost compared to the results of an extensive investigation might look the same in terms of length, visitors, etc.. but an extensive investigation might cost 10 times more to create. If the content creator wants to continue making those investigations, it should earn enough.

I could see WM as an alternative to some subscriptions, I'm then thinking about newsarticles. I find it very frustrating that I can't read/buy a single article. I'm not going to take a subscription on all newspapers... An alternative might be to have a wallet in your browser, so it could be very easy to pay the content creator. But then you have a consent back again...

What I don't know is what websites nowadays earn via ads and if WM is actually in terms of the current payment rate an alternative to ads.

I'll keep thinking about this.. if any idea pops up I'll share it