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Are there researchers that get (partly) funded through Patreon? There are probably enough points to be made against this but I find the idea intriguing.

@l I know bassist Steve Lawson is getting money from Bandcamp subscriptions, and is doing a PhD, but I'm not sure if the one funds the other, or if the PhD is funded separately.

@l anarchopac is trying to fund her phd on anarchist strategy with patreon.

@l I know some graduate-schooled people in early Christian studies (Matthew Ferguson, Richard Carrier) and amateur researchers in arms and armour such as Roland Warzeca. The dig at Sandby Borg and the Journal of Roman Military Equipment Studies were crowdfunded.

@l I've been thinking about it more and more, especially since some very good scientists I know will soon be unemployed due to lack of funding.

I actually think the idea is one worth exploring. The biggest issue I see is that patreon patrons generally expect something in return (i.e. a product). Not sure what form that would take when crowdfunding science.

@mbbrown An issue I was thinking about is how certain fields would just be really underfunded because they are unpopular/unknown, etc

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