Our goal is to creates sustainable ways to generate revenue for both the platform and the creators. Right now, we have a number of different monetization mechanisms in place that help us pave the way towards sustainability and profitability. I don't really see a scenario where I would be comfortable selling ad space on the platform to creators, as I also don't see this as a sustainable form of revenue that can grow. Plus it feels kind of wrong.
I wish it were as simple as that - features such as that are quite robust and difficult to build. For us to build a monetization tool for creators we would need to replicate it for web, iOS, Android, and likely mobile web so that there is parity across platforms. This is a tall order for many things, but we hope to create more revenue generating tools for creators that we can scale out. Those are currently in the works and we hope to announce them down the road.
Agree, and recommend creators explore every option possible - whether it's a Ko-Fi, Support Program, Patreon, PayPal donations, etc.
As for the rest of the talking points, we are still in the process of looking at short term and long term solutions to the questions and concerns brought up in this topic.
For the short term we will be deploying messaging around the creator dashboard and revenue dashboard about the transaction and exchange rates that are applied. For the long term, we hope to disclose more information when we come to a conclusion internally and feel confident enough to announce and move forward with.