Dear people planning to move to pillowfort:
As someone not involved in the development of pillowfort but am a web developer, I think you should lower your expectations, but not for the reason you think.
Pillowfort is a baby. A newborn. A smol bab. If you were here during the early days of Tumblr, think of that.
Pillowfort simply cannot be the immediate solution to your woes. It needs to be nurtured and cared for to become a mature and happy adult.
If you want Pillowfort to work, they’ll need feedback, advice, bug reports, etc. This is a chance to make Pillowfort the Ao3 of Fanfiction.net. It’s not gonna happen overnight, you need to give it time and love and it’ll get there.
If you don’t want to pay money to get into the beta, that’s ok. It will be open to the public soon enough and you won’t have to pay a dime. Their financial model moving forward sounds good (a subscription fee for super extra features), but even an Ao3 model would work swell for them probably.
We’re living in an interesting time on the internet. Governments across the world are cracking down on content and yet community run websites are starting to thrive more and more.
Tumblr once upon a time was what Pillowfort is today, but this time, let’s make sure Pillowfort can stay independent from mega corporations.
Be good to the bab, so one day the bab can be good to you.
raise your babs well and you won’t get put in a old folks home that smells like pee.
This is an important thing to think about. If we want fandom spaces, we have to help care for them – with content, yes, but they’re going to need money and community support to thrive independently. They’re going to need people willing to be patient when they stumble.
While there’s ultimately no guarantee any community won’t eventually be sold off to a corporation, we can make it a lot less likely to happen by a) giving it a feasible way to support itself and b) not being absolute assholes to the team behind it.