How you can support ALTopedia

ALTopedia is 100% user-funded.

That might seem unremarkable, but it’s a pretty unusual situation for a modern web site.

Most sites fund themselves through advertising. They try to show their users as many ads as possible, or try to get information about their users so they can sell that information to advertisers. This creates a lot of bad incentives for web sites as the interests of the users of the site usually conflict with the interests of advertisers.

This is an issue that I feel strongly about, so ALTopedia doesn’t run any advertising or give any data about the users to anyone. The site is independent and there’s no one who can impose any change of policy on the site that doesn’t serve the users.

I think the best way to align the interests of the site with its users is to have users fund the site directly.

By contributing to the site, you can get your account upgraded to a Subscriber account. Subscribers can:

- Set an avatar

- Put your activities in “Workshop Mode”, which gives them a prominent place on the front page and shows that you’re looking for feedback on it.

- View a page that shows all comments on your activities, which can be useful if you want to respond to a question or see other users' feedback.

The plan is to be able to do this on the site itself some time in the spring. Until then, joining the Patreon or donating via Ko-fi will unlock your Subscriber account. Please get in touch with your account name!

The Subscriber system is new and many more features are in development. The next one coming up is a lesson tracking system, so you can manage your school schedule inside of ALTopedia. The current plan is to start rolling it out in Summer 2022.

I hope you’ll consider helping to keep the site running and evolving! Thanks for your support!

Jake, administrator and co-founder of ALTopedia