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boldboldness  ·  1285 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Hubski Update: A funding experiment

One of the main points of Dan Ariley's book Predictably Irrational was that the chasm between paid and non-paid is so far greater than people usually expect. Even when the transaction is merely pennies, the change in the attitude of a person can be immense. I mean, people have no qualms buying a $600 smartphone, but many of these people would prefer to use a broken ad-filled free app than shell out the whole 99 cents for the paid app. It turns regular joyful activities into work for many people, even if you don't need the income or even don't really care.

Basically, even fractions of a cent could cause users to behave significantly different and change the tone of the website. I wouldn't want to see any unintended consequences from such a change.

kleinbl00  ·  1284 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Micropayments: for people who don't remember the '90s

mk  ·  1285 days ago  ·  link  ·  

That's an interesting point. Part of the rationale for letting users decide how much to donate, and how to divide it is to discover where people drift to over time. I didn't start with any bits, but speaking for myself, I increased my donation based upon an increase in what was available to me. I have a sense that relative values are going to play a role.