Hey guys, sorry for not replying earlier. I would like to tell you how the name-mentioning system works and what I think about this discussion.
First of all, as the one who generally picks the name to be mentioned, I go to our Patreon page, select the tiers that qualify to get their name mentioned and scroll down for a random amount of time. I have made sure to use the entire range of the alphabet, so I don’t think that any name has a higher chance of getting picked. That said, over 2,500 people qualify to get their name mentioned. There aren’t even going to be that many episodes on the World War Two channel (I know, it’s sad). So basically, it’s just dumb luck.
However, @seanpoltzer, I do hear your argument. I understand that contributing that amount can be a large sum of money depending on your income. We do really mean it when we say that we are very grateful to every dollar that people are able to give to us. I try to acknowledge that as often as I can. Nevertheless, I hope that supporting our production is the main reason why you support us on Patreon. The Random name shoutout is just a symbol of our gratitude, but as it already says is completely random, and there’s not one supporter with more claim to it than another.
I am a little conflicted here to be honest, because I do want to acknowledge your support and emphasise how much we appreciate it. But giving in to your request takes away the randomness and opens the door for more people to make demands. Thats why I won’t be actively looking for your name in the Patreon support list. I hope for your sake that I land on your name in the future. But I also hope that me now telling you that we hugely appreciate your contribution, and that you are part of why we’re able to do this, is equally satisfying. If that is not the case, and you’d wish to end your patronage, then i’d be sorry to hear that but in the end you are free to spend your money as you wish.
I hope that this answers your question!