If you want a more accurate number, make it an anonymous poll.
People who have seen the thread but aren’t interested are probably less likely to make a comment,
but if there’s a button that says “not interested” then they can just click without worrying about coming up with a comment.
Personally speaking I have a mixed opinion about the idea.
On the one hand I appreciate that it needs funding,
but on the other hand I can see a few downsides:
- It’s going to mean more time/work because you’ll have to regularly come up with new content
- There’s no fixed timescale, so people might be expecting to only be paying for a few weeks/months and actually end up paying more than they were expecting if the project ends up dragging on for whatever reason (e.g. unforseen problems)
Personally I wouldn’t sign up because I can’t really afford subscriptions,
and because I’m not a big fan of Patreon (and subscriptions in general) for various reasons.
I think a donation-based model would be better than a subscription-based model because those who can afford to fund it would be able to give the amount they want and the people who can’t afford to could still benefit from the videos/information but wouldn’t have access to the prototype boards.
Unfortunately I don’t know what the best technical solution for that would be.
(And there’s probably laws involved somewhere.)