We thought it might help you guys to feel more confident in your interactions and involvement here if we gave you some tips to change your publicly viewable information. Please review the steps here to allow yourself to fully engage confidently with posts.
Click/hover on your profile image in any page (this should be at the top right whether you view on mobile or desktop). You should see the "My Profile Settings" option, click this.
1. Change your public username
You can choose anything you'd like (within reason) for your publicly viewable username. Please also be aware that comments on any Patron-only posts cannot be viewed by non-Patrons, but comments on publicly accessible posts can be viewed by all. You can tell if a post is publicly viewable before you leave a comment by the type of image used. Posts with a censored image are usually publicly available, as are posts suggesting visitors join us.
2. Change user image/avatar
While not absolutely necessary, we feel it helps users to interact with others if they have a unique profile image, one which other users can become familiar with over time. You can choose anything (within reason) to replace any default graphic provided by the Patreon platform.
3. Check the Patron Privacy box
At the bottom of the page you'll find a privacy option. Checking this box will ensure that BuddyBate doesn't appear on a list of creators you are following. Leaving this unchecked means that others can click on your profile and see BuddyBate listed. This is especially important if you are a member of other groups on this platform where your interests may be publicly viewable.
4. New Patrons - Don't sign up with Facebook/Twitter
Like many other platforms, Patreon allows a "quick" sign-up process by pulling information from Facebook or Twitter to create your account. We recommend *NOT* doing this and instead take the extra few minutes to use an email sign-up process. We cannot control how Patreon interacts with other platforms and we have no influence over what information or activities might be shared between the two. For example, you don't want to sign up using your Facebook account only to discover in a year's time that your interests here have been publicly viewable by friends, family and colleagues on another platform due to a "policy change" they didn't tell you about. Honestly, no one should by trusting Facebook regardless, but especially when it comes to gathering and sharing your private data without any concern for your privacy.
I hope this helps.
If you need any more advice at any time about your privacy and security here please don't hesitate to ask. While we might not have all the answers we know how important it is for a community like ours to maintain security and privacy for all whenever possible and we take this very seriously. We'll help wherever we can.